Equator Coffees Opens Its First-Ever Southern California Cafe

LOS ANGELES – Equator Coffees, the sustainable B Corp coffee roasting company known for its chefs blends and fair trade organic coffees, opens its first-ever Southern California cafe in Culver City at Ivy Station on March 4, 2022 .

Founded by partners Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, the company has been artisanally roasting in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Equator Coffees’ newest placement in its collection of bustling cafes marks the company’s first-ever cafe in Southern California.

The 1,400-square-foot, 50-plus-seat indoor-outdoor cafe joins ten beloved Equator Coffees outposts in Northern California. Equator Coffees’ focus on quality, sustainability and social responsibility makes it a welcome addition to the Los Angeles area and the thriving and culturally vibrant community of Culver City.

To celebrate the arrival of Equator Coffees in Southern California, 10% of opening week sales from the Ivy Station coffee shop will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which provides health, housing, education and social services to thousands of LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, from February 16 to March 2, the café will offer the “Finca Sophia Flight”; a two-cup flight of award-winning Panamanian Gesha coffees from Equator’s own Finca Sophia coffee farm, available exclusively at Equator Coffees’ Culver City location.

“Improving people’s lives through coffee informs every connection we make, from the farmer, to the roaster, to the barista who brews your cup, and the consumers and communities who inhabit our cafes,” says Helen Russell, co-founder of Equator Coffees. “We are thrilled to join the growing community of Culver City and have the opportunity to offer families, professionals and visitors delicious coffees from around the world with distinct flavor profiles from ethical sources.”

Equator’s brewed coffee and specialty beverages are truly special, and Culver City Coffee will be offering its single-origin seasonal program, a choice between the house-brewed Tigerwalk espresso blend and a rotating single-origin seasonal espresso, a delicious menu of specialty espresso drinks such as shakeratos and the Habibi latte, as well as a comprehensive selection of whole bean coffees, including their number 1 seller and devotee favorite, the full-bodied Equator blend, and Washed Gesha coffees and Natural Gesha from the Finca Sophia coffee farm in Panama.

Building on their longstanding relationship with the culinary community, Equator will partner with celebrity LA chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken on the Socalo Spiced Latte, a signature café latte inspired by café de olla with piloncillo, cinnamon and star anise, and Guava Empanadas, plus a new coffee collaboration – “SOCALO Las Rosas from Mary Sue and Susan, Colombia” – a medium roast produced by West Hulia’s Las Rosas Women’s Coffee Project , Colombia; all available at the new cafe in Culver City. The all-day menu, with a SoCal twist, will feature pastries from Farmshop Market in Santa Monica and artisan breads from Bub & Grandmas’.


Ivy Station, the Culver City outpost is the hallmark

Prime location in Southern California

Opening on March 4, 2022

*10% of Equator’s Ivy Station opening week sales will be donated to
Los Angeles LGBT Center*

Equator Coffees collaborated with Kellie Patry Design to create a café inspired by Californian topography and the subway line that parallels the Ivy Station location and flows seamlessly into the public green space adjacent to the building . The clean-lined interior is infused with color, futurism and playfulness, and the design ties the interior and patio together with curved white oak benches, offering a subtle homage to subway design. The cafe features details like a Thomas Williams tile mural mimicking ocean waves, and Louis Poulsen pendants light up the dining room. On the design of the new cafe, Patry reflects: “Edge-thinking, Helen and Brooke’s journey along the equator is central to my inspiration. Equator Coffees is a tireless and welcoming company run by equally moving women. I consider coffee as Flapper Chrome turned into Espresso Futurismat a Culver City subway station.

Equator Coffees’ Culver City location will feature Ground Control “Cyclops” brewers, allowing Equator’s renowned coffeehouses to shine. This state-of-the-art coffee maker creates a layered brew via a multi-extraction, full-immersion brewing process. Brewing coffee through the eyes of chemistry is a hallmark of Equator’s philosophy, which is carried forward by the addition to the Ivy Station cafe of the La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine; uniquely precise brewing equipment designed to eliminate physical stress, providing baristas with a stimulating work environment where they can craft the most delicious drinks imaginable.

Equator Coffees Culver City is located at 8900 Venice Blvd #105, Los Angeles, CA 90232 and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. For more information visit here and follow @equatorcoffees

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