The concept of me telling someone not to drink coffee seems foreign. However, this past week, I received an e-mail from someone asking if our coffee was "gluten-free"? My initial reaction was ... I won't mention what I said.
After considering the question, I decided I should do some research to see if there was anything definitive before responding to the e-mail. Here's what I found.
Apparently, those who are gluten intolerant, may experience gluten-like side effects when drinking coffee due to similarities in the proteins present in coffee being similar to proteins in gluten.
Another culprit is when coffee is processed in the same facility as products containing gluten, there can be cross-contamination that takes place. And while I don't believe any of the coffees I purchase have been processed in this manner, I cannot guarantee it.
So the long and short of it is that for folks who find themselves gluten intolerant, you may want to find another option to coffee. I can't believe I just said that!
This Monday, we will be closed for the Fourth of July. If you are on schedule for home delivery on Wednesday, there will be not any interruption to your normal delivery.
The big news on the jazz scene is that on August 8th and 9th at 7:30 pm, Alan Broadbent will be returning to Classic Pianos for two shows. For those of you who are familiar with Alan's music... you'll know what his performances are like. Electric, profound, intimate and humble are just a few adjectives that come to mind.
He's performed at Classic Pianos multiple times and I've attended each of his performances. I have yet to be disappointed. If you would like to experience one of his shows, please call Peggie at Classic Pianos and reserve your tickets. They're guaranteed to sell out quickly. Peggie can be reached at 503.546.5622.
Be sure to check out our selection of coffees on Amazon. You may find them here - www.amazon.com/shops/stjohnscoffee.
Thanks for your continued support!
Mount & Crew
Last week I mentioned we would be receiving a new Ethiopian Sidamo coffee. It arrived late Tuesday and had barely gotten into the shop before we were unloading it from the pallet and preparing it for roasting.
We just did a tasting of it and WOW!!! So full of blueberry!!! And smoothhhhh!!! Very very clean cup.
We sampled it next to the Dry Process Ethiopian Yirgacheffe which is also incredibly smooth but with so much going on! Hits one's tongue immediately and dances around all those taste buds.
Come on in and try them both. They both excel brewed as pour-overs so that would be my recommendation.
The big news this week, aside from the stellar Ethiopian coffees, is that our coffees will soon be available through Amazon.com. Stay tuned for more information.
New products scheduled to arrive next week, just in time for Father's Day:
While the weather can't make up its mind if it wants to be 100º or 60º, it's perfect for drinking coffee. Tomorrow looks like another perfect day for coffee as well as the St. Johns Farmers Market.
Stop by and get fueled and warmed before heading to the market.
Meanwhile, keep the coffee flowing.
Mount & Crew
It's time again for the St. Johns Farmers Market to open. The season begins this Saturday, June 4th and continues through November 19th.
It sounds like it will be perfect weather for kicking off the farmers market season. Lots of sun (and heat). We'll be ready with an abundance of cold- brewed coffees, teas, snacks and treats.
One of the most difficult realizations of the coffee business is the seasonality of the various coffees. Especially when we find those that are incredibly special and which we come to love so much. We enjoy them and before we know it, they're gone.
Such is the case with two coffees we've had, the dry-processed Ethiopian Sidamo and a coffee we've purchased directly from the farm in Brazil (Brazil Grota Sao Pedro).
However, I'm happy to report that both will be returning next week to our offering list. They represent two entirely different profiles on the flavor spectrum.
The dry-processed Ethiopian Sidamo has a prominent blueberry note with orange, tamarind, toffee, taffy, nut, and a, soft body.
The Brazilian coffee, if anything like last year's crop, was like drinking creme brulèe. Medium roast with a wonderful caramel sweetness, chocolate and almond and oh so smooth!
We also have another new coffee from Ethiopia. It's a dry-processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. As with the Sidamo, it's fuller in body while still possessing many of the floral notes of the washed Yirgacheffe which, we also have in stock.
