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          Archive for February, 2014

          Sunday, February 16th, 2014

          Spent Sunday at the Roastery. I drove the 1993 Toyota Corrolla (yes, we have cars too), in order to pick up 450 pounds of the Buesaco mill coffee, Narino district, Colombia, from Coffee Roasters United (CRU). Their roastery is near Union Station. We could, and have, painstakingly moved this on our cargo bike, but with our setup it really wears on a persons body (and there is the rain). On the way we were attempting to pick up 81 mason jars from Market of Choice Burlingame, then the Sellwood Bridge was closed, then was there a shooting? in SE that shut down a significant route (who knows). It is now 930pm, still at roastery, with 81 jars to wash, waking at 3am to start delivering again (the wind outside is pretty intense).

          The biggest snow in Portland since 1999 (?) happened last weekend. However nothing as epic as the 1980′s. And now- everything is normal, except the roastery got wrecked. lets list cool things this week.

          major upgrade to stereo at roastery- new speaker wire, minidisc player hooked up.
          Installed rear fender to cargo bike (weird there was not one before).
          Donated dead refrigerator to the street, made a cubby hole for our shop vacuum.
          got rid of weird extension cords, excess wires, and routed cords properly.
          Purchased back up inner tubes- check.
          And… we decided to recycle records from 2010 and prior.

          Above all we cleaned, cleaned, cleaned, then washed dishes, then roasted 150 pounds of coffee for the morning deliveries. Our copper bar is totally clear, but we still have a ways to go yet before all the tools get put away properly.

          Cool thing- a couple stopped by downtown from just south of Yokohama, Japan. I made my first successful presenting of wholebean coffee using two hands, and also did the money using both hands- hence fitting custom a little more. Customers/ visitors are pretty much the coolest thing ever, and Courier just got a great mention in a new Japan Portland travel guide (maybe we will bring back roastery open hours again…so everyone can visit us here). Oh oh oh- 23 Karat Gold Filters are now for sale- supplies limited at 923 sw Oak, we are the only supplier in the USA, currently only sold inside Germany- Swissgold, the company is gone forever. This means courier has been brewing those 2 dollar cups of coffee using vintage, deadstock, swissgold. The filters we got hold of are slightly different, yet still awesome.

          Friday, February 7th, 2014

          just test rode the Surly 1×1 and the Cargo bike (long john frame made by CAT- eugene Or.). The Cargo bike does much better in the snow- unfortunately the rear triangle only allows for 1.5″ tires. The Surly boasts some 2.5 kenda tires-unfortunatley I am much too light to grip the snow. And the surly only works when body weight is equal between the two tires.

          20 inch tires are better. Gears are better (surly is SS- cargo bike 9 speed). heads up.