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Coffee is not a word, it's a sentence!

Posted on July 15, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

This week's news -
  • Coffee is not a word, it's a sentence. We just saw this posted in a Mississippi coffee shop yesterday and thought it appropriate.
  • More summer-like weather is forecast for Portland next week so come see us for all your cold brew coffee and brewing supplies.
  • For those who love to BBQ, check out this recipe! 
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/flank_steak_with_coffee_peppercorn_marinade.html

Many thanks for your on-going support!

Mount & Crew

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Ethiopian Coffees Rock!!!

Posted on June 10, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

 Last week I mentioned we would be  receiving a new Ethiopian Sidamo  coffee. It arrived late Tuesday and  had barely gotten into the shop  before we were unloading it from the  pallet and preparing it for roasting.

 We just did a tasting of it and  WOW!!! So full of blueberry!!! And  smoothhhhh!!! Very very clean cup.

We sampled it next to the Dry Process Ethiopian Yirgacheffe which is also incredibly smooth but with so much going on! Hits one's tongue immediately and dances around all those taste buds.

Come on in and try them both. They both excel brewed as pour-overs so that would be my recommendation. 

The big news this week, aside from the stellar Ethiopian coffees, is that our coffees will soon be available through Amazon.com. Stay tuned for more information.

New products scheduled to arrive next week, just in time for Father's Day:

  • Espro Travel Presses - French press on-the-go.
  • Espro Presses - double wall, brushed stainless steel. Keeps coffee hot for hours.
  • Espro P5 Stainless French Presses. Heavy duty glass that won't slip and nicer price-point.
  • Logo travel mugs

 

While the weather can't make up its mind if it wants to be 100º or 60º, it's perfect for drinking coffee. Tomorrow looks like another perfect day for coffee as well as the St. Johns Farmers Market. 

Stop by and get fueled and warmed before heading to the market.

Meanwhile, keep the coffee flowing.

Mount & Crew

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Be ready for Memorial Day!!!

Posted on May 13, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Memorial Day is generally the kick-off to a season of bbq'ing so I thought I'd share a recipe for dry rub for any type of meat you choose. Oh and of course, one of the ingredients is coffee. Duh! 

BBQ COFFEE RUB

  • 1/4 cup finely fround coffee
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne

Many of you probably remember the amazing Brazil Grota Sao Pedro we had last year  but sold out. Well, I have good news. It will be  returning to our line-up in the very near future. Last  time we described it as being like drinking Cremè  Brulee and I have a feeling this year's crop will be  comparable. Perhaps more like Tiramisu. :)

If the Memorial Day weather proves too hot to serve your guests hot coffee, consider brewing some cold-brew coffee. We have a large selection of Toddy Brewers and accessories and are happy to teach you the process. It's quite simple. Or, if you decide you'd like to serve something with a little "kick" to it, consider a coffee martini. We can show you how to make those as well! They're delicious!!!

 

Meanwhile, have a great weekend and keep the coffee flowing.

 

 Mount & Crew

 

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    More new faces!!!

    Posted on May 13, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    This week we'd like to welcome another new member to our staff. In addition to a passion for excellent coffee, Kirk Sanchez brings a nice quiet energy and attention to detail and I believe is going to be a nice fit here at the shop.

     This Saturday  is the 54th  annual St.  Johns Parade  and 10th  annual St.  Johns Bizarre.  The past  few  years we've  been blessed  with beautiful,  sunny  weather for  these events but it doesn't look  like we're going to have a repeat  performance of that this year.

    These two events draw thousands of people come from miles around because it is the proverbial "small-town" parade filled with marching bands, car clubs, etc. 

    In any regard, we'll be here ready to serve lots of organic and fair trade coffees, both hot and cold-brewed as well as delicious French pastries and Spielman bagels to keep you fueled.

    And don't forget, we now have a nice assortment of organic juices from Columbia Gorge Organic Juices.

