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Happy Labor Day!

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

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

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Grand Opening/First-year anniversary celebration!

Posted on August 28, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 1 Comment

Well, well, well. Here we are talking about September already. Schools are starting, the rain is returning, and people are drinking more coffee. It seems like it was only a week ago when the opposite end of that cycle was happening.

The overcast skies and cooler temps create a very inviting atmosphere for enjoying our coffees and pastries outside. 

And, when we first mentioned the idea of having our Grand Opening/First-year anniversary celebration in September, it seemed like we had months and months to plan it. Now, it's just a few weeks away. Things seem to be coming together nicely so I believe it will be a fun evening. Stay tuned for more specific information.

This week we would like to welcome two new customers. Our first delivery of coffee to the Airbnb corporate offices is happening today. As you may know, the Airbnb world has grown exponentially. Their office has grown from approximately 100 people at the beginning of this year to over 300 currently. We'll do our best to keep them fueled.

Village Patisserie is a new food cart, opening up in the Sellwood neighborhood, located at 1122 SE Tacoma St. in the new Piknik Park Food Pod.

Village Patisserie is dedicated to bringing you delicious food using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Their team is professionally trained to provide gourmet meals and desserts in the casual comfort of Piknik Park Food Pod.

They serve French inspired bakery sweets and savory cuisine. The cart is open for all four meals. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Village Patisserie is locally owned and operated by  husband and wife team, Michael and Tanya. Chef Tanya earned her culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston, MA, where she trained in culinary and pastry kitchens and has worked the last seven years as a professional pastry chef in Boston and here in Portland.

Village Patisserie opens tomorrow, Saturday August 29th and will be serving St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee along with their delectable offerings.

Check them out when you're in the area. 

website: www.villagepatisserie.com

We received our coffee shipment this past Monday which included the new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 1 FTO Adama Gorbota. I had the opportunity to roast it on Wednesday and am sipping a cup of it right now. It's absolutely delicious! Subtle notes of fruit, a touch of anise, yet not bright or acidic. Very very smooth and flavorful. This is a coffee that could be enjoyed all day long and would pair nicely with just about anything. We will be sampling this coffee throughout the weekend so come in and give it a try.

And now for some shameless sort of "self-promotion". Actually, for my daughter. If you're like me, I regularly wish I was in better shape and had better eating habits. It's not always easy to get started on a workout program without the help of someone.

If you share that sentiment, I would encourage you to check out my daughter's web site and see if it's something that might be of benefit. As a biased endorser, I found in working with her that she is able to tailor effective workout programs for a variety of people with varying skills, including myself. 

http://jordanburnspdx.com/

Until next week, enjoy this cooler weather and come see us when you can. We have plenty of fresh-roasted organic and fair trade coffees available for taking home or enjoying here in the shop.

Many thanks!

 

 

Mount & Crew 

 

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New Coffees!

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

A very good Friday to all of you, no pun intended.
What a week it's been! Last week I mentioned we were expecting our shipment of coffee from Timor. It arrived and I've roasted the first batch. And, it exceeds any expectation I'd had for it!
Smooth, smooth, smooth bakers chocolate notes with a subtle sweetness of apricot with a dash of cinnamon and tobacco. Incredible! Also roasted this week was the Nicaragua los Delirios delivering notes of blackberry and chocolate with a very pleasing acidity.
Our shipment of t-shirts arrived this week. We now have long-sleeved t's in both women's and men's sizes as well as some nice feminine short-sleeved women's t's in a silky soft cotton.
As things continue to get busier here at the shop, some have experienced longer than desired wait-times. My apologies for that. We have adjusted staffing schedules so hopefully that will no longer be an issue. One of those nasty "growing pains". 
For those of you who are trivia fans, I'd like to invite you to participate in my friend Steven Joiner's "Beer is Thicker Than Blood" trivia project. It is being held at the St. Johns Beer Porch, on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm, now through May 28th.  This event is to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and promises to be a lot of fun. 
The St. Johns Beer Porch is located within Kreuger's Farm Market at 7316 N. Lombard. So come on out, help a good cause and have a good time in the process.
Jessica is at Food Front Northwest today from 11am - 2pm, handing out samples of our coffees offered there. If you're in the area, please stop by and give them a try.
This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting a coffee tasting for several women who had never been to the shop previously. These events are always fun and informative. It's great getting to not only share our coffees but share our story and passion as well as hearing others' stories.
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A customer visited our shop yesterday and captured some delightful images as well as leaving us a stellar review on Yelp. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to visit us, I hope you'll feel inspired to do so when you're able.
Meanwhile many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount and crew

 

Posted in Aeropress, Baratza, Brazil, brewers, coffee, coffee tasting, Dry process, espresso, Ethiopian, Farm direct, grinders, Mount Burns, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, Sundays, Yelp

Happy New Year Greetings!

