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Seismic Joint at the Exploratorium

San Francisco’s Exploratorium is one of the great gems of the bay area. The exhibits inside Pier 15 will keep you and your family enthralled for hours on end. But before walking through those doors, it’s always a good idea to get caffeinated.

And we have just the place.

Seismic Joint Cafe

In the same building as the Exploratorium is the Seismic Joint Cafe at Pier 15. This little coffee shop is the perfect pit stop before (or after, or during!) your visit to the Exploratorium. Grab a cup of the I Love Curiosity Blend, roasted by Thanksgiving Coffee! This coffee was grown in Nicaragua and Rwanda, and roasted along California’s North Coast.

Seismic Joint at the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium

The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception. Learn more about them in this quote from their website:

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. Our mission is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. The vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.

The Exploratorium creates tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.

Enjoy your trip to the Exploratorium, and don’t miss out on a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee, right there on Pier 15!

Not just a cup, but a just cup.

First Day of Spring

The changing of the seasons is always energizing. From Summer to Fall, we get to enjoy the new colors, and the crispness in the air. Fall to Winter may bring a chill, but the promise of family home for the holidays, and cozy evenings by the fire. And now, we arrive at the transition from Winter to Spring. The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and the flowers are beginning to bloom.

Along the Mendocino Coast, we get to enjoy an abundance of colors, as the daffodils have been making their way above ground, and brightening up our lives. The deluge of rainfall these past few months has turned the golden hillsides green and fresh!

Happy Equinox

Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is here. The official beginning of Spring, and the promise of new life all around us.

Sip a cup of coffee to keep you warm while we finish off the rest of this cold season. Whether you begin your spring cleaning, set a new goal for the season ahead, or begin preparations for your Easter celebrations, the First Day of Spring is a great time to look forward, and create a fresh start.

Happy Equinox!

Word of Mouth Magazine

Thanksgiving Coffee was featured in this season’s Word of Mouth Magazine, here in Mendocino County! Holly Madrigal and Torrey Douglass created a beautiful piece, centered around the B Corporations of Mendocino County.

B Corporations of Mendocino

Mendocino County boasts a total of nine B Corporations, including Thanksgiving Coffee Company. This is an astonishing amount, considering we are one of the smaller counties in California. We are happy to be one of the many, and are continually encouraging other companies to become certified as well. Other B Corporations include North Coast Brewing, FloBeds, Heather Paulsen Consulting, Eleek Custom LightingHarvest Market, Bed Bandits, Beckman Printing and Fetzer Vineyards.

“According to the B Corp community website, B Corporations ‘aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.’ The certification process is voluntary, and companies must receive at least 80 out of 200 on their Impact Assessment, a process that measures an applicant’s impact on the environment, their workers, their customers, and the community. The rigorous vetting can benefit both the planet and a company’s bottom line.”

Read the article here: http://wordofmouthmendo.com/winter-2016/2017/2/27/thanksgiving-coffee-shows-us-how-to-bee-the-change

Mendocino Bee Bold Movement

The piece in Word of Mouth’s Spring issue also discussed our participation in the Bee Bold Movement of Mendocino. This is something that we have been working tirelessly at for over a year now, and have seen some amazing results within our community. Check out our recent update on Bee Bold on our blog to learn more about how we’re working on a local and national level to save the bees.

“Recently Paul Katzeff was contacted by the non-profit Friends of the Earth regarding the perilous health of bees and other pollinators, and true to form he dove in and helped create an initiative: the Bee Bold Mendocino campaign, which seeks to educate the community about how to make our county ‘Bee Friendly’. The Bee Bold coffee comes in different roasts and features organic, shade grown coffee from Guatemala, Rwanda, Peru and Nicaragua. One dollar of the proceeds from every bag of Bee Bold coffee helps fund the Bee Bold Mendocino initiative, whose board of directors includes Thanksgiving Coffee Company, the Noyo Food Forest, master gardeners and local bee keepers. This motived group was the driving force behind Fort Bragg, California becoming the first ‘Bee City’ in the state.”

Be sure to pick up a copy of this season’s Word of Mouth Magazine to read more, and flip to page 17 to visits our accounts in Mendocino County!

Not just a cup, but a just cup.

MacCallum House

The MacCallum House is a cornerstone of the village of Mendocino. This gorgeous Victorian home once housed the most prominent family of the Mendocino Coast, and now houses the #1 rated hotel in the village of Mendocino, according to Tripadvisor!

