November 24th, 2016
and come enjoy Japanese Shaved Ice 11-5 on Saturday (shop hours 9-5 on weekends.
We have a ton of freshly roasted coffee at the shop, and have just stocked La Bouffe International Market with 8 jars, and Food Fight with 8 3/4lb bags.
Thanksgiving is to celebrate the harvest, perhaps after a wonderful summer of fresh food. Please also celebrate the wonderful coffee harvest this year.
November 18th, 2016
The drum shaft on our SF-25 San Franciscan could be slightly not true- for the last 3 inches, leading to a slight balance issue. But the drum was not balanced before.
We researched worm reduction gear boxes and they seem similar. sliding friction force is not quiet, but it is the most compact way to reduce speed and increase tork. Our new Vortex gear reduction j-box has a sight glass for the oil. We are past 20 hours of recommended break-in, and this weekend it will be time to bleed, flush, and add new synthetic oil. We have been reading up on different weights of oil as you can imagine and taking temperature of the gear box to make sure that we select the correct weight. fun.
On other fronts our Marantz integrated amplifier graced the shop last weekend for ten hours before blowing its outbound circuitry. anticipating the quality of our speakers being called to question we have turned them back over to Brent at Freds Sound of Music. There seems to be a leak in current and everyone is puzzled.
At the roastery its either too hot or too cold. Downtown again this Saturday we will be making shaved ice. we will also be researching heaters to keep people warm (courier has never had heat before- just the espresso machine). Yet courier has never really been that cold.
I remember my second coffee job ever having to siphon heating oil with my mouth to get the furnace started each morning because you could see your breath but we were too cheap to buy heating oil or electric heaters. or to fix our furnace.
November 6th, 2016
Purchased a new 40-series chain for the roaster, which came with a masterlink, and then a chain breaker for such a chain (McGuire Bearing said a bike chainbreaker would work with a 40-series, and we misplaced our two chainbreakers, but i have my doubts). Always excited about getting a new tool.
Installed a new motor driving the drum, the main reason is that there has been an awefull sound lately. Installed a new chain to drive the drum, and… we messed up having to install two masterlinks (for now- need a shorter length to use an idler sprockette instead of idler wheel).
The main loudness in the system, which gets worse as the motor heats up, is the off balanced drum affecting the worm gear conversion box which the motor mounts too. and its a shame because really this is how its been the last ten years, but now the sound is killing us. The solution is to rebalance the drum (comical because Coffee/PER did not care at all about balance when this thing was made). we really hope the company cares now. They have been extremely helpful on the phone lately.
unfinished story- to be continued..
November 2nd, 2016
Id like to get highly technical with this entry, as we have replace motors before, and also have drained the gearbox before.
Our two sources in Portland for parts are McGuire Bearing- where you probably have to be more knowledgeable because exact matches have never been matches for us- and after all the machine we have was never exactly made as it was intended to be made- more on that later. Second place and they have never let us down (fingers crossed because we get a new motor today is) Conrey Electric.
What happened is our gear reduction box, mounted directly to the motor that drives a chain turning the drum failed. It was a two part fail- one the gear stripped, and the slow fail was that the key between the two wore its own new keyway out, sending metal fines into the motor shaft and digging a trench into the motor. This is one tough roaster so this issue has probably been happing the entire life of this machine. Our immediate thought was to get a new gear reduction box or j-box as Mcguire insists.So we did yet the exact match had a larger shaft and sprockettes at 47 teeth accepting a 40 series chain are not readily available. At this point its saturday- the worst day to get parts, or for something to break (things always break on a Friday). Luckily we thought of, and got in touch with Ken Miller, who works at City Bikes, and does freelance work in remodel and construction of pretty much everything- who has one of the most awesome machine shops. Ken saved us. He helped deepen the keyway on the sprokette and enlarge the bore to match the new gearbox. kind of an awesome experience.
Ken emphasized the importance of chain alignment, and now we have noticed perhaps further issue which is why we are installing a new motor today and reducing the length of chain on the drum.
The roaster has been working since saturday, and now we have more work.
more on this soon-joel ccr
October 11th, 2016
Fall is here.
Our daughter Ryokuchan started to crawl on september 21st, and David of Courier Coffee’s bar got his first cat.
Japanese Shaved Ice every Saturday has done very well, and we are now committed to keeping this up until the end of December. If you have not heard Courier is the Only coffee roastery perhaps on the West coast to make Japanese shaved ice. Japanese people say its perhaps the best shaved ice they have ever had (insert source here). But serious- people say its rad. Saturday 11/12- close.
Of course we have all new delicious coffee to roast and provide, we are falling in love with all of our coffees. While the menu has changed, our offerings continue to represent single lots of coffee.
The roastery is looking great. just broke down and rebuilt our Ditting (just cleaning). We have two tables propped on sawhorses that have created a great area to package and prep coffee. We have branched out and are now providing a housemade record cleaning fluid to our accounts along with their coffee. Just installed new shift cable and brake pads on our cargo bike (shimano saint dual piston).- fully cleaned the ceramic with spirits, and broke in the pads gently before the ride.
