Brewing Black Coffee

How many different ways can you make black coffee!? There is a lot of methods; espresso, drip, french press, pour...
How many different ways can you make black coffee!? There is a lot of methods; espresso, drip, french press, pour over, siphon, aeropress ... the list goes on! Did you know, there are subtle flavor differences with each brewing process? What is important for flavor is filtered water, grind size, the correct coffee to water ratio and the amount of time your brewing/extracting. For tips on the perfect cup, follow us on instragram/desertsuncoffee 
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Desert Sun Coffee Cupping // Quality Control Practices

At Desert Sun we roast Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday through Friday we cup! It is very important for us to...
At Desert Sun we roast Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday through Friday we cup! It is very important for us to keep our coffee blends constant and our single origins complementary of their unique attributes. We measure all these factors and more in our SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) cupping protocol. What is cupping? "Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by...
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Bolivia is Back!

Fresh Bolivian Coffee back in stock at Desert Sun Coffee Roasters!
New Single Origin release: Bolivia is back at Desert Sun! This coffee is a customer favorite here at The Sun. Our Bolivian is a well balanced, medium roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel! As always, our Bolivian (and all our coffees) are Fair Trade and Organic. You can click here to learn about the Union Pro Agro farm where the coffee is grown and our Bolivian producer partners!
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Honduras and Nicaragua trip report

In January of this year, I was given the opportunity to travel through the coffee-growing regions of Honduras and Nicaragua,...
In January of this year, I was given the opportunity to travel through the coffee-growing regions of Honduras and Nicaragua, where some of our producer’s farms are located. I’ve been in the coffee business for a few years and this was my first chance to see the process in such an intimate fashion. Prior to this trip, my perspective on the fair trade movement and the coffee industry, in general, had been missing that crucial element. I challenged myself to...
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90 Proof Coffee

    At Desert Sun Coffee Roasters we’re always looking for creative ways to share our love for coffee and...
    At Desert Sun Coffee Roasters we’re always looking for creative ways to share our love for coffee and the nuances that make it special. Last year, while at a Coop Coffees annual meeting in Louisville, KY, Desert Sun "Chief Bean," Glenn Lathrop, visited the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Walking through the oldest working bourbon distillery in the US, Glenn was intrigued by the idea of aging green coffee in one of the American oak barrels used for aging the whiskey. Green...
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La Fem de Las Diosas

Back by popular demand, the exclusive La Fem de Las Diosas (The Goddesses)!  Dedicated to more than just growing coffee,...
Back by popular demand, the exclusive La Fem de Las Diosas (The Goddesses)!  Dedicated to more than just growing coffee, La Fem is a dynamic network of community based cooperatives run by women and support true development and respect for women’s rights.  Fiercely independent and determined to succeed in the coffee industry, the 250-member cooperative has made much progress, both in terms of sustainable commercial relations for their coffee as well as the promotion of issues such as women’s education,...
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Marcala Honeyed of Honduras

We are excited to introduce the newest member of our Single Origin family, Honduras Marcala Honeyed.  Honduras Marcala Honeyed is medium and...
We are excited to introduce the newest member of our Single Origin family, Honduras Marcala Honeyed.  Honduras Marcala Honeyed is medium and creamy. This special coffee has a taste of honey, tropical fruit, and vanilla. The Honey process uses only perfectly ripe cherries and creates a unique coffee that's between a natural and washed processes. If you have had our Piurra Gold (natural process) and Colombia (washed process), think of this Honduras as the middle ground between those coffees. It carries some of the fruity characteristics of the Piurra Gold, but finishes...
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The 5 Elements to a Good Cup of Coffee

      According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) there are five elements necessary to transform roasted beans into...
      According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) there are five elements necessary to transform roasted beans into a great tasting beverage: Correct ratio of coffee to water. This ratio is the main factor in determining the strength of the brew. The SCAA recommends a ratio between 3.25- 4.25oz. coffee per 1⁄2 gal. water. Matching the grind level to your type of brewing equipment. Grind level and type of Brewing method work hand in hand. Proper operation of the brewing equipment. This...
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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...
 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...
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Hope for the Congolese Coffee Farmer

For more than twenty years the DRC has been facing a war that has left millions dead and several millions...
For more than twenty years the DRC has been facing a war that has left millions dead and several millions displaced. Before the war the region was a hot spot for coffee production, but with little access to international markets and rudimentary equipment the industry withered. To sell their coffee farmers had to smuggle their coffee across Lake Kivu into Rwanda. This plight claimed the lives of one thousand people each year. Today in the countries eastern hills the coffee...
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