MacCallum House in Mendocino

This stunning building sits tall on Albion Street, looking over the houses and water towers, with views of the bay below. The house is surrounded by one of the most stunning gardens in the village, begun by Daisy MacCallum herself in the late 1800s. Daisy was an early member of the American Rose Society, and her passion for gardening  is still evident on the MacCallum House grounds today. The restaurant often serves produce grown in their own Chef’s Garden.

Roses at MacCallum House

The MacCallum House is a landmark of Mendocino, and the favorite hotel for many of the tourists that visit our area. The Mendocino Coast would not exist as it does today had it not been for Daisy MacCallum’s family, and their prominence in the community made this area what it is today!

These days, the property has a restaurant, bar, hotel, a community hot tub, a greenhouse, and two floors of suites above the first floor cafe. We are delighted to be working with such an amazing partner, to participate in the history that this property offers.

Thanksgiving Coffee and the MacCallum House

The MacCallum House was originally completed in 1882, and became a bed and breakfast almost a century later in 1974. Thanksgiving Coffee became one of their first vendors in 1975 – providing coffee for the guests of the inn, and later the restaurant itself.

MacCallum House Breakfast

We created a special blend for guests of the MacCallum House, and now sell this unique coffee on our own website:

The MacCallum House Blend is full-bodied with dark chocolate overtones and a finish of sweet spices. This coffee is grown in the mountains of northern Nicaragua, surrounded by mango, guava trees, and avocados.

The gorgeous Victorian-style craftsmanship of the MacCallum House graces the label of this organic blend, so every time you reach for your bag of coffee in the morning, you’ll be reminded of the stunning Mendocino Coast.

During the month of March, our MacCallum House Blend is 20% off as our Monthly Special! Usually $14.50, you can purchase a 12oz bag for only $11.60 until April.

MacCallum House Blend Coffee

“In 1971 when I first arrived on the Mendocino Coast, Daisy MacCallum had just been moved to a nursing home. I would sneak into the MacCallum House and climb to the attic to read 100 year old books and journals – and imagine myself living back in the early days of Mendocino.”

Paul Katzeff, Co-Founder and CEO

Albion River Inn

Along the Mendocino Coast, we are lucky to have some of the most picturesque views in the world. From the stunning sunsets at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, to the trails and forests in the Mendocino Woodlands: our coastline is a sight to behold.

In addition to our stunning views, we are lucky enough to have some truly magnificent restaurants and hotels – and one in particular has been a mainstay of the Mendocino Coast.

Albion River Inn

Albion River Inn has been operating for over 35 years, and even before that was a successful restaurant. Located on some of the most beautiful property in Albion, any family who gets the chance to view a sunset from the grounds will never forget it. Sometimes it rains, but we promise – it’s still stunning.

This facility has been featured in countless publications, including Sunset Magazine and Wine Spectator. With only 22 rooms, the Albion River Inn is often difficult to book – but always worth the wait.

Albion River Inn Restaurant

The restaurant on the Albion River Inn property uses ingredients grown and caught locally, and specializes in some of the best seafood you’ll find along the North Coast. A fun tidbit about the restaurant building: it was built out of wood salvaged from the Girlie Mahoney shipwreck, from 1919! This restaurant has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence on nineteen different occasions, thanks to the great Chef Stephen Smith, and sommelier Mark Bowery.

Thanksgiving Coffee and the Albion River Inn

The Albion River Inn Restaurant serves Thanksgiving Coffee, and has done so for the entirety of its existence. We worked with the restaurant and inn to create an organic blend unique to their brand. The Albion River Inn Blend is consistently a top-seller on our website, and those who enjoy it at the Inn are consistently impressed with the flavors presented in the dark roast.

A full-bodied and well-rounded blend with sweet chocolate tones and a crisp, toasty flavor, our Organic blend is grown high in the mountains of northern Nicaragua. Its rich complex flavor is a delightful reminder of the Albion River Inn and California’s magnificent North Coast.

This unique coffee is 20% off during the month of March, and is a coffee you’ll likely order again and again. This coffee is one of our bestsellers, and has never been on sale before now! Snag a bag or two online for your next morning cup of coffee, and be sure to stop by for a meal next time you’re near the Albion River Inn.

“Before it became the Albion River Inn, it was a rickety old dance hall that the hippies commandeered back in the day to dance to psychedelic music. The floor shook and being so close to the edge of the cliff, overlooking the shore 60ft below – I thought it might just fall into the ocean. That was back in the early 70’s.”

– Paul Katzeff, Co-Founder and CEO

World Wildlife Day

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day, and we’re taking a moment to focus on one animal in particular. The grey wolf is a magnificent creature that has been villainized by popular culture. This animal has been hunted to the point of extinction, leaving very few in North America today.

