Delight in Little Places
Listen. West Union, Iowa isn’t the biggest place in the world, but big isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
At Euphoria Coffee, it’s all about the little things: great coffee, good company, and a comfortable place to sit for awhile.
Simple as that.
What more could you ask for?
Well, if you aren’t one of the blessed few who call northeast Iowa home, you might feel like you’re missing out.
But you’re in luck, because we ship our fresh roasted coffee all over the US.
Sunday & Monday — CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday — 7 to 5:30
Saturday — 8 to 5:30
Coffee, Food, & Comfort
Our spot in West Union is at the southeast corner of the downtown block. It’s a tan building with a sign above the door.
We’ve got a full kitchen, comfortable seating, free wifi, and local baked goods and snacks in addition to our coffee and espresso.
We share a building with Unionland Feed & Food Market, so when you’re finished here you can swing over and pick up some fresh eggs or local yogurt.
Roasted Fresh in House
When you’re roasting coffee, the difference between excellent and average is about 20 seconds and 5 degrees.
The process is so precise that we use a computer to execute the roast exactly how we want. It’s not like putting a cake in the oven.
The key to a good roast is sourcing high-end raw product, and understanding how roasting affects that particular bean.
We spend hours and hours developing a new roasting formula for every single variety we source.
Sit Down and Stay Awhile
Euphoria Coffee is a love letter to small-town Iowa.
The beautiful thing about a small town is that the community is what you make it. Euphoria Coffee is all about West Union.
Jace and Nick wished that there was a coffee shop in town. Then they stopped wishing and made it happen.
Now West Union has one of the best coffee shops in the state.
We care a lot about coffee, but we care more about our town and our people.
Stay in Touch
Our Insta and Facebook feeds are the perfect balance of coffee and small town Iowa.
If you aren’t following along, you’re missing out.
If you’ve got a special event and want to reserve space, send us an email!
If you want great, fresh roasted coffee for your own cafe, send Nick an email. We’ll get you samples, answer any questions, and offer free hands-on traing for your staff.
If you need any advice, we found a way to get this coffee shop off the ground and profitable in a small town and we’re happy to cosnult and pass on our knowledge.
Flavor Notes: Toffee, Lime, Sugar
Farm: Fonteras De Tarqui
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Our Colombia - Huila - Fronteras De Tarqui is a selection brought out of a small farm in the Huila Department, or State, in Colombia. We think that the terroir or soil, sun weather, and placement on the planet contribute largely to the flavor of these coffees, when they are picked ripe and handled properly. These coffees are selected by cup and then blended, like a Rhone wine or a local honey that comes from many fields in a 4-mile radius. Flavors you might pick up on in this coffee are Toffee, Lime, and Sugar Cane. Enjoy!!
Papua New Guinea
Flavor Notes: Apple, Chocolate, Mulling Spices
Farm: Waghi Valley
Producer: Kindeng Mill
Variety: Arusha, Typica
Kunjin is the name of coffees processed at a centralized plantation mill called Kindeng, in the Kindeng region of the Western Highlands. Kunjin is the name of a nearby region from which many local producers bring their coffee.
The mill purchases cherry from smallholder farmers who each have about 1.5 hectares of land, growing about 2,500 trees per hectare. Through the centralized milling and drying, our partners on the ground control quality at the processing level: Day lots are cupped and separated to build our containers, and lots which are microlot-worthy are processed separately.
Coffee is processed in a leased, vintage John Gordon–brand wet mill in an old plantation left over from colonial times, as owning a mill or even property in Papua New Guinea is risky: It takes years to establish a reputation of trust with the local tribes, and there is always risk of losing a deal or relationship over the perception of division of wealth.
Cherries are bought and sorted, then depulped and fermented dry for 24 hours. They are washed and dried on tarpaulins for three to six days.
This sweet and smooth coffee is sure to please your tastebuds!:) Flavors you might pick up on in this coffee are Apple, Chocolate, and Mulling Spices.
Flavor Notes: Grape, Lime, Floral Flavors
Producer: KODUKAK Farmers
This beautiful Rwandan is produced by COOPAC. COOPAC is a Fair Trade–certified cooperative located near Lake Kivu on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains. The organization founded by Emmanuel Rwakagara, who is the president of COOPAC as well as the owner of the Gishamwana Island coffee estate. COOPAC began with 110 farmers in April 2001, and currently has 8,000 members contributing coffee from Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima, and Abanyamurava. With over 50 washing stations along the northern landscape of Lake Kivu, COOPAC exports 150 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee annually.
KODUKAK is a secondary group formed in 2015 and representing 990 farmers from the Kigeyo sector, including Nkora, Buhindure, and Nyagahinika. These producers harvest ripe cherries and deliver them to the Kigeyo Washing Station, where they are depulped the same day as receipt. The coffee is fermented dry for 12 hours, then underwater for 24, followed by multiple washings to remove the mucilage. The beans are dried in mechanical dryers and on raised beds for 2–3 weeks.
COOPAC is committed to environmental and social sustainability in addition to producing high-quality coffee. Waste by-products from processing are used as fertilizer rather than discarded into the lake, and shade trees are distributed to farmers to prevent soil erosion. COOPAC has assisted in the construction of a school, health-care clinics, and roads and bridges in the community. The cooperative also has a program to distribute cows and goats to the most productive farmers and provides farmers with an agricultural advisor to teach the latest production methods.
This coffee has a very fruit forward taste profile, ending in floral and earthy flavors. Flavors you might pick up on in this coffee are Grape, Lime, and Floral Flavors. Enjoy!!