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Honey Bee Day 2018

This Saturday is National Honey Bee Day! Take time in the garden and around your neighborhood to thank the pollinators around you this weekend. These little black and yellow insects play a vital role in keeping all of us alive on this planet, and they are worth taking the time to appreciate.

Honey Bee Day

In addition to simply appreciating these creatures, it’s also important to learn more. Why do we need pollinators? What would happen if bees went extinct? What action do we need to take to make sure communities are protecting our bees? Take a look at the Bee Action Friends of the Earth page to get a better idea of what you can be doing for your community

Thanksgiving Coffee on Honey Bee Day

Bee Bold Dark RoastIn 2016, Fort Bragg became the first Bee-Friendly City in California. This was due to the efforts of local beekeepers, the Fort Bragg Garden Club, and Thanksgiving Coffee. We were proud to lead the movement in California toward ridding our state of harmful pesticides and neonicotinoids that are killing our pollinators.

Over the course of the past two years, Thanksgiving Coffee Company has partnered with two organizations to save our pollinators: our local Noyo Food Forest in Mendocino County and the international group, Friends of the Earth. We have raised over $17,000 for these non-profits, thanks to YOUR support of Bee Bold Coffee.

Pick up a bag of Bee Bold Coffee at your local grocery store, or grab a bag online through our webstore. Let’s celebrate National Honey Bee Day together, and save our pollinators!


Radhaus Restaurant in San Francisco

If there’s one thing you can always count on during a visit to San Francisco, it’s that you’ll be able to find great food on every block. It’s a big city with a lot of creative and talented individuals, and there’s always something excellent to eat around the corner. Earlier this month, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area welcomed another delicious establishment. Radhaus is the newest addition to Fort Mason’s growing scene, and we are excited to be their coffee provider.

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Radhaus was started by the guys behind Biergarten and Suppenkuche. This newest endeavor is similar to their popular restaurants in Hayes Valley: Bavarian Style foods, clean and unique interior designs, and a lot of German beer. They only opened its doors on August 6, but has quickly become the hotspot we knew it would.

We got Radhaus set up with a coffee brewer right away, and are thrilled to be working with one of the Bay Area’s newest restaurants. You can bet that Thanksgiving Coffee will be stopping by the next time we make a trip down to the city.

Radhaus San Francisco

Radhaus Restaurant
Landmark Building A
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 445-4556

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
Certified B Corporation

Yunnan Coffee in the New York Times

Thank you to Florence Fabricant of the New York Times for featuring Thanksgiving Coffee’s Yunnan Coffee in the Front Burner food section. Florence got the chance to taste our Yunnan Coffee, and gave us this review:

“I brewed it in a French press with a full-bodied result that had pleasing bitter chocolate notes.”

You can read the full mention of Thanksgiving Coffee online, or pick up a copy of the Wednesday, August 8 New York Times to read about it in the print edition!

Yunnan Coffee

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup

Guatemalan Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

For three and a half years, the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club has brought outstanding micro lots and rare single origins to Thanksgiving Coffee customers. Forty-three unique coffees, selected by Roastmaster Jacob Long have been offered exclusively to members of this club. (For example: Mexico, Malawi, Sulawesi, Tanzania and Honduras)

Club members, get ready for our August selection, the 44th coffee to join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club: Fairtrade and Organic “Los Jóvenes” from ASOBAGRI in Huehutenango, Guatemala.


Coffee from Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Huehuetenango is a high-quality coffee producing region, known for its remoteness, extreme elevations and rugged terrain. This particular coffee comes from the Asociación Barillense de Agricultores, also known as ASOBAGRI. This association is very well-established, and is both Organic and Fairtrade certified.

The coffee we chose from the ASOBAGRI cooperative is a very specific lot, managed by a group of 70 young farmers beginning their careers in coffee production. Coffee farming is an industry that is aging quickly, with many children of second and third-generation coffee farmers leaving the family farms to move to cities and take on new endeavors. The “Los Jóvenes” project from ASOBAGRI is encouraging young coffee farmers to innovate and bring new ideas to the industry, while also bringing spectacular coffee to the table.

We are excited to offer a limited amount of this coffee to our customers, and support the efforts of ASOBAGRI to interest young people in coffee farming, and move the specialty coffee industry into the future. Want to give this coffee a try? Join the Roasmaster’s Select Coffee Club during the month of August and your first coffee will be Los Jóvenes from Guatemala.

