Archive for May, 2020

Things that are happening

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

“I can’t breathe.”
SERVE AND PROTECT?? for a 20 dollar bill? your life.
I have not had the personal courage to watch the video,

the line I cant breathe, i cannot get out of my head. Today the paint in downtown portland were mostly those words, the other one that stood out, as it was repeatedly written everywhere was “justice.” Personally the word justice does not mean much, justice is not blind, it sees. It especially sees skin tones, and religion, and does not recognize police easily, or people with money. I have no real perspective on this. I really wish the coffee shop was open so that we could talk face to face about this.

I did not attend any protests, but i hope everyone who did protest was safe.
i have so many thoughts, but i told myself a while back no swear words on the wordpress account.

Lets list some other things happening as well-
I hear very very bad things about Guatemala- people are getting very sick, please enjoy coffee while you can, and i would get ready for a price increase next year. Also since your favorite coffee shops buy all their cups and lids from China get ready for that, and by that i mean price increase. (LIDS are always chinese fyi, and we are one of two shops in portland using cups from the USA, others source their plastic lining from China.

New flip phone is working well. to the person who called me at 5pm the other day asking if we still had canele left- …. no. now that the phone line is back i get two calls a day trying to make orders. thank you for the interest.

Again- be angry, but be safe, the coffee shop is on hold but you can still get coffee.

much love

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

The courier phone is back- no masks needed.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

I realize that masks are frowned upon by people. I went to a Verizon wireless store, where not a single staff member wore a mask. I wore an n95 mask, and i used a glove to touch surfaces, and i declined sitting, instead choosing to stand back over 6 feet.

the employees at Verizon i was told have skin problems, and so they cannot wear masks.

as i was being helped i looked at the persons face very closely, very nice skin.

The people at Verizon may get sick and die, or even spread covid-19 around, but their skin is very nice. They laughed it off, and my phone works again.

people with great skin will never die, why worry about customers. thank you verizon wireless.


im sorry im so bitter- but this is a big deal.I dont think you should wear a mask in your car, or just walking downt the street, but it should be ready. courier is pro- mask. and you should not run an entire store without using masks. Verizon stores scare me to death. perhaps they have not heard about covid.


feeling normal, open for business, coffee is okay, but phone shamed.

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

if you respect courier coffee- then you should respect what we do. …

I had a serious talk with my family about my new phone choice- a Kyocera Dura XV Extreme flip phone- everyone burst out laughing. During this time i feel more isolated than ever. its an awesome phone, why does everyone hate it.

I tested negative for the virus over a week ago, i feel normal now, perhaps the coffee was rough for a week while i was feeling emotional, but i think im back. trying to get that delicate feeling from the coffee as i roast.

you can laugh at the flip phone, but i believe that our phone embodies much of the spirit of courier coffee.

amazing. andrew has connected the wordpress to shopify

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

reminder to order by email***********
** order before sunday- get local delivery monday, or tue morning if im way behind.
**** you can pick up monday or tuesday or thursday from hawthorne- just coordinate with us.

so…… our new “landing” page for the site is shopify. The link to the wordpress account- stored on Andrew’s server somewhere in the world- works. you can see our coffees if you scroll but you cannot purchase….. hurray!

I cannot handle facebook, or twitter, and i can barely handle my personal instagram. (who has time to take photos). i go through times where i want to document things, but many times when i do not.

***COFFEE SHOP 923 sw Oak. – is currently, and will be on pause. its pretty much gutted, and waiting for the cure. Downtown (if you have not been lately) is a ghost town. we still have one regular who comes daily- his name is arthur, and he leaves us notes, he probably never reads the blog. We are saving money by shutting down the freezer, water heater, espresso machine. Im paying a guy who lives on the street a little money on the side to look after our place. we really rely on the tourists flying in from all over, we need the people who go to powells, we need the hotel guests, and we need all of our neighbors to go back to how they were…. not happening. we will stick to coffee beans and will do our best to roast them awesome.

**** Roastery- I really do not like working alone- but due to covid-19 no one except myself has been inside the roastery. I miss getting other peoples opinions on the roast, and tasting other peoples roast. i also have an allergy that comes in the spring and fall where i lose parts of my taste. scary. even without taste and smell i can work by eye, and feel. but its difficult. every roast that happens i am second guessing myself. also because we lost most of our clients orders we have had to become strict on how much to roast.

**** Covid-19 Scare. I tested negative last week for the virus.
A little shocking. For 30 hours i waited for the results of the test. spent the night in a car, had food delivered ( my first food delivery order in ten years). its hard to get sick when you are never around people. the test was not bad, i did a drive up, it felt wierd and made me want to cough, but zero pain. for those reading in another country- negative means no virus. ive felt great ever since. but i was a little shaken, and certainly worried. from the moment i thought i had it coffee was stopped, no roasting, no packing, and then i resumed operations when i got the results and also felt better.

please everyone be well, and wash some of the handwashing videos on scrubhub. ive heard what some have to say about wearing a mask. its a good image. my policy is to wear masks inside buildings, but not in the open air. its also my policy to ask people to keep away when they are getting too close, if i cannot back away (10 feet is my boundary). wearing masks just to wear a mask in the middle of a field.. no. and there is no way i can roast coffee with a mask. i need to smell the coffee. gloves would certainly melt in the heat. but what we do is use a brush to clean under nails, between fingers, and up to the elbows before starting work. coffee is packed on a copper bar, and we are just blowing through surface sanitizer at this time. you may say its too much, that is ok. lets all think about others. I dont believe we can get sick by being outside, but certainly passing others airspace, or touching something like money and rubbing eyes.

please please be really safe.
best joel