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Back in the saddle again.

Posted on August 21, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

I can't tell you what a great feeling it was to be able to take a few days off last week, knowing my staff would do such a great job in my absence. Now I'm ready to go again! :)

The trip was stellar with only one day of rain. As I've mentioned to many people, most of my motorcycle trips are centered around food, in one way or another. This trip was no exception. I got to partake of some amazing seafood along with a healthy dose of some delicious oysters.

It felt good to be back at the shop on Monday and it's been a very full week. We finally received our shipment of Chemex brewers and filters which so many have been asking about. For those who love the quality of pour-over coffees but wish to make it in larger quantities, the Chemex is the route to go. We now have the 6-cup brewers and filters in stock. Come check them out!

Tuesday was a bittersweet day because we had to say goodbye to our long-time customers, Lexi and Bjorn. They have been loving our coffees for the past two or three years and have been here daily since opening our new Tasting Room. However, they're about to embark on new life adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We're excited about their new plans but will miss their cheerful energy.

New coffees were ordered this past week which are scheduled to arrive Monday. Most of what's coming in is to replenish what we already have. However, there's one very special coffee amongst the group. It's a new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Adame Gorbota. 

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe FTO Adame Gorbota coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Adame Gorbota Cooperative located in the Wenago district within the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia. The Adame Gorbota Cooperative currently has 533 members. In 2011, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia. There are twenty-six other cooperatives affiliated with the YCFCU totaling more than 35,000 members.

Origin Information
Grower: Adame Gorbota Cooperative
Region: Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1800-2000 meters
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Harvest: October - December
Soil: Vertisol
Certification: Fair Trade Organic

We're now deep into the planning mode for next month's grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration. We hope to solidify some of the larger pieces within the next week. Stay tuned and save the date. Saturday, September 19th, 2015!

Tomorrow will be another Constitution Art Party which means Leavitt Avenue will be closed. Last time this event took place, people had a great time visiting the various arts and craft booths as well as the adjacent St. Johns Farmers Market. All in all, it made for a very active day and I'm sure tomorrow will be the same. 

Take care and thanks so much for all your support.

Mount & Crew 

 

 

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Mexican Pottery has arrived!

Posted on August 07, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

This past Monday we received our shipment of pottery from JMB Talavera in Delores Hidalgo, Mexico. And is usually the case, it exceeded our expectations. It's beautiful. New colors and patterns in demitasse and cappuccino cups as well as two sizes of serving platters. I long for the day when I can return to Delores Hidalgo and visit the potter in person.

With last week's Greenpeace protest now history, I expected this week to be a bit calmer. However, that wasn't the case. As a result, there were a few times when we just couldn't keep up with coffee brewing. Tomorrow I'll be ordering a larger capacity brewer to avoid situations like that in the future. Another one of those "growing pains".

Another recent growing pain has been trying to figure out the best mix of prepared foods from Molly's. We found we were running out of some things and had an abundance of others.  Beginning this week, you can expect a larger selection of breakfast items as well as salads, wraps and a couple sandwiches.

I've mentioned the fact that the Guatemala Finca Bourbon has returned to our inventory of coffees. We did another cupping of it this past Monday morning and DANG! It is SOOO good! Obviously, we're not the only ones who feel that way. We've consistently been selling out of it from each batch that's roasted. I encourage you to come in the shop and let us do a pour-over of it for you.

It's hard to believe that just a week ago it was almost 100ºF! I'm grateful it has cooled off so pleasantly. It has made for great weather to enjoy sitting outside the shop, sipping on a coffee and eating a pastry or bagel. Not to mention better sleeping and better motorcycling weather!

My staff has been encouraging me to take a few days off so I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to make that happen and where exactly I'd go. I think I could squeeze about four days away from the shop.

I'm considering the northeast corner of Oregon, around the Joseph area, the southeast corner around the Steens Mountains, the Olympic Peninsula or northern California. If any of you have suggestions for good motorcycling routes to any of these areas or others, I'd welcome suggestions.

On that note, I'm going to begin looking at some maps.

Many thanks for your continued support. We appreciate your business very much. Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19th for our grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration.

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We have bike racks!