Guatemalan Coffee

About This Guatemalan Coffee

Balanced, with notes of candied walnuts, and a lasting finish.” – Jacob Long

Altitude Grown: 1100-1650 meters
Processing: Fully washed and dried on patios and raised beds
Cooperative: 70 youth associated with Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI)
Region: Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala


Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

Art in the Gardens This Weekend

The 26th annual Art in the Gardens is this Saturday, from 11a to 5p at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Mendocino County is teeming with creativity, and will be on display in the form of pottery, jewelry, paintings, photographs and more throughout the 47 acres of oceanside gardens.

Art in the Gardens

In addition to showcasing the craftsmanship of Mendocino’s artisans, Art in the Gardens also features an array of refreshments. Every visit to AIG begins by grabbing a wine glass or a beer stein. As you wander through the garden, you’ll have the chance to taste beers and wines from all over Mendocino County. All of this is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. We love the Botanical Gardens year round, but we are always thrilled when Art in the Gardens rolls around.

This year, Thanksgiving Coffee will be serving coffee at AIG, giving out samples of our nitro cold brew, and making our regular cold brew available to purchase through Rhody’s Garden Cafe. We can’t wait to once again attend this excellent event, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Botanical Gardens Mendocino

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Established 1972
2017 Roaster of the Year

Good Vybz at Reggae on the River

It’s summer in Northern California, and that means festivals are everywhere. One of the classic festivals that takes over Southern Humboldt County is Reggae on the River, which makes its home on the banks of the Eel near Garberville.

Reggae on the River

2018 marks 34 years of this event, pulling in reggae musicians from all over the world to our little corner of the universe. Just like the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, a good group of the Mendocino Coast travels inland for this event, since it’s only a two hour drive from the cityof Fort Bragg.

Thanksgiving Coffee at Reggae on the River

This year, Reggae on the River attendees will have the chance to taste Thanksgiving Coffee cold brew, courtesy of our friends at Good Vybz Devine Design. Good Vybz just opened up a retail location in Willits, and will be traveling to the festival with their handcrafted designs.

In addition to the tie dye and bright colors that Good Vybz brings, they will be serving cold brew from Thanksgiving Coffee during the 80+ degree days that this festival is predicting. As a bonus, these guys also sell shaved ice–and we can’t imagine anything more refreshing than shaved ice and a cold brew on a hot summer day, especially while enjoying music on the river!

Good Vybz Reggae

If you’re planning on attending Reggae on the River this year, stop by the Good Vybz booth and say hello to Lynesha and Jason! Tell them thank you from Thanksgiving Coffee, for serving locally roasted Fairtrade and Organic cold brew. Follow Good Vybz on Facebook for more information about their work.

Good Vybz LLC in Willits
1637 S Main St #C
Willits, CA 95490

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup

Honduras Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

Each month, it is our privilege to bring exclusive single origins coffees to the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club. In 2018 alone, we’ve featured coffees from Ecuador, Mexico, Malawi, Sulawesi and Tanzania. This month, our coffee selection was grown in the beautiful country of Honduras, by members of the Cafe Organico Marcala Cooperative.

Honduras Coffee

Coffee from Honduras

Cafe Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA) is a cooperative with 641 members in the Marcala region. This area is between 1300-1700 meters above sea level, and is a protected designation of origin within the department of La Paz, Honduras. COMSA boasts a newly renovated wet mill for processing and a demonstration farm where innovations in organic farming are being perfected.

Altitude Grown: 1300-1700 meters
Processing: Wet processed
Cooperative: Cafe Organico Marcala (COMSA)
Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras

Coffee from Honduras

Sourcing Honduras Coffee

Roastmaster Jacob Long sourced this Honduran coffee earlier in the year, while on the lookout for unique origins for the Coffee Club. Our friends at Cooperative Coffees have been working with COMSA for about a decade, and have often recommended the cooperative for their coffee’s quality and efforts in sustainability. This group has brought us spectacular coffees in the past, such as the Miriam Perez Honey Process lot that we featured in the Coffee Club during September of 2017.

This coffee is Fairtrade, Organic AND Bird-Friendly certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. We are always honored to feature coffees that hold such important certifications which ensure that the coffee is truly sustainably sourced. Unfortunately, we are unable to include these certifications on the labels for our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club’s because they are only available for a short time, and it takes a while for the certifiers to approve the label.

Honduran Coffee Flavor Description

Unique and lively, layered notes of almond and red fruit.

