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Endangered Species Day

Today is Endangered Species Day, and we’re asking you to stand with Thanksgiving Coffee and our partner organizations to save our wild creatures. In honor of Endangered Species Day, send a package of these coffees to a friend, or sign up for a monthly subscription to keep your donations going.

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Endangered Species Day

World Fairtrade Day

This weekend marks the largest celebration of Fairtrade ever! May 12-14, we invite you to join us in celebrating the certification that protects the producers: World Fairtrade Day.

World Fairtrade Weekend

Fairtrade Cafe Giveaways

For World Fairtrade Day, we’re excited to feature a few of our California cafes that serve Fairtrade certified Thanksgiving Coffee. We invite you to visit these cafes this weekend, and enter to win a prize pack of Thanksgiving Coffee and Fairtrade goodies at every one!

Cafe Presto • Arcata
Mara’s Coffee House
• Fort Bragg
Goodlife Café • Mendocino
STEEP • Hopland
Cotati Coffee Company • Cotati
The CBC Cafe • Petaluma
Caffe Etc • Los Angeles

View Thanksgiving Coffee Cafes in a full screen map


Fairtrade Coffee On Sale Online

Not close enough to one of these cafes? No worries! We’ve got some amazing Fairtrade certified coffee available online… and there’s a perk if you order over the Fairtrade weekend. Snag 20% off a selection of our Fairtrade coffees this weekend only, and gift a bag or two to your friends!

*Discount will be available Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14.

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What is Fairtrade?

Now let’s dig a little deeper… what does Fairtrade mean? We thought we’d let our buddies over at Fairtrade America explain that for us!

The Fairtrade system offers an alternative to conventional trade. By guaranteeing a minimum price and a premium payment, which producers invest into their businesses and communities, Fairtrade gives people in developing countries the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.

These guys have been the driving force behind fair wages and fair treatment of producers at origins for over two decades, and we are proud to be one of their certified companies.


Participate in World Fairtrade Day

How else can you participate in World Fairtrade Day? Commit to buying only Fairtrade products this weekend, or at least take the time to dig into the origin of the goods you’re purchasing. Check in with your local coffee shop, your local farms and grocery stores. Instead of grabbing a bar of Hershey’s, snag some Divine instead! Instead of getting the generic bananas, find the ones with the Fairtrade stamp.

Learn more about World Fairtrade Day, and see what events are happening in your neighborhood! Check out their microsite at www.fairtradechallenge.org.

 

Share with us how you’re celebrating World Fairtrade Day on your social media channel of choice!

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This Friday through Sunday, take 20% off five of our Fairtrade coffees at the link below! This sale ends at 11:59pm PST on Sunday night, so don’t wait to snag your bag of Fairtrade Thanksgiving Coffee this weekend!

*Discount will be available Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14.
*This discount cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Global Coffee Expo Recap

It’s the biggest event in coffee, sponsored by the biggest names in coffee, held in what is probably America’s most coffee-obsessed city. It’s every coffee nerd’s dream, and seven of our team from Thanksgiving Coffee Company had the opportunity to attend this year. The Global Coffee Expo is a three day event with all the players in the coffee industry, put on by the Specialty Coffee Association. Roasting, importing, producing, farming, equipment, ideas, publications – there is so much to see and do at this convention.

Specialty Coffee Association

Above: The SCA logo on cupping mugs at the Global Coffee Expo

Stepping into the launch party on night one was an experience all in itself. At the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle, thousands of coffee professionals from all over the world flooded the floors. There was a virtual reality farm tour, a video from the board of the SCA, cold brew samples from Starbucks, a latte art throwdown, and networking with some of the most prominent people in coffee. It was overwhelming and spectacular — and a great way to kick off an exciting weekend.

Paramount Theatre in Seattle

Above: The Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle hosts the SCA Global Coffee Expo launch party

The Specialty Coffee Association turns 35 this year. The years that have gone by have changed the association in many ways, but it remains at its core, a place for people to come together and fight for the greater good of everyone involved in the coffee industry. Thanksgiving Coffee’s Co-Founder and CEO Paul Katzeff was part of the team that founded the SCAA back in 1982, and has been an integral part of the association (and its president twice) through the decades.

Paul Katzeff at the Global Coffee Expo

Above: Paul Katzeff at the Global Coffee Expo launch party

The weekend was of course a whirlwind, full of lectures, meetings, walking the Expo floor, and naturally, lots of coffee breaks! We tasted coffee from Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and many more origins. We met old friends and new, listened to lectures from coffee professionals, and visited our Fairtrade certification.

