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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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School's out!

Posted on June 12, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again when school is out. There've been a number of folks in the shop this morning with their children, celebrating the beginning of summer vacation.

And a perfect morning it is for drinking coffee, having a pastry, and enjoying the brisk morning air. A perfect morning for a cup of French Roast. If you haven't tried our French Roast lately, I invite you to do so. I've adjusted the blend a little bit and it's now a little smokier (still without being burnt) and a bit more chocolatey. 

I had hoped our new logo diner cups would be here for this weekend but alas, they won't be here until Monday. However, they'll be here in plenty of time for Father's Day gifts. If you'd like to pre-order, just let us know and we'll put some aside for you and can deliver them to you with Wednesday coffee deliveries. They sell for $10 each.

The new coffee additions are proving to be very popular. We've been doing a lot of pour-overs of the Costa Rica La Amistad, the Honduras Alto De Los Santos and the Colombian FTO Red Ecolsierra. Each work extremely well as pour-overs as well as in the French press or brewed conventionally. As I've said before, the pour-over brewing method is my absolute favorite. If you haven't tried it, I invite you to come in and choose from our selection of nearly 20 coffees to have brewed individually for you.

The first shipment of coffee went out this week to Tired & Pour Coffee located in the cart pod at 3423 SE Belmont St. Along with our delicious coffee, they'll be serving up an amazing selection of Pizzelles (delicious Italian cookies). They'll be opening this weekend so please stop by and show your love.

We also have a new addition to the beverage menu. Introducing the Matcha Latte.
A green tea latte that is refreshing and yummy. We've done a "soft introduction" of it this week and people are loving it! A great alternative for those who do not drink coffee. (If there really is anyone who doesn't drink coffee.)

We're getting very close to bringing in some new food items. We received some samples this week and they were delicious. I'll be meeting with the folks this next Tuesday to firm things up but it's looking good.

All their items are organic and ingredients are fresh and sourced locally. We'll be offering breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches as well as some salads and wraps. I'll be able to offer more specifics next week so stay tuned.

We're looking forward to tomorrow's farmers market and are geared up with lots of organic and fair trade coffees, bagels and pastries.

Last but not least, we'd like to welcome all 285 new subscribers to our mailing list this week!

Meanwhile, I hope you have a great week and keep the coffee flowing!

Mount & Crew

Late Breaking News! - City of Portland just visited us and measured for our new bike racks!!!! 

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Orange caramel latte. Delicious!!!!

Posted on February 16, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

REAL.GOOD.COFFEE
This week we're unveiling a new beverage. It's a caramel orange latte developed by barista Peder Berthelsen.
 
Perfectly balanced orange notes combined with our bold Pamplona Espresso Blend, creating a delicious semi-sweet beverage. I'm drinking one now and am marveling at how well balanced it is. Delcious!
 
As everyone knows, Valentine's Day is tomorrow. Bestow has collaborated with Sweetheart St. Johns and Bohemian Salt in creating some special Valentine's Day packages. To see the options and place your order, go to www.sweetheartstjohns.com or call 503.208.4395. 

Or, stop by and have Nyki put together an amazing bouquet for your "special one" or choose from the large selection of succulents and other flowers. Pre-orders are highly recommended but she'll have a great selection while they last. Just look for the flower cart in front of the shop.
 
We are just a week away from the opening of Ted Mishima's and Francoise Weeks' collaborative work.Please make plans to join us next Friday evening, February 20th from 6-9pm. It should be an evening to remember.
 
As many of you also know, St. Johns Coffee Roasters is a huge fan of the series of jazz piano concerts put on by the one and only, George Fendel. On Tuesday, February 24th, an exceptional jazz guitarist by the name of Mark Elf will perform as a part of this series.
 
He will perform in a trio setting with local greats, Ed Bennett on bass and Ron Steen on drums. Each of these concerts sells out so please make your reservations early. You will not be disappointed. Suggested donation is only $15 per person.
Jessica is at the Grant Park New Seasons today, from 11 am - 2 pm, sampling our coffees. If you're in the area, please stop by, sample some coffee and say hi.
We are geared up to keep the world caffeinated this weekend with lots of fresh roasted, organic and fair trade coffees so stop by and enjoy some here or to take home.
Until next week, many thanks and keep the coffee flowing!
Mount and crew
 
Shop Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 6 am - 5 pm
Saturdays - 8 am - 5 pm
Sundays - 8 am - 3 pm

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