Washed Honduran coffees are typically nutty and chocolatey, and you won’t often find fruity washed coffees from Honduras, making this coffee from the COMSA cooperative unique. While we typically roast the club coffees to a medium roast color, this coffee is inherently rich, and cupped so well at the light roast level that when we tasted it we knew it was perfect. This roast color really accentuates the notes of almond and hints of red fruit in the finish.

Ready to try our Honduras coffee? Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club, and get first access to exclusive micro lots and rare coffees.


Coffee at Tocaya Organica Restaurants

Since we first announced that Tocaya Organica started serving Thanksgiving Coffee, this organic Mexican food restaurant in Southern California has only continued to grow. We are excited to announce that Thanksgiving Coffee is now being served at two new Tocaya locations, in El Segundo and San Diego!

Tocaya Organica Coffee

This brings the total number of Tocaya Organica restaurants to seven, with three more on the way. We are excited to be partnered with such an innovative restaurant group, and excited that we align so well with their sustainable and organic business model.

Head on into any of the Tocaya Organica restaurants throughout Los Angeles and San Diego to pick up a cup of fairtrade and organic espresso. As a bonus, the new San Diego location is serving up Thanksgiving Coffee cold brew–a necessity for those warm SoCal days.

Tocaya Organica Coffee on Social Media

Patrons of Tocaya all over Southern California are sharing their photos of Organic coffee, as they partake of excellent Mexican food. Take a peek at some of our favorites below:

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New Tocaya Organica Locations

755 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 343-2898

850 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245
(424) 352-0876

Have you visited this organic Mexican restaurant yet? Stop by next time you’re in the Los Angeles or San Diego area, and be sure to tell them thank you for serving Fairtrade and Organic Thanksgiving Coffee Company! Grab a cup of coffee, and share it on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
2017 Roaster of the Year

Coffee from Yunnan

Although the region is best known for its excellent teas, an alternative agricultural product has attracted interest in the farmlands of the Yunnan Province. While tea plants have been grown in China for a millennia, the coffee tree has only been cultivated there for under 150 years. Larger scale coffee production didn’t begin until the 1950s, and at that point too, the coffee being grown in China was only really being consumed in China, with little being exported to the rest of the world.

China’s coffee production has been through some changes in just the past decade, and as this origin comes into its own and enters the specialty market, coffee drinkers around the globe are taking a look at what Yunnan has to offer.

Coffee Farms in Yunnan

Here at Thanksgiving Coffee, we’ve been bringing rare and unique origins to the table for almost half a century. Co-founder and CEO Paul Katzeff was one of the founding members of the Specialty Coffee Association of America back in 1982, and has long been an on-the-ground advocate for guiding coffee producing countries into the world of specialty by helping farmers bring out the best in their coffee beans.

In the 1980’s, when specialty coffee was still a new idea and Starbucks wasn’t yet a household name, Paul was traveling to coffee origins and learning about what makes coffee great. We spent our time developing relationships with farmers and educating workers at origin on what makes an excellent cup of coffee.

Coffee farmers in Yunnan, China

With this decades-long history of providing for farmers at origin, Thanksgiving Coffee was the first call that Karen made when she was ready to start finding roasters for her newest rare coffee: Manlao River Specialty from the Yunnan Province of China.

“Paul is a visionary in many ways, and was the logical first call for this project. As the first roaster to travel to origin and understand the urgency of combating the pollution of our planet, Paul has been the champion of numerous movements in the SCA(A). Our culture has a problem with China on many levels, and I think Thanksgiving Coffee is the right leader to take on this coffee in this rather tough political climate.”

– Karen Cebreros of Global Coffee Trading

Karen is a mainstay in the world of specialty coffee, and a great friend of ours for many years. Paul and Karen have traveled to Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua on various origin trips together, and she was an instrumental piece of bringing the first certified Organic coffees to the United States. We are delighted to be the very first coffee roaster in the United States to roast and sell this coffee, both online and in grocery stores and cafes.

Karen Cebreros

Manlao River Specialty Coffee

The Manlao River project began as a poverty alleviation initiative in the Southern Yunnan region, near the border of Laos. The opportunity arose to use a 10,000 hectare lot in this area to help impoverished farmers with a new product—coffee.

The coffee from this region of Yunnan comes from two estates, ManZhongTian and Nagy. ManZhongTian sits at 1300-1500 meters, with a lot of shade. The fruit coming out of this estate is denser, with beans that mature a bit slower than their counterparts at the Nagy estate. Nagy is situated between 1200-1400 meters, and the cherries here are harvested a little earlier in the season.