We were also able to take a peek into the newest publications that have featured Thanksgiving Coffee recently: Fresh Cup Magazine’s article on coffee bag packaging, and Stir Magazine’s feature on our Congo Coffee, benefiting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

One of the main highlights of these conventions is the opportunity to meet with our producers – the human beings behind the coffee farms. Throughout the year, we speak with these folks over email and telephone, but at rare moments like these, we’re able to spend time with them face to face. We get to catch up on life and family and learn how their farms and co-ops are doing. We got some fun shots with a few of our friends:

Congo Coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee

Above: the SOPACDI co-op team from the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Thanksgiving Coffee team from Fort Bragg, California

Sara Corrales and Joan Katzeff

Above: Sara Corrales of the Los Pinos Farm in Nicaragua, and Joan Katzeff, co-founder of Thanksgiving Coffee

Jacob and Lucas at the Global Coffee Expo

Above: Jacob Long, Roastmaster and Director of Coffee at Thanksgiving Coffee, and Lucas Silvestre of the Guayab Co-op in Guatemala

Fatima, Joan, Nicholas

Above: Fatima Ismael of SOPPEXCCA in Nicaragua, Joan Katzeff of Thanksgiving Coffee and Nicholas Hoskyns of Etico in Nicaragua


We here at Thanksgiving Coffee want to give a HUGE thank you to the volunteer team that worked so hard at the Global Coffee Expo. Conventions like these simply cannot happen without the help of volunteers, and we are all indebted to you!

Take a peek below at some of the fun we had while in Seattle at the Specialty Coffee Association convention. After the Roasters Guild mixers, morning presentations, photo booth fun, and walking tens of thousands of steps across the show floor, we are going to need the rest of the week to rest and catch up.

The Thanksgiving Coffee team at Global Coffee Expo, with Nicholas of Nicaragua, and Isak of Rwanda

Joshua Long, Jacob Long, Paul Katzeff, Joan Katzeff and Jen Lewis outside the Washington State Convention Center

The Seattle skyline from our Airbnb in Queen Anne

Marchelo Bresciani at the Fairtrade America booth

Jacob, Josh and Nathan inspecting new roasting equipment

Joan and Paul Katzeff, co-founders of Thanksgiving Coffee Company

Jen Lewis with Jennifer Pawlik of Amavida Coffee Roasters, a fellow B Corporation

At the International Women in Coffee Association (IWCA) breakfast 

Thank you, volunteers

Jacob Long and Joshua Long with Kenyan dancers at the Global Coffee Expo launch party

Attending the Fairtrade America cupping 


We’ll see you in 2018, Seattle!

Stay tuned for some individual posts from our team that attended the show!

Global Coffee Expo Team

April snuck up and overtook us SO QUICKLY that it’s already time for the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Coffee Expo. The biggest event in coffee starts this week, and we’re sending a pack of people there to represent Thanksgiving Coffee and hang out with all the coffee nerds of the world.

We’ve studied the lecture calendar, we’ve analyzed the exhibitor charts, we’ve RSVP’d to the breakfasts and lunches and dinners and drinks… we’re ready for you, Seattle!

The Thanksgiving Coffee Team

The seven people headed toward Seattle this week consists of a mix of management, marketing, roasting and sales! Meet the crew below:

Heading up the team are our fearless leaders, Joan Katzeff and Paul Katzeff. For the past 45 years, these two have been the backbone of Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Paul was actually a founding member and former president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and has a tendency to get mobbed on the expo floor. When you’ve been in coffee for over 45 years, you find a lot of people who want your advice.

  

The Roasters

The roastery is sending two to the Global Coffee Expo: Roastmaster Jacob Long and Roaster Joshua Long. Jake has been with Thanksgiving Coffee for over ten years, and has been to the SCA’s expo a number of times. Joshua is a newer addition to the company, since early 2016, but has quickly become an ace coffee roaster and an integral part of our team. Both of these guys will be meeting with the co-ops and farms that Thanksgiving works with, as well as researching new products, brewing methods, innovations in roasting and so much more.

  

The Marketing Team

From the marketing team, we have our Brand Manager Marchelo Bresciani and Digital Marketing Coordinator Jen Lewis! Both are newbies to this event and beyond excited to dive into the Global Coffee Expo. On their docket are lectures like “Current Coffee Market Trends” and “Telling the Stories of Coffee.” These guys will also be constantly updating our social media channels, so be sure to keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on what we’re up to!

