November 15th, 2014
Purchase wholebean (or ground) coffee, at the roastery, on Sunday from 10am-2pm. Do you need a bunch of coffee packaged for gifts, feel free to phone ahead. Starting tomorrow. We will be doing cash sales only until we can figure other futuristic methods.9/half pound. 18/full pound. all other fractions will be rounded to dollar amounts
Feel free to walk in, we are around the left side of the house at 4019 se hawthorne, at the little house behind
On other news- Cuppings at the roastery on Tuesdays, exact time to be announced.
Downtown we now have apple cider on bar, pressed friday night by the Old World Apple Lady, of almost all Spitzenberg varietal apples, for the kids of course, glasses for three, pints for four.
Also we are struggling with a new kind of milk- Almond. We have no consensus on this so far. for a minute we were serving an expensive almond milk, and then a cheaper one, yet organic and local (oregon). we would absolutely love your help, feedback, and honesty, and thank you to the woman who called to say her drink tasted bad. We appreciate this more than anything else. I personally will tell people my drink was horrible and will return it, with wine, coffee, anything. We are here for you, and getting a drink means that you should be happy with it.
Thank you so so so much. Please in the future let us know if you are not completely satisfied. Thank you for being with us.
November 9th, 2014
new typewriter from 1992 now printing some labels.
Fresh new batch of Pendleton Wool Mason Jar Cozies made by Michael Parich, Portland, on bar for sale. Four new lots of coffee, two of which are on bar now- a coffee from Guji, Oromia, Sidama, and one from Mutwewathi, Nyeri, Kenya. Two lots getting roasted, and maybe on bar in the morning.
An interesting and needed part broke in our faucet assembly on the Fetco water tower (HWB-5). Interestingly the part is being made, but not sold anymore, unless you buy a whole lot more. One wonders how much longer Fetco will make HWB-5s, or how much longer it will take them to switch their labor from Chicago to China. In the mean time, through good design, we are using the 90 degree ball shutoff valve to dispense water. The assembly has been ordered and ships monday from, Chicago?
Also fixed, temporarily, a platter vibration on our record player due to bearing failure, using bicycle chain lubricant. At first we misdiagnosed the issue as a power supply issue, and wrongly blamed the last service technician, for that apologies. We next thought it was the mounting of the plater bearing, but wrong again. We used a nice clean petroleum based lubricant made by ATB in Enterprise oregon (medium weight) to free up rumble. Check out this bearing assembly we would like to buy, but cannot afford.
Lastly a little of our weekend was spent brewing coffee for the Japanese childrens library in Tabor Space, not much coffee made, but a whole lot of fun. if you are looking for childrens books in all Kanji to borrow, the yearly donation to become a library member is small.
Whats on the horizon. Tim, our new person at the Roastery is holding cuppings everyother wednesday at 2pmish. He is planning walk in hours mid sunday for people to buy coffee beans. More as information is available.
October 27th, 2014
Please support our new hours.
October 24th, 2014
On bar the last three lightbulbs have been TCP BR30′s (L.E.D.) with 650 lumen output(the ceiling track lights). Just yesterday we realized none of the lighting is halogen anymore, something we so rely on at the roastery/workshop for color rendering. There is now a mix of old and new technology LED and old/new flourescent par30′s. We have been constantly buying a sample of LED flood lights as they hit the shelves, and trying them out. The Eco Par30s with flourescent bulbs (winks hardware) are actually a little warmer in color indexing, but not by much compared to the BR30′s. However the LED BR30′s draw only 12 watts of power, which i think is half as much as the same flourescent of equal lumen output. Next time in courier and looking up from the front to the back of the room lights 3,4&5 are BR30, then the light 6 (just past the support beam) is an old style LED, and the next in line are flourescent.