Can you tell I'm a fanatic for Ethiopian coffees???
Now that summer gardening has begun, people are often requesting used coffee grounds to be used in their compost bins. Did you know you can also use them as insect repellants and wood stains. Check out this article - http://theheartysoul.com/coffee-ground-uses/
Furthermore, I recently read an article where a group in Great Britain has begun collecting tons and tons of used coffee grounds from Britain's coffee shops, processing them and creating pellets that can then be used to heat homes. Check out this article - http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/27/recycling-coffee-grounds-home-heating-pellets/
I'm back after an amazing trip into Northern California last week. There were a lot of firsts for me, two of which included camping and seeing a part of California I'd not seen before.
I highly recommend a road trip to the Yreka, CA area, heading north up the canyon to Hwy. 96 which follows the Klamath River. The Klamath River was stunningly beautiful and the Trinity Mountains were breathtaking!
But it's back to work and a busy week it has been. We were visited yesterday by Marina Oriel
and Bill Fishbein from The Coffee Trust. Marina has been my contact for setting up the fundraising program in which we're involved, helping raise funds for the coffee farmers of Guatemala in dealing with the LaRoya blight.
Bill is the founder and Executive Director of The Coffee Trust and is in Portland to participate in this weekend's CoffeeFest event, being held at the Oregon Convention Center. One of the things we discussed was scheduling a time when he can return, probably after the first of the year, visit our shop and share the story with our customers, in much greater detail, of what's going on with the coffee crops of Guatemala. Stay tuned.
This week also marked the opening of the Woodstock location of New Seasons Market. As with all their other stores, our coffee is available there as well. Stop by and check it out. It sounds like an amazing multi-level layout. It's located at 4500 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland - 97206.
As mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes have returned with a vengeance. Nothing scary about these. We make the blend right here and as with everything else we offer, it's not syrupy sweet with processed sugars and artificial flavorings. It's just simply delicious.
This weekend marks the end of the season for the St. Johns Farmers Market. And it's looking like the weather is going to be perfect for a farmers market. I hope you'll come out and take advantage of end of the season offerings and stop by our shop while you're in the area.
Beginning next Saturday, October 31st, we are going to return to our "winter" hours. The only thing that will change will be Saturday's opening time, moving back to 8 am. And, just because I'm usually the last one to realize it, the next day, Sunday November 1st is when we go off Daylight Savings Time. I guess the good news is everyone will get an extra hour of sleep.
So enjoy this last weekend of the St. Johns Farmers Market and the sunshine!
Mount & Crew
Well, well, well. Here we are talking about September already. Schools are starting, the rain is returning, and people are drinking more coffee. It seems like it was only a week ago when the opposite end of that cycle was happening.
The overcast skies and cooler temps create a very inviting atmosphere for enjoying our coffees and pastries outside.
And, when we first mentioned the idea of having our Grand Opening/First-year anniversary celebration in September, it seemed like we had months and months to plan it. Now, it's just a few weeks away. Things seem to be coming together nicely so I believe it will be a fun evening. Stay tuned for more specific information.
This week we would like to welcome two new customers. Our first delivery of coffee to the Airbnb corporate offices is happening today. As you may know, the Airbnb world has grown exponentially. Their office has grown from approximately 100 people at the beginning of this year to over 300 currently. We'll do our best to keep them fueled.
Village Patisserie is a new food cart, opening up in the Sellwood neighborhood, located at 1122 SE Tacoma St. in the new Piknik Park Food Pod.
Village Patisserie is dedicated to bringing you delicious food using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Their team is professionally trained to provide gourmet meals and desserts in the casual comfort of Piknik Park Food Pod.
They serve French inspired bakery sweets and savory cuisine. The cart is open for all four meals. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Village Patisserie is locally owned and operated by husband and wife team, Michael and Tanya. Chef Tanya earned her culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Boston, MA, where she trained in culinary and pastry kitchens and has worked the last seven years as a professional pastry chef in Boston and here in Portland.