We’re working with Defenders of Wildlife to save these beautiful animals. We’ve taken a stand to work toward a world where humans and wolves can exist together.

Our part is simple. We’ve created a coffee that benefits Defenders of Wildlife. For every purchase of Save Our Wolves Coffee, we donate a portion of the proceeds (up to 25%) back to their efforts to save the wolves. We do what we do best, and Defenders does what they do best.

As the 2017 Roaster of the Year, and a certified B Corporation, Thanksgiving Coffee is dedicated to not only providing the best coffee, but also providing for the wildlife with whom we share this world.

World Wildlife Day

Bee Bold Update

In February of 2016, Thanksgiving Coffee made a commitment to honor a species that is necessary for the continued existence of the planet. Humans, plants and animals alike rely on bees for survival, and we decided it was time to start paying attention.

Friends of the Earth

At the end of 2015, much of the Western world was discussing Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees were dying across America and some European countries. Beekeepers and environmental experts were teaming up to raise awareness, and here in Fort Bragg, Paul Katzeff got an email from Friends of the Earth. It asked:

“Donate $25. Help us save the bees!”

He immediately wrote back, and explained a partnership concept to raise $100,000 using coffee. A year later, that partnership has grown into a movement. We created a product: Bee Bold Coffee. For every bag sold, we donate between 15 and 25% of the proceeds to Friends of the Earth, in support of their efforts to create legislation to protect our pollinators.

In addition, Bee Bold Coffee sold in Mendocino County supermarkets provides the funding for Bee Bold Mendocino, an organization Thanksgiving Coffee formed to help focus efforts on our local bee populations. (see below)

Fundraising Update

Since we began this journey in 2016, we have sold over 1,600 pounds of Bee Bold Coffee through our online store, and over a thousand pounds through our local supermarkets in Mendocino County. We’ve raised over $11,000 for Friends of the Earth, and $1,500 for our local Bee Bold Mendocino committee.

Save the Bees

Saving the Bees in Mendocino

Because we wanted to make a difference within our local community, we contacted garden clubs, plant nurseries, beekeepers, and the school food and garden programs to ask how we could support them in their efforts to help bees and other pollinators. We partnered with the Noyo Food Forest so contributions could be tax deductible.

For every bag of Bee Bold Coffee sold at local businesses (see below), we donate a dollar to Bee Bold Mendocino. This local advisory committee is responsible for bee education and action in Mendocino County, and Thanksgiving Coffee has one representative on that committee.

Here are a few of the outlets in Mendocino County that have carried Bee Bold Coffee. Be sure to give them a call and see if they have your favorite roast in stock.

Fort Bragg: Harvest Market, Purity, Interior, Down Home Foods
Mendocino: Harvest at Mendosas, Corners of the Mouth
Laytonville: Long Valley Market
Willits: Mariposa Market
Gualala: Anchor Bay Store, Gualala Supermarket, Surf Supermarket
Ukiah: Ukiah Natural Foods

Moving Forward Locally

In July of 2016, Fort Bragg became the first city in California to be declared a Bee City, with San Francisco following close behind. We are currently working with local nurseries to eradicate the use of neonicotinoids in our community. The City of Fort Bragg has also re-purposed the lawns surrounding the Guest House Museum in our downtown area as a city park. This park will be re-planted with a bee-friendly garden.

We are also planning an observation hive at the Thanksgiving Coffee headquarters for installation in 2017. This beehive will be within the Company’s heirloom apple orchard, just north of our facility in Noyo Harbor. We also recently hosted a screening for everyone on staff of the documentary Queen of the Sun, a film we all needed to see together to better understand why we’re putting so much effort into saving the bees.

It all started with a simple email: a call to action to save this tiny creature. Our goal here is to now inspire YOU. Bees live in a community – they cannot exist on their own, and without their hive, they simply die. Our efforts to save the bees are very much the same; we are relying on our community to spread the word and to keep the awareness spreading. We couldn’t have done any of this without Friends of the Earth, Noyo Food Forest, local gardeners, nurseries, and the beekeepers who have studied and kept bees for so many years.

What Can You Do to Save the Bees

Whether you’re here in California or anywhere across the world, the plight of the bees is important for all of us. How can you be involved in saving the bees? There are so many ways to join in:

  • Become a beekeeper
  • Keep a bee friendly garden
  • Purchase a Bee Bold Coffee membership for yourself or a friend
  • Petition your city to STOP using neonicotinoids
  • Work with local legislation to establish your home town as a Bee City

If you are here in Mendocino County, there are several ways to join our efforts:

  • Share valuable information about bees from our Bee Bold Mendocino Facebook page
  • Donate to the Noyo Food Forest
  • Only purchase plants from nurseries that have agreed to stop using neonicotinoids
  • Attend a showing of Queen of the Sun (more information coming soon!)
  • Ask your local supermarket to carry Bee Bold Coffee

One of the best ways you can be involved? Be aware. Do your research and be a conscious consumer. Shop from local farms, attend the farmers markets in your area, buy seeds from reputable sources, and share information you can with family and friends.

