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Spring is in the air...

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

This past week has certainly gotten me to thinking about Spring. Warmer temps and a few dry days even allowed for some motorcycle rides beyond just the usual commute. Always a good  thing!

 The shop has been busy this week. A lot of people have  been enjoying the new coffees from Rwanda and El  Salvador. Rightfully so, they're both stellar in their own  rights, both of which are medium roasts. The El Salvador  has a subtle fruitiness with a caramel sweetness and slight  chocolate aftertaste with a velvety texture. The Rwanda is  extremely smooth and syrupy sweet with notes of orange, vanilla and a touch of floral.

And, with the warmer weather, people have been sitting outside, basking in the sun while enjoying their favorite coffee beverage.

For those who didn't see my Facebook post earlier in the week, our friend and customer, Andrew Shroyer hung a new sign for us which he created. It's awesome! Check it out if you haven't yet seen it.

I have a question I would like to pose. Over the course of the past few months, there have been a few folks who have asked about our extending our operating hours into the evenings. I'm just curious if that's something that would appeal to folks? If you have thought/opinions/etc, please e-mail me.

While out completing deliveries, Greg has started spreading the word about St. Johns Coffee Roasters and it appears to be working. There are several prospective customers interested in our coffees. If any of you know of restaurants or cafes who you feel could improve their coffee offerings, we would very much appreciate any referrals.

I met with my web designer this past week and he will be updating our shopping cart with all the new coffees we have in stock so stay posted. That said, it's hard to believe but Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. 

We have a great selection of coffee related gift items, perfect for that special someone. Travel mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, coffee, Mexican pottery, etc. And of course, there's Bestow for all your floral needs.

And in March, another jazz concert at Classic Pianos.

Monday March 7th at 7:00 pm, George Fendel presents - Rebecca Kilgore, singing songs associated with Susannah McCorkle, featuring Randy Porter on piano with special guest, Marc Fendel on alto sax.

Classic Pianos is located at 3030 SE Milwaukie Ave, (corner of SE Powell Blvd and Milwaukie Ave.), next door to the Aladdin Theatre. Concerts are held in their recital hall which only has a capacity of 100 people, offering an unforgettable music experience.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call Peggie at 503.546.5622.

In the meantime, many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing. It looks like it's going to be a good weekend for consuming copius amounts of coffee. But then again, what weekend isn't???

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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More new coffees!

Posted on January 21, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Last week we introduced you to the new coffee from Rwanda. It has quickly become a favorite among many of our customers (and staff). This morning we roasted some of the new coffee from El Salvador and I'm sipping on some right now.

They just keep getting better! This coffee is SO SMOOTH with a velvety mouthfeel. A bit of fruitiness but not overwhelmingly so, and some delicious caramel sweetness with just a touch of chocolate on the after taste. It's been a few years since we had the coffee from El Salvador but I believe this one surpasses it!

Here is some information on the farm along with a map showing its location -

El Pilon Farm is located in the western part of El Salvador in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec Mountain
Region. It produces wild Red and Yellow Bourbon varieties in a microclimate of 1500 to 1600
meters above sea level. It consists of an area of 84 hectares, where the temperature all year
round is 7-18 degrees Celsius, with fog that gives the coffee a great density, and lots of juice when
hand-picked in a perfect red yellow color.

El Pilon has spectacular views of Eagle Mountain
near the great Volcano of Santa Ana that in 2005 had an eruption and its
ashes covered all of El Pilon Farm. All the coffee trees lost their leaves, but they survived as the
family continued to care for them. El Pilon farm got its name from the small coffee plant nursery,
it is certified by the Rain Forest Alliance seal. This certification assures the farm is sustainable with the environment and wild life. 

El Pilon coffee gets to our Eco-Mill, located at 20 min from the farm, were it is processed by our
team assuring the best quality at the pulpers and washed through a continuos flow aqua-pulper. 

Then it is dried on African beds in the heat of the sun. The drying process takes from 12 to 18 days.
After the coffee is dried, two cuppers sample each daily lot of El Pilon Farm coffee
to select the best lots to export.

With the addition of these two new coffees, we are now able to offer 24 different coffees to offer our customers. A perfect opportunity to come in and let us make a pour-over for you. And the weather couldn't be more perfect for drinking coffee!

The new development across the street from the shop is going up at a "lightning-fast" pace. It's sad that we've lost what little view we had of the St. Johns Bridge but it's also exciting to think about the prospective new customers. We joked with a customer the other day that we'll have to install a zip-line between the shop and the apartments to deliver coffee drinks to the residents.

