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
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.
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.
I think that's it for this week.
Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount & Crew
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.
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.
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.
Mount & Crew
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
Only a week ago, an engineer from the Portland Department of Transportation visited our shop to assess the location of our proposed bike racks. When asked how long a process it would be once the location was approved, he replied with, "between 6-8 weeks but, there was an off chance it could happen more quickly."
More quickly it was. They were installed this past Wednesday!
For those of you who have visited the shop this past week, you may have noticed the new refrigerator stocked with Molly's Grown to Eat products. People are LOVING the items. Everything from delicious salads, breakfast sandwiches with bacon (a personal favorite), wraps to more traditional sandwiches. It's nice because one can come in the shop in the morning, get a coffee, bagel or French pastry and then pick up a lunch item to take to the office with them.
We're busy preparing for this weekend's heatwave by brewing inordinate quantities of cold-brewed coffee and teas. Personally, I've never stopped enjoying hot coffee during hot spells. I operate with the notion that drinking hot coffee keeps the inside of my body warmer making the outside feel cooler. (?) I came up with that philosophy when I lived in the South. :)
Within the next couple weeks, we should be receiving a new order of the Mexican pottery we've become known for. We'll have a large selection of espresso cups, cappuccino cups as well as serving trays. We still have a limited inventory of these items but will be adding to that. Each time we receive an order, there are different colors and patterns that continually amaze.
This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of being interviewed for an upcoming series of articles called, Defining Extraordinary, a project created by Sentiero Photography. Andrea and Angelina asked all sorts of questions and took numerous photos in and around the shop. I'm excited to read the final article and see what they come up with. It should be completed within the next couple weeks so I will share it once it has been posted. Check out their site here - https://sentierophotography.wordpress.com/about/about/.
Starting next week, we'll have some new art hanging in the shop. Customer and friend Jeanne Levasseur will be hanging her beautiful paintings. Check out her work here - http://www.theskylinestudio.com/ Friday night, July 24th, we'll be hosting a reception for Jeanne so everyone can meet her and talk to her about her work. More details will follow but please make plans to attend. And yes, there will be wine. :)
For some reason, numerous things around the shop have been breaking this week. Cups, plates, espresso grinder, et al. I don't know if it's the moon or something else but it gives me a new appreciation for times when things work flawlessly.
That said, a deep cleaning was done on the roaster this past Tuesday so lots and lots of coffee was roasted on Wednesday and Thursday. Hopefully it will be enough to get us through the weekend. I really don't want to have to fire up the roaster when it's 102 degrees tomorrow. :)
That's about it for this week. Please keep the coffee flowing and many many thanks for your continued support! We LOVE our work!
Mount & Crew
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. It looks like it's going to be a stellar weekend so I hope you get to spend some time with your families, enjoying this beautiful weather. And we have a great selection of not only organic and fair trade coffees but cold-press Toddy Brewers, Aeropress Brewers, t-shirts, Baratza grinders, pour over cones and filters, etc. to help make his day extra special. Something else you might want to consider is making a dry-rub mixture with some of our coffee. It's an excellent compliment to whatever meat item might be going on the grille this weekend.
A big disappointment this week with the arrival of our logo cups. They were a far cry different than what had been expected and promised. I just received a call that the cups will be re-made and replacements should be here late next week. We will keep our fingers, and toes, crossed.
On a positive note, beginning next Tuesday, 6.23.15, we will be expanding our food menu to include some delectable items created by Molly's Grown to Eat.
Molly's buys from the best purveyors in town. All Molly Grown to Eat foods are made with locally sourced, fresh organic ingredients and are pre-packaged, making them easy to take with you. Local vegges, the best meats and eggs and the best bakers providing amazingly delicious, healthy food.
Breakfast sandwiches will include:
A field roast breakfast burrito with chipotle field roast, cage free eggs, organic yellow onion, organic russett potatoes, tomato chutney, black beans and chiles in a white tortilla.
A Start-up breakfast sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, cage-free eggs, tomato, organic caramelized onions, spinach and sharp cheddar cheese on a multi-grain english muffin.
And the Treehugger breakfast sandwich with nutmeg spiced cage-free egg, caramelized onions, wild arugula, aged whited cheddar on Fleur de Lis bread.
Three different salads will be available:
The Grecian with organic orzo tossed in a homemade red wine vinaigrette, kalamata olives, organic red bell peppers, organic spinach, organic red onion and feta.
The Olympic salad with an organic spring mix, organic fuji apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, gorgonzola cheese, lemon wedge and balsamic vinaigarette.
The Mountain Goat with organic quinoa on a bed of organic spinach, topped with goat cheese, green onion, almonds and completed with a mustard thyme vinaigrette.
Sandwiches will include:
The Freebird Turkey sandwich with turkey, peasant levain bread, sun dried tomato spread, spinach and pepper jack cheese.
The Shindig Sammy featuring a pesto spread, roasted red bell peppers, roasted chicken, and organic spring mix on a Pearl Bakery levain.
Mollly's Hero with smoked ham, spicy Italian salami, organic roma tomatao, organic green leaf lettuce with a dijonaise spread on Fleur de Lis multi-grain bread.
And I just had to add another because it sounded so good. The Sage Turkey Toasty with hickory smoked turkey, provolone, caramelized onions with sage and dijon aioli on a Pearl Bakery levain.
Wraps -Last but not least is an item I typically would have avoided, being the certified carnivore I am. But I tasted it and found it to be amazing. It's the Yam & Kale Wrap. This features roasted yams, kale marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, black beans and feta in a white tortilla.
This will be accompanied by the El Compadre wrap which includes chipotle field roast, roasted corn, black beans, cliantro, bell peppers, chipotle aioli, and cotija cheese in a whole wheat tortilla wrap.
Pair any of these items with some of our REAL.GOOD.COFFEE and I'm certain it will put a smile on your face.
We take a lot of pride in the housemade items we offer. Everything from the various bagel spreads to the specialty beverage items. The following review was just posted on Yelp so thought I'd share.
"Peder's "Orange Caramel Late" is the best kept secret in all of Portland!!! Home made caramel scooped into the milk before it is steamed. It's unlike anything you've ever experienced in your life!!! Subtlety sweet and creamy but not too much."
Josh H. - Portland, OR
Many who have visited our shop have more than likely seen the books we sell called "PDXccentric". They're full of various oddities and trivia specific to Portland. Well, next Thursday evening, there's an opportunity to participate in what will no doubt make it into the next printing of PDXcenntric.
It's the World's Largest Louie, Louie Sing-a-long, taking place at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204, Thursday June 25th at 5:30 pm. They're going for an entry into the Guiness World Record Book and to really seal the deal, the band who made that song so famous, The Kingsmen ,will be there to perform it! So come lend your lungs and energy and make this event a record-breaker.
We decided this week that we think it's finally time to have a grand-opening celebration. We haven't yet settled on a specific date but will keep you posted. Now that I've said something about it, that means I now have to follow through and make it happen. So stay tuned. As soon as a date/time has been decided upon, we will let you know.
We're ready for the upcoming weekend with cold-brewed coffees, teas and will have plenty of freshly roasted organic and fair trade coffees available so please come see us. It's looking like it's going to be a stellar weekend!
Meanwhile, many thanks for your continued support and keep the coffee flowing!