wedding today. RAD. Art Show Sunday 5pm

July 19th, 2014

Our family is here from Japan. The bar will be closed today/ Saturday. Sunday our friends from Japan will be having one of the coolest art shows at 5pm. There will be snacks and drink. We hope to see you there. Featuring straw mobile installation by NONINOKO. a trunk show of japanese vintage by dalmachan. Portraite drawings by Niko, and prints by Lena Fujimoto of Czar courtesy of Stumptown Printers. oh- and pourover coffee.

NONINOKO, CZAR, Ends & Means- July 20th reception, Onigiri, refreshments at 923 SW Oak

July 7th, 2014

July 20th- afterhours at Courier.

NONINOKO, CZAR, Ends & Means will be arriving earlier in the week from Japan. Artwork, clothing, and sought for items Sunday, July 20th. One of NONINOKO family will be drawing portraits using a single line. Photos above- brand new art from Lena Fujimoto of CZAR, which will be done in prints. Above Above Himmeli by NONINOKO- from their recent book. Please come. exact time TBA here.

July 1st, 2014

Popeye is a very popular magazine in Japan and targets the young “city boy.” Their recent issue devotes over a hundred pages to Portland and has been out for the last three weeks in Japan. We have one copy behind the bar if you would like to flip through while enjoying your coffee. The magazine is also available at Kinokunia bookstore inside Uwajimaya.

We were asked to show Popeye around for an afternoon, so we took them by bicycle.

June 22nd, 2014

June 1st, 2014

Roastery Cargo Bike Update-

The rear rim on our Eugene Oregon made longjohn style cargo bike is no longer safe. At three points the rim side facing the hub is pulling away, where you can actually see inside the rim. Long fissures are also starting to connect between the reinforced eyelets of our Salsa Gordo 36 hole rim. For safety reasons, and since we still need to deliver coffee we will be operating with a 36 hole Salsa Gordo laced to a Phil Kiss Off hub with a White Industries 18 Tooth Freewheel- no brakes. The time it takes to find a more robust rim and have it laced will determine when we are back running with rear brakes.

We heard some good things about the Ryde Andra 30, and so will be calling around the city making inquiries later today. The single speed hub will be harvested off our Surly 1×1.

May 26th, 2014

Totally open- normal hours- memorial day.

water Boil Lifted- safe

May 24th, 2014

Courier is Open

May 24th, 2014

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.

boil water notice

May 23rd, 2014

all of city of portland recommend boiling water. more info in a minute or a few minutes

synesso troubleshooting, traulsen freezers for summer, wiha vs vaco vs P & C

May 14th, 2014

Last week our Synesso Cyncra two group espresso machine started to empty water out of its right side (where the drain tray empties to), while also producing an audible pop sound before the water. Our quick staff did the right thing by turning the machine off (at the machine). This was safe enough, however the best course of action would have been shutting it off at the electrical panel (espresso machines should always be on their own circuit/ or breaker). The next step would be shutting off water (although not needed in this case since they called me). so… what happened.

In this case the sound was the pressure safety ‘popping’ open. The steam tank had filled completely with water under pressure, because the solenoid valve controlling the filling of the tank had shorted. The ‘way’ in which it had shorted is very interesting to me. The natural position of this valve is closed. When current is applied to the magnetic loop the valve opens. Here the current was not being sent on the ‘hot’ line, but we think was bleeding from neutral to ground, and yet somehow running through the loop. This was an extremely corroded solenoid, with lots of rust, and although we did not fully test our theory- well, replacing the electronic solenoid appears to have put the machine to normal.

Parts in the system to consider are the level probe (sensing water level), the electronic box (relays low current to high current), and the solenoid valve. We start with the solenoid, because its a beautiful and easy part to replace, with almost no tools, and no messing with water. This problem occurred because when wet things are placed on top of the machine, water drains and sometimes hits this solenoid valve. Total time to fix the problem- 30 minutes, with mostly cleaning. Time for temperature stability on the groups 45 minutes (a guess).

Overall the Synesso is a pretty rugged machine, and fun to work on. The only repeat issue we have seen lately has been when a stainless steel braided cable is pushed inside the machine and is touching the steam boiler. These cables simply break when touching the boiler, or getting too close to the boiler.

ok- please let us share some other thrilling mechanical news/discovery/revelation-

Traulsen freezers are so so so much quieter and better made than True (they didnt pay us to say that). Everything made by True refrigeration that we have bought new has failed and has just been poorly made. The best excuse we have heard was that it was made in America on a friday (because Americans half ass everything on fridays right?) On a faith level, currently we have a lot with Traulsen. Many coffee shops probably already know (and bars) that a regular bar cooler cannot actually handle the weight of beer without the floor slumping in, and we dont know if a traulsen does or does not.

wiha vs. vaco vs. P &C- ok, so you cant buy P & C drivers anymore, and Vaco may or may not have stopped production three years ago, but Wiha’s are still made, and people say they are rad. We have bent, and destroyed some Wiha’s (especially the handle, which was a lovely idea), but Vaco and P&C with their classic resin handles, and especially the old P&C bulldriver with its square neck- you could hammer them, misuse them, melt them in electrical sockets- those are really coming through for us right now (i should probably get you pictures of these drivers. (oh and xcelite small driver sets- maybe the best purchase of drivers we ever made at the roastery, before it was the roastery).

Lastly, and the most exciting mechanical news of the day. We have installed a rope and pulley system for our front door at the bar. With a window weight from the Littlewood house or Lee’s Better Letters, we now have a mechanical door closer, which will help keep our room cool, and our bills for air conditioning lower.

It has been too long since we shared with you. The camera seems to be always at the bottom of our bag, and us in a hurry to get places. more news soon- best-all of us.