As we approach our grand opening celebration next week, things are coming together and it's getting very exciting. The name of the band is Dina y los rumberos who I heard about a year ago at an outdoor festival and felt from the get-go they would provide the festive music I wanted for our grand opening. I just watched a video of the band on YouTube and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Check them out for yourself. I hope you can join us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl946Q6Y-yg
We will be doing a give-away the night of the party so be sure to be here and get your name in the pot. Prizes will include t-shirts, coffee, coffee delivery service and other assorted items.
When we remodeled the shop last year, as with any project of the sort, there were a few lingering things that hadn't been completed. Last week I finally completed the shelves for our selection of pour-over coffees which illustrates the concept of us being all about "options". :) So many coffees, so few days.
As many have experienced, when one goes to sign their name on the iPad finalizing their purchase, it's often a futile attempt at getting anything close to what one's signature really looks like. Recently, a customer took an entirely different approach which I thought you'd enjoy.
In last week's newsletter, I described a beautiful drive to enjoy the autumnal colors of Oregon. I had intended it for either motorcycle travel or car. It would be beautiful either way. However, I received a query about the possibility of organizing a group motorcycle ride of this route, starting with coffee at the shop. I had never considered this but thought it was a great idea so if there are others out there who would enjoy something like this, please let me know and we can try to schedule something.
Warmer temps have returned, at least for this weekend so we'll be prepared with plenty of cold-brewed coffee and teas to help keep you cool. The St. Johns Farmers Market will be taking place again tomorrow and there should be an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some amazing salmon and sausages.
Many thanks for your continued support. I hope you'll come share in next week's grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration.
Mount & crew
Happy September everyone.
Cooler temperatures, rain, and an overall autumnal feel have descended upon us. It feels like this is going to be one of those seasons with no transition time at all, going straight from summer-type weather to autumn. All those add up to perfect coffee drinking weather.
For those of you in the Portland, Oregon area, I have a great route to share with you if you're interested in seeing some beautiful countryside. A friend and I took this route on our motorcycles the other evening and it was quite spectacular.
From Portland, take Hwy. 30 north to Scappoose. On the northern most end of Scappoose, turn left onto the Vernonia Hwy. Follow this for a number of miles (I can't remember exactly how far). You'll reach the intersection of Hwy. 47 which if you turn right, will take you to Mist. Turn right toward Mist.
Proceed through Mist and eventually you'll see signs which if you take the right will take you to Clatskanie or if you bear to the left, will take you to Astoria. Follow the road toward Astoria and go several more miles. You'll then reach another intersection (Hwy 103) which will take you to Elsie if you turn left.
Take that left toward Elsie and eventually, you'll reach Hwy. 26 for an easy return to Portland. The whole ride will probably take no more than a couple hours. I found the scenery to be absolutely beautiful and the light at this time of year is sensational.
This week, In addition to brewing inordinate quantities of coffee, we've been busy working on the final details of our upcoming grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration. I've discovered there's a reason I'm not an event planner.
We're hoping to pull off a very festive evening so please make plans to help us celebrate. Saturday, September 19th from 6-10 pm. There will be an assortment of food, beverages (adult and child), and live music. And all I will say is that there will be a minimal amount of coffee served. I'm hoping for great weather so we can spill out onto the sidewalks if necessary. Stay tuned for more details.
We'll be open all weekend as well as Monday (it is Labor Day after all.) So come see us, enjoy some hot or cold-brewed coffees and pastries and enjoy this amazing weather.
Many thanks as always and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Mount & Crew
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.
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
What a week it has been! Typical of the Pacific Northwest, the weather has been all over the place. We began the week with sun, transitioning into cool wet conditions, more like October and now, we're back to sun with summertime temperatures.
But it's made for some great coffee drinking weather. Of course, what isn't great coffee drinking weather? That said, we're ready for the weekend with lots of organic hot and cold-brewed coffees, teas and baked goods. We open at 7am tomorrow so one can get fueled before the opening of the St. John's Farmers Market at 9 am.
And, we're in the process of looking into some ways to expand on our current food offerings. It won't be worked out by tomorrow but hopefully, very soon.
We received two shipments of coffee this week so we'll have some of those available this weekend for your drinking pleasure. Available will be the Honduras Alto De Los Santos as well as the Colombian Red Ecolsierra. This is the first time I've purchased a coffee from Honduras and must admit, after reading some of the information (pre-delivery), I was a little concerned.
However, we sampled it yesterday and it is DELICIOUS! A very pleasant surprise. In some ways it reminds me of a Colombian coffee in that it has a nice "round" body, despite being a medium roast. But it also delivers a very syrupy mouthfeel with notes of dried raisin and a very clean finish.
