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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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Would I really tell someone NOT to drink coffee???

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

The concept of me telling someone not to drink coffee seems foreign. However, this past week, I received an e-mail from someone asking if our coffee was "gluten-free"? My initial reaction was ...  I won't mention what I said.

After considering the question, I decided I should do some research to see if there was anything definitive before responding to the e-mail. Here's what I found.

Apparently, those who are gluten intolerant, may experience gluten-like side effects when drinking coffee due to similarities in the proteins present in coffee being similar to proteins in gluten. 

Another culprit is when coffee is processed in the same facility as products containing gluten, there can be cross-contamination that takes place. And while I don't believe any of the coffees I purchase have been processed in this manner, I cannot guarantee it.

So the long and short of it is that for folks who find themselves gluten intolerant, you may want to find another option to coffee. I can't believe I just said that!

This Monday, we will be closed for the Fourth of July.  If you are on schedule for home delivery on Wednesday, there will be not any interruption to your normal delivery.

The big news on the jazz scene is that on August 8th and 9th at 7:30 pm, Alan Broadbent will be returning to Classic Pianos for two shows. For those of you who are familiar with Alan's music... you'll know what his performances are like. Electric, profound, intimate and humble are just a few adjectives that come to mind.

He's performed at Classic Pianos multiple times and I've attended each of his performances. I have yet to be disappointed. If you would like to experience one of his shows, please call Peggie at Classic Pianos and reserve your tickets. They're guaranteed to sell out quickly. Peggie can be reached at 503.546.5622.

Be sure to check out our selection of coffees on Amazon. You may find them here - www.amazon.com/shops/stjohnscoffee

Thanks for your continued 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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    Time for the Portland Rose Festival!

    Posted on May 27, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Greetings Everyone,

    This weekend marks the beginning of The Portland Rose Festival. And unlike many years, it looks as though the weather will be stellar. It all begins this Friday evening with opening night Fireworks and continues on for the next couple weeks.

    For those of you from outside the Portland area, the Portland Rose Festival is an annual celebration which has been going on for over 100 years. There are parades, firework displays, concerts, etc. Pretty much something for everyone.

    Last week, we had the pleasure of traveling to Scotland. It was my first trip to Europe and I must say, I've never heard many good comments about the coffee so of course, I had to check it out.

    And, I was pleasantly surprised. There seemed to be limited choices from grocers but what was available in the cafes was for the most part, pretty good. However, there were only limited options when it came to organic coffees. We only found one cafe specializing in organic coffees and healthy food options.

    Perhaps it's time to open a second location of St. Johns Coffee Roasters in Scotland?!?!

    We also had the opportunity to have "high tea" while in Scotland. We went to the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh which was quite special. 

    As many of you know, one of my favorite methods for brewing coffee is the pour-over.  After seeing the server pour our tea (photo attached), it  gave me new inspiration for the "art of the pour-over"  presentation. However, don't count on it anytime soon. :)

     And the BIG NEWS is, next weekend (June 4th), is the  opening weekend of the St. Johns Farmers Market. It  always a big day with lots of new vendors as well as many  who have done the market since its inception.

     We'll be ready with plenty of both hot and cold brewed  coffees as well as  healthy snacks, organic juices and  sandwiches. We also have received a new shipment of grinders from Baratza as well as Hario hand grinders, perfect for camping trips.

    Speaking of camping, we also have the Aeropress coffee brewers in stock which include a zippered tote for simplifying travel. 

    I think that's it for this week. Many thanks for your continued support and 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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      The times they are a'changing...

      Posted on April 29, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

      As someone once said, "the only constant is change". This past week has been a perfect example of that.

      The most obvious change for me occurred this morning when I entered the shop and experienced the absence of Bestow, our in-house floral shop.

      Nyki (Bestow) has decided to move back to Southern Oregon where she originally came from. She's accepted a position in a flower shop in Ashland and I'm sure will re-invent Bestow once she gets settled and we wish her nothing but the best in this new endeavor.

      Her plants and flowers added such a welcoming element to the shop and to see it all gone this morning was a bit of a shocker. However, we're already discussing ideas on re-creating that feel and adding some additional seating at the same time.

      Meanwhile, we're going into what looks to be a beautiful weekend. We'll be prepared with plenty of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees and delectable sandwiches and treats.

      Speaking of which, we have some new selections in the way of food items. Delicious berry pies from Mee Mee's Goodies, perfect for sharing and are the perfect pick-me-up for a late afternoon snack. And coming soon... Columbia Gorge Organic Juices! 

      Meanwhile, thanks so much for your on-going patronage and keep the coffee flowing!

      Mount & Crew

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