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Some good news and some bad news.

Posted on October 09, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

The good news is there won't be a newsletter next week. The bad news is, I'm going to complicate things just a bit. Or, I guess you could look at it the other way around. In any regard...

 I'm taking a few days off and heading south on my  motorcycle for one last hurrah while the weather  permits. Rather than try and create this newsletter on  the road using my phone, which I did on my last road  trip and which was no fun at all, I've decided to  combine two ordering deadlines for home delivery  customers. My apologies in advance for any  confusion. 

When submitting your orders, please specify  if you want your coffee delivered onOctober 14th or 21st, or both.

This past week has been very busy. We received our biggest coffee shipment ever which was pretty exciting. When you're in the shop, take a look into the shop and you'll see the stacks and stacks of burlap bags, full of coffees from all over the world. So many coffees, so few days. :)

The other big news is that today we received our medal from the Golden Bean Awards which I mentioned last week. I guess that makes it official! It's great to know our coffee stands up so well against over 100 other roasters'.

The other big news is, they're baaaaccckkkk! That's right, the pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu so stop by and pick one up.

Another addition to the menu is a cardamom latte. This will be a first for us but we played around with them yesterday and came up with something that is absolutely delicious! Subtle and very well balanced.

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, we're working with The Coffee Trust to help raise funds for coffee farmers in Guatemala who have been so hard hit by the La Roya blight.

The coffees from Guatemala have always been some of the most popular we've offered. They have consistently provided great cups of coffee with notes of chocolate, nuts and various fruit.

And from a roaster's perspective, they've proven to be some of the most consistent coffees available which speaks to the quality of the plants as well as the cultivation, culling and milling process which occur at the farms or coops at origin. It will be nice to help support  this continued effort.

 Beginning Saturday, there will be a jar on our counter labeled,  "Tip Your Farmer". Please consider contributing to this great  cause. All proceeds go directly to help train over 500  Guatemalan farmers on organic solutions to deal with coffee  rust.

 And just when you thought you'd heard everything...

 I've heard of using coffee grounds in compost, to border one's  yard to keep neighborhood cats out, as enemas and now, a  friend sent me a link to an article in GizMag, describing the process of turning used coffee grounds into biofuel. http://www.gizmag.com/used-coffee-grounds-biofuels/39731/  

It actually sounds pretty promising and what an innovative use for coffee. It will be interesting to see where it goes.

Only three more weekends of the St. Johns Farmers Market so be sure to take advantage of all the locally grown/created products while they're still available.

That's it for now. Stay cozy and keep the coffee flowing.

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

 

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Happy October!

Posted on October 02, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Greetings everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying this Autumnal weather. It's the perfect time of year for getting out, going for a hike or bike ride, enjoying the cooler temps with the Autumn colors and of course, enjoying some amazing coffee.

Remember, that if you live in the 97203, 97211 or 97217 zip codes, we offer free home delivery of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees. Just make sure we have your order by Monday mornings at 9 am and we'll have coffee at your door very early on Wednesday mornings. 

Several weeks ago, I shared a route I'd taken on my motorcycle which I felt was the perfect Autumn day-trip. This past Sunday, I rode over into Washington with a couple friends. We rode up the Klickitat Canyon and on up to Goldendale before heading back to Hwy. 14. 

 It was a beautiful day with some amazing scenery, a  very different landscape from my previously shared  route. We saw a lot of people fly fishing in the Klickitat  River and saw some wild turkeys. We also witnessed  the results of the recent fires. Wow! Thousands and  thousands of charred acres coming up all the way to  the highways.

Starting next week, we'll be bringing back an old favorite for this time of year. (insert drum roll here), The Pumpkin Spiced Latte! Ingredients have been ordered so as soon as they arrive, we'll be serving them up. Stay tuned.


The new hoodies have proven to be a big hit with folks who are looking for something warm and cozy to fend off these cool morning temps. More t-shirts are also on order and should be here by the middle of October in both men's and women's styles, sporting our new "stylized" logo. And... I've also ordered more of the Mexican pottery. 

I've decided to expand our Mexican pottery selection a bit by bringing in more serving platters as well as cream and sugar containers. Hopefully these will all arrive in plenty of time for the holidays.

