Happy Friday Everyone. As great as this weather is for coffee consumption, I'm not sure I'm ready for the cold and wet but I guess I don't have much say in the matter. I'm sure I'll adapt. However, with the time change and the reality of darkness beginning at 4 pm. Eeek!
For those of you who live in and around St. Johns, I'm sure you've seen the progress being made on the new apartment building going in across the street from our shop and, I just received a note yesterday regarding the demolition of the Huk Lab/Hooka Lounge buildings set to begin this next Monday, signaling the beginning of the large development going in on the corner of Lombard and Richmond. Lots of changes and growth happening.
New small and medium size hoodies arrived yesterday. We sold out of previous stock really quickly so get yours while the gettins' good. This is the perfect weather for a warm and cozy hoodie.
Last week I mentioned looking into the possibility of bringing in some travel mugs. Well, I just placed an order for some as well as some amazing new French presses this past Wednesday.
The travel mugs are called Travel Presses and are vacuum insulated stainless steel with a dual micro-filter for grit- free, press coffee, voted best new coffee product of 2015. Not only can one create a French press coffee to-go but it will stay hot for hours. They'll be available in three colors - red, black and brushed stainless.
The French presses are the same vacuum insulated stainless steel construction with the same dual micro-filter, available in 18 oz. and 32 oz. sizes. Perfect for making French press coffee for dinner guests.
Because both the Travel Presses and French presses are vacuum insulated stainless steel, in addition to their elegant design and keeping one's coffee hot for hours, they're unbreakable and will also work for brewing tea.
The Straw Propeller oatmeals we began offering this past week have been a huge hit. They're a refreshing change to the over-sweetened options typically available. Not only that but the portions are hardy, enough to keep one going until lunch or beyond!
As the holidays draw nearer, coffee makes great gifts, whether it's for friends and family or as corporate gifts. If you have a business and would like to gift special customers/employees with some REAL.GOOD.COFFEE., talk to us about creating custom labels that will make your gift even more distinctive.
We also offer gift certificates and can put together various coffees to create nice gift packs. We'll even take care of shipping. Just let us know when you'd like the recipient to receive their coffee and we'll handle the details. Call or e-mail for more information.
A huge thanks to all who have contributed to The Coffee Trust program we've been participating in for the past month. Your contributions will help the coffee farmers of Guatemala learn new organic methods of eradicating the devastating La Roya coffee blight. The program winds up at the end of November so next time you're in the shop, look for the donation jar and donate whatever you're comfortable with. Every little bit helps.
Also, a plug for Bestow, the flower shop located within St. Johns Coffee Roasters. Nyki just returned from the flower market with some absolutely gorgeous fresh flowers. So even though the weather is getting chilly, the flowers will warm the ambiance and take that edge off. And don't forget the upcoming workshop on creating one's own terrarium!
I think that's it for this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend, filled with lots of coffee.
Mount and Crew
I'm back after an amazing trip into Northern California last week. There were a lot of firsts for me, two of which included camping and seeing a part of California I'd not seen before.
I highly recommend a road trip to the Yreka, CA area, heading north up the canyon to Hwy. 96 which follows the Klamath River. The Klamath River was stunningly beautiful and the Trinity Mountains were breathtaking!
But it's back to work and a busy week it has been. We were visited yesterday by Marina Oriel
and Bill Fishbein from The Coffee Trust. Marina has been my contact for setting up the fundraising program in which we're involved, helping raise funds for the coffee farmers of Guatemala in dealing with the LaRoya blight.
Bill is the founder and Executive Director of The Coffee Trust and is in Portland to participate in this weekend's CoffeeFest event, being held at the Oregon Convention Center. One of the things we discussed was scheduling a time when he can return, probably after the first of the year, visit our shop and share the story with our customers, in much greater detail, of what's going on with the coffee crops of Guatemala. Stay tuned.
This week also marked the opening of the Woodstock location of New Seasons Market. As with all their other stores, our coffee is available there as well. Stop by and check it out. It sounds like an amazing multi-level layout. It's located at 4500 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland - 97206.
As mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes have returned with a vengeance. Nothing scary about these. We make the blend right here and as with everything else we offer, it's not syrupy sweet with processed sugars and artificial flavorings. It's just simply delicious.
This weekend marks the end of the season for the St. Johns Farmers Market. And it's looking like the weather is going to be perfect for a farmers market. I hope you'll come out and take advantage of end of the season offerings and stop by our shop while you're in the area.
Beginning next Saturday, October 31st, we are going to return to our "winter" hours. The only thing that will change will be Saturday's opening time, moving back to 8 am. And, just because I'm usually the last one to realize it, the next day, Sunday November 1st is when we go off Daylight Savings Time. I guess the good news is everyone will get an extra hour of sleep.
So enjoy this last weekend of the St. Johns Farmers Market and the sunshine!
Mount & Crew
The good news is there won't be a newsletter next week. The bad news is, I'm going to complicate things just a bit. Or, I guess you could look at it the other way around. In any regard...
I'm taking a few days off and heading south on my motorcycle for one last hurrah while the weather permits. Rather than try and create this newsletter on the road using my phone, which I did on my last road trip and which was no fun at all, I've decided to combine two ordering deadlines for home delivery customers. My apologies in advance for any confusion.
When submitting your orders, please specify if you want your coffee delivered onOctober 14th or 21st, or both.
This past week has been very busy. We received our biggest coffee shipment ever which was pretty exciting. When you're in the shop, take a look into the shop and you'll see the stacks and stacks of burlap bags, full of coffees from all over the world. So many coffees, so few days. :)
The other big news is that today we received our medal from the Golden Bean Awards which I mentioned last week. I guess that makes it official! It's great to know our coffee stands up so well against over 100 other roasters'.
The other big news is, they're baaaaccckkkk! That's right, the pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu so stop by and pick one up.
Another addition to the menu is a cardamom latte. This will be a first for us but we played around with them yesterday and came up with something that is absolutely delicious! Subtle and very well balanced.
As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, we're working with The Coffee Trust to help raise funds for coffee farmers in Guatemala who have been so hard hit by the La Roya blight.
The coffees from Guatemala have always been some of the most popular we've offered. They have consistently provided great cups of coffee with notes of chocolate, nuts and various fruit.
And from a roaster's perspective, they've proven to be some of the most consistent coffees available which speaks to the quality of the plants as well as the cultivation, culling and milling process which occur at the farms or coops at origin. It will be nice to help support this continued effort.
Beginning Saturday, there will be a jar on our counter labeled, "Tip Your Farmer". Please consider contributing to this great cause. All proceeds go directly to help train over 500 Guatemalan farmers on organic solutions to deal with coffee rust.
And just when you thought you'd heard everything...
I've heard of using coffee grounds in compost, to border one's yard to keep neighborhood cats out, as enemas and now, a friend sent me a link to an article in GizMag, describing the process of turning used coffee grounds into biofuel. http://www.gizmag.com/used-coffee-grounds-biofuels/39731/
It actually sounds pretty promising and what an innovative use for coffee. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
Only three more weekends of the St. Johns Farmers Market so be sure to take advantage of all the locally grown/created products while they're still available.
That's it for now. Stay cozy and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount & Crew
I hope everyone is enjoying this Autumnal weather. It's the perfect time of year for getting out, going for a hike or bike ride, enjoying the cooler temps with the Autumn colors and of course, enjoying some amazing coffee.
Remember, that if you live in the 97203, 97211 or 97217 zip codes, we offer free home delivery of fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees. Just make sure we have your order by Monday mornings at 9 am and we'll have coffee at your door very early on Wednesday mornings.
Several weeks ago, I shared a route I'd taken on my motorcycle which I felt was the perfect Autumn day-trip. This past Sunday, I rode over into Washington with a couple friends. We rode up the Klickitat Canyon and on up to Goldendale before heading back to Hwy. 14.
It was a beautiful day with some amazing scenery, a very different landscape from my previously shared route. We saw a lot of people fly fishing in the Klickitat River and saw some wild turkeys. We also witnessed the results of the recent fires. Wow! Thousands and thousands of charred acres coming up all the way to the highways.
