Pandemic kid and adult tips

August 2nd, 2020

Picnic in your yard for dinner, if apartment make a tent inside.
Candlelit meals.
relive games like “go-fish,” and “memory”
draw a picture then cut it out to make your own puzzle.
if you have a close neighbor make a tin can phone with string.
use a sheet of plastic to make your own pool (outside prefered).
kid- make your own pizza dinner night- fyi get ready to wait forever.


learn how to make a delicious cup of coffee or a “latte” at home- trust us- its better at home and the work makes your drink better.

Learn about masks- your bandana does not cut it, triple it up, make it air tight. and check those ear loop masks that are too big. Take it serious about eye protection too.

As parents i think we have some options. Unfortunately many people are tired of the pandemic. and some of us are thinking not wrongly- lets form some safe groups. The large question is risk. And id rather you identify risk as something with a child over whether i should take my family to an outdoor restaurant.

As an adult- and also as a believer in movies like Volcano one, and Two, well- while i know what kind of truck can drive through lava- im unsure the mask i would wear.

And i have watched the two movies, as well as snakes on a plane, zombies on a plane, ants on a plane…. ive pretty much watched many of them (on beta max)-for those of you who have never done beta max- good luck.

We want you all to be safe. we are all in this together. And without a doubt Black Lives Matter- and we are against the negativity of the police on this.

Be safe, wear a mask when you are close, and much love.

courier today

July 31st, 2020

The coffee shop is temporarily closed, and we can tell you it will be longer than a month. One reason being that when we decide to open we will need more customers than before, and for those doubters- lets figure this- 20 dollars per hour for one employee (includes taxes- so they get paid maybe 16 plus tip), open 3 hours a day. 60 dollars means in 3 hours we will have to sell 120 dollars.

pre-pandemic rates
5- cold brew coffee.
4- pourover coffee.
3- yogurt oat muffin (organic nancys whole milk yogurt- 8dollar a dozen local pasture eggs, organic
fruit, vegan cane sugar, etc.
2- canele
5-hot choc or mocha
3- tea

Currently we send customers to Deadstock, or Stumptown.

In an end of the world scenario- you could probably make coffee at home, not get take out food, etc. But it comes down to all of the courier staff feeling its wrong to open, plus they are currently able to survive. My job is to make sure there is a coffee shop to come back to, which means paying rent. If you were to come to the coffee shop today there is no product, the valuables have been removed (record player), internet off, hot water and all equipment off, and probably a post apocolyps fridge situation. But all past and present keyholders are using the place to keep their bikes and bags while they attend the protest and support BLACK LIVES. so the space is kind of risky, where as the roastery is just me.

The roastery is very much open, and roasting, and doing a bad job of getting online sales starting. But the roastery pays the rent for the downtown shop.

At the roastery the copper bar is clean- there is a wall of coffee brewers on one side (from closed restaurants, and a lot of things on the floor. its also very very hot. 90 degrees f at 6am. cant open the doors with coronavirus, and dont have airconditioning. this room is negative pressure so we suck in everything.

At home we make mini pools using sheets of plastic for our daughter, or slides out of plywood,

going forward i think doing coffee classes over video would be cool, we are also looking forward to selling things like clothing online- personally my sweatpants are old, and i dislike amazon.

be well and be safe.
be super safe, and coming soon we will help you make delicious coffee at home,
this pandemic has most people feel like they want to party, or compromising safety for a good time.


best from all of us. joel courier coffee

serious issues with google and hours

July 24th, 2020

Google will not allow any business to temporarily close without removing their listing.

people are calling courier at 9pm because google is saying we are open for takeout 24 hours a day.

to change this ive made our hours 3am to 315am 7 days a week.

courier’s shop is temporarily closed.

changing business hours does not help. i changed hours to zero 7 days a week, but google says we are open for takeout. anyone?


Coffee update

July 21st, 2020

First of all- Mask up.

Second, and again- BLACK LIVES MATTER.


lets talk,

what if……… we did a courier coffee get together- in a field- all regulars. ten foot distance, or maybe 12 foot. i would provide free coffee, drinks, and shaved ice. we could kick a soccer ball around. everyone participating would give one egg to arthur.

xox- joel courier

The coffee shop is still on hold,

July 3rd, 2020

Black lives Matter.

its a fact.

There is a second fact- the coronavirus is real.

You can call me at anytime to vent, or for coffee brewing advice.

you are loved

thank you for wearing masks, thank you for distance, thank you for being who you are,

Black Lives Matter.

black lives matter, and a status update on the shop.