Honduras Organic Alto de Los Santos coffee is sourced from a family-owned farm located near the town of Corquín within the department of Copan, Honduras. Joel López and Herminio Perdomo own and operate Alto de Los Santos. The farm is certified organic through HQC (Honduras Quality Coffees), which is a group of several independent coffee producers who do not belong to a cooperative. Alto de Los Santos is firmly committed to supporting the local community. Last year, Alto de Los Santos donated materials to the ministry of health and a small warehouse was built to store medical equipment and medication. Alto de Los Santos is currently partnering with members of neighboring communities near Corquín to distribute water filtration systems.
The Colombian coffee is the Fair Trade Organic Red Ecolsierra. This Colombian is pretty typical of specialty Colombian coffees providing a full body, bold chocolate with notes of orange zest, anise and nuts with a pleasing acidity.
Colombia FTO Red Ecolsierra is sourced from members of La Red de Productores Ecológicos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (RED ECOLSIERRA), which is an association established in 2001 by a group of small coffee producers living within the municipality of Santa Marta located in the department of Magdalena, Colombia. In addition to coffee, RED ECOLSIERRA cultivates cacao and honey. RED ECOLSIERRA also provides technical support for organic certification.
Next week we expect to receive our new logo diner mugs. Barring any unforeseen hurdles, we should have them in-stock for next weekend. And on the subject of coffee merchandise, the price of our Baratza burr grinders has gone (I hope you're sitting down), down. Yes, that correct. We've lowered them.
If you've considered upgrading from your ole slash-and-burn blade grinder, now is the perfect time. Here's a great article on selecting the right grinder for your use. We have several of the Encore and Virtuoso models in stock.
We always try to "go-the-extra-mile" when it comes to customer service because, that's just the way it should be done. This past week, a customer felt compelled to post his experience on Yelp. It's gratifying to know our efforts are appreciated.
"So I tend to run super late when it comes to catching the 16 bus right in front of St. John's Coffee roasters. I also am not a big coffee drinker, so I don't account for needing time to stop and get coffee. Anyways, I was headed to the bus stop, I live near the grocery outlet, and catch the Bus in front of SJCR. As I was a block away from my stop I realized I might have enough time to get some coffee but wasn't sure if they would have a line in SJCR, when I got there I saw they didn't. I quickly ordered my iced americano, waited outside so I could see if my bus would be coming, then when I saw that it was, I told the cute red headed cashier I wasn't gonna be able to grab my coffee and would possibly grab it the next morning if that was okay. They said yes and started saying something else but I walked out for fear that I might miss the bus. As I was waiting for the bus I see someone out of the corner of my eye as I was being a loser with my phone glued to my hand roaming the inter webs. It was the lovely red headed girl cashier walking up with my coffee! It was such a pleasant surprise and completely unexpected. They weren't above and beyond what they needed to. I feel bad only tipping 1$ now lol but my coffee was only 2.75 I believe. Regardless I was completely caught off guard and appreciate so much that they were willing to do that for me. Now I will be able to start my day with some energy. Being a restaurant manager of a busy restaurant and also being a cook of another busy restaurant I rarely see any sleep. Especially now that I have been taking the bus. So thank you cute red headed cashier girl :) you are the best. Keep up the good work! If you're the owners of SJCR or manager, make sure to keep this young lady around, meh I'm young myself but anyways. She's a valuable employee who did more then she had to in the name of customer service. THATS rare. Lol
For those of you who enjoy jazz piano, don't forget that Jon Mayer will be performing this Thursday evening at Classic Pianos at SE Powell Blvd and Milwaukie Ave. (next to the Aladdin Theater), beginning at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are only $15 and may be purchased by calling Peggie at Classic Pianos, 503.546.5622 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance begins at 7:30 pm and usually runs a couple hours.
Not only is Jon an amazing pianist but he establishes a great rapport with his audiences and is a very humble figure despite the fact he's played with jazz greats Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Thad Jones, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins... You get the idea.
And the venue that Classic Pianos provides is the best! A small, intimate room that only accommodates 100 people. Last time I heard Jon perform there, they had set him up with a 9 foot Schimmel grand piano which was an amazing instrument.
Starting in July, look for our special offer in the new on-line version of Chinook Book!
In the meantime, indulge yourself with a home delivery of fresh roasted coffee. Each Wednesday, we deliver fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees to customers' homes and businesses within the 97203, 97211 and 97217 zip codes, for no additional charge.
All one needs to do is submit the order by Monday morning before 9 am, and we'll have it on your doorstep, bright and early Wednesday morning. What a way to start one's day!
What are you waiting for? Indulge yourself. You deserve it.
Have a fabulous week and keep the coffee flowing!
Mount & crew