Archive for September, 2010

coffee front

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Special Reserve Pacamara varietal 18 screen size, from the Las Delicias Farm in Cerro las Ranas, El Salvador will now be an offering. All of our El Salvador coffees were purchased from the brothers who own the farms, really farmed by their father. The unique thing about this coffee for us, is that it is being imported directly into the port of Portland. Sure the coffee is organically grown, the farmers are paid well, and all the farms are being run to Rainforest Alliance certification standards, but the boat arriving into Portland is almost the icing. Portland is not the port for coffee. So it is pretty special that Miguel and Guillermo have made it a priority to bring coffee to our city.

Since we opened at 923 sw Oak in August our espresso has been from one of the brothers farms- Santa Barbara. What we have noticed about our coffees from the Menendez family is the high amount of sugar content. At this point we are speculating, whether it is the fact they use the pulp from the cherry to fertilize the soil, increasing soil acidity, or whether the strains of the varietals are just naturally high in sugar. In any matter our roasts have been extremely thick in the sugars, but each roast we go lighter and lighter. As we roast this coffee each batch should be an improvement upon the previous. It is really fun to have multiple coffees being farmed in the same manner, because we get to see similarity as well as differences. I know these thoughts are a little bit loaded, but perhaps it gives you a glimpse of what we are thinking about.

Our baker has been in San Francisco, visiting Blue Bottle, and shopping for us as well as herself. She picked up some¬†gorgeous caste iron at Cookin’ in Hayes Valley, SF. While she was away we found some honey to compliment our tea, at the Peoples Cooperative Market, happening every Wednesday. We also started to make our own Vanilla syrup, steeping the Vanilla beans in sugar. We are all refreshed hopefully and ready to hang with you Monday early at seven.

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This morning David was pouring a 12oz Latte to go, for two women. I was making espresso and David was steaming milk. As David finishes the drink (and I am cleaning up the area around the machine), very loudly and excitedly David exclaims ” I did it! I did it!,” before handing the woman her drink. He then explains that this was the first heart he had made, and then he asks the woman if he can take a picture of her drink. Courier Coffee, 923 SW Oak, M-F.

Above are Tyler and Ryan, tasting potential new coffees, and later making a drink. Ryan joined us earlier this month, we are psyched.

wrecked

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Alex Geddes, who runs the roastery, is camping this week. All the much needed things at our Coffee Bar are slowly catching up to us. The record player has received an upgrade. New 23 Karat gold filters from Switzerland have arrived. David, Ryan, Tyler, and Leala have been running our downtown store beautifully, and I am really proud of them.

In the story of our week we lost the CCR computer and replaced it with a Mac. Somehow beer got poured into the mac and apple comped us a new computer (mac insurance does not cover beer). Barista is showcasing our coffee. Echo audio is searching for a tube amp for our shop. Joel is finally, perhaps learning to pour milk (above). Really, all and all, an awesome week.

closed for labor day weekend

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Our coffee bar will reopen Tuesday at 7am. Have a beautiful weekend.