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Coffee is not a word, it's a sentence!

Posted on July 15, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

This week's news -
  • Coffee is not a word, it's a sentence. We just saw this posted in a Mississippi coffee shop yesterday and thought it appropriate.
  • More summer-like weather is forecast for Portland next week so come see us for all your cold brew coffee and brewing supplies.
  • For those who love to BBQ, check out this recipe! 
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/flank_steak_with_coffee_peppercorn_marinade.html

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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    Time for the Portland Rose Festival!

    Posted on May 27, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Greetings Everyone,

    This weekend marks the beginning of The Portland Rose Festival. And unlike many years, it looks as though the weather will be stellar. It all begins this Friday evening with opening night Fireworks and continues on for the next couple weeks.

    For those of you from outside the Portland area, the Portland Rose Festival is an annual celebration which has been going on for over 100 years. There are parades, firework displays, concerts, etc. Pretty much something for everyone.

    Last week, we had the pleasure of traveling to Scotland. It was my first trip to Europe and I must say, I've never heard many good comments about the coffee so of course, I had to check it out.

    And, I was pleasantly surprised. There seemed to be limited choices from grocers but what was available in the cafes was for the most part, pretty good. However, there were only limited options when it came to organic coffees. We only found one cafe specializing in organic coffees and healthy food options.

    Perhaps it's time to open a second location of St. Johns Coffee Roasters in Scotland?!?!

    We also had the opportunity to have "high tea" while in Scotland. We went to the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh which was quite special. 

    As many of you know, one of my favorite methods for brewing coffee is the pour-over.  After seeing the server pour our tea (photo attached), it  gave me new inspiration for the "art of the pour-over"  presentation. However, don't count on it anytime soon. :)

     And the BIG NEWS is, next weekend (June 4th), is the  opening weekend of the St. Johns Farmers Market. It  always a big day with lots of new vendors as well as many  who have done the market since its inception.

     We'll be ready with plenty of both hot and cold brewed  coffees as well as  healthy snacks, organic juices and  sandwiches. We also have received a new shipment of grinders from Baratza as well as Hario hand grinders, perfect for camping trips.

    Speaking of camping, we also have the Aeropress coffee brewers in stock which include a zippered tote for simplifying travel. 

    I think that's it for this week. Many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing.

    Mount & Crew

     

     

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    More new faces!!!

    Posted on May 13, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    This week we'd like to welcome another new member to our staff. In addition to a passion for excellent coffee, Kirk Sanchez brings a nice quiet energy and attention to detail and I believe is going to be a nice fit here at the shop.

     This Saturday  is the 54th  annual St.  Johns Parade  and 10th  annual St.  Johns Bizarre.  The past  few  years we've  been blessed  with beautiful,  sunny  weather for  these events but it doesn't look  like we're going to have a repeat  performance of that this year.

    These two events draw thousands of people come from miles around because it is the proverbial "small-town" parade filled with marching bands, car clubs, etc. 

    In any regard, we'll be here ready to serve lots of organic and fair trade coffees, both hot and cold-brewed as well as delicious French pastries and Spielman bagels to keep you fueled.

    And don't forget, we now have a nice assortment of organic juices from Columbia Gorge Organic Juices.

    I'm often looking for different ways in which coffee can be used and found this recipe the other day which sounds like a splendid refreshment for a hot summer day.

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the water and coffee. In a blender, combine ice cubes, coffee mixture, milk, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

    Beginning today, St. Johns Coffee Roasters' coffee will be available in the Greenway location of Whole Foods Markets. If you live or work in the Southwest area of Portland/Beaverton, stop in and check out this beautiful store. It's located at 12220 SW Scholls Ferry Road - Tigard, OR 97223.

    And this Saturday, Greg will be handing out samples of our coffee at Chuck's Produce in Vancouver from 11 am - 2 pm. Stop by and say hi if you're in the area and sample some REAL.GOOD.COFFEE. 

     

     

     

     

    We're also  scheduled to  receive a new  shipment of the  Baratza grinders  tomorrow. We recently sold out but thankfully, the company is located in Seattle so it was a quick-fix. If you're not familiar with the Baratza grinders, come in and ask for a demo.

    This was the grinder that changed my life.

    Meanwhile, have a great weekend and keep the coffee flowing. I hope you're able to make it to the St. Johns Parade and St. Johns Bizarre.

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    The times they are a'changing...

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

    As someone once said, "the only constant is change". This past week has been a perfect example of that.

    The most obvious change for me occurred this morning when I entered the shop and experienced the absence of Bestow, our in-house floral shop.

    Nyki (Bestow) has decided to move back to Southern Oregon where she originally came from. She's accepted a position in a flower shop in Ashland and I'm sure will re-invent Bestow once she gets settled and we wish her nothing but the best in this new endeavor.

    Her plants and flowers added such a welcoming element to the shop and to see it all gone this morning was a bit of a shocker. However, we're already discussing ideas on re-creating that feel and adding some additional seating at the same time.