These two coffees come together to create a profile that Roastmaster Jacob Long calls “Rich and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and toasted nuts.”

“Rich and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and toasted nuts.”

Thanksgiving Coffee and China

Yunnan Coffee from ChinaWe first sourced from Yunnan in the early 1980s, as the first coffee roaster in the United States to sell coffee from China. Three decades later, we are excited to once again feature this unique single origin as a part of our ongoing lineup of specialty coffee. Coffee from Yunnan has come a long way in the past few decades, and we are happy to support the continued growth of these new coffee farmers that are bringing their product to the world.

Thanksgiving Coffee Company is reintroducing coffee from China for the second first time, with coffee better than ever. As a nod to the coffee’s legacy, we have even brought back the original label design from 35 years ago.

Yunnan as a Specialty Coffee Origin

This year, China was featured as the Specialty Coffee Association’s “Portrait Country” during the annual Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle. This new emergence of coffee from China’s Yunnan Province is due largely to the work of Ted Lingle. Ted was also a founding member of the SCA, and served as the executive director of the Coffee Quality Institute for a number of years, as well. Ted has been working with the Yunnan Coffee Exchange to improve the coffee coming from this region, and coffee drinkers everywhere should be extremely thankful for his work.

Thanks to Ted and Karen, the farmers of the Yunnan Province of China are growing better and better coffee, and we are the very first to bring Manlao River Specialty coffee to you, our customers. This coffee is available online, and you can also look forward to seeing a selection of Yunnan Province Coffee at grocery stores throughout California and beyond.


Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

Thanksgiving Coffee Company was established in 1972, on the Mendocino Coastline by co-founders Paul and Joan Katzeff. Almost fifty years later, Thanksgiving continues to operate its roastery on the shores of the Noyo River, with Paul and Joan at the helm, along with their son, Jonah Katzeff. Thanksgiving Coffee is a certified B Corporation, and has won a number of awards over the year, including Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year title in 2017, the SCAA’s Sustainability Award in 2004 and 2012, and B Lab’s Best for the World commendation in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup

First Day of Summer

Summertime brings so many fun things to Mendocino County, and as the tourists start flooding our coastline, we thought it was a good time to do a roundup of our favorite summer events here in Fort Bragg and Mendocino. This place has so much to offer, and there’s no better time to celebrate the goodness than on the First Day of Summer!

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 22 – June 24
Sierra Nevada is just a day away, this weekend in Boonville. For the 25th year in a row, this reggae music festival is sure to be a good time–and Thanksgiving Coffee will be serving coffee at the STEEP Organic Coffee & Teas tent!

Fourth of July in Mendocino
July 4
If you’re on the coast for Independence Day, you are in for a treat. The Mendopendence Parade takes place at noon on the Fourth of July, making its way through downtown Mendocino. After the parade, you can stroll over to the Kelley House for a BBQ, visit Ukiah Street for a block party, or just wander around the shops and enjoy the local flavor.

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ
July 7
Just after the Fourth of July is Fort Bragg’s annual “World’s Largest Salmon BBQ.” This event has been happening for 47 years, and it’s a staple in the community. The BBQ raises money for salmon habitat restoration here on our coastline, and we serve coffee every year. The event takes place on the south side of Noyo Harbor, just down the hill from the Thanksgiving Coffee Roastery.

Mendocino Music Festival
July 7 – July 21
For two weeks in July, Mendocino is filled with the sweet sounds of music! Performers from all over the world come to the coast to entertain tourists and locals alike on the headlands, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Noyo Headlands Race
August 5
The first annual Noyo Headlands Race is happening on August 5, now that the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail is open from Noyo Bridge to MacKerricher Park. This event is going to feature a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and a few different races for the kids, as well.

Paul Bunyan Days
September 1 – 3
This event over Labor Day Weekend brings us back to the logging days of Mendocino County. It’s a weekend of competitions with axes, saws and a lot of plaid. The annual parade occurs on Labor Day itself, and finishes up with the joyous sounds of the Humboldt State Marching Lumberjacks, who always put on quite a show.

September 8
As the summer winds to a close, we finish up with one last excellent event to complete the list. Winesong is probably the most popular event that happens here on the Mendocino Coast, and is attended by people from all over the state of California. This fundraising event for the local hospital is held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and features the best food and beverages from restaurants, vineyards and breweries all over Mendocino County. Do not miss Winesong 2018!

Enjoy this long beautiful First Day of Summer… and all the gorgeous days of summer to follow!

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup

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