We've also joked that for us to regain our view of the Bridge, we're going to add a rooftop after hours lounge. Trouble is, we'd have to go up two stories and I'm not quite sure that's in the plans. :)

Starting this Friday, January 22nd, we have a special promotion going on. With a minimum purchase of $25, get a free ceramic logo mug. Quantities are limited so don't hesitate.

Until next week, take care, have a great weekend and keep the coffee flowing.

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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And we're off like a herd of turtles!!!

Posted on January 08, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

I don't know about everyone else but I'm ready for some warmer, drier weather. I guess I shouldn't complain too much after what the folks in the Midwest have been going through.

After the frenzy of the holidays, things seem to have slowed down just a bit although the shop has continued to be busy. A lot of people have been coming back for items they'd had their eyes on before Christmas but which, for some reason, didn't make it into their gift bags.

The Travel Presses and Espro Presses along with the logo travel mugs and ceramic logo mugs have been top on that list of coveted  items. 

 We also did something this week which  we've never done before but which I  believe will become a new tradition. When I was taking an inventory of the  bags of coffee we had on the shelves, discovered there were a few bags  which had been there over one week.

 So we created a 1/2 price bin so people could take advantage of that  opportunity and, it's been a huge success. There's absolutely nothing wrong  with the coffee whatsoever. It's just that we like to keep the roast dates on  the shelf to be within a week.

We are currently sold out of these bags but when the opportunity presents itself again, we'll put a notice on Facebook. And, I would encourage you to stop by the shop when convenient to see if there's anything available.

Another new development this week was FINALLY finding an organic, fair trade coffee from Rwanda. I tasted some Rwandan coffee several years ago which was stellar and I've never forgotten it. However, the only coffee ever available was not organic so I never purchased any.

However, that has changed. We're expecting our first delivery of it today. Not in time for this weekend but certainly in time for next Wednesday's home deliveries. It's described as having notes of orange, vanilla, floral and is very sweet. I can't wait!

When coffee cherries are dried at the source, they're spread out on patios which are slabs of concrete. Oftentimes, we find pieces of concrete, stones, etc. amongst the beans after we roast them. We've always tried to be scrupulous in searching for these because well, they don't do anything to enhance the flavor of the coffee. :)

As our volume has increased, it has become more difficult to find each and every stone. To mitigate that, we purchased a new piece of equipment called a "de-stoner". Pretty tricky eh? Anyway, it has been earning its place in our shop, doing a stellar job of removing those unwanted items.

I think that's about it for this week. Several of us are doing double-duty due to being a couple people shy of our normal crew. Which means, I'm getting ready to head out and do deliveries. 

Until next week, take good care and many thanks for your continued support.

Mount & Crew

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Merry Christmas - Round Two!

Posted on December 24, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Well, Christmas is officially upon us.

It's been an incredibly busy week and just when we thought we'd finished roasting, realized this morning that we needed more so the roaster is fired up and raring to go.

We still have a great supply  of organic and fair trade coffees and will be replenishing things as the day goes on. We also have a nice selection of brewing equipment and supplies as well as Mexican pottery, travel mugs, stocking stuffer size bags of coffee and various other coffee related items. 

 About a week ago, we began  offering jars of honey from P&P  Apiary. It's the same honey we use  and talk about local! The hives  are about 1 1/2 miles from the shop  so, it is LOCAL! And delicious.  It sells for $10.95 for a pint size jar.

 After today, we'll be closed for  the weekend but we'll be back, ready to roll at 6 am Monday morning.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and we'll look forward to seeing you next week.

Many thanks as always,

Mount & Crew

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 18, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Here we are, the week before Christmas. There's still time to get that someone special their coffee related treats, whether it be whole bean coffee, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs or whatever.

You may notice I'm a bit "late" getting this message sent out. The day got off to a very rocky start when I learned my lead barista had been involved in a nearly head-on wreck on Hwy. 30 as he was headed to the shop to open.

Luckily and remarkably, he's ok. I'm sure he'll be very sore tomorrow. But his car is totaled. Despite that rough start, he walked to the shop and finished out his shift without missing a beat! What an amazing guy!

We received our shipment of Mexican pottery this week and it is, as usual, beautiful. All the items we received are new to us. We have water pitchers, large fruit bowls, serving platters, cream pitchers, sugar bowls, flower vases, etc.

And, we moved one step closer to implementing our new display wall. All the shelves are up and are filled with bags of whole bean coffees and coffee related merchandise. Some have remarked they miss the chalkboard with all the varieties of coffees listed and, I agree. We will be bringing that back and incorporating it as soon as we're able. We never intended to do away with it permanently.

 The ceramic logo coffee mugs are scheduled to arrive Tuesday,  just in time for Christmas. And, the ever popular stocking stuffer  bags of coffee are back. Come and get 'em!