From the same manufacturer and brand line we purchased an MR16 style LED for the roastery, and while poor color for our downlights we would like to move forward and replace our 12 up lights with these. One thing we did learn was that the 900 lumen type A bulb made by TCP (regular bulb type in a 60 watt equivalent, and a blue package) is way way too white for us. The 40 watt equivalent has a green package and we hope more warmer color, since the br30 package is also green (hoping that means something).
On a separate note, we are retrieving our mk1200 turntable from Echo today, looking forward to that.
October 17th, 2014
1200 mk2 is still at echo audio.we lied earlier. at the last second we took our sl-1100 into the shop figuring it would come back quicker. for the moment the tt-432 Marantz unit is working. I guess we love the tonearm return, but you know belts are not forever.
The fabled staff meeting has still not happened. because the staff is in miami, china, working their other jobs, on tour with their band, and.. just getting hired. There should be a meeting, and actually……. we want, and will, always want to hear what you think. Online reviews are helpful, but the most heartfelt reviews come a little more directly. as always feel free to call our 24 hour hotline at courier, or text. any feedback is always positive for us, even if its negative.
October 7th, 2014
mussels, champaign, espresso, and some clothing to feel awesome in (at 923 sw oak). West End womens select shop is now open in the Counter Media space. Maurice, whenever we look, is bustling.
Mechanically we have a pitch accuracy issue on our mk2 1200 (record player). In the background our sl-1100 is getting its internal ground issue worked on at Echo Audio so we may swap it in before fixing the 1200. On the espresso front some keen customers may notice us sticking our hand in the doser chamber to spin the dosing sweeps in the chamber of our grinder- good eye. while we joke about return of the jedi and building a lightsaber yourself, the truth is that the solution is not elegant enough. Honestly we are thinking of rebuilding it with bike parts. On the tech/future/internet side of mechanical- we want to let you know that our website, while wordpress, has a front page done entirely in Drupal (we were told this is ridiculous today). However, you know,thats how we are.
around the corner Limbo has taken a long vacation. Then next door there are two spaces that have formed in what was jackpot, rumor is new tenants before december. all the best, us, courier coffee
September 30th, 2014
replaced the cartridge in the pressurized toilet tank today- geez that is hard to remove. also biked to work with a humidity and temperature gauge to test the levels on the east and west side of the river, the rest of the staff seemed un impressed.
at the roastery the number of shopping carts has been increasing. our calls to both safeway and fred meyer appear to not work. most of the time they tell us we can have the shopping cart, or throw it away (of course). There seems to be a nice camp site growing in the than thao parking lot (free rent anyone?). I guess the mornings roasting coffee are once again just a touch more thrilling.
New Guatemala coffee from the Concepcion Buena Vista Farm- ceylon black tea up front, 55% chocolate finish. received last week after a three month wait and another month in customs down in Los Angeles.
September 28th, 2014
meat and bones.
There are three websites I check everymorning. bikeportland.org. pdx.eater. and echo audios arrival list.
Yesterday- the Nakamichi Dragon, pretty much the epitomy of sound for courier, arrived on the echo audio arrival list. Cassette tape is the future of sound, and since we own two Nakamichi bx-1′s (and six other decks), i think we truly have a love/appreciation for the dragon. Currently we cannot afford many dragons, but… we wish.
Honestly, really, please… become audio nerds as much as we are people and coffee nerds. thank you for being with us for four months and ten years.
September 25th, 2014
We now have more bike parking directly outside our door at the coffee bar. After the property owner filled out a request form with the City of Portland, and provided support and reasoning behind the request, we now have bike parking mid-block. The City almost always places parking on corners, so what we have is super rare, but absolutely the best placement since we will be watching those bikes during the day. Besides being safer and providing capacity there will also be more open space and a different feel to the sidewalk outside our shop. This morning was the best watching all the cool tools the City of Portland used to install the rack.
September 17th, 2014
espresso at our bar is now a peaberry type coffee from Othaya Farmers Cooperative, Nyeri, Kenya (since 9am on the 17th). This will be run for a day and then we will do a little more San Luis Farm naturally processed bourbon from El Salvador.