Quality Control from Origin to Roastery

At Desert Sun Coffee Roasters we pride ourselves in taking thorough quality control measures to ensure the perfect cup of...
At Desert Sun Coffee Roasters we pride ourselves in taking thorough quality control measures to ensure the perfect cup of coffee–every time. From supporting best practices among our producer partners  to labeling your shipment for delivery, everything we do is sincere, intentional, and focused on quality. We believe these steps are what make our coffee that much better. Keep reading to learn how we take quality control to the next level. Detailed Tracking from Origin to Roastery We track and...
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How Our Impact Fund Helps Communities During COVID-19

At Desert Sun one of our main priorities is to maintain strong, lasting relationships with farmers around the world. The...
At Desert Sun one of our main priorities is to maintain strong, lasting relationships with farmers around the world. The onset of COVID-19 negatively impacted many of our producer partners, and many struggled to meet their contracted quotas of coffee beans. Fortunately, Desert Sun, as a roaster-member of Cooperative Coffees, was able to step in to bridge the gap through our ongoing Impact Fund. What is Cooperative Coffees’ Impact Fund? The Impact Fund is an environmental service fund that invests...
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Recovering Indigenous Culture Through Coffee in Colo...

Desert Sun is a firm believer that through fair practices and sustainable partnerships, coffee can be a tool to help...
Desert Sun is a firm believer that through fair practices and sustainable partnerships, coffee can be a tool to help better the lives of everyone in the supply chain. We’re excited to bring another group to the forefront, showcasing not only spectacular coffee, but a unique culture which might not have been otherwise exposed.  The Paez, who sometimes refer to themselves as Nasa, or “the people,” are an indigenous group who live in the highland region of Cauca, Colombia. Centuries...
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Cooperative Coffees Awarded SCA’s Sustainability Award

Desert Sun, as a member/owner of Coop Coffees, is happy to announce the Coop’s acceptance of the Specialty Coffee Association’s...
Desert Sun, as a member/owner of Coop Coffees, is happy to announce the Coop’s acceptance of the Specialty Coffee Association’s 2020 Sustainability Award in the Business Model category. The award acknowledges leaders in the specialty coffee industry who guide the way with green initiatives. Coop Coffees has been recognized for their unique business model which brings roasters from the United States and Canada to import in a way that promotes sustainability with coffee producers. Desert Sun is an active member-roaster,...
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What Makes Desert Sun Cold Brew Different?

What is Cold Brew Coffee?  Cold brew isn’t hot coffee turned cold or coffee poured served iced... Cold brew coffee...
What is Cold Brew Coffee?  Cold brew isn’t hot coffee turned cold or coffee poured served iced... Cold brew coffee is made with cold or room temperature water that sits over a long period of time.   Traditionally coffee is brewed with hot water, extracting certain oils and acids that are only soluble at high temperatures creating acidity (or the “bite” you taste in black coffee). However, cold water brewing creates a perfectly balanced and distinctively smooth cup of coffee with...
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How the Cool Farm Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their...

Like many of you, the advent of COVID-19 leaves me with a bit more time on my hands, roasting a...
Like many of you, the advent of COVID-19 leaves me with a bit more time on my hands, roasting a little less coffee and spending more time at home. This has given me an opportunity to learn more about some exciting, impactful developments within the coffee industry, Desert Sun’s role within these exciting endeavors, and the importance of a sustainable cup of coffee. Last week I was able to (virtually) attend the Cool Farm Alliance 2020 Annual Meeting. Even on...
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The Coffee Price Crisis, Fair Trade, and How We Pay ...

You can hardly buy or read about coffee without hearing about Fair Trade, the C-Market, and a variety of often...
You can hardly buy or read about coffee without hearing about Fair Trade, the C-Market, and a variety of often vague labels and terms. A few years ago you might have heard murmurs about the Coffee Price Crisis. But what does that mean?  And why is it important? We’re going to take a few minutes here to answer these questions and explain why, amidst the swirl of often confusing coffee talk, we at Desert Sun do what we do.  Let’s...
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What is Cold Brew?

   Introduction to Cold Brew Coffee Desert Sun Cold Brew What is Cold Brew? Cold brew isn’t hot coffee turned...
   Introduction to Cold Brew Coffee Desert Sun Cold Brew What is Cold Brew? Cold brew isn’t hot coffee turned cold, nor iced coffee. It’s a special beverage that takes a little longer to brew than your morning pot and instead of using hot water, it is made with cold or room temperature water that sits over a long period of time.    Traditionally coffee is brewed with hot water, extracting certain oils and acids that are only soluble at...
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COVID19, Our Producer Partners, and What’s in Your Cup

If you’re enjoying a cup of coffee while you’re reading this during the pandemic, you know that coffee makes even...
If you’re enjoying a cup of coffee while you’re reading this during the pandemic, you know that coffee makes even the most stressful situations a little better--perhaps, in the case of a carefully roasted, organic, single-origin coffee, a lot better! As a conscious consumer, who cares about where products come from and the folks whose livelihoods depend on them, you may be wondering about our producer partners in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and what you can do to support...
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The Ladies of Las Diosas

Las Diosas, a group of 250 women leading the way in Nicaragua in women's rights and coffee!
The women of La Central Cooperativa Las Diosas (The Goddesses) in Nicaragua have a deep passion for coffee. They live and work in an area east of Managua in the department of Esteli where historically, much of the land is devoted to and controlled by male tobacco producers. In 1996 though, the bold and determined, La Central Cooperativa, Las Diosas formed an all-female cooperative in order to gain more control of high quality coffee production, create a better livelihood for...
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What Makes Coffee Good?

When you're standing in your morning robe, swirling your cup of coffee wondering, why does this coffee taste so good?
We’ve all seen them--heck, we might even be one--wine connoisseurs sitting in nice restaurants swirling their 2009 pinot noir commenting about “legs” or “tannins”.  What you don’t often see though is someone standing in their robe and slippers in the middle of their kitchen swirling their morning cup of coffee stammering about “notes” or a “fruity finish”.  But we should.  Coffee is not unlike wine when it comes to the complexity of taste and numerous other characteristics. Just like wine...
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Roasting Coffee Part 2: Technical Aspects

Roasting coffee! Is it art or science? Some say both, but a basic understanding of the science of roasting is critical if one is to make an art of it. Fundamentally, heat application is at the heart of roasting coffee. How and when to do this, are the art and science of roasting coffee.
Roasting coffee!  Is it art or science? Some say both, but a basic understanding of the science of roasting is critical if one is to make an art of it. Fundamentally, heat application is at the heart of roasting coffee. How and when to do this, are the art and science of roasting coffee. At Desert Sun we have a drum roaster. The green coffee beans drop into a large rotating metal drum, which has heat applied on the outside....
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