Posted on January 02, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 1 Comment

REAL.GOOD.COFFEE
 
A very Happy New Year to everyone. I hope 2015 is a great year for you.
 
The trend over past few years, has been to move toward single-serve coffee brewers, becoming a part of many people's homes as well as offices.
 
Their primary appeal is purely convenience which, I understand. However, there's more to the picture than convenience. I read an interesting article, one of several I've seen lately from various sources and they're all saying similar things.
 
Considering the purchase of one of these brewers? I would suggest you check out the following link: 

http://m.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/03/coffee-k-cups-green-mountain-polystyrene-plastic

To summarize the article:

  • The pods are much more expensive than purchasing other gourmet coffee.
  • Only a small percentage of the pods are recyclable and end up adding to what goes into our landfills. Check out the graphic to the upper left.
  • The pods are made of plastic which produce toxins during the brewing process.

If you're really interested in a single-serve brewing method that doesn't add to the waste in our landfills, doesn't involve using plastic and is cost effective, talk to us about the pour-over brewing method.

 
  As I've said before, the pour-over brewing method is my favorite way to brew coffee and one which we useextensively here at the shop. Not only does it result in one of the most flavorful cups of coffee but it also allows one to experience the aroma of the coffee as it's brewing.
 
If you haven't tried it, I would invite you to participate in one of our Saturday tastings. Each Saturday at 1pm, we sample a variety of coffees from various regions of the world. Tomorrow we'll be sampling coffees from Africa.
 
Last Sunday, my son and I visited GiGi's Cafe for brunch. It was our first visit since their opening and after having tasted their waffles previously, I was anxious to try something from their full menu. 
 
It was AMAZING! If you're looking for a great place for breakfast or brunch, I suggest you check it out. Expertly prepared fresh ingredients, reasonable prices AND, they serve St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee. What more could one want?
A very Happy New Year and I hope you'll come experience what REAL.GOOD.COFFEE. is all about.
Mount and crew
 
 
Shop Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 6 am - 5 pm
Saturdays - 8 am - 5 pm (New Year's Day)

Posted in coffee, Dry process, Ethiopian, GiGi's Cafe, Keurig, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast

New Coffees!

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Mount Burns | 0 Comments

There are two new coffees we're very excited about.

We received our first shipment of the Brazil Grota SAO Pedro. The samples I roasted initially were excellent but now that I've "dialed-in" the roast profile, this coffee is amazing! It's like drinking dessert!

With the first sip, there's a prominent chocolate note accompanied by a delightful nuttiness. As it cools a bit, there's a delicious caramel sweetness that develops. Think creme' brulee' In a cup.

It's also a very versatile coffee in terms of brewing methods. We've brewed it as pour-overs, drip brew and French press and have even used it as a single-origin espresso and each way, it's been stellar.

This is a medium roasted coffee yet provides a nice "fullness" to the body.

The second coffee just arrived last week and is equally amazing. It's an Ethiopian Sidamo Peaberry, dry process. This is also a medium roasted coffee and is full of berries, apricot and tropical fruit with a very syrupy body. It has a lot of complexity, making it equally versatile with regard to brewing process.

So far, we've only brewed it as pour-overs and drip brew but I'm confident it will excel as a French press and I plan to also use it as a single-origin espresso starting this upcoming weekend.

We'll be sampling both coffees this upcoming weekend so I encourage you to stop in and give them a try. The shop will be open on Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm.

We've consistently been selling out of the Brazil and sold out of the Ethiopian last weekend, the first weekend it was available.

Posted in Brazil, coffee, cold brew, Dry process, Ethiopian, Farm direct, Organic, real good coffee, roast

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