    Meanwhile, we're going into what looks to be a beautiful weekend. We'll be prepared with plenty of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees and delectable sandwiches and treats.

    Speaking of which, we have some new selections in the way of food items. Delicious berry pies from Mee Mee's Goodies, perfect for sharing and are the perfect pick-me-up for a late afternoon snack. And coming soon... Columbia Gorge Organic Juices! 

    Meanwhile, thanks so much for your on-going patronage and keep the coffee flowing!

    Mount & Crew

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    Spring break is going, going, gone.

    Posted on March 25, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    Another year, another spring break. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable Spring break, for those of you who've been able to take some time off. It's hard to believe we're approaching the end of March already and in another month, talk will shift to the opening of local farmers markets.

    It's meant a very busy week for us here at the shop. Lots and lots of people coming in to enjoy some down time and relax with their favorite caffeinated beverage. And, despite some rain, there have also been some sun breaks so people have been able to sit outside and enjoy some fresh air. 

    In the midst off all the busyness this week, we embarked upon a major reorganization of our production area. Things were feeling very cramped and we oftentimes felt we were stepping on each other.

    It's already feeling more spacious and efficient, which is what we desperately needed. We're about 90% completed with the remainder wrapping up by Monday.

    The other accomplishment of this past week is the transition to digital roast logs. I don't know how many of you have noticed the numerous 3-ring binders that have occupied a large shelf next to the roaster?

    For each batch of coffee we roast, a profile sheet is completed including notes of time, temperature, airflow, etc., a necessary part of the roasting process. However, it also consumed copious amounts of paper which has always seemed so wasteful.

    This past week we finally made the switch to digital record keeping of all roast logs so the numerous 3-ring binders will be going bye-bye. A great feeling!

     More and more people have been enjoying our  new, locally-made baguette sandwiches and  hummus snack boxes. It's an easy solution  when one comes into the shop to pick up  their morning coffee and can grab a healthy,  delicious sandwich for lunch at the same time.

     Everyone in the St. Johns Neighborhood is  abuzz about this past Wednesday's opening of the University Park New Seasons Market. As with all New Seasons locations, are coffees are represented and we will be there Saturday morning beginning at 11 am, handing out samples.

    In the coming weeks, look for the new, "University Park Blend", available exclusively at the University Park New Seasons Market in the bulk bins.

    For those of you in the inner SE Portland area... Taryn is currently at Sheridan Fruit Company sampling some of our coffees they have available in this iconic Portland store. Stop by, try some coffee and enjoy the varied offerings of this great Portland grocer. She will be there until 2 pm today.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

    Mount & Crew 

     

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    Time to take a coffee nap?

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

    So far this month's weather has held true to the saying, "Come in like a lion" and, I'm hoping, will "go out like a lamb"! It's been just a little gnarly, making for some interesting motorcycle rides into the shop each day.

    However, I know that with this weekend's shift to Daylight Savings Time, it won't be long before the weather stabilizes a bit. I was just reading a book on Scotland last weekend and the author commented that his favorite part of Scotland was the weather.

    He went onto say that Scotland experienced all four seasons, sometimes all within the context of a single day. I feel that's exactly what we've been experiencing here in Oregon.

    There are a lot of things that took place this week. First of all, we'd like to welcome Sheridan Fruit Company to our growing list of coffee retailers. They're receiving their first order today and Taryn will be there next Wednesday the 16th from 10 am - 2 pm, handing out samples of our coffees.

    If you're not familiar with Sheridan Fruit Company, they've been around since 1916 and offer quality fruits, vegetables, meats and grocery items. They also cater bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, family reunions, graduations, bbq's and more. They're located at 409 SE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97214. I would encourage you to stop by and check them out when you're in the area.

    The other big news is we're just about ready to launch an expanded assortment of healthy snacks and sandwiches next week. Starting Wednesday, we'll have three different varieties of baguette sandwiches, featuring premium meats and cheeses from Boar's Head as well as a veggie option. We'll also have some snack boxes with hummus and fresh veggies.

    I've wanted to offer something of this quality for a very long time so I'm very excited it's finally happening! Stop in Wednesday and look for the new refrigerator at the end of the counter and feel free to check our Facebook page for updates. Plan on stopping by to check them out. We'll be handing out samples. Heh, heh, heh!

    Many people have been commenting on the jams we've been offering to accompany croissants, asking where they're available. Well, they're now available right here in the  shop.

     Fresh-made jams with locally sourced ingredients  made by Mee Mee's Goodies. We're offering four  varieties in 8 ounce jars for $7.00 each.

     

     

    • Strawberry Champagne
    • Berry Pinot Noir
    • Marionberry
    • Raspberry Lemon

    Here's an interesting article I found recently which seems to make no sense whatsoever until you read it. Check it out. It's short but very informative.

    http://www.tastingtable.com/drinks/national/coffee-naps-why-they-work-caffeine-sleep-tips?utm_medium=email&utm_source=TT&utm_campaign=Weekend&utm_content=Editorial 

    I think that's it for this week.

    Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.

    Mount & Crew

     

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