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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Roasting Coffee Part 1: Roast Level

I’d like to just jump right in to talking about roasting coffee. If you’d like a primer on what happens...
I’d like to just jump right in to talking about roasting coffee. If you’d like a primer on what happens before the roast process, what we actually receive as a roastery, or what coffee is, go back and read about The Coffee Plant, and The Journey of the Coffee Bean. Let’s start with the basics: roast level. Desert Sun is a roastery, and hence, we roast coffee. We receive green coffee beans and apply heat to them in our Diedrich...
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Journey of the Coffee Bean

Imagine an 11 foot tall shrub covered with clusters of white flowers, or inflorescences. After the flowers have been pollinated...
Imagine an 11 foot tall shrub covered with clusters of white flowers, or inflorescences. After the flowers have been pollinated they wither and bring forth a fruit, the ‘cherry’. The cherry will be green until it ripens and then it turns red. Then the plant is ready for harvesting. You spend full days out in the field for weeks at a time, picking only the ripe cherries from the plant. The ripe cherries get picked, put into a basket and...
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The Coffee Plant

While coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks, most people are not even sure exactly what it is....
While coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks, most people are not even sure exactly what it is. Coffee comes from a small tree or shrub like plant that only grows to fruition naturally in the tropics (we actually have a few plants growing at the shop). I digress; coffee beans come from inside the cherry on the plant from which they grow (they are botanically considered seeds, not beans, yet they are referred to as beans because...
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Cold Brew!

It's Cold Brew Season! Do you have a business in Durango with the thirst for cold brewed organic coffee!? We make...
It's Cold Brew Season! Do you have a business in Durango with the thirst for cold brewed organic coffee!? We make it easy and affordable to supply your office, restaurant or cafe with cold brew coffee or nitro kegs! Call for more information.  
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Common Grounds Cafe

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it's Common Grounds Cafe located in Durango Public Library and staffed...
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it's Common Grounds Cafe located in Durango Public Library and staffed by Durango High School Students in the Pathways to Independence program! The team came to Desert Sun Coffee Roasters today to learn about where their coffee comes from, how its roasted and skills on the espresso machine! This crew is cleaver and talented and will be going under construction to renovate the Common Grounds Cafe. Check out their story and...
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