    I'm often looking for different ways in which coffee can be used and found this recipe the other day which sounds like a splendid refreshment for a hot summer day.

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the water and coffee. In a blender, combine ice cubes, coffee mixture, milk, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

    Beginning today, St. Johns Coffee Roasters' coffee will be available in the Greenway location of Whole Foods Markets. If you live or work in the Southwest area of Portland/Beaverton, stop in and check out this beautiful store. It's located at 12220 SW Scholls Ferry Road - Tigard, OR 97223.

    And this Saturday, Greg will be handing out samples of our coffee at Chuck's Produce in Vancouver from 11 am - 2 pm. Stop by and say hi if you're in the area and sample some REAL.GOOD.COFFEE. 

     

     

     

     

    We're also  scheduled to  receive a new  shipment of the  Baratza grinders  tomorrow. We recently sold out but thankfully, the company is located in Seattle so it was a quick-fix. If you're not familiar with the Baratza grinders, come in and ask for a demo.

    This was the grinder that changed my life.

    Meanwhile, have a great weekend and keep the coffee flowing. I hope you're able to make it to the St. Johns Parade and St. Johns Bizarre.

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    Considering the bee crisis...

    Posted on April 01, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Recently, the following article from RealSimple Magazine was shared with me and I thought it appropriate to share with you since we provide and offer for sale, local honey from P&P Apiary. 

    Eco quandary - Considering the bee crisis, is it bad to buy honey.
    Not at all! Since 2007, the US has lost about a quarter of its beehives each year due to pathogens, parasites, pesticides, and poor nutrition. "Buying honey helps beekeepers offset the cost of maintaining colonies and keeping bees healthy," says Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., the director of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.
    Opting for local varieties supports producers near you, but purchasing supermarket brands is OK, too, says Becky Masterman, Ph.D., the program director for the University of Minnesota's Bee Squad, which promotes healthy bee populations. "Commercial companies are often cooperatives that buy regional honey from beekeepers," she says.
    Bees are responsible for more than just our honey supply. Up to a third of our food supply depends on the work of pollinators, such as bees. So how can you help combat the loss of beehives? In addition to supporting the beekeepers by buying honey, plant flowers as a food source for bees, and skip the pesticides.
    Kaitlyn Pirie
    Some of you may have noticed that the coffee descriptions and pricing information have returned to our "offerings" chalkboard. Next up is the consolidation of all our "random" chalkboards into a single menu!
    A big thanks to Marly Beyer for her artistic talents.

     

    Beginning in March, PBS will be airing a new documentary entitled Coffee: The Drink That Changed America. The story follows coffee from its beginnings in Ethiopia, through the Middle East and Europe and into America. The theme of the show is that coffee is associated with social disruption and change. Learn about coffee's evolution  from the "excrement" of the early  English coffee houses to the  artisan wave we are currently in.  Lots of history and ably and  humorously (of course) hosted by  Dean Cycon of Dean's Beans  Organic Coffee Company. Check  your local PBS affiliate for  viewing times.

     Until next week, I hope you're able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather we're having. It has made for some amazing motorcycle commutes this past week.

    Our larger umbrella tables will be going back out today so come by and enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage along with a baguette sandwich or pastry while basking in the sun!

    Many thanks,

    Mount & Crew

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    Time to take a coffee nap?

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    So far this month's weather has held true to the saying, "Come in like a lion" and, I'm hoping, will "go out like a lamb"! It's been just a little gnarly, making for some interesting motorcycle rides into the shop each day.

    However, I know that with this weekend's shift to Daylight Savings Time, it won't be long before the weather stabilizes a bit. I was just reading a book on Scotland last weekend and the author commented that his favorite part of Scotland was the weather.

    He went onto say that Scotland experienced all four seasons, sometimes all within the context of a single day. I feel that's exactly what we've been experiencing here in Oregon.

    There are a lot of things that took place this week. First of all, we'd like to welcome Sheridan Fruit Company to our growing list of coffee retailers. They're receiving their first order today and Taryn will be there next Wednesday the 16th from 10 am - 2 pm, handing out samples of our coffees.

