When Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell began roasting coffee in a Marin County garage, it marked the beginning of their journey to build a high-impact coffee company.

Growing from that garage in Northern California, Equator Coffees and Teas is best known for responsibly sourcing its green beans from environmentally-friendly farms. Many of their coffees have earned Rainforest Alliance, organic or Fair Trade certifications for beneficial social, environmental and economic practices.

This San Rafael-based roaster prides itself not only on ethics but also quality and consumer education programs.

Joyride offerings from Equator include freshly roasted coffee for offices, and cold brew coffee kegs for offices, cafes, restaurants and more.