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          Archive for December, 2014

          Holiday Hours, brewing 5 gallons by hand, securing your last minute order.

          Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

          Christmas Eve 7am-2pm
          Christmas Day Closed (Barista and Stumptown are open, but cmon, hotel lobbies have free hot chocolate).
          The Day After Christmas Day normal hours

          as of this morning we had (923 sw oak)
          7 pounds Guji, Ethiopia.
          12 Monte de Oro Plan Del Campo Caturra Acatenango Guatemala.
          4.5 Mutwewathi, Kenya.
          1 decaf
          1 Perla Farm Chijul Guatemala.

          Today we deliver retail coffee to International Market 81st and Stark. Kenilworth Coffee 36th and Gladstone. Ps and Qs Market 15th and Dekum.

          Pictured above us making 5 gallons of coffee in under four minutes using the latest technology in a small garage in SE Portland. We brought the water to 199F, added coffee by weight and stirring with a clean box wrench to let sit for 3 minutes before skimming with gold filters and decanting through paper twice using a large china hat strainer. This actually made awesome coffee.


          anyway- Happy Holidays from Courier

          record player etiquette unspoken rules TV TOKYO and Portland Monthly Hot Chocolate

          Monday, December 8th, 2014

          Portland Monthly magazine mentions our Hot Chocolate in their December issue, a drink not to be missed this winter. Pick up a copy and check it out. We are also mentioned a second time in the same issue!

          TV TOKYO includes Courier in their piece on livable urban cities, with some significant footage, broadcasted a week ago across all Japan, check it out here.

          With new people around the holidays, we felt it a good time to address proper behavior around the turntable, or record player. The basic rules are basically the same as coffee. You do not take a drink that is not yours, and you do not drink a drink that is not yours. This sounds like common sense but people behave differently around record players than hot cups of coffee. There seems to be a more respectful distance around others coffee, which is appreciated, where as sometimes record players are treated more like furniture, than delicate things that break when you touch them. There are people who carefully play records, and those who do not. It is always best to ask to touch before you do, and also more than prudent to be way careful about bumping, brushing, or leaning anyplace close to the player. Please remember a turntable is a delicate thing, and the records stacked near the player, or cords, have the ability to fall, swing, shift, and perhaps do a little damage. We know it was not going to be easy, but in our minds having this technology makes things a bit more romantic.

          Now- protips, or the reasoning behind using the lifting mechanism for the tonearm, or not. I was always taught to lift and drop by hand (hooking a finger under the lift arm to do both, never putting downward force, other than gravity), thus assuring the needle fits in the groove before taking your finger away.if a record is dirty the needle may not actually find the groove with a slow drop from the lift mechanism, but skate across the surface, scratching it up (this also depends on the tightness of the grooves, which vary by design). Do Not lift a needle by pressing down on the cantilevered weight, your force is magnified on this side as well as the possibility of changing the weight adjustment, affecting the tracking force of the needle. Especially do not grip a needle in a horizontal way, as in pinching the head, or tonearm. some people like to use the lift mechanism, but they are also checking to see that the needle tip is clean each time, and cleaning the record of course. Getting the needle to track is especially important with our Shure M44g needle, with less than a gram of tracking force, it is a lightweight, but the upside of low wear on the records for us is a must.

          Thank you for listening

          Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

          we have 14 more quarts of cider coming from the Old World Apple Cart this Sunday. Tomorrow evening open late with a book release party-drinks and Japanese snacks

          A new (deadstock) platter spindle assembly arrived today for our Technics 1200 MK2.

          You may notice new, old faces on bar and at the roastery. We really should do a proper introduction soon, but please bear with us. On the coffee front we will be rotation almost our entire stock before the end of the year- new crop coffees are coming.