August 26th, 2014
on the horizon- pop up dinners at courier. These will be Izakaya style. Also we are nearing the anniversary of opening our bar, and we also plan to celebrate the change from summer to fall.
Internally there is soon to start a review process on the style in which we make and serve drinks. This will be a staff workshop. Our first will be a study into temperature and time for milk drinks. Moving forward is always fun, and the future hopefully has us keeping on improving ourselves.
Socially and politically we have just passed a landmark through Portland’s new labor law, although no one has realized it yet. two employees have called in sick, and guess what, they are getting paid. Paid sick days. pretty cool for the staff. Big thanks to everyone who walks through our door, through your support we are able to cover sick days. Think of how many people in Portland this will help out.
ok- have to go deliver coffee. best ccr
August 15th, 2014
On bar at Courier- Othaya farmers peaberry type coffee, Nyeri, Kenya, July crop arrival Oakland. Next week look forward to it at Kenilworth Coffee, SE Gladstone and 37th.
August 12th, 2014
麦わら細工、ヒンメリは葉山在住の造形作家、Nononiko の大久保 智子。
CZAR- Lena Fujimoto- Living in Setagaya, Tokyo- now showing at Courier
All t-shirts and tote bags Made in Japan by CZAR and Ends and Means.
Himmeli (straw mobile) by NONINOKO- Hayama, Japan
We have a special group visiting this week from the Freedom University in Tokyo (not really a University, but a group of people interested in the ideas of Portland as a model city). This is partly behind True Portland, the guidebook that came out some months ago in Japan. For some time there has been gaining interest in Portlands craft scene (of course right? the reason everyone is moving here, and how we get our own tv series). We wanted to update our links above to be more easily understood for those that are visiting our site for the first time this week. In addition to Japan crafted goods on bar, a more permanent beverage ware arrived from Italy yesterday- new cups from Ancap, designed and made in Italy, then imported through Kentucky. The new cups are all white, and similar quality to the ACF cups, maybe even better. The espresso cups are now slightly smaller in volume (i get 1.9oz below the brim). The Cappuccino cups are 5oz instead of the previous 5.5oz, which we think will lead to a more delicious drink. Down the road we also have a 6oz cup, which is hard to tell from the 5oz, but this will allow us to choose if we want a subtle difference in size for americanos or lattes. And we still have a bigger latte cup. We are pretty excited.
August 5th, 2014
We continue to roast coffee and wholesale it, biking it to the people of Portland from our Hawthorne workshop. Major additions to the roastery this summer have been one black and white printer, just amazing for billing people and we cannot recommend enough the hp 1102 w – lo tech and rad. Thanks to a carton of neon yellow paper falling off the delivery truck anyone who still gets paper invoices will receive them in brilliant yellow (because it was free).
On the bar front our Traulsen freezer is trucking through its second summer without issue which is great because we really are blowing through ice. Cold Brew Coffee is now a huge part of daily work on bar. We have been using glass double quart jars for all our steeping and decanting and ever since Lamplighter Coffee visited us from Richmond Virginia we cant help but think there is a better way, and not just using a Filtron Pro (we use the regular filtron for now). You remember Lamplighter as in Half and Half Cafe star and Sprockettes Noelle. They are truly becoming a force in Virginia having grown significantly in the last four years. In the last two days we have been experimenting with steeping in 5 gallon Korny kegs, then siphoning into other vessels, and there is a lot wanting.
On the phone we have heard from Keep Cups Australia (via LA) about their plastic coffee cups, and we are in deep thought on plastic travel cups, especially since the City of Portland can no longer find a way to compost compostable coffee cups. We are also ordering Ancap coffee ceramic cups to replace our aging FAC ceramic cups, both made in Italy, both way more expensive from the made in China Porcelain (because it is hard to support China in the same way that Ikea and everyone else does). Currently our paper cups still are made in Georgia from MONSANTO genetically modified plant lining (Way to go america). We are very interested in keeping it local and plant base and of course would rather pollute a first world country over a third. Practice what you preach? Honestly there are no great solutions for paper cups, hence thinking about the Australian made Polyethylene, vs recycleability, vs landfill vs etc.
We thank everyone who has reached out to us, no matter the way, and would like to remind you all if you need to contact us the cell phone number is posted for joel, and via a text you can always get an email. and if that doesnt work at first please try again. We find being direct is always the best way. Thank you so much all of us at courier
July 25th, 2014
Putting our expertise to work fixing RC cars. Japan has become a point of interest not only for Courier Coffee, but for the entire West Coast. It is now public knowledge that three major roasters are expanding to Tokyo, and rumor rumor that there will be more. True Portland (probably the best Portland guide book to date) came out a few months ago and Portland just scored an entire issue of POPEYE magazine, in which our town was featured. Courier-enthralled with Portland finds expanding difficult at best, and even harder to think from 500 square feet of retail to global. We. still. love portland.
24 guests and family visited us from Japan this week, we roasted a ton of coffee and dealt with replacing a pump relay on a two group espresso machine. We use the same tools for an espresso machine as we do RC Cars luckily. Before you think- wow Courier is doing amazing ( i mean we are doing pretty great)- these are the rc cars where the wire is connected between car and remote- lucky also more easily fixable with damaged electrical.
Our Japanese friends have their artwork up at Courier right now. They made a Courier t-shirt and tote bag (the tshirt is white). Also their is a rad straw mobile up at Courier right now (not for sale- just you know, come check it out). Thank you so much for your patronage this summer. we now have a legitimate art show list for the coming months so something to look forward too.
July 19th, 2014
Our family is here from Japan. The bar will be closed today/ Saturday. Sunday our friends from Japan will be having one of the coolest art shows at 5pm. There will be snacks and drink. We hope to see you there. Featuring straw mobile installation by NONINOKO. a trunk show of japanese vintage by dalmachan. Portraite drawings by Niko, and prints by Lena Fujimoto of Czar. oh- and pourover coffee.
July 7th, 2014
July 20th- afterhours at Courier.
NONINOKO, CZAR, Ends & Means will be arriving earlier in the week from Japan. Artwork, clothing, and sought for items Sunday, July 20th. One of NONINOKO family will be drawing portraits using a single line. Photos above- brand new art from Lena Fujimoto of CZAR, which will be done in prints. Above Above Himmeli by NONINOKO- from their recent book. Please come. exact time TBA here.
July 1st, 2014
Popeye is a very popular magazine in Japan and targets the young “city boy.” Their recent issue devotes over a hundred pages to Portland and has been out for the last three weeks in Japan. We have one copy behind the bar if you would like to flip through while enjoying your coffee. The magazine is also available at Kinokunia bookstore inside Uwajimaya.
We were asked to show Popeye around for an afternoon, so we took them by bicycle.