Blog

10% off on all t-shirts and hoodies!!!

Posted on August 05, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Greetings Everyone!

This weekend only! 10% off on all t-shirts & hoodies. New supply of t-shirts just arrived!

 - Check out our selection of coffees on Amazon.com. Seven varieties are available through Amazon Prime so enjoy the convenience of Free Shipping!  https://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=ALRNOUYXMHYBP&merchant=ALRNOUYXMHYBP&redirect=true
 - Don't forget to reserve your tickets for the Alan Broadbent concerts coming upMonday and Tuesday, August 8th and 9th at Classic Pianos. Alan has performed at Classic Pianos numerous times and each has been a sell-out. Don't miss this amazing jazz pianist in one of the most intimate music environments in Portland. Call Peggie for tickets - 503.546.5622.

 - With cooler summertime temps, seems like the perfect time for coffee cake! Check this recipe out. Try adding a some espresso ground coffee.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sour-cream-coffee-cake-recipe.html

 - And finally, I'm going to change things around a bit. I'm going to switch to sending out this newsletter the first Friday of each month. 
 
Many thanks for your on-going support!
Mount & Crew

Posted in 2016, Aeropress, Amazon.com, Amistad, anti-oxidents, bagel spreads, bagels, Baratza, brewers, caramel, cardamom lattes, coffee, coffee tasting, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Costa Rica La Amistad, croissants, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, espresso, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, Farm direct, George Fendel, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, hoodies, latte, logo cups, Matcha Latte, organic coffee, real good coffee, roast, Rwanda, salads, sale, sidewalk seating, St. Johns Farmers Market, t-shirts, tea, Travel mugs, wrap, Yelp

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

Posted in Amistad, anti-oxidents, antioxidents, bagel spreads, bagels, Baratza, Bialetti, Brazil, breakfast, burlap, caramel, cardamom lattes, coffee, coffee tasting, cold brew, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Costa Rica La Amistad, croissants, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, espresso, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, Farm direct, food options, grinders, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, hoodies, hummus, jams, latte, logo cups, Matcha Latte, Mexican pottery, Moka Pot, Mount Burns, new food items, New Seasons, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast, salads, sandwiches, sidewalk seating, St. Johns Farmers Market, Stove Top Espresso Maker, tea, Travel mugs, Yelp

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

    Posted in Aeropress, Amistad, anti-oxidents, antioxidents, bagel spreads, bagels, Bialetti, Brazil, caramel, cardamom lattes, Chuck's Produce, coffee, coffee tasting, cold brew, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, croissants, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, Farm direct, food options, George Fendel, grinders, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, jams, latte, logo cups, market, Matcha Latte, Mount Burns, new food items, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast, Rwanda, salads, sandwiches, sidewalk seating, St. Johns Farmers Market, Stove Top Espresso Maker, Travel mugs, wrap, Yelp

    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

    Posted in 2016, Aeropress, Amistad, bagel spreads, bagels, bags, Baratza, Bialetti, Brazil, Brazil Grota Sao Pedro, breakfast, burlap, caramel, cardamom lattes, Chuck's Produce, coffee, coffee tasting, cold brew, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Costa Rica La Amistad, croissants, Delores Hidalgo, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, espresso, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, Farm direct, food options, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, hoodies, hummus, latte, logo cups, market, Matcha Latte, Mexican pottery, Mount Burns, New Seasons, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast, Rwanda, St. Johns Farmers Market, Stove Top Espresso Maker, Travel mugs

    The St. Johns Farmers Market Returns!!!

    Posted on June 03, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    It's time again for the St. Johns Farmers Market to open. The season begins this Saturday, June 4th and continues through November 19th.

     It sounds like it will be  perfect  weather for kicking  off the  farmers market  season. Lots of  sun (and  heat). We'll be ready  with an  abundance of cold-  brewed  coffees, teas, snacks  and  treats.

     

    One of the most difficult realizations of the coffee business is the seasonality of the various coffees. Especially when we find those that are incredibly special and which we come to love so much. We enjoy them and before we know it, they're gone.

    Such is the case with two coffees we've had, the dry-processed Ethiopian Sidamo and a coffee we've purchased directly from the farm in Brazil (Brazil Grota Sao Pedro).

    However, I'm happy to report that both will be returning next week to our offering list. They represent two entirely different profiles on the flavor spectrum. 

