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Artist's Reception Next Friday Evening!

Posted on July 17, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've been hearing from a lot of customers lately how much they appreciate the fact that we offer decaf cold-brew coffee. Apparently, we're one of the few places in Portland that offer it. It seems like a no-brainer to me since it makes such a delicious afternoon beverage when one doesn't necessarily want the caffeine component.

We'll have plenty of it ready for the weekend when it appears the temperatures will be climbing once again. Like many, I have really been enjoying the cooler temps we've been having this week but hey, it's summer so I guess we shouldn't complain.

I received an e-mail from my supplier of Mexican pottery this week indicating my order has been completed and was being prepared to ship so look for a new assortment of espresso cups, cappuccino cups and platters in the near future. I would guess it will probably arrive around the first of August.

And keep your fingers crossed... the mugs with our logo which had to be remade are scheduled to arrive this coming week. If the quality is what is expected, they'll be available for purchase next weekend. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for next Friday evening's artist reception. Jeanne Levasseur's beautiful oil paintings have been on display at the shop for the past couple weeks but next Friday, you'll have the opportunity to meet Jeanne and talk with her about her inspirations and paintings. Snacks and beverages will be provided and kids are always welcome.

 

Some of you may also have noticed that our outdoor furniture is, transitioning. :) We discovered a problem with our original set of furniture and are replacing them with something which we believe will work better. However, we're working on the combination of sizes so we still have plenty of sidewalk clearance. So thank you in advance for your patience while we get this resolved.

And finally, we've received requests in the past for a multi-grain option for bagels. We've just begun bringing in some multi-grain, Everything bagels to meet this demand and, they are very very good. Give them a try next time you're in.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. Stop by for one of the largest selections of coffee available anywhere. Whether it's espresso, drip, pour-over, cold-brew coffee, hot or iced teas. Accompanied by great original boiled bagles, French pastries, salads, wraps or sandwiches. Can you tell I'm hungry? :)

Many thanks for your on-going support.

 

Mount & Crew

Posted in breakfast, coffee, cold brew, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, salads, sandwiches, sidewalk seating, tea, wrap

We survived!

Posted on May 15, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Last Saturday's St. Johns Parade and bizarre really put us to the test. It was our first experience with this event since our expansion into our tasting room and I feel it went pretty well. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we went through a ton of cold-brewed coffee and iced teas. (Hibiscus tea with rosemary, pictured at right.) Another popular item proved to be the potted coffee plants. We'll have more of those the weekend of May 23rd.

I know I've said this repeatedly but, we feel so fortunate to have such a great group of customers. Last weekend took a lot out of us and several of us have been fighting off various "bugs" as a result. But it has all been made better by incredibly thoughtful people who've brought in juices and the like which are rich in vitamins and are working their magic. Thank you!

 In this age of social media domination, I was a bit taken aback  this past week when I received, yes, a postcard in the mail.  "Real" mail, delivered  by the postman. At first I thought it was some sort of  promotional postcard but then  realized it had been sent by my friend Eric who was  traveling across the Badlands  and visited the one and only, Wall Drug. Many thanks  to Eric for  this return to  humanity.

       That said...

 

This week we'd like to welcome Urban Airship, a new user of St. Johns  Coffee. Urban Airship, to paraphrase, is a high-tech business that enables  other businesses to optimize the push messaging process in the marketing of  their products and/or services. Anyway, we're happy to be able to provide them with the necessary fuel to power their airship.

Customers have really been enjoying our new outdoor seating and the  weather has been so cooperative, aside from a rainy day or two. In any  regard, it's nice to be able to enjoy the view of the bridge while sipping on one's favorite coffee beverage.

A friend sent me the enclosed article recently about the effects of climate change on the Arabica coffee crop. It's a very informative piece of information on what seems imminent. Trying not to be an alarmist but...

