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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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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)

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