June 5th, 2020

In this emotionally charged time, there is so much i want to say- so much of it is stuck in draft, and some of it ive just hit “post” then rethought and deleted, but perhaps simple is best.

We embrace, and are with, and in support of Black Lives Matter. We do not support the police culture of brutality, violence, fear, racism, power, and impunity for law or recourse. We dont think police are able to be armed, or that they have shown they can be responsible, as they have shown that they are above the law. We would like to see a radical change. There is a problem, and as we have seen the last week Police have continued to use violence, have escalated things, and also have gotten away with it.

I cant say that all police are horrible people, or that i have not been helped by the police, that would not be fair. But i can say that when we reopen we would like to have a space supporting positivity, love, acceptance, and understanding and respect of each other. since the comments are mostly spam on this wordpress, if you want to comment direct please email – perhaps title the email “comment” so that i can find it better.

Kourtney- (worked at Courier for a few years), is working on an idea to use the coffee shop for art surrounding BLM for the downtown shop- We are paying rent, sounds like a good idea- my only pre-requisite is that we dont entirely obscure the windows- i like people being able to peek in.

Coffee shop still paused, no timeline. Just because the government says its safe to reopen, I dont feel safe. Memorial day was two weeks ago, and Protests are ongoing. At the same time cases were dropping. I understand people are tired of this new life, but to me it feels like we are becoming just bored, and thinking it wont happen to me. someone said if we take our temperature before meeting people its fine- haha. perhaps people are finding that they cannot live without being close to others. Japan apparently has done extremely well, lately. This is the perfect time to work on making better coffee at your house, or perfecting your own canele recipe.

Be well, and be safe, to those of you practicing distancing, not touching your face, and washing hands, and wearing a mask – good work. stay safe.

Things that are happening

May 31st, 2020

“I can’t breathe.”
SERVE AND PROTECT?? for a 20 dollar bill? your life.
I have not had the personal courage to watch the video,

the line I cant breathe, i cannot get out of my head. Today the paint in downtown portland were mostly those words, the other one that stood out, as it was repeatedly written everywhere was “justice.” Personally the word justice does not mean much, justice is not blind, it sees. It especially sees skin tones, and religion, and does not recognize police easily, or people with money. I have no real perspective on this. I really wish the coffee shop was open so that we could talk face to face about this.

I did not attend any protests, but i hope everyone who did protest was safe.
i have so many thoughts, but i told myself a while back no swear words on the wordpress account.

Lets list some other things happening as well-
I hear very very bad things about Guatemala- people are getting very sick, please enjoy coffee while you can, and i would get ready for a price increase next year. Also since your favorite coffee shops buy all their cups and lids from China get ready for that, and by that i mean price increase. (LIDS are always chinese fyi, and we are one of two shops in portland using cups from the USA, others source their plastic lining from China.

New flip phone is working well. to the person who called me at 5pm the other day asking if we still had canele left- …. no. now that the phone line is back i get two calls a day trying to make orders. thank you for the interest.

Again- be angry, but be safe, the coffee shop is on hold but you can still get coffee.

much love

May 30th, 2020

The courier phone is back- no masks needed.

May 26th, 2020

I realize that masks are frowned upon by people. I went to a Verizon wireless store, where not a single staff member wore a mask. I wore an n95 mask, and i used a glove to touch surfaces, and i declined sitting, instead choosing to stand back over 6 feet.

the employees at Verizon i was told have skin problems, and so they cannot wear masks.

as i was being helped i looked at the persons face very closely, very nice skin.

The people at Verizon may get sick and die, or even spread covid-19 around, but their skin is very nice. They laughed it off, and my phone works again.

people with great skin will never die, why worry about customers. thank you verizon wireless.


im sorry im so bitter- but this is a big deal.I dont think you should wear a mask in your car, or just walking downt the street, but it should be ready. courier is pro- mask. and you should not run an entire store without using masks. Verizon stores scare me to death. perhaps they have not heard about covid.


feeling normal, open for business, coffee is okay, but phone shamed.

May 24th, 2020

if you respect courier coffee- then you should respect what we do. …

I had a serious talk with my family about my new phone choice- a Kyocera Dura XV Extreme flip phone- everyone burst out laughing. During this time i feel more isolated than ever. its an awesome phone, why does everyone hate it.

I tested negative for the virus over a week ago, i feel normal now, perhaps the coffee was rough for a week while i was feeling emotional, but i think im back. trying to get that delicate feeling from the coffee as i roast.

you can laugh at the flip phone, but i believe that our phone embodies much of the spirit of courier coffee.