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Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 30, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Well, this certainly feels like the perfect Halloween weather. Blustery, with rain and lots of leaves on the ground. We have the perfect beverage solutions to ward off this cool, wet weather.

Saturday, we'll be doing a repeat of last year for the local kiddos. From 1-3 tomorrow we'll be serving up complimentary hot chocolates for the trick-or-treaters of St. Johns. St. Johns Main Street has organized a "Trick-or-Treating" extravaganza where various St. Johns businesses will be handing out a variety of treats to young children in a safe and friendly atmosphere. It turned out to be a very popular event last year so I would suggest arriving early.

Last week I mentioned the Coffee Fest event which took place here in Portland this year. I was finally able to get down there on Sunday and saw a lot of great things, several of which we'll be offering in the coming weeks.

The first item we'll be adding is pre-packaged oatmeal from Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods located in Redmond, Oregon. I've wanted to offer some other food options for a long time and I believe these will be a great addition.

Their oatmeals and mueslis are gluten free with no additives or preservatives and are absolutely delicious. (I consider myself to be somewhat of an oatmeal aficionado since I've made and eaten it every morning for the past 100 years.)

I've tasted other pre-packaged oatmeals and like a lot of things, are typically overly sweetened and just leave a bad taste in one's mouth. Not the case with Straw Propeller's oatmeals and mueslis. We should have them in the shop beginning Tuesday or Wednesday of next week so look for them.

Another change we'll be making beginning this next week is we're going to be changing our checkout system. I realize this probably seems irrelevant to most people but what I hope to accomplish is streamline the check-out process so wait times are minimized. For those of you who participate in our "frequent flier" program, don't worry, we'll still be able to retrieve previous rewards.

A lot of you have requested we offer travel mugs so I'm in the process of selecting some that we'll be able to offer. I'll keep you posted once the details have been worked out. 

 Already in stock are a new selection of t-shirts in both  women's and men's styles as well as  the very popular  hoodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many who have been in the shop have marveled at the terrariums available from Bestow. Now you can learn to create your own. On November 12th from 6-8pm, Nyki will offer a workshop on creating one's own tropical Terrariums. Call Bestow for more information. 503.208.4395.

Painter Jeanne Levasseur, whose paintings have been on display in the shop for the past  couple months came in the other day and swapped out  everything with new work so I would encourage everyone  to come in and check it out. As with her other work, it's  stunning.

Just a few more weeks remain for The Coffee Trust, La Roya Recover project so please come  in to learn about this devastating blight and help support the coffee farmers  of Guatemala so  they can gain valuable skills in organic solutions to  mitigate this disease. 

 That's about it for this week. Please stay tuned for updated information on new products and coffees. Meanwhile, take care and keep the coffee flowing.

Mount & Crew

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Back in the saddle again, or out of the saddle?

Posted on October 23, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

I'm back after an amazing trip into Northern California last week. There were a lot of firsts for me, two of  which included camping and seeing a part of California I'd not seen before. 

I highly recommend a road trip to the Yreka, CA area, heading north up the canyon to Hwy. 96 which follows the Klamath River. The Klamath River was stunningly beautiful and the Trinity Mountains were  breathtaking! 

 

 

But it's back to work and a busy week it has been. We were visited yesterday by Marina Oriel 

and Bill Fishbein from The Coffee Trust. Marina has been my contact for setting up the fundraising program in which we're involved, helping raise funds for the coffee farmers of Guatemala in dealing with the LaRoya blight. 

 Bill is the founder and Executive Director of The Coffee Trust and is in Portland to  participate in this weekend's CoffeeFest event, being held at the Oregon  Convention Center. One of the things we discussed was scheduling a time when  he can return, probably after the first of the year, visit our shop and share the  story with our customers, in much greater detail, of what's going on with the  coffee crops of Guatemala. Stay tuned.

 This week also marked the opening of the Woodstock location of New Seasons Market. As with all their other stores, our coffee is available there as well. Stop by and check it out. It sounds like an amazing multi-level layout. It's located at 4500 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland - 97206.

 As mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes   have  returned with a vengeance. Nothing scary about these. We  make  the blend right here and as with everything else we offer, it's  not syrupy sweet with processed sugars and artificial flavorings. It's  just simply delicious.

 This weekend marks the end of the  season for the St. Johns Farmers Market. And it's looking like the weather is going to be perfect for a farmers market. I hope you'll come out and take advantage of end of the season offerings and stop by our shop while you're in  the area.

 Beginning next Saturday, October 31st, we are going  to return to our "winter" hours. The only thing that will  change will be Saturday's opening time, moving back  to 8 am. And, just because I'm usually the last one to  realize it, the next day, Sunday November 1st is when we go off Daylight Savings  Time. I guess the good news is everyone will get an extra hour of sleep.

So enjoy this last weekend of the St. Johns Farmers Market and the sunshine!

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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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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