George Washington Coffee
~George Washington Inn~
Port Angeles, Washington
George Washington Coffee Blog

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December 30, 2008

Listen to the Coffee Cantata, a comic opera written by Johann Sebastian Bach who was a contemporary of George Washington. Bach died at the age of 65 when George Washington was 18 years of age.

The cantata begins, "Be quiet, stop chattering, and pay attention to what's taking place." A surly German father, Herr Schlendrian, is quarreling with his daughter, Lieschen, about her coffee habit. Schlendrian exhorts her to give up the brew, threatening to withdraw privileges until she obeys. Lieschen pouts, "If I can't drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat."

Finally, Poppa thinks he has found her weakness; he swears she will not have a husband unless she abandons her beverage. Lieschen assents, but only after writing into her marriage contract that she may drink as much coffee as she likes. The piece ends, "A cat won't stop from catching mice, and maidens remain faithful to their coffee. The mother holds her coffee dear, the grandmother drank it also; who can thus rebuke the daughters!"

Bach definitely enjoyed writing music as much as Lieschen enjoyed her coffee.

September 17, 2008

Sequim Gazette Features "Operation Coffee" - Help send coffee to our troops.

January 27, 2008

Make plans to attend our Open House on President's Day weekend (Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 from 1-4 PM). The dedication and ribbon-cutting will take place at 1:00 PM with parking available at 12:30 PM. Make plans to come early as a free packet of George Washington Coffee will be given to the first 150 visitors. Antique cars will be on display for the event. Enjoy light refreshments on the veranda overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Tours will also be available during the Open House.

October 28, 2007

George Washington Inn passed its final inspection on the 15th and all four suites are now available to guests. You are invited to come and relax on the veranda, or the piazza as it was called in George Washington's day, and soak in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains. Unwind and enjoy some trademark George Washington Coffee while you enjoy your stay.

August 8, 2007

We have some great news here at George Washington Coffee! We are now fully registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our application was submitted this year in January and was published in the Official Gazette in May for any possible parties to file opposition. Our registration has now been approved, and yesterday we were granted our registration number. You may find our trademark listed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by conducting a search here.

July 27, 2007 Update

The stain and first coat of polyurethane has been applied to the main staircase. Fine tuning has been implemented throughout the Inn.  War has been declared on construction dust. The water system has to be upgraded to a Group B water system (commercial) and is out for bid. Enjoy the cruise ships sailing by and off into the sunset on their way to Alaska.

June 23, 2007 Update

This week saw the oak planks installed on the attic floor. The spiral staircases were also installed between the second floor and the attic and then from the attic up into the cupola. The brickwork was completed, with the porch pavers remaining. The plumber has nearly finished his part with just a few minor adjustments to make. The exterior received its first coat of paint. Notice the white sheen on the webcam now! By the way, our inn has been listed on Camscape's WA state webcam page. Please give us your best rating, preferably a 10. Here's Camscape's link: WA state webcams. Stay tuned to our weekly update.

June 16, 2007 Update

Construction continues at a feverish pace. The final coat of polyurethane has been applied to the red oak flooring on the first floor, with the second floor remaining to be finished. The vast plumbing maze nears completion as the air test and the final connections to the vanities and tubs are being made. The windows on the exterior have been taped off and are readied for painting this week as the weather appears to be clearing. Interior painting wraps up. Much has been accomplished since we broke ground in March 2006.

There will be a lot of fine-tuning to do once the main construction is over. The project and grounds must meet our standard of perfection, and we want to make sure that everything is running smoothly. Thanks for your patience.

Unfortunately we've had to put up "no trespassing" signs as traffic control became a problem with curious on-lookers causing some unease for the construction crews.The grand opening and dedication will be next year when we can showcase the inn and accommodate dignitaries. It all takes time...and has run up a big mortgage! Thanks for all of your help and patience in the process.

The Famous "Blue Hole"

By Dan Abbott, Editor

As a former Mountie who received an idyllic posting to the southern tip of Vancouver Island after his six months of basic training in Regina, Saskatchewan, I came to love the west coast clime and surrounds. The moderate temperatures and the excitement of coastal life, after growing up on a farm on the Canadian Prairie, drove me to promise my new bride that someday we would come back this way to retire. Heading off to make my fortune in places that spanned the entire continent, I resigned myself to that day which stood like a distant star in some far off galaxy.

The new millennium came and went, our kids grew up, and grandkids started to come along. The house was paid for and the retirement nest egg was growing. One day an article from the Wall Street Journal crossed my desk that rolled my memory back to the day when I solemnly vowed to return to the lush coastal environs of the northwest. It spoke of the “blue hole” of the Olympic Peninsula that acted as a rain shadow (a region of reduced rainfall on the lee side of high mountains) to the whole area. It all made sense. The mystique of perfect summers and mild winters had a reason behind it. Click here to read the WSJ article.

Having only viewed the majestic view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains from the north shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, namely the city of Victoria, BC, I had to take a trip back to discover the Olympic Peninsula. This adjoining locale, which included a state-side mountain and coastal environment, seemed to fulfill that dream and beckoned further investigation. I set a budget to acquire acreage sufficient to make a down payment on my youthful promise. That eventful Memorial Day weekend trip in 2002 resulted in the discovery of a waterfront property that held the best views of the Olympic Peninsula in perfect balance. Today, that dream has grown into George Washington Inn where others have the opportunity to share in the beauty and majesty of God’s handiwork, and to reflect on the faith and legacy of our founding father.

Founding Father Favorites

Proclamation of National Thanksgiving

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Additional Quotes

"Although we cannot, by the best concerted plans, absolutely command success; although the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; yet, without presumptuously waiting for miracles to be wrought in our favor, it is our indispensible duty, with the deepest gratitude to Heaven for the past, with the humble confidence in its smiles on our future operations, to make use of all the means in our power for our defense and security."

(I am) sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice hitherto little known in our American Army is growing into fashion. (I) hope that the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it and that both they and the men will reflect that we can little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly. Added to this it is a vice so mean and low without any temptation that every man of sense and character detests and despises it. ....George Washington's Order against Profanity

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

Last words: "It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."

General Washington's Basic Military Policies:

  • Never attack a position in front which you can gain by turning.
  • Charges of Cavalry should be made if possible on the flanks of infantry.
  • The first qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only the second. Hardship, poverty and actual want are the soldier's best school.
  • Nothing is so important in war as an undivided command.
  • Never do what the enemy wishes you to do.
  • A General of ordinary talent, occupying a bad position and surprised by superior force, seeks safety in retreat; but a great captain supplies all deficiencies by his courage and marches boldly to meet the attack.
I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection; that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for brethren who have served in the field; and finally that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation. ...letter addressed to the Governors of all the states on the disbanding of the Army, dated June 14, 1783.