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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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Ethiopian Coffees Rock!!!

Posted on June 10, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

 Last week I mentioned we would be  receiving a new Ethiopian Sidamo  coffee. It arrived late Tuesday and  had barely gotten into the shop  before we were unloading it from the  pallet and preparing it for roasting.

 We just did a tasting of it and  WOW!!! So full of blueberry!!! And  smoothhhhh!!! Very very clean cup.

We sampled it next to the Dry Process Ethiopian Yirgacheffe which is also incredibly smooth but with so much going on! Hits one's tongue immediately and dances around all those taste buds.

Come on in and try them both. They both excel brewed as pour-overs so that would be my recommendation. 

The big news this week, aside from the stellar Ethiopian coffees, is that our coffees will soon be available through Amazon.com. Stay tuned for more information.

New products scheduled to arrive next week, just in time for Father's Day:

  • Espro Travel Presses - French press on-the-go.
  • Espro Presses - double wall, brushed stainless steel. Keeps coffee hot for hours.
  • Espro P5 Stainless French Presses. Heavy duty glass that won't slip and nicer price-point.
  • Logo travel mugs

 

While the weather can't make up its mind if it wants to be 100º or 60º, it's perfect for drinking coffee. Tomorrow looks like another perfect day for coffee as well as the St. Johns Farmers Market. 

Stop by and get fueled and warmed before heading to the market.

Meanwhile, 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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Take time to stop and smell the roses, or coffee in this case!

Posted on February 19, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 1 Comment

Customers often seem bewildered when we start describing coffees as having, "notes of macadamia nut, cinnamon, blueberry, anise, etc." I've contended for a long time that a lot of developing those olfactory senses is simply to slow down and take the time to savor what you're tasting and/or experiencing. This principal does apply to many more things than just coffee!

 There are those who just seem to posses  a much more sensitive palate than others.  I don't consider myself to be blessed with  that quality. However, a large part of  developing those senses is a "learned"  trait which benefits from just slowing  down.

Prior to getting into the coffee business, my choice of coffee was primarily based on, "this tastes great or this one doesn't." But that was the extent of my criteria. I never took  time to analyze the characteristics that defined either classification.

As we rapidly approach our 8th year anniversary, I feel I'm finally getting a much better grasp on identifying those various profiles which define the taste of the coffees. 

Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting people turn their morning coffee brewing into a science experiment. I would just encourage you, when you take that next sip of coffee, truly sip it so the coffee hits as many taste buds as it can and ask yourself what is it you're tasting.

If you would like to practice, please  join us tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm in our tasting room as we sample three of our newer coffees. The El Salvador El Pilon, the Costa Rica La Amistad and the Rwanda FTO Coopac.

A friend/customer just shared a great article related to this topic. If you care to read more, just click on the following link. It's a quick read but very informative. 

http://www.splendidtable.org/story/stop-and-smell-the-coffee-olfactory-stimulation-might-increase-your-sense-of-smell

A huge congratulations this week to our customer, GiGi's Cafe! They were just included as one of the top 15 breakfast locations in Portland!!! I'd like to think it's because of our coffee but, I'm sure it's more than just that. :) Congratulations Mike and Charlene!

http://pdx.eater.com/maps/best-portland-breakfast-restaurants/gigis-cafe

And finally, we would like to welcome Chuck's Produce & Street Market to our list of grocers in the Vancouver, WA region. Beginning Wednesday, February 24th, our coffees  will be available at their Mill  Plain store. Greg and I just  visited them yesterday  and  it's a beautiful store.

That's it for this week. Many many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing!

Mount & Crew

 

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Super Bowl Sunday coffee recipes

Posted on February 05, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

As most of you know, this Sunday is the annual Super Bowl. Whether or not you're a football fan, it's oftentimes a great excuse to cook and/or bake.

Here are some links to some of my personal favorite recipes utilizing coffee:

http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/chocolate-pecan-pie-recipe-magpie-artisan-pies-thanksgiving-pie-recipe-ideas

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/espresso-brownies

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/espresso-shortbread

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/mocha-walnut-brownies

http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/how-to-make-barbecue-baby-back-pork-ribs-on-the-grill

Sunday's weather sounds like it will make it a struggle to stay indoors so I will more than likely, try to get some time on the motorcycle. My son and his buddy plan on coming to my place to watch the Super Bowl so I will be using at least a couple of the above recipes.

Our web site has recently been updated to include all our new coffees as well as merchandise. Just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving! Hint, hint! :)

Many thanks and until next week, keep the coffee flowing!

Mount & Crew

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Spring is in the air...

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

This past week has certainly gotten me to thinking about Spring. Warmer temps and a few dry days even allowed for some motorcycle rides beyond just the usual commute. Always a good  thing!

 The shop has been busy this week. A lot of people have  been enjoying the new coffees from Rwanda and El  Salvador. Rightfully so, they're both stellar in their own  rights, both of which are medium roasts. The El Salvador  has a subtle fruitiness with a caramel sweetness and slight  chocolate aftertaste with a velvety texture. The Rwanda is  extremely smooth and syrupy sweet with notes of orange, vanilla and a touch of floral.

And, with the warmer weather, people have been sitting outside, basking in the sun while enjoying their favorite coffee beverage.

For those who didn't see my Facebook post earlier in the week, our friend and customer, Andrew Shroyer hung a new sign for us which he created. It's awesome! Check it out if you haven't yet seen it.

I have a question I would like to pose. Over the course of the past few months, there have been a few folks who have asked about our extending our operating hours into the evenings. I'm just curious if that's something that would appeal to folks? If you have thought/opinions/etc, please e-mail me.

While out completing deliveries, Greg has started spreading the word about St. Johns Coffee Roasters and it appears to be working. There are several prospective customers interested in our coffees. If any of you know of restaurants or cafes who you feel could improve their coffee offerings, we would very much appreciate any referrals.

I met with my web designer this past week and he will be updating our shopping cart with all the new coffees we have in stock so stay posted. That said, it's hard to believe but Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. 

We have a great selection of coffee related gift items, perfect for that special someone. Travel mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, coffee, Mexican pottery, etc. And of course, there's Bestow for all your floral needs.

And in March, another jazz concert at Classic Pianos.

Monday March 7th at 7:00 pm, George Fendel presents - Rebecca Kilgore, singing songs associated with Susannah McCorkle, featuring Randy Porter on piano with special guest, Marc Fendel on alto sax.

Classic Pianos is located at 3030 SE Milwaukie Ave, (corner of SE Powell Blvd and Milwaukie Ave.), next door to the Aladdin Theatre. Concerts are held in their recital hall which only has a capacity of 100 people, offering an unforgettable music experience.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call Peggie at 503.546.5622.

In the meantime, many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing. It looks like it's going to be a good weekend for consuming copius amounts of coffee. But then again, what weekend isn't???

Many thanks,

Mount & Crew

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