Recently I had the opportunity to submit some of our coffees into a competition which I'd previously never done. I chose to enter the Pamplona Blend in the organic espresso category. The competition included submissions from over 100 roasters from all over North America. The long and short of it is, the judges loved the Pamplona and we won, for whatever that's worth.

Many of you are familiar with the Pamplona Blend. It's the medium roast espresso blend we serve here in the shop but is also delicious as a pour-over or brewed conventionally. If you haven't had the pleasure of trying it, I would encourage you to do so. It really is delicious. But then, I say that about all our coffees. :)

A couple weeks ago, a customer from Nepal came in the shop and was having coffee. He proceeded to tell me his family is in the process of rebuilding their coffee farm in Nepal and brought a sample of their coffee for me to roast.

I just roasted it on Wednesday and it is very very good. Really well balanced, smooth acidity, nice notes of chocolate and fruit. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to purchase some and be able to offer it.

Look for our special program starting mid-October. We're partnering with Coffee Trust to help support farmers and workers in Guatemala who have been so adversely affected by  the "La Roya" blight.

 I've previously described this blight, also known as Coffee  Rust which has decimated a huge portion of the coffee crops in  Central America. It has pushed  families, who were  already impoverished, over the  brink. Some farmers have lost  over 75% of their income.

 Funds raised will go toward helping 500 farmers gain new skills  in effective, organic farming responses to fungal infections like  La Roya. More information will be available within the next week  so stay tuned. To learn more, click here - http://coffeetrust.org/

I think that's it for this week. We have a large shipment of coffee due in next week so please help us make room for it. :) 

Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

Mount & Crew

 

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Thank you!

Posted on September 25, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Thanks to all who made it to our grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration last Saturday evening. It seemed like folks had a great time and I believe the coffee martinis and band were a "hit". 

I had planned to make a brief statement during the evening but the timing never seemed right so I'd like to take the opportunity to do so now.

As some of you know, the catalyst for this business was my attempt to deal with tragedy and grief and at the time, only three things were certain. 
One was that I was in desperate need of a distraction. Two was that I wanted to spend more time with my children and three was that I had always had a passion for great coffee and felt that there were probably others who shared that sentiment.
And so it began.
Through the early support of what have become some very loyal customers, this dream has become a reality and so much more. From the early days when one had to knock on the garage door for entry or wait until we opened the door on Saturdays, to today when so many of you are here on a daily basis.
I'm incredibly proud of what has been created and the overall feeling of love that goes into each batch of coffee that's roasted, each cup of coffee that is prepared, and each interaction that takes place.
Most importantly, I'm grateful to all of you and not only what you mean to us but the community as well. From my amazing staff to an amazing group of customers and vendors, without whom, this dream would still just be a dream.

 

I would also like to thank the James John Cafe, Proper Eats, Barrique Barrel, Dina y los rumberos and Marly, Becky & Cameron, for making the evening so special.

We had a drawing the night of the celebration and just drew names last night to determine the winners. Congratulations to all of you. We will be contacting each of you to arrange delivery of your winnings.

  • St. Johns Coffee mug, 12 oz. bag of coffee and coffee plant - Jeanne Levasseur
  • St. Johns logo T-shirt - Roger Johnston
  • St. Johns logo hoodie - Michelle Shafagh
  • 1lb. bag of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Brent Davis
  • 1lb. bag per month for 3 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Elle Blese
  • 1lb. bag per month for 6 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Robbi Johnson
  • 1lb. bag per month for 12 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - CJ Grub

This week we would like to welcome Sock Dreams to our growing list of offices who are keeping their staff fueled with our coffees. http://www.sockdreams.com/ 

Time to say good-bye, at least temporarily to two of our cherished coffees. The Bolivian Cenaproc and Brazil Grota Sao Pedro have both run out. I just roasted the last of both coffees yesterday so we have some on the shelf but when they're gone, they're gone. As soon as more becomes available, I'll bring it in.

It's perfect coffee drinking weather with the cooler temps and morning rain today so come visit us. And for those who haven't seen our new logo hoodies, 'tis the season! Warm, soft and cozy with a new stylized version of our logo adorning the back.

Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

Mount and crew

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