our predawn scratch bakery
Leala has run all bakery/food at Courier’s bar through the first year. August first marks the opening of our shop two years ago. We have been roasting coffee for the people of Portland nine years, and in this time we got to know a wonderful person (kind of a nerd) Leala Humbert. In the last year she has worked and worked on beautiful muffins, textury pastry dough, flavorful cakes, and has brought granola and oats to life. Tasty bakery and food are crucial because we cannot drink coffee all day. Leala is most definitely a fixture in the Courier family, we love her. Hands down (with no prejudice at all:) we can say that Leala’s cornmeal pastry, granola bars, muffins and cookies are the best ever. Throughout the last year it is Leala who has done all food creation at Courier, and the girl has put her heart and soul
into it. The housemade everything has gotten better all the time as she has worked passion and vigor into the bakery. Leala truly is a winner and we are very fortunate, delighted and happy that she has baked with us through the first year. She has since moved on to work at Little T American Baker, doing their pastry for their wholesale accounts as of September 2011.
The Cookies, Muffins and Savory items roll out of our oven each morning. Housemade Granola, Muesli, and granola bars are made every few days. Come at 7am and your muffins will be warm right out of the oven. Our ingredients we pick up at the Farmers Markets, Chocolate from Cacao (right up the street), Bread for sandwiches from Pearl Bakery, grains and seeds from Bobs Redmill, flour from Shepherds grain, and other things through Glory Bee Organics. All of our baking occurs before opening (hopefully), so it is a rare occasion that you will see flour spilled everywhere, and us rolling out dough and balling cookies. We bake only what we need for each day (and really our goal is to run out of things in the morning because pastry really is better fresh).