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          Archive for June, 2012

          Thursday, June 28th, 2012

          Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

          busier at our bar.

          A month of bike fun closes, unsure of when Pedelpalooza ends. We enjoyed time with our good friend, “sprockette” and former Half and Half Cafe worker- Noel (of Show Me The Pink) this month. Please note the Lamplighter sticker in the glass at our bar. June has been a good time.

          Michael Parich makes new run mason jar cozies (Pendleton wool), for sale currently.

          We want so badly to open our coffee lemonade stand pop up shop at 40th and Hawthorne (the roastery). Although July leaves us bare with one of our roasters bands on tour, the Woolen Men. the month of August- Kourtney, on bar, heads to school for her masters (read that as we will be hiring).

          Much work, much love from all of us at courier.

          Sunday, June 17th, 2012

          Warmth has come again to Oak street. We have been running our cooling all year long because of our coffee, chocolate and drygoods, but now more than ever. The AC is both good and bad for many reasons, which is why we hope that keeping our front door closed will aid in running the cooling system as little as possible. This also keeps our espresso machine at temperature oddly enough. The espresso machine boilers are running at temperatures between 200F and 260F, while the room is usually at 65-75F. Whenever there is temperature overshoot caused by making a volume of drinks our machine relies on using the air in its surrounding environment to cool. The cooler the room, the better the temperature stability of the machine. Our machine itself has an excellent heating element that is powerful, but its cooling power relies upon the room temperature, the airflow around the boilers, and the amount of insulation (cups and dishes warming on the cup tray). This is why this week we will add a weight system to our front door.

          drink prices change this week. Ethiopia Sidamo grade 2 arrives from Royal Coffee via Old Dominion later in the week (to be on bar and for our accounts). And we are so so excited about the bike summer events.

          Sunday, June 10th, 2012

          Keegan Wenkman hung his prints late Saturday. Reception at the end of the month. Keegan and Katie have been running some very large old presses the last few years. Their love of simple machines added with a growing illustrative style has gained them awesome clientele. Keegans selections are for the first time together here.

          Large amounts of currants, cherries, cranberries and sugar arrived last week and so we may resume our housemade granola, muesli, and begin dreaming of other things. Looking to the upper right behind the bar one will notice a tighter organization of our dry goods.

          It has been the big joke over the last few weeks that we have been breaking more ceramic and items than usual (even our cargo bike is broken). Perhaps it is the excitement over the coming summer.

          Monday, June 4th, 2012