whenever i write these posts, also dont shoot up bleach

April 23rd, 2020

I have the habit of resting the back of my hand on my forehead, which would be ok if i was at home, but at work its frustrating. because then i must was my hands.

I also like to write random thoughts on the wordpress. now i guess more than ever- normally i get to talk with customers.

if you read this post at all, and you vote for Trump- you will not get a personal judgement from myself. I would like to maintain Courier as a neutral zone- one where we can come together to discuss, as long as you dont fall asleep in the bathroom, or steal the tip jar, or wash your hair for 20 minutes in our only bathroom., or leave blood splatter and an uncapped syringe.

I definitely have my own political view.

there is a song by the Dead Milkmen that comes to mind-
Bleach Boys- which i guess Donald Trump may have listened too.
and yes- its ironic- but i do have a case of bleach in my trunk.

you could be pro trump or not.

and if my blog can save one life- i will do it.
dont drink or shoot up bleach. but perhaps you should swallow a uv light if you get sick-

kidding- dont do that-
drink some coffee and calm down.
dont drink bleach
drink coffee.

neither of them will save you- both have the same molecular structure of poison, but you can drink one all the time and not die.

stay strong, dont drink the bleach. save lives.
joel courier

new economy- and i was very surprised to find more than ten people read this blog

April 21st, 2020

I imagine writing the blog is like leaving voicemails on your ex-girlfriends number, and never getting called back.

Some of you, many of you, are looking forward to the future. sweet. Some are worried, some not, fine.

It may come as a shock, but your trump dreams of going back to work in two weeks, and your current elation on getting unemployment- Those are good things. But if going back to work means someone will die, can we tighter our belts?

I will propose something- something that may take more hold in the future. It wont be too radical, but perhaps needed, and probably pretty faulted. and you are welcome to reach out to couriercoffeeportland@gmail.com

The virus is not over.

44 thousand in America have died from Covid. as of today. according to google.
147 thousand in the world have died, as of today according to google.
im guessing only another 300 thousand will die- (no basis for that number- but just like donald trump- gut feeling- if you ask me in a week i may have forgotten this post, and will have deleted it).

Let me share with you a time honored story, boiling a frog in water. ive seen it happen a few times in videos. i feel like that could be what is happening. sure people die, some die because they are in conflict, some just need to go to the grocery store.


look- craigslist is awesome. but it seems like Next Door- as annoying as it is – is helping.
i think a future of trade will occur without money- thats my guess.

here is what i have to offer-
one of my ex-staff makes Kombucha-
I have a 15 gallon stil- compound fractional without packing.
i get ten dozen eggs a week..,,, and i may be able to get you chickens.
flour- 400 pounds
sugar 300 pounds
vanilla bean-

im working on creating a better list- but im not trying to sell myself.

things i need- glass or sheets of clear material for plant starters- making a greenhouse.
plant starters (i dont have a green thumb).

and as always i really need your records- 12 inch of 7. no 78s right now.

one roll of toilet paper per record is the rule of thumb. HAHA

for the ten people actually reading this-

but i really do imagine not having money, and us trading. I personally believe thats very real.

if you have read all of this then remember to stay far far away from other people. make coffee at home, and if you really need to go to the coffee shop- dont- i will make you a coffee on zoom-


delivering newspapers was easier

April 19th, 2020

I applied for a new job

April 18th, 2020

Today i applied to work for 3M.

wouldnt that be cool if they expanded into portland to make safety equipment.

its odd that Amazon and Walmart are expanding like crazy, but the safety industry is not. while everyone else makes masks on their sewing machine.

so many news articles, companies making ventilators, but i would like to hear about increased PPE. wouldnt that be cool.

A Day Late

April 17th, 2020

Today i will hand label a hundred units of coffee- which is totally normal.

The time things take is really amazing. Im a day late with my Market of Choice, and Food Front deliveries. We have three new coffees, and the names are very long. If i could just make up names like other roasters… If i had my labels printed… but that would use plastic.

Perhaps this is the time to get a small letterpress machine. !

On another note- Multnomah County Health Department just sent their newsletter Q & A, to my email yesterday. In it someone asked- if my employee tests positive for Covid-19, must i send those who were in close contact home, or let them keep making food. The answer- you guessed it- you dont need to send them home. I was a little shocked personally so i reached out to the health department, and they passed the buck and said- we defer to higher ups, and clarified that yes, and that only send workers home when they get sick, you do not need to send non-sick workers home. Then I wrote Kate Brown through the Oregon website- strangely there is no way to contact Kate Brown without selecting one of two genders…. Then i thought to myself- what? why? Yesterday was unlucky for me.

ok- here we go- hand labeling a hundred units of coffee. – stay strong

re- starting my weekly hospital delivery, and about couriers huge success recovering data from the phone

April 15th, 2020

Again- the courier phone is literally in pieces-
email- couriercoffeeportland@gmail.com

Im pretty sure taking the phone apart was a great idea. The bright spot of yesterday was being able to get my contact list through the verizon website. Then i used my international phone to check up on Arthur Springer- espresso machine fixing legend. while i only got a voicemail, i sort of pranked him by telling him i had left a broken three group espresso machine in his front yard- before saying it was a joke. despite the world happenings i believe he still has 5 machines to fix.