We are excited about what’s happening with the Bee Bold Movement, and we want to get more people involved. If you have an idea about how to spread even more awareness for the bees, please reach out! We are always looking for more people to join our committee and rally the troops to save the bees.

Bee Bold Coffee to Save the Bees

Save the Bees

At our core, we are a coffee company, and that means that our focus with the Bee Bold movement is creating the best tasting coffee we can for our fundraising partners. In addition to winning the Best for the World award from the B Corporation, we were also awarded the 2017 Roaster of the Year from Roast Magazine. Our lineup of decaf, light, medium, dark and very dark roast coffee is pulled from the best of our coffee line, and each one has been carefully created through long afternoons in our cupping lab and roasting room. Jacob Long and Paul Katzeff, our Roastmaster and Roastmaster Emeritus, have labored long and hard to create the coffees that continually win 90+ ratings from CoffeeReview.com.

Learn a little more about each of these cause coffees to benefit the bees below:

Our Bee Bold Light Roast has a soft acidity, featuring the sweetness of blueberry and plums. On our Medium Roast, blueberry notes add to hints of cashew and chocolate, while our Dark Roast is a bold, sweet blend with hints of nuts, chocolate, and caramel. The Very Dark (or French) Roast is distinctly smoky with hints of jammy fruit, roasted nuts, and baker’s chocolate. Each roast is unique and captivating in its own way, and it’s worth it to try every one!

Every morning as you grind and brew your coffee, remember that you’re drinking a coffee that the bees would be proud of. Help us support local and national programs to save the bees!

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The Life of Dian Fossey

January 16 is Dian Fossey’s birthday, and we’re taking a moment to recognize a truly spectacular woman. Take a moment to learn more about Dian Fossey’s life through the interactive experience on the Gorilla Fund website.


Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke™ Research Center in Rwanda’s Virungas Mountains in 1967, to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through the Karisoke Research Center and grown into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas.

Dian Fossey Birthday

Among the most legendary scientists of our time, Dian Fossey went to Africa at the urging of famed anthropologist Louis Leakey and began her groundbreaking studies of gorilla behavior. She faced and overcame many obstacles and ultimately gave her life to gorilla protection.


Thanksgiving Coffee has partnered with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund for over a decade, supporting their programs in Rwanda to save the mountain gorillas. Learn more about our partnership, and purchase Gorilla Fund Coffee from Rwanda on the Thanksgiving Coffee store.

Gorilla Fund Coffee

Special Offers: January 2017

Every month, we feature two of our coffees at a 20% discount. We do this to encourage you to try a new blend or roast, and see what kinds of new tastes you might like. Our special offers for January 2017 are our Bolivia, and our Dark Roast Guatemala. Learn more below:

Bolivian Coffee

Organic • Fair Trade • Kosher

This fine single-origin Bolivian coffee is crisp, with a syrupy, honey-toned sweetness marked by notes of cacao, spice, and a juicy plum acidity.

$12.40 during the month of January // usually $15.50

Bolivian Coffee Farm

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Dark Roast Guatemalan Coffee

Organic • Fair Trade • Kosher

Sweet cherry tartness, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate and caramel.

$13.20 during the month of January // usually $16.50

Guatemalan Coffee

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Guatemala + Bolivia
Two exceptional coffees, 20% off this month.

The Guatemala coffee is from a group of farmers that know how to bring the rich volcanic soil to life. Our Bolivian farmers have learned the same magic. Although separated by thousands of miles of tropical forests and mountain ranges, both groups have similar farming practices.

We paired these two origins for a reason: when you blend these two coffees together some exceptional flavors emerge.

This pair of coffees gives you a chance to experiment with blending different roast colors. These two coffees are so compatible that the blend can often be better than the sum of its parts. But before you blend, you have to taste them individually at least twice – so you get to know them a little bit.

When you’re ready to blend, always add the dark roast to the light roast. Start by adding 5% dark Guatemala to the light Bolivia. by varying the percentage of dark to light in small increments you will discover dozens of coffee taste profiles. You have enough coffee to brew a different blend each day for a month. It’s what I do and I am always pleasantly surprised.

– Paul Katzeff, Roastmaster Emeritus

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