    The dry-processed Ethiopian Sidamo has a prominent blueberry note with orange, tamarind, toffee, taffy, nut, and a, soft body.

    The Brazilian coffee, if anything like last year's crop, was like drinking creme brulèe. Medium roast with a wonderful caramel sweetness, chocolate and almond and oh so smooth!

    We also have another new coffee from Ethiopia. It's a dry-processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. As with the Sidamo, it's fuller in body while still possessing many of the floral notes of the washed Yirgacheffe which, we also have in stock.

    Can you tell I'm a fanatic for Ethiopian coffees???

    Now that summer gardening has begun, people are often requesting used coffee grounds to be used in their compost bins. Did you know you can also use them as insect repellants and wood stains. Check out this article - http://theheartysoul.com/coffee-ground-uses/

    Furthermore, I recently read an article where a group in Great Britain has begun collecting tons and tons of used coffee grounds from Britain's coffee shops, processing them and creating pellets that can then be used to heat homes. Check out this article - http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/27/recycling-coffee-grounds-home-heating-pellets/

    Posted in 2016, Aeropress, anti-oxidents, bagel spreads, bagels, Baratza, Bialetti, Brazil, Brazil Grota Sao Pedro, caramel, cardamom lattes, coffee tasting, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Costa Rica La Amistad, croissants, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, espresso, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, Farm direct, food options, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, hummus, latte, logo cups, market, Matcha Latte, Moka Pot, Mount Burns, new food items, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast, Rwanda, St. Johns Farmers Market, Stove Top Espresso Maker, Travel mugs

    'Tis Tax Time!!!

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

    So it's tax day. I'm not sure what else I can say about that. :) I'm always reminded of the Beatles song, "Tax Man", on this day.

    For those of you who need a little more "mojo" to get you through your taxes, we have plenty of caffeine related beverages and whole bean coffee to help you. 

    It has been a huge week for us here at the shop. We worked very hard to deliver our first order of organic and fair trade coffees to Made in Oregon stores in addition to our regular group of retail stores offering our coffees. 

    Made in Oregon stores are located in all major Portland shopping malls as well as three locations at the Portland International Airport.

    One new addition to our line-up is the Market of Choice store in West Linn. They'll be offering two of our coffees in bulk bins as well as an assorted variety of our packaged coffee. If you live in the West Linn, Clackamas or Lake Oswego areas, there's now a new location from which to purchase our  coffees.

     And, we've added a new  sandwich to our line-up of  healthy food options. It's a  toasted brioche with  sunflower  butter and apricot  jam. Check it  out when you're in the shop next.

    New coffees were ordered this past Wednesday and are scheduled to arrive next Monday. Among them are a new Ethiopian Dry Processed Yirgacheffe which differs from our current "washed Yirgacheffe". Typically, dry-processed coffees yield a fuller body as well as possessing all the characteristic flavors so I'm very anxious to try it.

    We also purchased a new variety of coffee from Sumatra. I was told it has prominent notes of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Sounds like a Snickers bar in a cup! I can't wait to try that one! 

    And just a bit of a warning... the delectable Guatemala Finca Bourbon is getting low. We've ordered a new Guatemala to take its place which we've had before and has always been very very good. 

    But for those of you who have developed a fondness for the Guatemala Finca Bourbon, there's no time like the present to enjoy it.

     Taryn is on her way out the  door to the Hillsdale location  of Food Front Cooperative  Grocery to sample some of our  coffees available there. If  you're in the area, stop by and  say hi. She'll be there from 11 - 2 today.

    Meanwhile, I hope you have a fantastic weekend we'll hope to see you in the shop.

    Mount & Crew

    Posted in Baratza, caramel, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Delores Hidalgo, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, grinders, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Honduras Alto De Los Santos, hoodies, latte, logo cups, Mee Mee's Goodies, new food items, Organic, real good coffee, sandwiches, Sheridan Fruit Company, Travel mugs

    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

    Posted in bagels, breakfast, cardamom lattes, Colombia Red Ecolsierra, Costa Rica, Costa Rica La Amistad, Dry process, El Pilon, El Salvador, espresso, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Fair trade, food options, grinders, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, hoodies, latte, logo cups, Mee Mee's Goodies, new food items, real good coffee, sandwiches, Travel mugs

    1 2 3 5 Next »