Equator Coffees continues expansion with its second Southern California café location
Equator Coffees on Fairfax. Image: Wonho Photography
Equator Coffees, the Marin-based B Corp coffee roaster known for community impact locally and at origin, has announced the launch of a café in the iconic Fairfax District of Los Angeles. This marks the brand’s second brick-and-mortar location in Southern California and builds on ten cafes currently open statewide. Equator Coffees’ ongoing expansion is slated to continue into 2024 with the brand expecting to open five additional locations in Southern California and to increase a wholesale presence in the region.
The newest location follows the success of the brand’s Ivy Station café in Culver City, which opened in 2022. Designed by The Studio For, Fairfax delivers a lifestyle coffee experience all under one roof. The 860-square-foot main dining area accommodates up to 14 patrons and features furniture entirely produced by local Los Angeles artisans—including a selection of natural wood, Scandinavian-inspired tables and seating that integrates custom lux vinyl with textile upholstery for an added touch of dimension.
Complementing the décor are original murals by LA Hope Dealer (Corie Mattie), a famed street artist known for hope-filled designs featuring doves. The rear of the main space also transforms into an inviting outdoor patio that can hold up to 20 additional guests. Equator Coffees plans to pursue strategic partnerships with local brands and host collaborative retail pop-ups in the café for guests to enjoy limited-edition merchandise, as well as unique food and coffee offerings.
“Today, as much as when we opened our first café ten years ago, we want to create an inspiring environment for guests that invites them to experience coffee that’s roasted better, brewed better, and, most importantly, sourced in a way that makes lives better,” said Helen Russell, co-founder of Equator Coffees. “Our intention remains strong to continue to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for all.”
To celebrate Equator Coffees’ newest location in Los Angeles, 10% of the Fairfax cafe’s opening week sales will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which provides advocacy programmes and social services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Equator Coffees on Fairfax is located at 456 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Situated in the Beverly Grove neighbourhood, the café is just steps away from city landmarks and attractions, including Canter’s Deli, Jon & Vinny’s, The Grove Shopping Center, The Original Farmer’s Market, CBS Studios, and the LACMA Museum District. For more information, visit equatorcoffees.com and follow along on Instagram at @equatorcoffees.