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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How Do Subscriptions Work?

We’re thrilled to announce Desert Sun is now offering subscriptions for all of our coffees. It’s really easy to get...
We’re thrilled to announce Desert Sun is now offering subscriptions for all of our coffees. It’s really easy to get signed up–and the best part? It’s the most convenient way to get our organic, fair trade coffees delivered directly to your door. Here’s how to get started. First, find your favorite coffee and choose your preferred weight and grind preference. Then, look for the following box: Choose your preferred delivery interval. We currently offer every 15 days and every 30...
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Organic Coffee: What Does it Mean?

Terms like “organic” are often thrown around without much thought, nor explanation as to what it actually means. We’re here...
Terms like “organic” are often thrown around without much thought, nor explanation as to what it actually means. We’re here to break down what organic coffee means to us–and ultimately you as a consumer.  First, the facts: Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use directly accounts for 18.4% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to OurWorldinData. Things like deforestation, preparing large swaths of land for crops (and therefore degrading the soil’s natural nutrients), nitrogen fertilizers, and crop burning are all leading factors in...
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Customer Appreciation | Get 15% Off!

April is Customer Appreciation Month at Desert Sun! Providing ethical and sustainable coffee to people just like you is the...
April is Customer Appreciation Month at Desert Sun! Providing ethical and sustainable coffee to people just like you is the reason we exist. It's our why. But this month, we want to know your why. What's your motivation behind supporting small businesses like Desert Sun? Why is sustainability important to you? Let us know via e-mail and we'll send you a code for 15% off your next purchase! It’s as simple as that. Note: to receive a 15% off discount,...
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Coffee Shop Checklist | Southwest Road Trip

While 2020 was the year of “staying home,” we know the time for travel will be upon us soon. With...
While 2020 was the year of “staying home,” we know the time for travel will be upon us soon. With visions of long, open roads and a full bike rack on the trunk, we’ve already started planning our next adventure. But any good road trip starts with a full travel mug of perfectly-roasted coffee, right? Good news–Desert Sun Coffee is available all around the Southwest. So whether you brew at home before you hit the road or just need refills...
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What is Cooperative Coffees? And How Does Desert Sun...

Cooperative Coffees is a green (pre-roasted) coffee importing cooperative, committed to building and supporting "Fair and Direct" trade relationships for...
Cooperative Coffees is a green (pre-roasted) coffee importing cooperative, committed to building and supporting "Fair and Direct" trade relationships for the benefit of small-scale farmer families, their communities, and roaster-members. Most importantly, Coop Coffees strives to promote transparent Fair Trade and sustainable development alternatives in both Latin and South America, as well as Africa and Southeast Asia… all while selling the freshest and highest quality organic coffee on the market. Simply, Cooperative Coffees: -Imports high-quality, organic green coffee from small-scale...
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Meet Zach, Desert Sun's Chief Operating Officer

Meet Zach, Desert Sun’s Chief Operating Officer. His generous heart and aptitude for making a difference has made him a...
Meet Zach, Desert Sun’s Chief Operating Officer. His generous heart and aptitude for making a difference has made him a core element of the Desert Sun and Cooperative Coffees family.   What is your background? I’m a 1st generation college student. I graduated with honors because people whom I never met supported my endeavor for a higher education. While I naturally excelled in math, I ended up gravitating towards sociology to understand the complexities of inequality.  What drew you to...
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