Posted on June 26, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Greetings Everyone,

Only a week ago, an engineer from the Portland Department of Transportation visited our shop to assess the location of our proposed bike racks. When asked how long a process it would be once the location was approved, he replied with, "between 6-8 weeks but, there was an off chance it could happen more quickly."

More quickly it was. They were installed this past Wednesday! 

 

 

For those of you who have visited the shop this past week, you may have noticed the new refrigerator stocked with Molly's Grown to Eat products. People are LOVING the items. Everything from delicious salads, breakfast sandwiches with bacon (a personal favorite), wraps to more traditional sandwiches. It's nice because one can come in the shop in the morning, get a coffee, bagel or French pastry and then pick up a lunch item to take to the office with them.

We're busy preparing for this weekend's heatwave by brewing inordinate quantities of cold-brewed coffee and teas. Personally, I've never stopped enjoying hot coffee during hot spells. I operate with the notion that drinking hot coffee keeps the inside of my body warmer making the outside feel cooler. (?) I came up with that philosophy when I lived in the South. :) 

Within the next couple weeks, we should be receiving a new order of the Mexican pottery we've become known for. We'll have a large selection of espresso cups, cappuccino cups as well as serving trays. We still have a limited inventory of these items but will be adding to that. Each time we receive an order, there are different colors and patterns that continually amaze.

This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of being interviewed for an upcoming series of articles called, Defining Extraordinary, a project created by Sentiero Photography. Andrea and Angelina asked all sorts of questions and took numerous photos in and around the shop. I'm excited to read the final article and see what they come up with. It should be completed within the next couple weeks so I will share it once it has been posted. Check out their site here - https://sentierophotography.wordpress.com/about/about/.

Starting next week, we'll have some new art hanging in the shop. Customer and friend Jeanne Levasseur will be hanging her beautiful paintings. Check out her work here - http://www.theskylinestudio.com/ Friday night, July 24th, we'll be hosting a reception for Jeanne so everyone can meet her and talk to her about her work. More details will follow but please make plans to attend. And yes, there will be wine. :)

 For some reason, numerous things around the shop have been breaking this week. Cups, plates, espresso grinder, et al. I don't know if it's the moon or something else but it gives me a new appreciation for times when things work flawlessly.

That said, a deep cleaning was done on the roaster this past Tuesday so lots and lots of coffee was roasted on Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully it will be enough to get us through the weekend. I really don't want to have to fire up the roaster when it's 102 degrees tomorrow. :)

That's about it for this week. Please keep the coffee flowing and many many thanks for your continued support! We LOVE our work!

Mount & Crew

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New Coffees!

Posted on March 27, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

A very good Friday to all of you, no pun intended.
What a week it's been! Last week I mentioned we were expecting our shipment of coffee from Timor. It arrived and I've roasted the first batch. And, it exceeds any expectation I'd had for it!
Smooth, smooth, smooth bakers chocolate notes with a subtle sweetness of apricot with a dash of cinnamon and tobacco. Incredible! Also roasted this week was the Nicaragua los Delirios delivering notes of blackberry and chocolate with a very pleasing acidity.
Our shipment of t-shirts arrived this week. We now have long-sleeved t's in both women's and men's sizes as well as some nice feminine short-sleeved women's t's in a silky soft cotton.
As things continue to get busier here at the shop, some have experienced longer than desired wait-times. My apologies for that. We have adjusted staffing schedules so hopefully that will no longer be an issue. One of those nasty "growing pains". 
For those of you who are trivia fans, I'd like to invite you to participate in my friend Steven Joiner's "Beer is Thicker Than Blood" trivia project. It is being held at the St. Johns Beer Porch, on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm, now through May 28th.  This event is to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and promises to be a lot of fun. 
The St. Johns Beer Porch is located within Kreuger's Farm Market at 7316 N. Lombard. So come on out, help a good cause and have a good time in the process.
Jessica is at Food Front Northwest today from 11am - 2pm, handing out samples of our coffees offered there. If you're in the area, please stop by and give them a try.
This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting a coffee tasting for several women who had never been to the shop previously. These events are always fun and informative. It's great getting to not only share our coffees but share our story and passion as well as hearing others' stories.
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A customer visited our shop yesterday and captured some delightful images as well as leaving us a stellar review on Yelp. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to visit us, I hope you'll feel inspired to do so when you're able.
Meanwhile many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount and crew

 

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