 Just a reminder to stock up on  whole bean coffee and any  brewing supplies before  Christmas. We will be closed  Friday, Saturday and Sunday  the 25th - 27th.

We stocked up on filters, Toddy brewers, AeroPresses, burr grinders, and a multitude of other coffee brewing equipment which will satisfy even the most discriminating on your list.

In the event I don't get to see some of you personally before next week, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I'm very grateful for you all and how you've supported this business that we're so passionate about. We couldn't have done it without you.

Many many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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We're going to be movie stars!

Posted on December 04, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Greetings Everyone!

Most of you probably know by now I'm a motorcyclist. Several months ago, meteorologists were saying how we were going to have a warmer and dryer winter this year. I know we need the rain but COME ON! A friend sent me a cartoon the other day saying I was suffering from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome). I digress...

Lot's of things happening this week. Our new logo travel mugs arrived yesterday and I'm so proud of the way they turned out! Not only do they look great but they're a great design, functionally. Insulated stainless steel and slim enough to fit smaller hands as well as vehicle cup holders.

Yesterday we were visited by a couple of film makers who produce documentaries focusing on small businesses and, they want to feature St. Johns Coffee Roasters in Season Two. Sometime before Christmas, they'll be in the shop filming for what will ultimately air sometime after the first of the new year. I guess I'll need to buy a beret and new sunglasses. :) Anyway, it's pretty exciting! I will let you know when the show airs.

The Travel Presses and Espro Presses are proving to be popular items as well. It's looking like I'm going to have to order more of both these items. We still have some in stock but they're selling  well, as they should.

 Amidst all of  this, we've been busy roasting and roasting and  roasting. Our shelves are stocked as well as those  of the grocery stores who offer our coffees. Some of  the coffees I've been drinking this week are the  Honduran, the Ethiopian Sidamo and the new  coffee from Java. So good!

 

 

Time for more jazz -

George Fendel Presents:  Mike Palter and Lynne Jackson Concert

Is it cabaret? Well, yes.  Is it jazz?  Also yes!   Call it what you like but what you may expect to hear is simply the world's best singing team.  Period.   Internationally known, and award winning Lynne Jackson plays piano and sings, and hubby Mike Palter plays bass and sings.  And together they celebrate the great American Songbook like no one else.  If you love the music of composers with names like Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Rodgers, Mancini, Legrand and Mandel,  Lynne and Mike are a must !

And on Sunday December 13th, we're going to hold a benefit here at the shop. My son, who is a ballet dancer, attends a performing arts high school called Arts & Communications Magnet Academy. The dancers from their dance department, Dance West, will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next Spring to compete in the National High School Dance Competition and are raising funds to defray the expenses for this trip. So on Sunday December 13th, we will donate 15% of the days sales to go toward this effort.

The shop is beginning to look pretty festive. Bestow has a variety of holiday wreaths available,  both in traditional styles as well as something more unique. 

 

I think that's about it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend and keeps the coffee flowing.

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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Black coffee for Black Friday!

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

We have the perfect solution for curing those turkey hangovers, black coffee. Come  and get it!

We also have an abundance of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees, packaged and ready to take home to enjoy. I think I went a little crazy when packaging yesterday so the shelves are over-flowing with whole bean coffees.

Just a few updates today. We'll have a new selection of the beautiful pottery from Mexico arriving in another week. In addition to the cups, saucers and serving platters we already stock, we'll be adding some larger serving platters.

The new Travel Presses and Espro Presses have turned out to be very popular. They're a great improvement over standard French Press coffee makers and their design is stunning. A perfect gift for yourself or someone special.

Our new logo travel mugs should be here in another week as well so we're looking forward to their arrival.

Now that we're officially into the "Holiday Season", I have a couple schedule changes to let everyone know about.

  • We will be closed Friday, December 25th for Christmas and we're also going to be closed on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th. I realized that if any of my staff wanted to go away for the Christmas holiday, closing for the weekend would make that possible. We will re-open again on Monday the 28th at the usual 6 am.
  •  On New Year's Eve, we will be open normal hours but I suggest you get here early because there's a good chance that later in the day, we may have dipped into the egg nog. :)
  • New Year's Day, we will be opening at 8 am instead of 6 am so we'll be here to help folks caress those hang-overs.

This is the final week for supporting The Coffee Trust Program's effort to raise funds for the training of Guatemalan coffee farmers in organic solutions to the La Roya epidemic in Central America. Look for the donation jar when you're in the shop.

I had intended to add a donation button to our web site for this project but haven't made that happen yet. Look for it next week.

I think that's it for this week.

Many thanks for your continued support and let the holidays begin!

Mount & Crew

 

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