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/01/coffee-catastrophe-beckons-as-climate-change-threatens-arabica-plant

There's lots of freshly roasted organic and fair trade coffees on our shelves so please stop by and pick some up. Or enjoy a cup brewed for you here. Saturday at 1:00 pm, we'll be sampling the new coffee from Costa Rica. The Costa Rica La Amistad. Stop by and check it out. It's delicious!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Thanks very much for your on-going support of this passion called coffee!

Mount & Crew

 

Posted in Amistad, coffee tasting, cold brew, Costa Rica La Amistad, Fair trade, Mount Burns, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, sidewalk seating, tea

New Coffees!

Posted on March 27, 2015 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

A very good Friday to all of you, no pun intended.
What a week it's been! Last week I mentioned we were expecting our shipment of coffee from Timor. It arrived and I've roasted the first batch. And, it exceeds any expectation I'd had for it!
Smooth, smooth, smooth bakers chocolate notes with a subtle sweetness of apricot with a dash of cinnamon and tobacco. Incredible! Also roasted this week was the Nicaragua los Delirios delivering notes of blackberry and chocolate with a very pleasing acidity.
Our shipment of t-shirts arrived this week. We now have long-sleeved t's in both women's and men's sizes as well as some nice feminine short-sleeved women's t's in a silky soft cotton.
As things continue to get busier here at the shop, some have experienced longer than desired wait-times. My apologies for that. We have adjusted staffing schedules so hopefully that will no longer be an issue. One of those nasty "growing pains". 
For those of you who are trivia fans, I'd like to invite you to participate in my friend Steven Joiner's "Beer is Thicker Than Blood" trivia project. It is being held at the St. Johns Beer Porch, on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm, now through May 28th.  This event is to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and promises to be a lot of fun. 
The St. Johns Beer Porch is located within Kreuger's Farm Market at 7316 N. Lombard. So come on out, help a good cause and have a good time in the process.
Jessica is at Food Front Northwest today from 11am - 2pm, handing out samples of our coffees offered there. If you're in the area, please stop by and give them a try.
This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting a coffee tasting for several women who had never been to the shop previously. These events are always fun and informative. It's great getting to not only share our coffees but share our story and passion as well as hearing others' stories.
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A customer visited our shop yesterday and captured some delightful images as well as leaving us a stellar review on Yelp. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to visit us, I hope you'll feel inspired to do so when you're able.
Meanwhile many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount and crew

 

Posted in Aeropress, Baratza, Brazil, brewers, coffee, coffee tasting, Dry process, espresso, Ethiopian, Farm direct, grinders, Mount Burns, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, Sundays, Yelp

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)

Posted in coffee, Dry process, Ethiopian, GiGi's Cafe, Keurig, Organic, pour over, real good coffee, roast

Our first month!

Posted on November 07, 2014 by Darius Kuzmickas | 0 Comments

REAL.GOOD.COFFEE.
It's hard to believe yesterday was our one month anniversary of the new space being open. It seems so much has happened in just four weeks and each day has gotten better.
We just received our completed new counters so will have some additional seating capacity. 
The guy who helped me craft them told me that for what I was trying to accomplish off-site, there was a 10% success rate.
Turns out he was right. My measurements were just a tad off which is going to require some retro-fitting.
Starting tomorrow, we'll be offering a nice selection of delicious baked goods from Fleur De Lis Bakery. We'll have a selection of croissants, muffins and scones as well as some savory treats.
And in case you haven't heard, we've now added house-made bagel spreads and house-made pumpkin spice for lattes. Both are delicious and proving to be very popular additions.
 
One of the most popular additions to the new space has been the installation of the pour-over station.  People love selecting from our list of over 20 coffees and then watching us brew their individual cup. It's my favorite brewing technique. 
 
I invite you to come in and experience it for yourself if you've not yet done so.
 
Our regular business hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday - 6:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Saturday - 8:00 am - 5 pm.
Sunday - Closed
Thank you for your continued support. We are very proud of the new space and our increased ability to provide some of the best coffee ever.
Please keep posted via our Facebook page or our web site for further progress updates.

Best Regards and keep the coffee flowing,

Mount and crew

Posted in neon, pour over

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