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          Archive for February, 2015

          Synesso brew group sound and rumor.

          Thursday, February 26th, 2015

          Above Synesso Cyncra Paddlegroup old style with roller cam switch – also known as the cherry switch. position 1,2,3 respectfully.

          Issue- buzzing noise when brewing. solution- tighten nut that holds valve to brewgroup because alLack of a proper ground leads to feedback loop.

          For our own work we like to re assemble things finger tight (in places where tightness is not neccesary), and I personally like to end up with less screws than I start with (not for clients). This makes the next service job faster. Honestly im amazed these machines are not just held together with magnets yet, and I have petitioned for hydraulics to adjust the height of the machine. if we could re-engineer the machine for speed break downs that would be rad, and also if we could have a sightglass window into the boiler (lit up of course). Synesso? Luckily this machine is fun to think about all the time, which is probably why we continue to make espresso, besides of course the joy of serving coffee.

          Homework for the week- Manhatten Love Story (a japanese drama about a Kissa Owner). if you want to know how we think its probably like this guy (not really, but we do like that he is way into coffee). youtube that. there are subtitles. then we have 40 more dramas to show you about bikes and food.

          super rumor- sizzlepie is opening a bar before the summer. its true- believe. Summer on oak street is going to be amazing. polish your shoes, buy some art, toys, soap, pizza, french no Scandinavian fare, get a massage, environmental lawyer, ad agency, pottery, womens clothing (yes guys womens clothing is in for fashion now). and we really hope finish it with a beer. there has been work recently on the sizzlepie bar, all the best us at courier.

          commercial compost rules and non compostable/recycleable compostable paper coffee cups

          Friday, February 13th, 2015

          Composting and recycling is talked about at Courier. While our garbage and recycling haulers have kept pretty quiet to us, we read the notices that come by mail, and we check the City of Portland website regularly.

          Commercial compost is changing in fifteen days- that means any downtown business, restaurant, cafe- will have different rules from residential. For our coffee bar this means FOOD WASTE ONLY. Actually there is a sticker already in place on our green rollcart that says Food Scraps Only, and then for those who cannot read there are pictures.

          Compostable containers, paper towels, napkins- are NOT commercially compostable anymore. Coffee Cups are NOT compostable. Coffee cups are absolutely NOT RECYCLEABLE. Both regular polyethylene lined cups and the bioplastic lined compostable paper cups are NOT RECYCLEABLE OR COMPOSTABLE. If you feel bad about waste then bring a cup, or stay a while.

          We will continue to stock and serve our coffee to go in paper cups that say they are compostable, because they are the only ones made (this specific brand) that are made entirely in the USA.

          So the only thing left to compost is our coffee grounds, eggshells, and fruit stems from when we bake each morning. This is still a considerable amount of compost. Even though we live in Portland not all coffee shops compost. On the opposite side of the spectrum one may look at the type of packaging used at each shop and determine how much they are thinking about plastic and paper (even our whole bean coffee bags are entirely recycleable minus the tin tie closure).

          Anyway- all else at courier is moving along. There are new people working on bar. Our espresso machine flooded the shop yesterday morning with water when a three way brew valve/solenoid valve impartially closed, so it got replaced- 45 minutes- mostly spent hanging out. more news soon- best courier.

          Monday, February 2nd, 2015

          commercial composting laws are changing in Portland. Starting in March for downtown businesses we may compost food scraps only- no paper at all. While our coffee bags will remain recycleable, our coffee cups will be landfill only. Downtown on bar we will be mainly composting coffee, tea, and egg shell. February is practice month.