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


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.

August 18th, 2015

roasting summer

August 1st, 2015

The process of roasting coffee feels like it occurs faster in the summer. we are not sure if this is for better or worse but we do like hitting orange/red colors at 4 minutes- something people roasting on a 1950s probat probably have an easier time at. Since the roaster feels like it is going faster we are roasting (I am roasting) slightly larger batches of green coffee. And it appears i am finishing them faster with similar results. ive easily been doing 10.5 minute roasts of coffee.

This could be attributed to the room temperature (100F), or maybe the humidity is helping the roast. Now, will you taste this in the cup, probably not. Will there be a difference from this over the winter, probably not. However we feel like similar and maybe imperceivably better results are happening in the summer. The mood we are in certainly does affect the roasts, which, we are happy the summer is helping the roasts.

back from japan

July 23rd, 2015

its pretty hard to write entries.


biked by heart coffee roasters new space today- they are growing. everyday biking by “good coffee”- have not been there,but.

Japan- we did not visit blue bottle at all. we did not visit the portland themed restaurant named burnside. we loved coffee elementary school- third wave japan eat that. PADDLERS COFFEE serving Stumptown, the new location is more than rad-i more than recommend looking them up and, letting them be ambassadors for Stumptown Coffee Tokyo.

Coffee Elementary School is probably the most third wave shop we experienced. if you saw us there thats how much we love you. Onnibus Coffee Roasters I claim full responsibility for stealing your umbrella.

Back in Portland we have a guy calling us about his espresso machine- awesome-thank you. We just got our first 3 star review on google-EVER. thank you, and you are lucky we are internet savy.

4 years is a lot of wear and tear. the staff is fresh. what do we do. grab a beer together. probably.

i want to thank you. so so much. making coffee is the same, but always different and we appreciate you. thank you

July 3rd, 2015

open normal july 4th. closed one pm. we have a ton of coffee and cold brew.