Village Patisserie opens tomorrow, Saturday August 29th and will be serving St. Johns Coffee Roasters coffee along with their delectable offerings.
Check them out when you're in the area.
We received our coffee shipment this past Monday which included the new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 1 FTO Adama Gorbota. I had the opportunity to roast it on Wednesday and am sipping a cup of it right now. It's absolutely delicious! Subtle notes of fruit, a touch of anise, yet not bright or acidic. Very very smooth and flavorful. This is a coffee that could be enjoyed all day long and would pair nicely with just about anything. We will be sampling this coffee throughout the weekend so come in and give it a try.
And now for some shameless sort of "self-promotion". Actually, for my daughter. If you're like me, I regularly wish I was in better shape and had better eating habits. It's not always easy to get started on a workout program without the help of someone.
If you share that sentiment, I would encourage you to check out my daughter's web site and see if it's something that might be of benefit. As a biased endorser, I found in working with her that she is able to tailor effective workout programs for a variety of people with varying skills, including myself.
Until next week, enjoy this cooler weather and come see us when you can. We have plenty of fresh-roasted organic and fair trade coffees available for taking home or enjoying here in the shop.
Mount & Crew
I can't tell you what a great feeling it was to be able to take a few days off last week, knowing my staff would do such a great job in my absence. Now I'm ready to go again! :)
The trip was stellar with only one day of rain. As I've mentioned to many people, most of my motorcycle trips are centered around food, in one way or another. This trip was no exception. I got to partake of some amazing seafood along with a healthy dose of some delicious oysters.
It felt good to be back at the shop on Monday and it's been a very full week. We finally received our shipment of Chemex brewers and filters which so many have been asking about. For those who love the quality of pour-over coffees but wish to make it in larger quantities, the Chemex is the route to go. We now have the 6-cup brewers and filters in stock. Come check them out!
Tuesday was a bittersweet day because we had to say goodbye to our long-time customers, Lexi and Bjorn. They have been loving our coffees for the past two or three years and have been here daily since opening our new Tasting Room. However, they're about to embark on new life adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We're excited about their new plans but will miss their cheerful energy.
New coffees were ordered this past week which are scheduled to arrive Monday. Most of what's coming in is to replenish what we already have. However, there's one very special coffee amongst the group. It's a new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Adame Gorbota.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe FTO Adame Gorbota coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Adame Gorbota Cooperative located in the Wenago district within the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia. The Adame Gorbota Cooperative currently has 533 members. In 2011, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia. There are twenty-six other cooperatives affiliated with the YCFCU totaling more than 35,000 members.
We're now deep into the planning mode for next month's grand opening/first-year anniversary celebration. We hope to solidify some of the larger pieces within the next week. Stay tuned and save the date. Saturday, September 19th, 2015!
Tomorrow will be another Constitution Art Party which means Leavitt Avenue will be closed. Last time this event took place, people had a great time visiting the various arts and craft booths as well as the adjacent St. Johns Farmers Market. All in all, it made for a very active day and I'm sure tomorrow will be the same.
Take care and thanks so much for all your support.
Mount & Crew
Many of our customers have become fond of our coffee market bags. Shopping bags made from repurposed burlap coffee bags. In fact, they've become so popular, we sold out.
However, I just received a new shipment of these so they'll be available again beginning this weekend at both the St. Johns Farmers Market and Milwaukie Farmers Market, as well as in our shop.
These bags are designed and produced by Christa Holden who has taken great pride in designing something very functional and durable. All bags have double-stitched seams so you'll never have to worry about the bottoms or straps falling off.
There are a variety of bags available, some with short handles, some with double straps and some with longer straps so you can wear them over your shoulder.
AND, we have an entirely new line of bags which we hope to have available this weekend. They are lined and will have interior pockets so you'll have a place to stow your cell phone, wallet, etc.
Stay tuned! I just saw a prototype and am very excited!