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          Archive for December, 2013

          Sunday, December 29th, 2013

          New Year approaches, and we have almost accomplished one of our many goals. Composting will soon become a reality, hopefully on New Years Eve, for our bar (the roastery already has compost service). When the City of Portland made sure Compost containers were given to every household, commercial businesses were also able to set up service. Yet in order for commercial business to receive this service the building owner had to request/ pay/ and be willing to accommodate. We have weighed our options, deciding that it would be possible to store half a weeks compost inside our store (the pickup is bi-weekly). After all, most of us store compost inside our kitchens in Portland now for a week or longer, without odors or pests. This should be a wonderful thing because almost all of the biproducts of what we do will no longer go into a landfill, but be driven to Seattle to compost. Where will we store a large rollcart? in the bathroom, locked up to prevent mis-use. As one of the first coffee bars in the city to provide compostable cups made in the USA of paper biproducts also from the USA- we are now very proud to be able to start compost.

          In the New Year we hope to better our customer service, re-do our seating area along the east wall, install ceiling high shelving for vinyl on the west wall, introduce sound dampening boards, finalize the milk bar taps, introduce drying racks, replace our ceramic cups- and really everything we ever wanted. Already we have created a housemade record cleaning solution, made of very mild ingredients, and new audiophile record sleeves are on the way to replace our paper sleeves. Happy New Year to everyone.

          late opening Thursday 26th.

          Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

          Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

          Pictured above Maka-chan, one of our awesome guests this past month.

          This year Courier Coffee is getting more attention from Japan, and especially Tokyo. Courier just got a nice full page spread in the most recent Elle Gourmet Japan. This year I believe we have been mentioned in three different magazines, and we are looking at photos of our shop being published in a fashion magazine in the spring. Currently Portland is very popular in Tokyo, as they are looking at our city as a model for sustainability in housing and infrastructure, not to mention our coffee scene. Kinfolk magazine has been pretty key, since it is probably more popular in Japan than anywhere else. Also Matsushima, who grew up in Portland, but is native to Tokyo, has drawn a lot of attention to us from Shibuya where he runs Paddlers Coffee. His coffee bar represents Portland, serving pourover Stumptown Coffee. Matsushima is not just selling Portland coffee, but kind of the image and lifestyle behind it.

          While we get visitors throughout the year, December is especially a time for people to return to Portland, and revisit, rediscover. In a way this makes us want to re-invest in our space, to make it better, and to refocus our attention on our style of service.

          big news- espresso is now a naturally processed coffee from the Aricha mill, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. And after three years we are finally getting compost, albeit with the compromise of keeping it inside our room until the pickup comes twice a week. I think we can pull this off, planning to use our bathroom for the rollcart, and since our bathroom was not glamorous to begin with…. We should not be producing garbage anymore yay- and we will be the first in our building to compost.

          We will definitely be closed Christmas and New Years Day. We know for sure new years eve will be regular hours for sure, and maybe even open later. Christmas Eve looks to also be regular hours, but we may waffle on this.

          Thursday, December 5th, 2013

          Just made 50 pounds of chocolate chip cookie dough at the bar. A shipment of Virtuoso coffee grinders arrived which are for sale- these are the best. Boiled eggs have appeared on the menu- pasture raised chickens in Forest Groves Greenville Farm laid these eggs- perfect with a little Guatemalan sea salt. And seriously- getting a boiled egg and a cup of coffee seems a perfect combination. In a matter of days or weeks BT Livermore is producing Courier t-shirts, soon for sale on bar. And while cold outside, we have recently all but gotten rid of the cold draft near the front door at bar. Heads up new art by Kayla for December.