What’s that delicious food spread at the end of the video you ask? Why, that’s from the breakfast press release event that Google hosted at Clive Coffee.
Do you live in Portland? Consider getting your coffee OR equipment delivered via bicycle! Our bike courier Andrew (or Andy) is dextrous, quick, and extra friendly. If you order coffee equipment (excluding espresso machines) he can set it up for you and show you how to use it if you so desire.
To take advantage of this, first read our Bike Delivery page for more info, then choose “Zero Carbon Bike Delivery” at checkout. If you’d like equipment setup and/or instruction with your delivery, please specify in the Notes box at checkout.
Here’s a pic of the handsome lad:
I just got back from Pigeon Toe Ceramics, the local Portland hive of ceramic artisans (Lisa and Lola, represent) that we’ve commissioned for the first Clive Coffee mug. These mugs are a subtle juxtaposition of modern and rustic, clean yet memorable, Amsterdam meets Portland, 1920′s brought to 2010. We put a lot of thought into the curve of the handle, the weight of the edge, and the texture of the glaze. We’ll have coffee mugs and macchiato cups. Here’s a sneak peak. Should be ready for shipment next week.
And in other news, here’s the salvage walnut wood we’ve found for our upcoming showroom in SE Portland. More info to come, obviously. Until then, Happy Friday!
I just returned from the annual coffee convention sponsored by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). There was a lot to see, including the US Barista Championship and some amazing new commercial espresso machines from Slayer and La Marzocco. The 2009 World Barista Champion, Gwilym Davis, made me a perfect machiatto with Square Mile Coffee. It was amazing. Here are some highlights that relate to the home brewing enthusiast:
I met Gerard-Clement Smit, the inventor of the Technivorm. He’s elegant and funny, and obviously pleased to see his creation receive so much praise here in the US. He invited me to take a tour of the Technivorm factory, which I hope to do soon. A little later, I talked to another roaster from Portland who told me that he bought a Technivorm brewer from Europe in 1983. It’s still going strong. Further proof that these things are built to last. Smit’s design has barely changed from the original 1964 design, with the exception of thermal carafes introduced a few years ago. Why mess with something that is proven to last? With how much specialty coffee has changed in the last few years (even the last two to three years), it’s remarkable that this machine is still one of only two coffee makers that brews according to standards set out by the SCAA.
Double Technivorm should be here this fall! This unit, the Technivorm Moccamaster CDT-20, is basically two Technivorm CDT units put together.The European unit runs on 220, so both can brew simultaneously. The US unit will run on 110, so the units brew back to back. This coffee maker will be ideal for small offices looking for high quality coffee without a bulky commercial machine. More info to follow.
Hello from Portland,
The near complete devastation in Haiti from the earthquake has prompted me to write this letter to you. As you may already know, we sometimes find really fantastic coffees and then choose a cause to support that is working to improve conditions in that coffee producing region. We look for vital, imminent causes, such as clean water, education and shelter for abandoned children, or environmental restoration. We prefer programs that are building sustainable communities and economies rather than just short-term handouts. We raise the price for the coffee a little bit beyond what we’d normally charge, then donate 100% of the proceeds back to the cause. We don’t make a cent on the venture. It’s our way of joining forces with our customers to donate to these very important efforts.
We’ve found a way to support Haitians as they work to build an economy that can survive without perpetual handouts. Here’s the story.
Just integrated – Amazon.com Checkout! You can use your existing Amazon.com account to manage payment and shipping addresses on CliveCoffee.com. We also support Amazon PayPhrase which allows you to checkout by entering your unique, two-word phrase and 4 digit pin. This means you can finish your order checkout in like 15 seconds. You can manage multiple ship-to addresses and credit cards with your Amazon.com account, then use them whenever you buy from us.
Who says the little guy and the giant can’t play nice together?
Next to freshly roasted beans and clean water, burr grinders are the most important component for making a great cup of coffee.
Inexpensive blade grinders are popular, but really just chop coffee beans instead of grinding them, leaving you with grounds that vary in size from huge chunks to a fine powder. This difference in particle size gives you inconsistent extraction, blending sharp, bitter over-extracted flavors with dull, sour under-extracted flavors. Not a very good cup, eh?
Burr grinders, on the other hand, grind beans between a rotating burr and a stationary surface. This gives you grounds that are uniform in size and shape, from which the sweet, smooth flavors of the bean can be extracted reliably.
Burr grinders are also easy to adjust, so you can find the perfect grind setting to set your brewing method. With a blade grinder, you have to shake while grinding and counting seconds to get the right type of grind. All that motion heats up the coffee while grinding, leading to scorched flavors in the cup. Burr grinders grind quickly without heating up the beans.
Once you try your freshly roasted, freshly burr-ground coffee, you will definitely taste an improvement, regardless of how you brew your coffee.
See what we love about Portland! Be sure to click the expand button to watch it in full screen, high-def. Enjoy!
Just in time for the holidays, we bring your our first Christmas blend. With single origin coffees from Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, and Ethiopia, we sought spice and warmth. It should please a house full of coffee drinkers. Roasting and shipping December 2nd. Here’s our Black Friday coupon – enter “thanks09″ at checkout for $15 off any order of $100 or more.
Get yours today.