October 24th, 2014
On bar the last three lightbulbs have been TCP BR30′s (L.E.D.) with 650 lumen output(the ceiling track lights). Just yesterday we realized none of the lighting is halogen anymore, something we so rely on at the roastery/workshop for color rendering. There is now a mix of old and new technology LED and old/new flourescent par30′s. We have been constantly buying a sample of LED flood lights as they hit the shelves, and trying them out. The Eco Par30s with flourescent bulbs (winks hardware) are actually a little warmer in color indexing, but not by much compared to the BR30′s. However the LED BR30′s draw only 12 watts of power, which i think is half as much as the same flourescent of equal lumen output. Next time in courier and looking up from the front to the back of the room lights 3,4&5 are BR30, then the light 6 (just past the support beam) is an old style LED, and the next in line are flourescent.
From the same manufacturer and brand line we purchased an MR16 style LED for the roastery, and while poor color for our downlights we would like to move forward and replace our 12 up lights with these. One thing we did learn was that the 900 lumen type A bulb made by TCP (regular bulb type in a 60 watt equivalent, and a blue package) is way way too white for us. The 40 watt equivalent has a green package and we hope more warmer color, since the br30 package is also green (hoping that means something).
On a separate note, we are retrieving our mk1200 turntable from Echo today, looking forward to that.
October 17th, 2014
1200 mk2 is still at echo audio.we lied earlier. at the last second we took our sl-1100 into the shop figuring it would come back quicker. for the moment the tt-432 Marantz unit is working. I guess we love the tonearm return, but you know belts are not forever.
The fabled staff meeting has still not happened. because the staff is in miami, china, working their other jobs, on tour with their band, and.. just getting hired. There should be a meeting, and actually……. we want, and will, always want to hear what you think. Online reviews are helpful, but the most heartfelt reviews come a little more directly. as always feel free to call our 24 hour hotline at courier, or text. any feedback is always positive for us, even if its negative.
October 7th, 2014
mussels, champaign, espresso, and some clothing to feel awesome in (at 923 sw oak). West End womens select shop is now open in the Counter Media space. Maurice, whenever we look, is bustling.
Mechanically we have a pitch accuracy issue on our mk2 1200 (record player). In the background our sl-1100 is getting its internal ground issue worked on at Echo Audio so we may swap it in before fixing the 1200. On the espresso front some keen customers may notice us sticking our hand in the doser chamber to spin the dosing sweeps in the chamber of our grinder- good eye. while we joke about return of the jedi and building a lightsaber yourself, the truth is that the solution is not elegant enough. Honestly we are thinking of rebuilding it with bike parts. On the tech/future/internet side of mechanical- we want to let you know that our website, while wordpress, has a front page done entirely in Drupal (we were told this is ridiculous today). However, you know,thats how we are.
around the corner Limbo has taken a long vacation. Then next door there are two spaces that have formed in what was jackpot, rumor is new tenants before december. all the best, us, courier coffee
September 30th, 2014
replaced the cartridge in the pressurized toilet tank today- geez that is hard to remove. also biked to work with a humidity and temperature gauge to test the levels on the east and west side of the river, the rest of the staff seemed un impressed.
at the roastery the number of shopping carts has been increasing. our calls to both safeway and fred meyer appear to not work. most of the time they tell us we can have the shopping cart, or throw it away (of course). There seems to be a nice camp site growing in the than thao parking lot (free rent anyone?). I guess the mornings roasting coffee are once again just a touch more thrilling.
New Guatemala coffee from the Concepcion Buena Vista Farm- ceylon black tea up front, 55% chocolate finish. received last week after a three month wait and another month in customs down in Los Angeles.
September 28th, 2014
meat and bones.
There are three websites I check everymorning. bikeportland.org. pdx.eater. and echo audios arrival list.
Yesterday- the Nakamichi Dragon, pretty much the epitomy of sound for courier, arrived on the echo audio arrival list. Cassette tape is the future of sound, and since we own two Nakamichi bx-1′s (and six other decks), i think we truly have a love/appreciation for the dragon. Currently we cannot afford many dragons, but… we wish.
Honestly, really, please… become audio nerds as much as we are people and coffee nerds. thank you for being with us for four months and ten years.
September 25th, 2014
We now have more bike parking directly outside our door at the coffee bar. After the property owner filled out a request form with the City of Portland, and provided support and reasoning behind the request, we now have bike parking mid-block. The City almost always places parking on corners, so what we have is super rare, but absolutely the best placement since we will be watching those bikes during the day. Besides being safer and providing capacity there will also be more open space and a different feel to the sidewalk outside our shop. This morning was the best watching all the cool tools the City of Portland used to install the rack.
September 17th, 2014
espresso at our bar is now a peaberry type coffee from Othaya Farmers Cooperative, Nyeri, Kenya (since 9am on the 17th). This will be run for a day and then we will do a little more San Luis Farm naturally processed bourbon from El Salvador.
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.