January 28th, 2016

A number of new things are happening.

Our bar will be a place to register to vote (look for box in corner). We have started to carry/are in transition/ and will be serving new Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Kyushu Sencha tea courtesy of Jasmine Pearl Tea Company. Sakiko and I are having a baby girl roughly around the 19th.An amazing article just came out on TSITE Japan- check it here, courtesy of Masa, writing by Sakiko (disregard the part about drowning small children if you cannot read Japanese). We are now boiling all our water at the roastery with White Gas on our three burner Coleman campstove (educational). There is a new place in St. Johns serving Courier- Becka- Israeli Breakfast spot in the Brasstacks St. Johns location- Think delicious Israeli food 7am-2pm only through February.

Now- on the deeper front- the front bearing on the SF-25 roaster is not entirely in good health. We have plans to pull it, but wrecking the housing is surely a possibility. On a happier side we have added a beautiful set of Wiha torx drivers to our toolset courtesy of Hall tool, mostly because someone put their phone in the laundry.

Alex Geddes (now Spielman Coffee Roasters) and I have both been discussing gas flow on the roaster lately. My opinion is that it is no problem, but Alex seems to think the roaster has less power. Yesterday at Extracto Coffee roasters hanging out behind the scenes our attention was guided to an amazing clear gas inlet tube with a floating pressure indicator (cannot remember technical term). This tube is totally awesome and when Chris (Extracto) returns from Ethiopia we are going to have to ask him on this.

all sorts of stuff is happening that we barely can talk about. someone made off with our blue recycle bin at the roastery. Baked potatoes were put on hold at the coffee shop (but wait- i have a bag of potatoes sitting next to me as i type). In the midst of all this it is hard to fathom the next few weeks. There are a bunch of Colombian “microlot” samples coming to roast and cup. We have one very lovely new Colombian from La Estrella farm that is here, but on very short supply. Since I am doing all the roasting and delivering i think the next few weeks will be tough. There are birth classes to attend, coffee to roast…

January 13th, 2016

Max and I tasted some tea today (unimpressed). We both agreed it was good, but… lacking. In order to find new tea, or a company to work with there will be some soul searching. I think we have something that meets our standards now, but losing Foxfire tea is a very large juncture for us, and we want to do this right.

We are (about to blow your mind) serving baked potatoes in an even more limited amount than our pastries, housemade. Each garnished with a touch of ‘fleur de sel.’ We continue to experiment on our own about potatoes, and we want you to remember our concept comes from a very near past where potatoes were used as pocket warmers. On these cold mornings a hot potato may just be the perfect thing. While we have talked about sweet potatoes we want to really work first on the basics. They will be red potatoes organically grown in either Washington or Oregon. These will be wrapped in foil and available between 8 and 10am ish. Other garnishes will be coming soon, and we have to admit this will certainly not be a money maker, but who would not want a hot potato.

Happy new year- ccr

kyocera flip phone, beer can stoves the perfect gift, and unrelated entries

January 10th, 2016

random entry-

Roasting coffee for LUCLAC right now. Since we are attentive this statement will only be true for the beginning of the type. There is great care in the french roast coffee… (roasting). even in darkness there will be a gradient of development throughout the seed which will affect the final product.

LucLac serves Vietnamese style coffee, however we take it lighter than you would in Vietnam, yet still black all the way (there is a color gradient however) through without any sourness or acid. Many think that we roast lighter/medium roasts of coffee, but we do about two batches a week that are darker. The quality of the coffee, we feel, always comes through into the final product, and while normally roasters seem to not care about things like french roast and decaf it should be cared about. The only bummer for us is that we only get to roast about two batches each a week of dark roast and decaf, maybe a few percent of what we roast weekly.

Topic two- Kyocera Dura XV Plus- everyone says they are slow, but what they mean is that there is a weird glitch. We raved about this phone a month ago, but then, it started lagging terribly. At the beginning of december it fixed itself and now is sharp as ever. In the last month we also changed the way we carried our phone and have been driving (gasp) much more. We have left our phone in the middle of intersections on rainy days. In puddles in the gutter overnight. Have accidentally had the phone fall into a cup of coffee. But the thing is this phone is awesome. It gets charged once a week as well and no sooner than every four days, and we use it for work.

Topic 3- beer can stoves the perfect gift. We started writing this post pre January, and we are thinking about gifts. Well its now too late to advise but a few of you may remember years ago when we were making campstoves to boil water at the roastery. Matthew Sperry of Courier introduced us to the Penny Stove, and we have about eight of these at the roastery. Just prior to gift giving we tried our hand at making them again and we remembered that they take a little more finesse than we remembered. fueling them with shellac thinner is probably equally great and terrifying.

Whenever we post (and i can believe other roasters do not post) there is so much information we want to tell you about.

Happy New Year to all. Thank you so so much for being with us.

December 22nd, 2015

Holiday at 923 sw oak- closed christmas day and new years day only.we may close an hour early christmas eve depending on if anyone is in the shop.

We have stocked the shop well with prepackaged coffee this morning. In addition we have coffee ready to be packed. Actually the decaf today should be amazing. Kenilworth Coffee and No Wave coffee are getting retail later today for resale roasted today. If anyone would like to swing by the roastery for coffee please send me a text with your name, what you would like etc. I actually have to do christmas shopping and was hoping to do that wednesday, however i will try to be available early morning and evening for pick up, as well as roasting custom orders for people to get thursday morning.

winter forever

November 21st, 2015

we got a bike odometer- come nerd out w us and talk about miles and load. courier has one big tip for the winter- Sandersons safety.

tuesday was a tiring day this week. 55 miles of wind and rain. we did kind of an amazing job keeping the packaging dry.

december we will be having open hours at the roastery on hawthorne. Thanksgiving day we will be open the morning only. friday there will be a late start.

