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First of all we urge you to read this notice by the Portland Water Bureau

Coffee brewers, hot water dispensers and espresso machine water is all safe for consumption according to the Multnomah County Health Department.

All of our ice was discarded, cold brew coffee discarded, sparkling water made in house discarded. Hot water from our water tower was used to make fresh ice. Once the coffee is roasted this morning and delivered we will bring a propane tank down and boil a huge amount of water so we can start making cold brew tomorrow morning for sure. Lucky for us we have a 15 gallon kettle and a 50,000 btu burning we use for boiling water anyway.

Our triple sink for washing dishes has been deemed proper for sterilization, and while chlorine is the best in this scenario we have been told that Quatro-Ammonium (that we use) is also effective.

Extracto and Sterling coffee have been in communication with us, as we were asking ourselves questions about water temperature for sterilization. What we now know is that water held above 165F for a period should kill the bacteria, that water above 180F is more easily appropriate. Coffee brewers at their lowest point should hold water to at least 180F. Most modern coffee shops have their brewers set above 190F. Espresso machine brew boilers hold above 200F (+/- 5f) and steam boilers 250F (in the steam part). Rinsing milk pitchers between use should be a problem for all of us. Most coffee shops do not have the capacity to sterilize pitchers between use (let alone that much sterilized water, so they will be using tap water (please just know this). The amount of e.coli to trigger a boil of water level is very low, and those with a weak immune system should especially be aware. We are trying our best, and we are also happy the water bureau website has come back online. Luckily this is not an emergency.

We are now trying to work with the City to find why it took two hours to send an email to those affected..

We believe there to be little or no risk. Most of this is due to Federal law. There has only been one test at the Tabor reservoir 5.

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