A couple weeks ago I mentioned I was "no party planner" and geesh, was that ever the truth. Things for the grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration are coming together nicely but what a busy week it's been.
One of the fun aspects was doing a sampling of various recipes for the coffee martinis. Wow! These are SO GOOD! Dangerously good! Given the fact I'm a former photographer. I think a visual is always important. Solely for illustrations purposes, I just made a batch of the martinis so a photo could be included. Of course, we couldn't waste them so... However, if martinis are not your thing, don't worry. There will be other options as well.
I realized early this morning that there's no way the shop can remain open until 5pm tomorrow and expect to begin the party at 6pm so, we're going to close an hour earlier so we'll have enough time to get everything set up and ready to roll.
By the way, during the hours of the party, we will not be serving espresso beverages, selling coffee beans or anything else. Tomorrow evening is for festivities only. Drip coffee will be available for consumption for anyone who desires but it will be complimentary.
I would like to welcome our newest member to our team. Well, so-to-speak. We upgraded our coffee brewer this past week to try to better keep up with demand for drip coffee during those busy times and it is proving to work splendidly.
We received our new logo hoodies yesterday. They have already proven to be very popular and are perfect for these cool mornings. They're soft and cozy and have a new stylized version of our logo on the back. Pick one up next time you're in. They're only $40.
Another addition has been made to our list of tea offerings. We now have a very delicious jasmine tea available. It's very refreshing; fruity with some very nice floral notes.
I think that's it for this week. We're very excited about the party tomorrow night and hope you will join us. Show up and enter the give-away for various coffee items. Everything from bags of coffee, t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, etc. Here's another link to Dina y los rumberos, the band who will be performing to give you a taste of what will be happening tomorrow night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08t0sLMD6a0
Many many thanks,
Mount & Crew
As we approach our grand opening celebration next week, things are coming together and it's getting very exciting. The name of the band is Dina y los rumberos who I heard about a year ago at an outdoor festival and felt from the get-go they would provide the festive music I wanted for our grand opening. I just watched a video of the band on YouTube and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Check them out for yourself. I hope you can join us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl946Q6Y-yg
We will be doing a give-away the night of the party so be sure to be here and get your name in the pot. Prizes will include t-shirts, coffee, coffee delivery service and other assorted items.
When we remodeled the shop last year, as with any project of the sort, there were a few lingering things that hadn't been completed. Last week I finally completed the shelves for our selection of pour-over coffees which illustrates the concept of us being all about "options". :) So many coffees, so few days.
As many have experienced, when one goes to sign their name on the iPad finalizing their purchase, it's often a futile attempt at getting anything close to what one's signature really looks like. Recently, a customer took an entirely different approach which I thought you'd enjoy.
In last week's newsletter, I described a beautiful drive to enjoy the autumnal colors of Oregon. I had intended it for either motorcycle travel or car. It would be beautiful either way. However, I received a query about the possibility of organizing a group motorcycle ride of this route, starting with coffee at the shop. I had never considered this but thought it was a great idea so if there are others out there who would enjoy something like this, please let me know and we can try to schedule something.
Warmer temps have returned, at least for this weekend so we'll be prepared with plenty of cold-brewed coffee and teas to help keep you cool. The St. Johns Farmers Market will be taking place again tomorrow and there should be an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as some amazing salmon and sausages.
Many thanks for your continued support. I hope you'll come share in next week's grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration.
Mount & crew
I can't tell you what a great feeling it was to be able to take a few days off last week, knowing my staff would do such a great job in my absence. Now I'm ready to go again! :)
The trip was stellar with only one day of rain. As I've mentioned to many people, most of my motorcycle trips are centered around food, in one way or another. This trip was no exception. I got to partake of some amazing seafood along with a healthy dose of some delicious oysters.
It felt good to be back at the shop on Monday and it's been a very full week. We finally received our shipment of Chemex brewers and filters which so many have been asking about. For those who love the quality of pour-over coffees but wish to make it in larger quantities, the Chemex is the route to go. We now have the 6-cup brewers and filters in stock. Come check them out!
Tuesday was a bittersweet day because we had to say goodbye to our long-time customers, Lexi and Bjorn. They have been loving our coffees for the past two or three years and have been here daily since opening our new Tasting Room. However, they're about to embark on new life adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We're excited about their new plans but will miss their cheerful energy.
New coffees were ordered this past week which are scheduled to arrive Monday. Most of what's coming in is to replenish what we already have. However, there's one very special coffee amongst the group. It's a new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Adame Gorbota.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe FTO Adame Gorbota coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Adame Gorbota Cooperative located in the Wenago district within the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia. The Adame Gorbota Cooperative currently has 533 members. In 2011, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia. There are twenty-six other cooperatives affiliated with the YCFCU totaling more than 35,000 members.