Starting next week, we'll be bringing back an old favorite for this time of year. (insert drum roll here), The Pumpkin Spiced Latte! Ingredients have been ordered so as soon as they arrive, we'll be serving them up. Stay tuned.
The new hoodies have proven to be a big hit with folks who are looking for something warm and cozy to fend off these cool morning temps. More t-shirts are also on order and should be here by the middle of October in both men's and women's styles, sporting our new "stylized" logo. And... I've also ordered more of the Mexican pottery.
I've decided to expand our Mexican pottery selection a bit by bringing in more serving platters as well as cream and sugar containers. Hopefully these will all arrive in plenty of time for the holidays.
Recently I had the opportunity to submit some of our coffees into a competition which I'd previously never done. I chose to enter the Pamplona Blend in the organic espresso category. The competition included submissions from over 100 roasters from all over North America. The long and short of it is, the judges loved the Pamplona and we won, for whatever that's worth.
Many of you are familiar with the Pamplona Blend. It's the medium roast espresso blend we serve here in the shop but is also delicious as a pour-over or brewed conventionally. If you haven't had the pleasure of trying it, I would encourage you to do so. It really is delicious. But then, I say that about all our coffees. :)
A couple weeks ago, a customer from Nepal came in the shop and was having coffee. He proceeded to tell me his family is in the process of rebuilding their coffee farm in Nepal and brought a sample of their coffee for me to roast.
I just roasted it on Wednesday and it is very very good. Really well balanced, smooth acidity, nice notes of chocolate and fruit. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to purchase some and be able to offer it.
Look for our special program starting mid-October. We're partnering with Coffee Trust to help support farmers and workers in Guatemala who have been so adversely affected by the "La Roya" blight.
I've previously described this blight, also known as Coffee Rust which has decimated a huge portion of the coffee crops in Central America. It has pushed families, who were already impoverished, over the brink. Some farmers have lost over 75% of their income.
Funds raised will go toward helping 500 farmers gain new skills in effective, organic farming responses to fungal infections like La Roya. More information will be available within the next week so stay tuned. To learn more, click here - http://coffeetrust.org/
I think that's it for this week. We have a large shipment of coffee due in next week so please help us make room for it. :)
Many thanks and keep the coffee flowing.
Mount & Crew
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
Happy September everyone.
Cooler temperatures, rain, and an overall autumnal feel have descended upon us. It feels like this is going to be one of those seasons with no transition time at all, going straight from summer-type weather to autumn. All those add up to perfect coffee drinking weather.
For those of you in the Portland, Oregon area, I have a great route to share with you if you're interested in seeing some beautiful countryside. A friend and I took this route on our motorcycles the other evening and it was quite spectacular.
From Portland, take Hwy. 30 north to Scappoose. On the northern most end of Scappoose, turn left onto the Vernonia Hwy. Follow this for a number of miles (I can't remember exactly how far). You'll reach the intersection of Hwy. 47 which if you turn right, will take you to Mist. Turn right toward Mist.
Proceed through Mist and eventually you'll see signs which if you take the right will take you to Clatskanie or if you bear to the left, will take you to Astoria. Follow the road toward Astoria and go several more miles. You'll then reach another intersection (Hwy 103) which will take you to Elsie if you turn left.
Take that left toward Elsie and eventually, you'll reach Hwy. 26 for an easy return to Portland. The whole ride will probably take no more than a couple hours. I found the scenery to be absolutely beautiful and the light at this time of year is sensational.
This week, In addition to brewing inordinate quantities of coffee, we've been busy working on the final details of our upcoming grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration. I've discovered there's a reason I'm not an event planner.
We're hoping to pull off a very festive evening so please make plans to help us celebrate. Saturday, September 19th from 6-10 pm. There will be an assortment of food, beverages (adult and child), and live music. And all I will say is that there will be a minimal amount of coffee served. I'm hoping for great weather so we can spill out onto the sidewalks if necessary. Stay tuned for more details.
We'll be open all weekend as well as Monday (it is Labor Day after all.) So come see us, enjoy some hot or cold-brewed coffees and pastries and enjoy this amazing weather.
Many thanks as always and I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Mount & Crew