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          Archive for September, 2012

          Friday, September 28th, 2012


          details occurring at Courier include:
          New Shimano Saint Dual Piston Hydraulic Brakes (mineral oil) for our delivery bike. A pro freerider for Shimano was impressed since they just came out and were testing as of two weeks ago, according to our Interbike reports. Previously we had mechanical brakes on the front, where the brake line was difficult due to its eight foot run. We think hydraulics will have more responsive action and be less work. They certainly feel like a dream, and we wish Shimano would come out with dual front discs, and Chris King or Phil a hub to match.

          New knife for baking made by Takeda, Shosui, from Niimi, Japan c/o Setaka, Sakiko (actually a personal gift but it has made its way to our bar. The knife is marked with the city, makers first name, and a heart, the mark Takeda puts on all their knives. It is of aogami super steel, from Hitachi. Aogami means blue paper and refers to the color paper Hitachi wraps the steel in. It has a western edge, yet the steep edge of a Japanese blade and is sharper than a western knife, yet also more delicate. We cut peaches with it! Something we learned via the Sharp Knives, c/o either Urban Honking or Little Red Bike Cafe is that sharp knives save lives (motto). So we also have a 5000 grit super stone from Japan to keep our edges polished.

          Also we have a new coffee from Kenya on bar…..much love from Courier.

          Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

          Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

          Our delivery bike for freight finally fixed. Edwin Brown (Sprout Cycles) fashioned a new steel strut to support our cargo platform. Now West End Bikes is ordering Shimano Saint dual piston mineral oil hydraulics for both front and rear. While Edwin was working on our bike he installed new 9-speed cassette, chain, and ring. The new strut feels stiffer and the bike feels awesome. Mechanical brakes just do not work well with our loads, and our rear hydraulic needs bleeding quarterly which we think is not right. Hopefully this new deal from Shimano will fix that.

          Sunday, September 9th, 2012

          Kayla’s artwork graces Courier for September. Flecked with gold, on handmade wooden frames, the string that holds each is tied through their frames beautifully.

          Pictured above on the porteur rack (made by Sprout Cycles) are the rasberries from Groundworks Organic and peaches from Gala Springs Organic that will be baked into our muffins on bar this week. We rediscovered Hermans Honey, after a long hiatus at the Peoples Farmers Market Wednesday, which means we now have housemade granola once again. Herman was our original source for honey two years ago when we had just started the bar. His nieces now sell his honey (Herman is about 85 now and no longer making it to the Market).

          On bar at Courier we have a lot of offerings from El Salvador, but also are selling Cascara (dried coffee cherry). Cascara is left over from natural process coffee, where the cherry is dried on the seed before being hulled. It has less caffeine we think than green tea and is very sweet with hints of hibiscus and rose hips. Cascara we are preparing like an herbal tea, either hot or cold (steeped in the sun, before being chilled). We are also selling Cascara in half pound or pound bags for people to try at home. Pretty tasty.

          Closed Labor Day.

          Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

          Hopefully this does not bum too many people out. Time to have coffee in a new place. This morning I made coffee in a juice pitcher, with grounds discovered in a friends fridge (long talk). The effect was there, coffee was funny, but it accompanied DoveVivi Pizza from the night before- rad. That and biking in the blue moon last night that rose over Glisen street. Taking another day off means another day of awesomeness for the staff at Courier.

          There is of course always work at Courier that will be done afterhours. Sprout Cycles’, Edwin Brown is now working on a custom strut for our Cargo bike. Meeting Evan, formerly of Little Red Bike Cafe, at the Stumptown new roastery party made us remember we should do some work on his personal Synesso espresso machine. There is an exhaust fan motor that wants overhauling at our workshop, and chairs that want sanding and refinishing at the cafe. We also need to bike around, watch sunsets with friends, and do the 5am Monday deliveries. Enjoy the extended weekend. If you find us lets have some coffee together.