Honey Process and What That Means

When we say natural process vs honey process, it's only natural to think that in the latter, honey is used....
When we say natural process vs honey process, it's only natural to think that in the latter, honey is used. As it turns out, that is incorrect! Before we get into how it is actually done, let's go over a brief review of natural process coffees.  Natural process also means drying the fruit. This is the oldest processing method and only works in very warm and dry climates so as to prevent molding of the fruit. Drying the fruit around...
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Carbon Footprints- Simplified

Just like an actual footprint, each person’s carbon footprint is the print we leave on our planet by any action...
Just like an actual footprint, each person’s carbon footprint is the print we leave on our planet by any action that releases carbons! Now, what are carbons? Well, they are the harmful gasses, such as Co2, that are released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. The more energy we use, the larger our individual footprints will be! To put it into perspective, we often think of our carbon footprint being the type...
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How Desert Sun Financially Incentivizes Carbon Seque...

We are all familiar with the fact that carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas and that it...
We are all familiar with the fact that carbon dioxide is the most commonly produced greenhouse gas and that it is the number one threat to climate change if unmitigated. The coffee industry contributes to carbon emissions in a pretty significant way through growing, transporting and roasting the coffee beans. Coffee is clearly an integral part of our daily lives not just in the US, but around most of the world! If you quantify just how much coffee is enjoyed...
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So, you're interested in using Desert Sun to supply ...

Desert Sun as your Personal Roaster With a simplified supply chain, receiving organic, fair trade, delicious coffee that your customers will...
Desert Sun as your Personal Roaster With a simplified supply chain, receiving organic, fair trade, delicious coffee that your customers will love and feel really good about has never been easier.   We pride ourselves on the uniqueness we offer.. Supplying excellent coffee is what we do, but we take it a step further by questioning why we do it. Relationships are the cornerstone of our values, from our producers to our wholesale partners. From bean to cup, you can rest easy...
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Roasting Style Education

This month we will be exploring some roasting styles, and during you'll get an inside look at a little bit...
This month we will be exploring some roasting styles, and during you'll get an inside look at a little bit of the science behind what makes our coffee so delicious!​​​​​​​​ Starting with light and light/medium roasts, these can typically be found in our limited and seasonal offerings, along with our Ethiopia and Guatemala. The cool thing about a lighter roast is that the flavors you taste are derived from the ORIGIN of where the coffee is grown! For example, the...
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Fair Trade and the Third Wave

Fair Trade and the Third Wave We toss around the terminology “fair trade” quite often, and that we go “above...
Fair Trade and the Third Wave We toss around the terminology “fair trade” quite often, and that we go “above and beyond” the typical standard. Well, for a phrase that holds so much meaning, it sometimes gets lost in the vast sea of things to consider as consumers. In a world and time when information is readily accessible at our fingertips, it becomes even more tricky to know exactly what information is pertinent and what is even true. So, what...
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What is Cooperative Coffees’ Impact Fund?

  Through rigorous and transparent practices, Cooperative Coffees (and roaster-members like Desert Sun) promote sustainability through direct and open communication...
  Through rigorous and transparent practices, Cooperative Coffees (and roaster-members like Desert Sun) promote sustainability through direct and open communication with farmers, mutual respect, long-lasting relationships, and productive payments above Fair Trade global pricing. One of the ways we nurture these relationships for longevity and sustainability is through participating in Cooperative Coffees’ Impact Fund. The Impact Fund is an environmental service fund that invests directly in our coffee producing partners. As a part of our Carbon, Climate and Coffee Initiative,...
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Changes in The Coffee Industry We May See

Ch-ch-ch-changes! This seems to be the main topic on everyone's minds lately. In lieu of the pandemic, we are seeing...
Ch-ch-ch-changes! This seems to be the main topic on everyone's minds lately. In lieu of the pandemic, we are seeing prices increase, access to goods and materials become increasingly difficult, and even the quality of some goods and services seems to be questionable.  So, what does that mean for the coffee industry? While things seem troubling in many other areas, there are a few hopeful predictions for the next year. Fair Trade America writes that customers will continue to look...
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We're Going Above and Beyond Fair Trade

Fair trade is one of those terms that gets thrown around the coffee industry daily. Most of us know, in...
Fair trade is one of those terms that gets thrown around the coffee industry daily. Most of us know, in the basic sense, that fair trade coffee is a more ethical option than everyday grocery store coffee. But why is that? What makes fair trade the better choice...and what does Desert Sun and Cooperative Coffees do differently to rise “above fair trade”? Fair Trade Definition Fair Trade Certified defines as, “Fair trade is a global movement made up of a...
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Where Does Peru Cajamarca Come From?

Deep in the heart of the lush jungle in Peru lie the 2,000 farmer members that make up CENFROCAFE, a...
Deep in the heart of the lush jungle in Peru lie the 2,000 farmer members that make up CENFROCAFE, a collective of community-based growers. Founded in 1999 with just 220 small-scale coffee farmers, CENFROCAFE has grown to be a successful and important part of the Cooperative Coffees Family. Twelve districts across the Cajamarca region of the Andes are represented in CENFROCAFE. The collective comes together to put on workshops for members, create leadership training and opportunities, and to facilitate community...
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Our Sustainable Supply Chain, Simplified

Desert Sun Coffee Roasters is a part of Cooperative Coffees, a coffee import cooperative with a focus on sustainable relationships...
Desert Sun Coffee Roasters is a part of Cooperative Coffees, a coffee import cooperative with a focus on sustainable relationships in the coffee industry. As a roaster-member of Cooperative Coffees, Desert Sun has a direct hand in the sustainable supply chain of the coffee you enjoy each and every morning.  In the past, we’ve talked about just how Desert Sun Coffee Roasters fits into Cooperative Coffees. Have a look if you need more information. Cooperative Coffees has a few main...
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Carbon Sequestering: How Our Farmers Combat Climate ...

In 2007, Cooperative Coffees launched the Carbon, Climate, and Coffee initiative, which focused on calculating, tracking, and eventually finding ways...
In 2007, Cooperative Coffees launched the Carbon, Climate, and Coffee initiative, which focused on calculating, tracking, and eventually finding ways to financially offset our collective carbon footprint. As Cooperative Coffees puts it, the goal is to: “directly investing in carbon-sequestering, agricultural practices and other innovative, environmental-service projects contributes to the health and sustainable development in producer communities, while strengthening our connections across the supply chain.” In other words, Cooperative Coffees directly incentivizes our farmer-partners to capture atmospheric carbon through carbon sequestering...
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