  

Wholesale Accounts

On the sales side of things, one of our Wholesale Account Representatives will be joining the team as well. Nathan Nies leads up our sales in Sonoma County and the Bay Area, and is one of the few of the Thanksgiving Coffee employees that doesn’t work out of our Fort Bragg office. Nathan will be on the lookout for new ways that we can support our network of cafes throughout California and beyond.

If you want to meet up while we’re at the Global Coffee Expo, give us a ring! You can reach our Digital Marketing Coordinator by cell phone at 541-771-8794 or email at jen@thanksgivingcoffee.com.

See you in Seattle!

Smithsonian Magazine Feature – June 2004

We’ve been digging into the archives a little bit, and came across this article from June of 2004. As Earth Day rolls around, check out this article from Smithsonian Magazine featuring Thanksgiving Coffee Company and our work in Nicaragua.

Read the article on the Smithsonian Magazine website.

Read the article on the Smithsonian Magazine website.

Earth Day 2017

Brew yourself a pot of coffee, because we have a lot to talk about.

Earth Day at Thanksgiving Coffee

This Saturday is Earth Day – a reminder that each and every one of us depends on the earth for our survival. We are united by the simple fact that this beautiful earth is ours, and it’s up to us to take care of it.

In the article below, you’ll learn about how we here at Thanksgiving Coffee participate in Earth Day… every day.

Choose an item below to skip forward, or take the time to scroll through every piece of the puzzle.

      People of Earth Day


Shade Grown Coffee

You can call it shade grown, organic or bird-friendly. The thing to remember is that it’s necessary.

Coffee is the second-highest traded commodity in the world, and that has a huge impact at origin. With every sip of your morning cappuccino or your afternoon decaf, you are participating in the world coffee trade. The coffee industry is moving in the right direction, as long as every coffee drinker makes the right choice with their cup of coffee. That choice? Shade grown.

(If you’re buying organic coffee, you’re already a step ahead, since certified organic coffee beans are always grown in the shade.)

Now the question is… why is shade grown coffee important?

When a farm is clear-cut of its tropical canopy to grow coffee in the sun, the environment heats up. The natural fertilizers, biodiversity, and home of so many animals is harshly stripped away. Shade grown coffee grows at a slower pace, and allows for the coffee trees’ natural surroundings to be cared for. This difference has an especially large impact on Neotropical migratory birds, as they rely on this canopy during their winter near the Equator. This knowledge is what brought us to introduce our line of Song Bird Coffee. Certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and benefiting the American Birding Association, these coffees all feature a different migratory bird that lives on coffee farms during their cold months.

This Earth Day, make a commitment to purchase only shade grown coffee. Ask your local cafes and coffee shops if the coffee they serve is Shade Grown, Organic, or Certified Bird Friendly. Next time you order a latte or brew up your favorite roast, consider the process it went through to end up in your mug.

   


Caring for Creatures

One important thing to remember about our planet on Earth Day is that we are not the only inhabitants. Our world is made up of all kinds of creatures, and we play a part in how these animals are treated.

How does that involve Thanksgiving Coffee Company? Let us show you.

After our partnership with the American Birding Association took off, we realized that we had a role to play: helping provide for the wild creatures that roam our planet. It began with the birds, but turned into so much more. We partnered with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in 2004, then the Defenders of Wildlife next. Last year came Friends of the Earth and the Baby Rhino Rescue collaborations.

We partner with organizations that are already doing so much good for this planet, to support their efforts and help them continue their cause. We wanted to find a way that we could use our business as a force for good, and this is one way we participate.  Join us this Earth Day: provide for the wildlife that roams our planet.

Click the buttons below to learn more about these cause coffees!

   

   


People of Earth

This is a little bit of a diversion from your typical Earth Day post, but it’s an important conversation to have: because frankly, people are a big part of this earth. In taking care of the planet, we must also take care of the people that live on it. At Thanksgiving Coffee, we look at this issue through the lens of our Fairtrade and B Corp certifications.

Earth Day

Fairtrade Certification

Fairtrade is a global system that supports small-scale farmers and workers. This certification helps consumers understand more about the products they’re purchasing. Are the people behind your products getting paid a living wage? Where is the money for each piece of chocolate, cup of coffee or bag of flour going? Fairtrade bridges the gap between consumer and producer, ensuring that everyone involved in the trade is compensated correctly and treated fairly.