    If you're not familiar with Sheridan Fruit Company, they've been around since 1916 and offer quality fruits, vegetables, meats and grocery items. They also cater bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, family reunions, graduations, bbq's and more. They're located at 409 SE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97214. I would encourage you to stop by and check them out when you're in the area.

    The other big news is we're just about ready to launch an expanded assortment of healthy snacks and sandwiches next week. Starting Wednesday, we'll have three different varieties of baguette sandwiches, featuring premium meats and cheeses from Boar's Head as well as a veggie option. We'll also have some snack boxes with hummus and fresh veggies.

    I've wanted to offer something of this quality for a very long time so I'm very excited it's finally happening! Stop in Wednesday and look for the new refrigerator at the end of the counter and feel free to check our Facebook page for updates. Plan on stopping by to check them out. We'll be handing out samples. Heh, heh, heh!

    Many people have been commenting on the jams we've been offering to accompany croissants, asking where they're available. Well, they're now available right here in the  shop.

     Fresh-made jams with locally sourced ingredients  made by Mee Mee's Goodies. We're offering four  varieties in 8 ounce jars for $7.00 each.

     

     

    • Strawberry Champagne
    • Berry Pinot Noir
    • Marionberry
    • Raspberry Lemon

    Here's an interesting article I found recently which seems to make no sense whatsoever until you read it. Check it out. It's short but very informative.

    http://www.tastingtable.com/drinks/national/coffee-naps-why-they-work-caffeine-sleep-tips?utm_medium=email&utm_source=TT&utm_campaign=Weekend&utm_content=Editorial 

    I think that's it for this week.

    Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

    Mount & Crew

     

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    Take time to stop and smell the roses, or coffee in this case!

    Posted on February 19, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 1 Comment

    Customers often seem bewildered when we start describing coffees as having, "notes of macadamia nut, cinnamon, blueberry, anise, etc." I've contended for a long time that a lot of developing those olfactory senses is simply to slow down and take the time to savor what you're tasting and/or experiencing. This principal does apply to many more things than just coffee!

     There are those who just seem to posses  a much more sensitive palate than others.  I don't consider myself to be blessed with  that quality. However, a large part of  developing those senses is a "learned"  trait which benefits from just slowing  down.

    Prior to getting into the coffee business, my choice of coffee was primarily based on, "this tastes great or this one doesn't." But that was the extent of my criteria. I never took  time to analyze the characteristics that defined either classification.

    As we rapidly approach our 8th year anniversary, I feel I'm finally getting a much better grasp on identifying those various profiles which define the taste of the coffees. 

    Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting people turn their morning coffee brewing into a science experiment. I would just encourage you, when you take that next sip of coffee, truly sip it so the coffee hits as many taste buds as it can and ask yourself what is it you're tasting.

    If you would like to practice, please  join us tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm in our tasting room as we sample three of our newer coffees. The El Salvador El Pilon, the Costa Rica La Amistad and the Rwanda FTO Coopac.

    A friend/customer just shared a great article related to this topic. If you care to read more, just click on the following link. It's a quick read but very informative. 

    http://www.splendidtable.org/story/stop-and-smell-the-coffee-olfactory-stimulation-might-increase-your-sense-of-smell

    A huge congratulations this week to our customer, GiGi's Cafe! They were just included as one of the top 15 breakfast locations in Portland!!! I'd like to think it's because of our coffee but, I'm sure it's more than just that. :) Congratulations Mike and Charlene!

    http://pdx.eater.com/maps/best-portland-breakfast-restaurants/gigis-cafe

    And finally, we would like to welcome Chuck's Produce & Street Market to our list of grocers in the Vancouver, WA region. Beginning Wednesday, February 24th, our coffees  will be available at their Mill  Plain store. Greg and I just  visited them yesterday  and  it's a beautiful store.

    That's it for this week. Many many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing!

    Mount & Crew

     

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