The new online sales website is progressing, although its not up. i have shopify and stamps.com recommended by sterling coffee roasters (buy their coffee too!). there will probably be a learning curve with mailing as well. really not excited about digital as you can tell from our flashy wordpress. cant even change the header from its blue color anymore.

couriers digital future has now two options- waiting for an iphone 9 be released and running two numbers on one phone, or, getting a pager. if they had a military pager then i guess im in. Doctors have pagers, so why cant Courier get them.

Anyway- three new coffees arrived on Tuesday- will be roasting them and tasting them after production, and letting everyone know here… until our new flashy website occurs.

Heading to the hospital to deliver coffee now- cool thing is i get met by medical staff before i make delivery and they temperature check me all suited up. also access points are all different and im afraid of elevators. you can bet im handing that coffee more carefully than anything. its taken me a few weeks to build up my confidence to restart. lab goggles, p100 half mask, shoes dont come back to work- fresh gloves after. rinse, wash, sanitize.

if your reading this entry and you work at a phone store and can get me a brand new kyocera dura xv flip phone to activate on my number give me an email. or a really sick pager.

otherwise be well.
best j

keeping safe with covid-19, in a haphazard list, followed by some drama recommendations, and if you have feedback email me. please.

April 12th, 2020

we are sending coffee locally and shipping across the states.

How are we keeping your product safe-
It starts at home. clean clothing gets put on after washing hands up to elbows for a minute or more in burning water with a lot of soap and a scrubber. after that nothing touches the hands that has not been soaked in ammonia for ten minutes in a 500 ppm solution. I dont touch shoes, or any parts. the phones and glasses get soaked in 99.5 percent alcohol for ten minutes, and all the clothing i start with is fresh and cleaned in a machine with bleach in a proper dilutions and then a rinse in super hot water, then in a dryer on high heat.

when i get to work i wash hands once, then change clothing- careful, then wash again- and both times up to elbows. no touching outside of driving gloves, outside of mask, door handles with bare hands and then into the shop phones, glasses, gets changed again.

no coughing, no touching face or ears,

now- when i deliver into stores i wear lab goggles and an n95 mask- from november. when i get home i strip, wash, and shower, then rinse off contact surfaces with multi ammonium sanitizer.

so- lets get to the fun part.

recommendations for drama.

The best feel good- food drama-
Shinya Shokudo- or Midnight Diner- available on Netflicks- but the japanese issue is better.
Manhatten Love Story- japanese- a coffee drama- love it.

my sophomore japanese drama-
hana yori dango- japanese- the first drama i watched with sakiko
kita no konikara- very beautiful.

i have a bunch- but lets cut to zombi dramas-
hero- japanese- kind of nice.

then lets go american- armegedon.

i have so many more.

but this is a lighthearted response. please dont go outside- please stay safe- please practice being ten feet away.

lets talk about the roastery

April 10th, 2020


Before the pandemic we were working on a new organizing system for our tools. now its just so hard to do anything.

we are taking this more than serious. I feel a little guilty about bringing the staff together on March 15, but proud that they wanted to close the shop for a while.

I heard one of my landlords bought a Bidet- they said before the crises.

i would say- garden hose. yesterday i took my daughter to the bathtub.

My immediate opinion is- do you have a garden hose?

for everyone- be safe.

we really do want to imagine a future where you will all be shoulder to shoulder again at the coffee shop, a future,

be strong
joel courier

full moon coffee delivery

April 6th, 2020

what could go wrong-

Today really does take me back to when i delivered newspapers, ive got the chemical brothers, and mos def talib kwali blackstar in the car. got the extra key pinned in my pants. deliver and run.

Again- Courier Phone is down. best to email Couriercoffeeportland@gmail.com

id like to keep things on monday delivery only- but know i will be out there on thursday.

shipping coming !

be safe, and be well. joel courier

Coffee Delivery + Plan for Coffee shop+ Courier Cell number inactive

April 4th, 2020

Check the post below this one- to see how you can get coffee delivered, and eggs too!

Wanted to reach out to the art community- specifically about installation pieces-

Since our coffee shop sits empty- I was going to offer is up and see if anyone could make a neat display. in exchange you would get to show your work, and free promotion. At the very least i was thinking of making lifesize cardboard cutouts of our former staff, and regulars, and placing them in the shop. any ideas? perhaps a giant shark tank? The shop sits still, but it could still be art.

THATS IT FOR THE COURIER PHONE- Email at Couriercoffeeportland@gmail.com
I cant see the screen, but i can tell im missing calls or texts. I really really want another waterproof flip phone- problem is they dont really exist anymore. cant tell you the times im standing in the rain and messaging, or texting and not looking at my phone with gloves on. during this time when im on delivery a waterproof phone is key, and having two phones is key. separating my home life with my work life. a small phone with buttons, that will take the courier phone number. currently i hold 6 different plans for phone and internet. i took the battery out of the phone, so hope you text- and it bounces back, my voicemail is set up to direct people to email courier. in a last ditch effort to get the screen back i gently tore the phone apart, and notices corrosion on the ribbon cable near the hinge, broken cable? willing to take it in to a repair store but they are all closed sunday. bummer is ive lost all my contacts until i can get to a store. so ive lost most of your numbers i think. I WILL GET ANOTHER PHONE WITH THE SAME NUMBER SOON ENOUGH, geez. as if life wasnt stressed. be well- joel ccr