Archive for August, 2020

Kyocera DuraXV Extreme flip phone vs. Kyocera Dura XV

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

The Courier flip phone screen broke, just after the shut down took effect for us in March. We had taken to sanitizing the phone daily- in a highly corrosive liquid of multi-quatranary Ammonium – a liquid which kills pretty much everything, the same sanitizer we use at the coffee shop and roastery. In concentrated amounts of 500ppm the liquid can eat rubber seals, corrode stainless steel, and apparently destroy your military spec cell phone, and or radio. we went through a week of submerging the phone in rice, dismantling the phone and cleaning the contacts with isopropyl alcohol, and drying it thoroughly over a heat source.

The cool thing about this phone was that it had amazing clarity- the sound both the sending and receiving came through very well. People commented if i called them on a different phone and told me my voice didnt sound as good as on the Kyocera. I didnt have to put the phone to my ear either as the entire phone conducted sound through a coil, and not a speaker. I could just put the phone to my ear protection, or the side of my bike helmet, and then that would become the speaker, as the phone had the ability to conduct sound through material.

The Dura XV had been discontinued, and after weeks of research, and calls, i decided on the new Iphone SE. Then at the last moment Verizon released a new Kyocera flip phone- amazing.

So i did not have a work number for Courier for 2 months, during that time i learned to live without picking up the phone all the time, relying upon my voicemail message asking people to text me or email, and in general enjoying the vacation from normalcy that this pandemic has created. Only a few people had my other number, used mostly for international travel, and its true the iphone is a joy to send long texts and photos on, and is very useful. The iphone is difficult to hold on your shoulder, and easy to fumble on letters in messages, and easy to break.

Some of you may remember that when Courier started 15 years ago we only had a landline, and at home it was difficult because the message machine would often eat the message, or people would assume i had caller I.D. This made it especially hard to meet friends, date, or carry out business. Then we got the roastery (prev- roasting in my garage at home), and a second landline for there (plus a fax machine). Eventually we broke down and got a cheap flip phone. I think in 14 years im 6 flip phones deep, and im on my first iphone. hmm 4th laptop. its weird when you think about life in terms of how many devices you have gone through. The fact that up until March I held 6 different phone accounts is a little unsettling.

so- The New Kyocera DuraXV Extreme- is troubling.

it charges with USB-C. The call quality is awesome. The battery life sucks compared to the previous model. 4 days. I have not had the chance to test reception- which fyi the prev model was… amazing.

The bummer is really the battery life, but also that i have no confidence in the phones seals for water. The camera is actually better that the last version- faster. The back panel is popped up a little, and at 4 months i may have to request a replacement. One of my largest complaints- the earpiece is very very different- it has a speaker- and will not work unless its next to your ear. i wonder why they changed design. while the phone is bulkier, and heavier, the battery is the same. while there are several new things like the charging points on the back of the phone, larger side buttons etc. you can tell its poorly designed, compared to the last model. Kyocera seems to focus on looks, and less to the military and water and dust specs of the phone.

Overall- a cheaper flip phone could be better. ive abused most of my phones and samsung was always strong. if i had to do it over i would get a samsung flip phone.

If you call Courier today- its a flip phone. while this new phone is unsettling, its still great to be able to drop it in water, or rest it on a hot engine while using the flashlight.

everyone- stay safe.
be well- more soon best joel courier


Friday, August 7th, 2020

The price of coffee is increasing. Normally this would be great for farmers, however shipping will also delay. Courier buys much of its coffee spot (means its somewhere in the U.S.A- dont confuse that with the USA in China- haha- those clever people).

The workers are all getting sick, many people are afraid of going to work, and many roasters around the world have started to back out of agreements. so we have all this coffee that people promised to buy, and the the buyers are backing out of contracts- think large roasters (and your local chain roasters). So coffee is flooding the market, but without buyers they have to charge more, to make up for the loss.

As a roaster I have never backed out of an agreement to purchase in all my 15 years. And at the start of Covid-19 here, we actually gained by purchasing amazing coffees from contracts others had cancelled. Now we have this interesting situation of people who purchase from us being wildly inconsistent. it could be 200 pounds roasted in a day, or 20. Since people are buying less, the sellers are trying to sell pre-ship more- which is risky for the roaster who doesnt know what they will be moving in 5 months from now. Im tasting samples, promising to buy, and by the time the coffee gets here the flavor may change from the sample. I did just agree to buy 1000 pounds of amazing coffee- it will be here in November, but there are no promises on the arrival dates.

This whole pandemic is weird. Toilet paper crises, shortage of coins, inflatable pools on backorder for 2 years, aluminum can shortage, top ramen shortage- and i cant figure why everyone is buying bottled water.

My wife bought a ring light the other day………..

Anyway- the courier ex-staff are having a video meeting Sunday, worry about money being cut off. We are going to have to do an in person thing for records, as many are still at the coffee shop.

be well. joel courier

Pandemic kid and adult tips

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Picnic in your yard for dinner, if apartment make a tent inside.
Candlelit meals.
relive games like “go-fish,” and “memory”
draw a picture then cut it out to make your own puzzle.
if you have a close neighbor make a tin can phone with string.
use a sheet of plastic to make your own pool (outside prefered).
kid- make your own pizza dinner night- fyi get ready to wait forever.


learn how to make a delicious cup of coffee or a “latte” at home- trust us- its better at home and the work makes your drink better.

Learn about masks- your bandana does not cut it, triple it up, make it air tight. and check those ear loop masks that are too big. Take it serious about eye protection too.

As parents i think we have some options. Unfortunately many people are tired of the pandemic. and some of us are thinking not wrongly- lets form some safe groups. The large question is risk. And id rather you identify risk as something with a child over whether i should take my family to an outdoor restaurant.

As an adult- and also as a believer in movies like Volcano one, and Two, well- while i know what kind of truck can drive through lava- im unsure the mask i would wear.

And i have watched the two movies, as well as snakes on a plane, zombies on a plane, ants on a plane…. ive pretty much watched many of them (on beta max)-for those of you who have never done beta max- good luck.

We want you all to be safe. we are all in this together. And without a doubt Black Lives Matter- and we are against the negativity of the police on this.

Be safe, wear a mask when you are close, and much love.