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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

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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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    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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    Thank you!

    Posted on September 25, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Thanks to all who made it to our grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration last Saturday evening. It seemed like folks had a great time and I believe the coffee martinis and band were a "hit". 

    I had planned to make a brief statement during the evening but the timing never seemed right so I'd like to take the opportunity to do so now.

    As some of you know, the catalyst for this business was my attempt to deal with tragedy and grief and at the time, only three things were certain. 
    One was that I was in desperate need of a distraction. Two was that I wanted to spend more time with my children and three was that I had always had a passion for great coffee and felt that there were probably others who shared that sentiment.
    And so it began.
    Through the early support of what have become some very loyal customers, this dream has become a reality and so much more. From the early days when one had to knock on the garage door for entry or wait until we opened the door on Saturdays, to today when so many of you are here on a daily basis.
    I'm incredibly proud of what has been created and the overall feeling of love that goes into each batch of coffee that's roasted, each cup of coffee that is prepared, and each interaction that takes place.
    Most importantly, I'm grateful to all of you and not only what you mean to us but the community as well. From my amazing staff to an amazing group of customers and vendors, without whom, this dream would still just be a dream.

     

    I would also like to thank the James John Cafe, Proper Eats, Barrique Barrel, Dina y los rumberos and Marly, Becky & Cameron, for making the evening so special.

    We had a drawing the night of the celebration and just drew names last night to determine the winners. Congratulations to all of you. We will be contacting each of you to arrange delivery of your winnings.

    • St. Johns Coffee mug, 12 oz. bag of coffee and coffee plant - Jeanne Levasseur
    • St. Johns logo T-shirt - Roger Johnston
    • St. Johns logo hoodie - Michelle Shafagh
    • 1lb. bag of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Brent Davis
    • 1lb. bag per month for 3 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Elle Blese
    • 1lb. bag per month for 6 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - Robbi Johnson
    • 1lb. bag per month for 12 months of St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee - CJ Grub

    This week we would like to welcome Sock Dreams to our growing list of offices who are keeping their staff fueled with our coffees. http://www.sockdreams.com/ 

    Time to say good-bye, at least temporarily to two of our cherished coffees. The Bolivian Cenaproc and Brazil Grota Sao Pedro have both run out. I just roasted the last of both coffees yesterday so we have some on the shelf but when they're gone, they're gone. As soon as more becomes available, I'll bring it in.

    It's perfect coffee drinking weather with the cooler temps and morning rain today so come visit us. And for those who haven't seen our new logo hoodies, 'tis the season! Warm, soft and cozy with a new stylized version of our logo adorning the back.

    Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

    Mount and crew

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    What a week!

    Posted on June 05, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    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. 

    http://www.baratza.com/blog/choosing-the-best-baratza-grinder-for-you-revised/?utm_source=ALL+Grinders+in+Stock%21+How+to+choose+a+B+Grinder&utm_campaign=Full+Inventory+June%2C+Choosing+Grinder+blog&utm_medium=email

    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
    Thanks guys!"

    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, peggie@classicportland.com. 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 

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    Time for the St. Johns Farmers Market!

    Posted on May 29, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Yes folks, it's that time of year again. Tomorrow marks the opening of the St. Johns Farmers Market. It's always a great market with many varied vendors offering everything from baked delicacies to cheeses, cured meats, breads, fruits, all sorts of produce, fresh caught salmon, and many many others.

    All of this takes place in the beautiful setting of downtown St. Johns, only 1/2 block from our front door. Hint, hint. We'll be ready with plenty of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees as well as an abundant selection of cold-brewed coffees and iced teas. We'll also have plenty of French pastries from Fleur de Lis French Bakery and genuine boiled bagels from Spielman Bagels.

    For those of you who are in touch with us via our Facebook page, you probably read about last Friday night's musical serendipity. For those of you who didn't read about it, suffice it to say that an amazing thing took place, culminating with an in-shop performance last Saturday afternoon by Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm. It's something that exceeded my wildest expectations on many levels, one of which how nice it was to have live music in the shop. 

     Nothing has been scheduled yet but live music is something we're  looking at bringing into the shop on a more regular basis. Jenna and  Rolf seemed to have a great time being here and promised they  would return when they're back in Portland so I'm keeping my fingers  crossed.

     On the subject of music, George Fendel Presents has another jazz  piano performance on tap for Thursday, June 11th at Classic Pianos. Jon Mayer will be performing and I can tell you from having heard him perform there two previous times, it will be a sell out and and experience one will never forget so make your reservations now. Tickets are only $15 and may be purchased by calling Peggie at Classic Pianos, 503.546.5622 or via e-mail, peggie@classicportland.com. 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.

    Now for coffee stuff!!!! Lots of great things are happening on the coffee front. First of all, the first of several new coffees arrived today. I won't have them roasted for this weekend but they'll be available beginning next week.

    One of the coffees that arrived today is one which we've had before and just couldn't keep it in stock. Can I hear a drum roll please???? The Guatemala Finca Bourbon is BACK!!! 

    The Guatemala Finca Bourbon coffee is named after the bourbon varietal that has been cultivated on the Echeverria family farm since 1878, in the municipality of Patzún, department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The farm has been OCIA certified organic since 1996 and is also certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Only 96 hectares of the farm are used for coffee production while the remainder of the 286 hectares is preserved forest. The coffee plants, some over 100 years old, grow in volcanic soil under an old growth canopy of native shade trees. As one of the oldest operating coffee farms in Guatemala, the knowledge and tradition brought to cherry selection, fermentation, and drying is unmatched.

    Scheduled to come in mid next week are a new Colombian coffee and a coffee from Honduras. This will be our first Honduran coffee so we're really excited to try it and see what it's like.

    We've had many requests over the years for coffee cups bearing our logo. It's always been complicated by the fact that our logo is as "extensive" as it is. However, we finally were able to make it happen. We expect to receive them by the middle of June so stay tuned.

    Many who've passed our shop have probably noticed the raised-beds covered with burlap. We were finally able to get plants in this past week. Christa worked really hard selecting the plants and getting them planted. So far, they seem to be doing really well and I think will create a nice buffer between our back doors and the busy street.

    And before this turns into a thesis, two final notes. First of all, we'll have more coffee plants available for purchase this weekend and two, with the more summer-like weather, we've added some outdoor umbrellas to our sidewalk seating to provide a bit of shade on those sunny afternoons. I sat out there yesterday afternoon sipping on some delicious elderberry iced tea and it  felt quite devine!

     Ok, that's it for this week. Many thanks for your on-going support and please,  please, please, keep the coffee flowing!

     Mount & Crew

    Posted in George Fendel, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Jenna Mammina, Jon Mayer, logo cups, St. Johns Farmers Market