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
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
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!!!!
What a week it has been! Typical of the Pacific Northwest, the weather has been all over the place. We began the week with sun, transitioning into cool wet conditions, more like October and now, we're back to sun with summertime temperatures.
But it's made for some great coffee drinking weather. Of course, what isn't great coffee drinking weather? That said, we're ready for the weekend with lots of organic hot and cold-brewed coffees, teas and baked goods. We open at 7am tomorrow so one can get fueled before the opening of the St. John's Farmers Market at 9 am.
And, we're in the process of looking into some ways to expand on our current food offerings. It won't be worked out by tomorrow but hopefully, very soon.
We received two shipments of coffee this week so we'll have some of those available this weekend for your drinking pleasure. Available will be the Honduras Alto De Los Santos as well as the Colombian Red Ecolsierra. This is the first time I've purchased a coffee from Honduras and must admit, after reading some of the information (pre-delivery), I was a little concerned.
However, we sampled it yesterday and it is DELICIOUS! A very pleasant surprise. In some ways it reminds me of a Colombian coffee in that it has a nice "round" body, despite being a medium roast. But it also delivers a very syrupy mouthfeel with notes of dried raisin and a very clean finish.
Honduras Organic Alto de Los Santos coffee is sourced from a family-owned farm located near the town of Corquín within the department of Copan, Honduras. Joel López and Herminio Perdomo own and operate Alto de Los Santos. The farm is certified organic through HQC (Honduras Quality Coffees), which is a group of several independent coffee producers who do not belong to a cooperative. Alto de Los Santos is firmly committed to supporting the local community. Last year, Alto de Los Santos donated materials to the ministry of health and a small warehouse was built to store medical equipment and medication. Alto de Los Santos is currently partnering with members of neighboring communities near Corquín to distribute water filtration systems.
The Colombian coffee is the Fair Trade Organic Red Ecolsierra. This Colombian is pretty typical of specialty Colombian coffees providing a full body, bold chocolate with notes of orange zest, anise and nuts with a pleasing acidity.
Colombia FTO Red Ecolsierra is sourced from members of La Red de Productores Ecológicos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (RED ECOLSIERRA), which is an association established in 2001 by a group of small coffee producers living within the municipality of Santa Marta located in the department of Magdalena, Colombia. In addition to coffee, RED ECOLSIERRA cultivates cacao and honey. RED ECOLSIERRA also provides technical support for organic certification.
Next week we expect to receive our new logo diner mugs. Barring any unforeseen hurdles, we should have them in-stock for next weekend. And on the subject of coffee merchandise, the price of our Baratza burr grinders has gone (I hope you're sitting down), down. Yes, that correct. We've lowered them.
If you've considered upgrading from your ole slash-and-burn blade grinder, now is the perfect time. Here's a great article on selecting the right grinder for your use. We have several of the Encore and Virtuoso models in stock.
We always try to "go-the-extra-mile" when it comes to customer service because, that's just the way it should be done. This past week, a customer felt compelled to post his experience on Yelp. It's gratifying to know our efforts are appreciated.
"So I tend to run super late when it comes to catching the 16 bus right in front of St. John's Coffee roasters. I also am not a big coffee drinker, so I don't account for needing time to stop and get coffee. Anyways, I was headed to the bus stop, I live near the grocery outlet, and catch the Bus in front of SJCR. As I was a block away from my stop I realized I might have enough time to get some coffee but wasn't sure if they would have a line in SJCR, when I got there I saw they didn't. I quickly ordered my iced americano, waited outside so I could see if my bus would be coming, then when I saw that it was, I told the cute red headed cashier I wasn't gonna be able to grab my coffee and would possibly grab it the next morning if that was okay. They said yes and started saying something else but I walked out for fear that I might miss the bus. As I was waiting for the bus I see someone out of the corner of my eye as I was being a loser with my phone glued to my hand roaming the inter webs. It was the lovely red headed girl cashier walking up with my coffee! It was such a pleasant surprise and completely unexpected. They weren't above and beyond what they needed to. I feel bad only tipping 1$ now lol but my coffee was only 2.75 I believe. Regardless I was completely caught off guard and appreciate so much that they were willing to do that for me. Now I will be able to start my day with some energy. Being a restaurant manager of a busy restaurant and also being a cook of another busy restaurant I rarely see any sleep. Especially now that I have been taking the bus. So thank you cute red headed cashier girl :) you are the best. Keep up the good work! If you're the owners of SJCR or manager, make sure to keep this young lady around, meh I'm young myself but anyways. She's a valuable employee who did more then she had to in the name of customer service. THATS rare. Lol
For those of you who enjoy jazz piano, don't forget that Jon Mayer will be performing this Thursday evening at Classic Pianos at SE Powell Blvd and Milwaukie Ave. (next to the Aladdin Theater), beginning at 7:30 pm.
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.
Starting in July, look for our special offer in the new on-line version of Chinook Book!
In the meantime, indulge yourself with a home delivery of fresh roasted coffee. Each Wednesday, we deliver fresh roasted organic and fair trade coffees to customers' homes and businesses within the 97203, 97211 and 97217 zip codes, for no additional charge.
All one needs to do is submit the order by Monday morning before 9 am, and we'll have it on your doorstep, bright and early Wednesday morning. What a way to start one's day!
What are you waiting for? Indulge yourself. You deserve it.
Have a fabulous week and keep the coffee flowing!
Mount & crew
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.
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...
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