New projects include figuring how to make our own baby changing station , figure out how to heat the coffee shop in the winter, well lots of other stuff.
more soon- thank you for being with us. best ccr
September 7th, 2016
New bathroom door lock at Courier- the one we have always wanted but thought it was too much. Went to Chown Hardware, a place that has always treated us well, and picked up the perfect hardware. The hangup is that we could not decide on a door handle, a decision that may trouble our sleep for years. currently we are using two vintage screws and a drywall screw (vintage because thats how “General Threaded” described the item… which he uses to describe most things).
Got a sweet new push broom today at Ankeny Hardware. Spent probably 20 minutes wandering around the small store. They told me it was the best push broom ever made. unfortunately its made of steel and synthetics but the guy at the store was so excited about it.
New Taylor wall thermometer- 12″ says made in the USA and covered thick with dust. of course we walked around the store and checked all the other thermometers to make sure this one was in line.
Vim tool mini socket driver set- bought our second set last week at Hall Tool. We now use it 4 times a day at the roastery to adjust the saddle of the cargo bike- very awesome.
hows everything else? new coffee coming in soon. roasting 8 samples today from an importer of coffee.KAKIGORI- is going to continue to be made every saturday. The roastery is looking great.
August 19th, 2016
Kakigori/ Japanese shaved ice- every Saturday courtesy of Saki and Ryoku.
Last summer when we went to Japan to visit our family we brought a Kakigoriki (shaved ice machine) back from japan. Sakiko and I have actually visited a ton of the best kakigori shops throughout Tokyo, and also everywhere we go. While i focus on coffee and beer, saki has her eyes on shaved ice. Traditionally in Japan, the best ice is made by nature (just like in that Disney movie).
Later today I am meeting with Saki and Ryoku to make caramel, and syrup reductions at our bar. Saturday we will be shaving ice from 11am onward (maybe even earlier).
Its hard how to call this- Sakiko is kind of part owner of Courier- but this is really her own project. for the moment im just calling it sakiko and ryokus shaved ice.
also we have two new coffees from Guatemala. they just arrived this morning and im roasting them now in this hundred degree room.
August 11th, 2016
Shepherds Grain low gluten flour.
Pasture Raised Eggs from Obrist farm in Ridgefield Washington? (formerly Herman’s Honey Peoples Cooperative Farmers Market).
Organic rolled and steel cut oats from Bobs Redmill.
Seeds from Bobs Redmill.
Organic Brown Rice Syrup Aunt Patties
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Vegan Cane Sugar.
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Vegan Cane Sugar.
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blackstrap Mollases.
Felchlin 65% chocolate Maracaibo Venezuela.
Felchlin 72% chocolate Arriba Ecuador.
Jasmine Pearl Co. Tea Portland Oregon.
Vanilla Beans Madagaskar Organic.
Cremerie Classic Butter (unsalted).
Pacific Soy Milk.
Portland Tap Water Only.
Local Beeswax – type varies on availability.
Nancys Organic Wholemilk Yogurt.
We bake everything in house- each morning. Everyone who works bar is involved in baking. In the final stages of building our shop we purchased an oven which is visible directly behind the bar. The coffee and the baked goods are prepared by our hands.
Recent change was to increase the price of our Chocolate Chip Cookie. We are the only coffee shop selling Pasture Raised Boiled Eggs and coffee (i believe)- or even just boiled eggs.
Soon… as in maybe tomorrow, or saturday there will be Japanese Kakigori, Shaved ice. Made by Sakiko. we will update you here.
July 27th, 2016
At least seven years old the copper drain connector weakened in part by corrosion, and probably in part by jiggling it in and out so many times. At first we only blamed our backflushing detergent- jo glo. Chris of Extracto has told us that joglo is more corrosive than purocaf, but we would like to do a side by side. Not impressively no one noted the water dripping from under the machine before it collected inside the electronic control box and fried the pump relay. the copper drain manifold is something we have never stocked, and it took us a moment to go to the hardware store and use a nonrated hose from each group to head to the drain.
While Synesso is building controllers and working on profiling espresso, wouldnt a quick connect stainless steel drain manifold be awesome.
On the home front our Ditting has been (for the last two years) giving issue. we have already assessed this as the switch going (older model paddle switch ditting). But now that a new one is in there is still half of the issue. capacitor? in the morning we have to turn it off and on a few times before the motor will turn.
Meanwhile we broke a WiHa driver while taking the ditting apart- crazy and with minimal force. we have misplaced our faith in german engineering and this must have been some defect metal work. probably the third time in ten years since buying new this driver has ever been used, and never hammered on. Next time we are not going Wiha.
otherwise at the roastery we have a new person delivering and packing- Justin. Since July of last year its just been myself doing all delivery. There has been spring cleaning all over again here and slowly its getting back together. Our basement is getting packed with coffee.