As fervently as we go out of our way to avoid patronizing a business that’s anti-LGBT, we go waaaay out of our way to support LGBT-owned and LGBT-supportive businesses.
That’s why we were so excited to hear that Equator Coffees & Teas was named 2016 California Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. They’re the first certified LGBT business to ever receive that honor.
All their coffees and teas are focused on delivering the highest quality in a sustainably and socially responsible way. Their line includes several organic, fair trade and single-origin coffees from all over the world and the web site has very detailed flavor profiles to help you pick exactly the right one.
Then when we saw that their coffee is served in some of the best restaurants in the country, including The French Laundry, we knew we had to try it for ourselves.
And it’s every bit as great as we expected.
They sent us their signature Equator Blend, which is full-flavored, but not super-aggressive. Subtle notes of berry and nutmeg brought a pleasant sweetness that made it easy to drink on its own, even though we typically use milk in our coffee.
We haven’t been this excited about mornings since all that Kelly Ripa drama.
Equator Coffees & Teas
$13.25-$29.95 per bag (ounces vary)
Photo: Brooke McDonnell, left, and Helen Russell, owners of Equator Coffees & Teas