Coffee to the solar beam extreme

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Posted Thu, Oct 3, 2013

GOOD TO THE LAST DROP: [Photo Courtesy of Chris Bass]

GOOD TO THE LAST DROP: “The ideal dream is to be completely solar powered. We want our gas to run off used coffee grounds,” — Solar Roast on the Road owner operator, Chris Bass. [Photo Courtesy of Chris Bass]


DENVER —
Coffee devotes and roasters understand the importance of a perfect roast.

Some roasters do it for money. Then there are those who do it for passion.

Owner Nathan Stern, 26, and owner operator Chris Bass, 25, of Solar Roast on the Road, say they are dedicated to serving gourmet espresso in an environmentally friendly manner.

Building an environmentally-friendly coffee truck is one of the reasons Bass spends his spare time studying economics at UCD.

“Our coffee is the only coffee in the U.S. that is commercially roasted by solar power. The roasters are solar thermal, beaming 100 degrees of hot heat over a batch of espresso beans for 20 minutes,” Bass says.

Espresso roasted at Solar Roast is unique in itself merely from the process undergone creating a cup of coffee.

The beans roasted at Solar Roast are roasted 50 percent longer than most coffee companies around the world, and at a lower temperature. Beans at Solar Roast are roasted at a separate location in Pueblo, Colo.

“The lower the temperature and the longer the time of the roast, the better the roast is. I believe this 100 percent,” Bass says.

“I really like the coffee, tastes fresher, and stays hotter longer,” says Demi Thompson, a student at MSU Denver. “Not only do the solar panels make the coffee fresher, they make less pollution. I believe more coffee shops should be doing what Solar Roast is by making a difference in pollution and energy waste.”

According to Solar Roast’s website, Bass and Stern are doing everything they can do be the most economically, environmentally-friendly coffee service and roasters, considering what current technology offers.

While Solar Roast on the Road does run on solar powered energy, the entire truck is not solar powered.

ON THE ROAD: “More businesses should be more environmentally conscious, not just coffee shops, all types of businesses.” -- [Photo Courtesy of Nathan Stern]

ON THE ROAD: “More businesses should be more environmentally conscious, not just coffee shops, all types of businesses.” — MSU Denver Student Mike Sclafani [Photo Courtesy of Nathan Stern]

“Our espresso machine runs off propane, a clean verging fuel,” Bass says. The solar powered batteries can withhold power for nearly 30 hours.

The espresso machine does not run off solar power. It requires too much energy because water is constantly being boiled.

“We need much larger solar panels than is feasible if we wanted to run the espresso machine off solar power,” Bass says. “We’re gas operated but hope to become more economically efficient.”

Bass said they have over a dozen 80lb batteries charged by solar panels throughout the day.

“The ideal dream is to be completely solar powered. We want our gas to run off used coffee grounds,” Bass says.

Stern and Bass, got the idea for coffee bean fuel in result of a competition in the United Kingdom. A coffee bean-operated vehicle won first place for most environmentally friendly.

“I think it’s cool they’re solar powered said Mike Sclafani, student at MSU Denver. “More businesses should be more environmentally conscious, not just coffee shops, all types of businesses.”

Bass adds, “I want to help the business grow in a environmentally sustainable way. We hope to bring a solar coffee location to Denver within the next year. Denver will continue to become greener.”

 

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Cherise Scrivner

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Cherise Scrivner is a Denver-area freelance writer. She is also the Managing Editor of CMAN (Colorado Martial Arts News)

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3 Responses to “Coffee to the solar beam extreme”

  1. Ashley Says:

    This is a great story and a really cool idea! I can barely make bad coffee at home but I learned a lot of coffee facts I didn’t know before.

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  2. Jessica Culey Says:

    I thought this article was very interesting, and didn’t even know a solar truck existed. Those guys had a really cool idea. Helping out the environment and making good coffee is perfect in today’s world. It sounds very convenient and just based off the coffee being solar makes me want to try it.

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  3. Liz DeLuna Says:

    They definitely fit in with the green movement and are setting a new trend within coffee culture. Great article!

    Reply

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