Peets Coffee makes a coffee bar on Broadway, and the sickness that is the Kyocera DuraXV plus phone, and a confession

October 30th, 2015

two unrelated stories-

The unofficial first year we had a Micron computer running Windows ’95, a dial up internet connection through Eugene costing maybe 90/year, a fax machine off craigslist, and a crummy landline/answering machine- the year was 2004.

In 2004 most people had cell phones. After we got a business licence we decided to get a Samsung flip phone- and today we are now on our fifth flip phone. Mid summer we did acquire an iphone- which no one has the number to, but business phone remains the flip phone.

Enter our new Kyocera. Sadly there are no options anymore for phones like this, but this has got to be the raddist flip phone ever. Texting with gloves, in the pouring rain. the action on the buttons is really nice. it also has noise dampening, and so far people have mentioned that they hear us super clear. also it organizes messages in threads by person. It has been a week so far with this phone and the thrill has not worn off- looking forward to the next five years with this phone!!!!

Sometime around 2003? Peets opens the first coffee bar in Portland- and it was revolutionary (for six months). This is at their Broadway location which is still (almost) the same. The concept? order coffee like beer, or like at an old fashioned soda fountain (which ive heard of but never seen). No point of sale, no lines, just belly up to the bar- sound familiar? After all the research using that ’95 windows computer, and painstakingly coming to the same conclusion of this is how it should be, someone had already beat us there (for a short while). Two local coffee favorites were also later to build the same idea- with the same failing- where either the staff, or customers, revolted against the idea. The point is that Peets Coffee has had some great ideas- but perhaps what they work against is our culture, or maybe they are not working hard enough.

Its rainy and that means seats inside our shop are difficult- dont worry we are working on that now. we are also waxing and waterproofing our gear, and atempting to fix our brakes for the cargo bike. New lot from Rwanda arrived today- Ingoboko cooperative farmers, Rutsiro district (lovely winey accidity, just did a small batch, will be downtown tomorrow).

October 26th, 2015

we have a new flip phone. and our new barstools are ‘assembled’ in the usa. new coffee from rwanda ships to us wednesday along with more providencia farm, huehuetenango c/o royal coffee importers. we met a really cool guy from Burundi and are hoping we can figure how to get his coffee because it is lovely.

October 21st, 2015

The Courier phone line is down for repairs (until we get to the phone store). was not really into LG and we spent a few minutes today trying to track down a samsung flip phone. so it goes. Actually we have enough phones now that we should probably be resurrecting one of them (seriously considering handing them out as trick or treat goodies).

progress since last check in- new barstools, made in the U.S.A.

Slept on getting bike lights, but we did just bring a bunch of coffee to City Bikes and we still really do want to help those night time commuters.

On the Cargo Bike front we are still operating with only one brake (granted a pretty awesome brake). The action has gotten better through applying spirits to the outside, but not buttery yet, and we tire of the work.

This weekend is coffee fest, and many interesting people are in Portland visiting us. Synesso is coming to show off their new MVP machine- probably too fancy- but we love what they do.
Also cool samples are showing up at our bar as farmers and brokers visit our city.

Lastly today there was a small brainstorming session about Ankeny Park on the south end of the North Park Blocks. The main topic was how to include the Park more into the rest of the park blocks and also diversify the use of the area to include more of the neighbors (basically to create more traffic of people.). good times.

September 17th, 2015

Recap-

The most exciting project personally right now is fixing the shimano saint dual piston hydraulic brake action on the ceramic pistons.Shimano does not make replacement parts for this (very expensive) item, and so its been difficult even talking to people about our issues- but thats when we came across one awesome bike shop which gave us some tips. Today we are cleaning around the ceramic pistons with mineral spirits and really trying to clean the action up.

Tomorrow we wait for a semitruck of green coffee to arrive. The trick is that even though they have promised to deliver by a certain time we are most likely at their mercy. We could be stuck all day waiting, which is the way it works, and we have no recourse.

checked bases with city bikes and they may help us carry some sweet bike lights for everyone stranded near our coffee bar in the dark. it is not a done deal yet, but City Bikes is always ready to help us out. We have many bike friends but there is one little rear light we love and they carry it.

Downtown some may have noticed that the chairs are still horrible, but we have visually cleared space above the front door. The next move is to increase seating very slightly while still making a generous space for wheelchairs (and bikes should you bring them in).

Friday (tomorrow) we have three new coffees arriving at the roastery (as some point) means you wont see them untill slightly later.

all the best-us-courier

September 14th, 2015

We have two new coffees. one a Natural process Chelbesa Mill lot (Gedeb,Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region of Ethiopia). One La Providencia Farm from the municipality of San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango, Guatemala (with the name they gave the lot ‘Palhu’). The first is pretty funky, berry aromatics, grassy as it cools. The second is more earth, and a sugar that holds a caramelly body at medium roasts, with a bakers chocolate component.

Next week we will have at least two new coffees on bar, let you know about them then. We will also start to have housemade Muesli and Granola, and are working on being able to offer bike lights for sale as a convenience to the neighbors since it is getting dark earlier.

We are ten years old as a roastery, but it feels like we are just learning all the time so much. i think im going to take a break here on writing and follow up soon.