B Corp Certification

Much like Fairtrade, the idea behind buying from B Corporations is knowing that your money is doing good. B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. These brands use business as a force for good, and change the world through their companies. B Corps are always giving back and always leading the charge to a more just world.

If you want your purchase to stand for more, look for these logos as you shop. Click either one to learn more about how Thanksgiving Coffee has partnered with B Corporations and Fairtrade:

   


When it comes to Earth Day, there’s a lot to talk about. This world is a big place, and every little thing we do can have an affect on the world as a whole.

The best thing to do? Be a conscious consumer. Be the person that asks where your food came from. Take a little extra time to read the labeling on your groceries. Use the dollars that you spend every day to affect change in some small corner of the world.

Want to do more? Tell their stories. Research the coffee farm behind your favorite cafe, and have a cup with one your friends. Find out some more information about the nonprofit you’ve been donating to, and ask your local news agencies to consider featuring it. Find out more about the people that hand-picked your tea leaves, and share that story on Facebook.

Share your Earth Day plans on Facebook and Instagram, and tag Thanksgiving Coffee! We want to hear how you celebrate our planet.

Three Coffee Cake Recipes

A Selection of Recipes for National Coffee Cake Day

Coffee cake comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors – but if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that you can always count on that crumbly cinnamon goodness. April 7 marks National Coffee Cake Day, and we’ve compiled a few recipes for you to try out!

Do you have your own? Tell us about it!

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

from Go Go Go Gourmet

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

CAKE

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 cup milk

FILLING

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

TOPPING

5 tablespoon butter, softened
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

See the directions here: www.gogogogourmet.com


Vegan Coffee Cake

from Vegan Gretchen

Vegan Coffee Cake

2½ Cups Flour
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, plus more for topping
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¾ Cup Canola Oil
1 Cup Almond Milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
¼ Cup Plain Coconut or Soy Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

See the directions here: vegangretchen.com


Pecan Coffee Cake

from the Pioneer Woman

Pecan Coffee Cake

CAKE

1-1/2 stick Butter, Softened
2 cups (scant) Sugar
3 cups Flour, Sifted
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1-1/4 cup Whole Milk
3 whole Egg Whites, Beaten Until Stiff

TOPPING

1-1/2 stick Butter, Softened
3/4 cups Flour
1-1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1-1/2 cup Pecans, Chopped

See the directions here: thepioneerwoman.com


Happy Coffee Cake Day from Thanksgiving Coffee Company!

National Volunteer Month

There is a month for everything. November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month. March is National Peanut Month. September is National Potato Month AND National Papaya Month. With as many month-long holidays as we have, it’s easy to overlook the more meaningful ones – but we don’t want to do that in April.

April: National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, and that’s something special to us here at Thanksgiving Coffee. Our facility is in a town with a population under 8,000 – and that means we’re about as close-knit as a community can get. We all rely on each other to join in on the events and fundraisers that happen all along our coastline. Without each other, we would have nothing.

At Thanksgiving Coffee, we participate in multiple local events every month. Whether it’s the Whale Festival, the Crab Festival, the Abalone Feeds or Paul Bunyan Days, you’ll find one of our team donating weekend time to keeping people happy and caffeinated. In 2016 alone, employees of Thanksgiving Coffee spent over 250 hours at Mendocino County events, pouring coffee and chatting with our neighbors. We love it!

In addition to that, we have an amazing crew of people within our office that donate their time outside of work. During football season, Donald Arnold is coaching the Fort Bragg High School team. On lunch breaks, you can find Marchelo Bresciani and Megan Smithyman walking dogs at the Mendocino Coast Humane Society. Susan Coy is a regular volunteer at the Three Rivers Charter School, and Jen Lewis spends her Saturday afternoons at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Lorraine Lee-Chorley manages all the fundraisers for the Temple of Kwan-Tai in Mendocino, and even our own co-founder Joan Katzeff waits tables during the Caspar Community Center fundraiser breakfasts.

We are proud to be a company of hardworking people, who are dedicated to making our community a better place.

THANK YOU to all you volunteers out there who participate in your cities and neighborhoods. You make the world a better place!

National Volunteer Month

How are you involved with volunteering in your local area? Tell us how you participate on Facebook!

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!

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