We're now deep into the planning mode for next month's grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration. We hope to solidify some of the larger pieces within the next week. Stay tuned and save the date. Saturday, September 19th, 2015!
Tomorrow will be another Constitution Art Party which means Leavitt Avenue will be closed. Last time this event took place, people had a great time visiting the various arts and craft booths as well as the adjacent St. Johns Farmers Market. All in all, it made for a very active day and I'm sure tomorrow will be the same.
Take care and thanks so much for all your support.
Mount & Crew
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!!!!
Yes folks, it's that time of year again. Tomorrow marks the opening of the St. Johns Farmers Market. It's always a great market with many varied vendors offering everything from baked delicacies to cheeses, cured meats, breads, fruits, all sorts of produce, fresh caught salmon, and many many others.
All of this takes place in the beautiful setting of downtown St. Johns, only 1/2 block from our front door. Hint, hint. We'll be ready with plenty of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees as well as an abundant selection of cold-brewed coffees and iced teas. We'll also have plenty of French pastries from Fleur de Lis French Bakery and genuine boiled bagels from Spielman Bagels.
For those of you who are in touch with us via our Facebook page, you probably read about last Friday night's musical serendipity. For those of you who didn't read about it, suffice it to say that an amazing thing took place, culminating with an in-shop performance last Saturday afternoon by Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm. It's something that exceeded my wildest expectations on many levels, one of which how nice it was to have live music in the shop.
Nothing has been scheduled yet but live music is something we're looking at bringing into the shop on a more regular basis. Jenna and Rolf seemed to have a great time being here and promised they would return when they're back in Portland so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
On the subject of music, George Fendel Presents has another jazz piano performance on tap for Thursday, June 11th at Classic Pianos. Jon Mayer will be performing and I can tell you from having heard him perform there two previous times, it will be a sell out and and experience one will never forget so make your reservations now. Tickets are only $15 and may be purchased by calling Peggie at Classic Pianos, 503.546.5622 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance begins at 7:30 pm and usually runs a couple hours.
Not only is Jon an amazing pianist but he establishes a great rapport with his audiences and is a very humble figure despite the fact he's played with jazz greats Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Thad Jones, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins... You get the idea.
And the venue that Classic Pianos provides is the best! A small, intimate room that only accommodates 100 people. Last time I heard Jon perform there, they had set him up with a 9 foot Schimmel grand piano which was an amazing instrument.
Now for coffee stuff!!!! Lots of great things are happening on the coffee front. First of all, the first of several new coffees arrived today. I won't have them roasted for this weekend but they'll be available beginning next week.
One of the coffees that arrived today is one which we've had before and just couldn't keep it in stock. Can I hear a drum roll please???? The Guatemala Finca Bourbon is BACK!!!
The Guatemala Finca Bourbon coffee is named after the bourbon varietal that has been cultivated on the Echeverria family farm since 1878, in the municipality of Patzún, department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. The farm has been OCIA certified organic since 1996 and is also certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Only 96 hectares of the farm are used for coffee production while the remainder of the 286 hectares is preserved forest. The coffee plants, some over 100 years old, grow in volcanic soil under an old growth canopy of native shade trees. As one of the oldest operating coffee farms in Guatemala, the knowledge and tradition brought to cherry selection, fermentation, and drying is unmatched.
Scheduled to come in mid next week are a new Colombian coffee and a coffee from Honduras. This will be our first Honduran coffee so we're really excited to try it and see what it's like.
We've had many requests over the years for coffee cups bearing our logo. It's always been complicated by the fact that our logo is as "extensive" as it is. However, we finally were able to make it happen. We expect to receive them by the middle of June so stay tuned.
Many who've passed our shop have probably noticed the raised-beds covered with burlap. We were finally able to get plants in this past week. Christa worked really hard selecting the plants and getting them planted. So far, they seem to be doing really well and I think will create a nice buffer between our back doors and the busy street.
And before this turns into a thesis, two final notes. First of all, we'll have more coffee plants available for purchase this weekend and two, with the more summer-like weather, we've added some outdoor umbrellas to our sidewalk seating to provide a bit of shade on those sunny afternoons. I sat out there yesterday afternoon sipping on some delicious elderberry iced tea and it felt quite devine!
Ok, that's it for this week. Many thanks for your on-going support and please, please, please, keep the coffee flowing!
Mount & Crew