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          Archive for January, 2020

          fetco 2031e water inlet valve failures part # 57006

          Monday, January 27th, 2020

          In the past 6 months ive experienced the blue valve housing on the older 2031′s splitting, or developing minor cracks in the plastic. I have had three failures. Also a failure on a HWB-5 (5 gallon fetco hot water brewer).

          There is no notice of this issue on the internet, but Fetco clearly knows about the issue, and told me it happens often. I believe the part is made by Deltrol, although i have other parts from them that are the best.

          Did the manufacturing process get better? We have restored a few machines lately that have been sleeping in our heated basement….

          The older Fetco brewers were better, the ones made today are all plastic inside, cheaper parts, made in China. Design at Fetco, like the rest of coffee seems not moving.

          Older Fetco’s designs were awesome. Bunn did a great job, and actually even better with its hot water towers and temperature stability. Fetco did a great job protecting their electronics, getting higher draw downs. And Fetco does a lot better with energy efficiency.

          Insulating boilers? Fetco is the only ones.

          best joel courier coffee

          As always trying to improve.

          Friday, January 17th, 2020

          answers to your questions-

          Q:How is your day?
          A: great?

          Q: How is the business?
          A: great

          The main dilemma (perhaps a catch 22, and yes i have read the book five times to understand our business). The part that i think about the most has two sides. You could name it supply and demand, but those words are so cold. you could call it customer and business, or client and your business. Most of these lack a human element on each side.

          The thing that bothers me is this- workers want to get paid more, and spend less. But, it is not about an equal trade. Thinking in terms of the coffee shop- we need a certain amount of money each day to be able to pay the staff fairly. in the real world if there is not enough money to be made you fire people, close the shop, increase price, all have a negative impact.

          Currently we are looking at an increasing wage each year, but as the wage is increasing our sales have slowed- why?. Probably in part to rising housing costs, and declining business. The last two years have been the worst on record for sales. I believe the rich are getting richer, and the poor poorer. I as the owner of courier coffee am on government health care (dont worry i never go to the doctor or get my teeth cleaned:). Probably we can blame this on savvy house flippers, or millennial’s who buy a house they cant afford and rent it to cover their own costs- ie praying on the weak. The way to make money is to spread your base, wholesale, expand, sell-out. But, courier coffee is still, as it has been for 14 years local, and even that with worries about climate and carbon, we deliver by bike.

          We could charge 10 a cup for coffee, but think of that world. i can think of people who use caged chickens only, sugar filtered through dead cow bones, have new employees every month, and who source all non local ingredients (yes we sell coffee, catch 22). I can think of people who microwave their food, and for coffee shops keep it frozen and reheat. I can think of one special roaster in portland who gets their pastries made a few days in advance, while we bake fresh each day- courier coffee is on some weird level.

          there must be some level of pride in our staff.

          Courier is doing well, but we are always thinking trying to balance. We would love to make more money, and pay the staff more, without expanding too much. Extracto coffee is one of our soulmates in this- although they are doing way better. I feel we both share similar values.

          At the end of the day- i just encourage you to tip your server in a way you feel is right.
          Tips are always appreciated, but ( and i think someone will be upset)- i think your thanks is enough.

          anyway- thats my economic forecast for 2020


          the car is back!

          Thursday, January 9th, 2020

          they fixed the ignition- now any key will work! or a stick.

          They also stole the car battery.

          the worst thing- smoking a few cigarettes in the car before ditching it behind a Shari’s restaurant in Clackamas. The car reeks of tobacco now- i have to sanitize it and check for needles is the next step. there was blood on the stick shift from the smell on my hands.

          They left all the money in the trunk, stole my nirvana and NIN cds, but left the james blake and mariah carey- odd.

          something i did find out- coffee refills are without end at Sharis restaurant. kids were super nice. the police officer was super nice. Clackamas is a pretty great place. I drank the “barista blend” at Sharis. it was comforting. last time i was at Sharis in 1997 the chef threatened me with a butcher knife and told us to leave. the service yesterday was hands down better. while i say that- and its true- the service was awesome.

          still checking for needles inthe car before the kid goes inside it. perhaps i will have to hire my security guard friend whose name starts with an R to guard it.

          thank you friends- including the police, my sister, and the staff at Sharis.
          and to the person who stole our car- dude- there are childseats in the back- no smoking in the car.

          xo courier coffee

          stolen car 93′ toyota corolla white.

          Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

          this time its the family car.

          you should be happy to know its a stick shift- all manual toyota corolla.

          please keep your eyes out.

          im not entirely sad. but our preschool is in beaverton, and the kids carseats that were inside were basically the price of the car.

          pleaseplease keep an eye out for an old white corolla.