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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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    Be ready for Memorial Day!!!

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

    Memorial Day is generally the kick-off to a season of bbq'ing so I thought I'd share a recipe for dry rub for any type of meat you choose. Oh and of course, one of the ingredients is coffee. Duh! 

    BBQ COFFEE RUB

    • 1/4 cup finely fround coffee
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne

    Many of you probably remember the amazing Brazil Grota Sao Pedro we had last year  but sold out. Well, I have good news. It will be  returning to our line-up in the very near future. Last  time we described it as being like drinking Cremè  Brulee and I have a feeling this year's crop will be  comparable. Perhaps more like Tiramisu. :)

    If the Memorial Day weather proves too hot to serve your guests hot coffee, consider brewing some cold-brew coffee. We have a large selection of Toddy Brewers and accessories and are happy to teach you the process. It's quite simple. Or, if you decide you'd like to serve something with a little "kick" to it, consider a coffee martini. We can show you how to make those as well! They're delicious!!!

     

    Meanwhile, have a great weekend 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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      'Tis Tax Time!!!

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

      So it's tax day. I'm not sure what else I can say about that. :) I'm always reminded of the Beatles song, "Tax Man", on this day.

      For those of you who need a little more "mojo" to get you through your taxes, we have plenty of caffeine related beverages and whole bean coffee to help you. 

      It has been a huge week for us here at the shop. We worked very hard to deliver our first order of organic and fair trade coffees to Made in Oregon stores in addition to our regular group of retail stores offering our coffees. 

      Made in Oregon stores are located in all major Portland shopping malls as well as three locations at the Portland International Airport.

      One new addition to our line-up is the Market of Choice store in West Linn. They'll be offering two of our coffees in bulk bins as well as an assorted variety of our packaged coffee. If you live in the West Linn, Clackamas or Lake Oswego areas, there's now a new location from which to purchase our  coffees.

       And, we've added a new  sandwich to our line-up of  healthy food options. It's a  toasted brioche with  sunflower  butter and apricot  jam. Check it  out when you're in the shop next.

      New coffees were ordered this past Wednesday and are scheduled to arrive next Monday. Among them are a new Ethiopian Dry Processed Yirgacheffe which differs from our current "washed Yirgacheffe". Typically, dry-processed coffees yield a fuller body as well as possessing all the characteristic flavors so I'm very anxious to try it.

      We also purchased a new variety of coffee from Sumatra. I was told it has prominent notes of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Sounds like a Snickers bar in a cup! I can't wait to try that one! 

      And just a bit of a warning... the delectable Guatemala Finca Bourbon is getting low. We've ordered a new Guatemala to take its place which we've had before and has always been very very good. 

      But for those of you who have developed a fondness for the Guatemala Finca Bourbon, there's no time like the present to enjoy it.

       Taryn is on her way out the  door to the Hillsdale location  of Food Front Cooperative  Grocery to sample some of our  coffees available there. If  you're in the area, stop by and  say hi. She'll be there from 11 - 2 today.

      Meanwhile, I hope you have a fantastic weekend we'll hope to see you in the shop.

      Mount & Crew

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      Considering the bee crisis...

      Posted on April 01, 2016 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

      Recently, the following article from RealSimple Magazine was shared with me and I thought it appropriate to share with you since we provide and offer for sale, local honey from P&P Apiary. 

      Eco quandary - Considering the bee crisis, is it bad to buy honey.
      Not at all! Since 2007, the US has lost about a quarter of its beehives each year due to pathogens, parasites, pesticides, and poor nutrition. "Buying honey helps beekeepers offset the cost of maintaining colonies and keeping bees healthy," says Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., the director of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.
      Opting for local varieties supports producers near you, but purchasing supermarket brands is OK, too, says Becky Masterman, Ph.D., the program director for the University of Minnesota's Bee Squad, which promotes healthy bee populations. "Commercial companies are often cooperatives that buy regional honey from beekeepers," she says.
      Bees are responsible for more than just our honey supply. Up to a third of our food supply depends on the work of pollinators, such as bees. So how can you help combat the loss of beehives? In addition to supporting the beekeepers by buying honey, plant flowers as a food source for bees, and skip the pesticides.
      Kaitlyn Pirie
      Some of you may have noticed that the coffee descriptions and pricing information have returned to our "offerings" chalkboard. Next up is the consolidation of all our "random" chalkboards into a single menu!
      A big thanks to Marly Beyer for her artistic talents.

       

      Beginning in March, PBS will be airing a new documentary entitled Coffee: The Drink That Changed America. The story follows coffee from its beginnings in Ethiopia, through the Middle East and Europe and into America. The theme of the show is that coffee is associated with social disruption and change. Learn about coffee's evolution  from the "excrement" of the early  English coffee houses to the  artisan wave we are currently in.  Lots of history and ably and  humorously (of course) hosted by  Dean Cycon of Dean's Beans  Organic Coffee Company. Check  your local PBS affiliate for  viewing times.

       Until next week, I hope you're able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather we're having. It has made for some amazing motorcycle commutes this past week.

      Our larger umbrella tables will be going back out today so come by and enjoy your favorite caffeinated beverage along with a baguette sandwich or pastry while basking in the sun!

      Many thanks,

      Mount & Crew

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