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Grauer’s Gorillas in Congo’s Maiko Park

Read the original Mariko Park blog post on the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International website.

Results of a recent wildlife survey led by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in the Democratic Republic of Congo suggests there are twice as many Grauer’s gorillas in parts of Maiko National Park than originally predicted. This is especially welcome news given that Grauer’s gorillas are among world’s most-endangered apes and face numerous threats to their survival, with only a few thousand still remaining. Their population is estimated to have plummeted as much as 80 percent in recent decades.

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The greatest threat to Grauer’s gorillas and other wildlife in the region is poaching, which is largely fueled by the illegal trade in conflict minerals. In 2010, legislation was passed which required U.S. companies to disclose whether their products contained conflict minerals. Just this last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that would defund this “conflict minerals rule.” If this measure is passed by the Senate, it will bring additional pressure to this species’ survival.

“Maiko is a huge park — with more than 10,000 square kilometers — and it is critical habitat to the future conservation of Grauer’s gorillas and many other species of wildlife,” says Dr. Damien Caillaud, the Fossey Fund’s research director for Congo. “Recent reports suggested as few as 15 gorillas remained. We hoped that if we looked for more gorillas there, we might find them. And we did.”

In the relatively small portion of the park that researchers were able to survey, they located evidence of more gorilla groups than expected and now estimate at least 30 gorillas live in that area, with likely more living throughout other areas of the park that have yet to be surveyed.

Maiko National Park is one of only two formally protected areas within the Grauer’s gorilla range. However, Maiko had not been surveyed for gorillas for many years, primarily as a result of security challenges in the region and the difficult terrain.

“We surveyed less than 1 percent of the park and found evidence that more gorillas exist there than has been recently suggested. This is very exciting and demonstrates the critical need for more surveys to fully understand how many gorillas remain as well as more conservation support for the park”, says Dr. Tara Stoinski, Fossey Fund president and CEO/chief scientist.

The survey team also found signs of chimpanzees, okapi, buffalo, duikers, giant pangolin, monkeys and other rare wildlife, as well as evidence of poachers and mining activity.

The Fossey Fund works to protect Grauer’s gorillas in a core area of their range outside national parks, by working with local communities and traditional landowners, and training local people to become gorilla trackers, with five teams now working regularly from a permanent base north of the town of Walikale.

Collaborating with local communities and authorities

The Maiko survey represents a collaborative effort between the Fossey Fund, the Congolese national park authorities (ICCN — Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) and the local community living around the park. Fossey Fund’s Congo program director, Urbain Ngobobo, and research and conservation program manager, Escobar Binyinyi, worked with Maiko chief warden, M.A. Boji Dieudonné, to survey gorillas and other crucial wildlife in a 100-square kilometer section of the park.

A team of nine Fossey Fund field staff, as well as monitoring officers from Maiko/ICCN walked for several weeks in extremely difficult terrain, measuring signs of gorillas along pre-determined transects. They found good, fresh signs of the presence of gorillas, such as night nests, foot prints and food remains, suggesting there are two to three Grauer’s gorilla groups just in this area, says Dr. Caillaud.

“A few years ago, it was unimaginable that the community surrounding southern Maiko could make a joint patrol with ICCN,” says Ngobobo. “The survey we did was a strong signal showing that we can count on the community to save the remaining extremely endangered Grauer’s gorillas both inside the national parks and in the community forests.”

These findings are especially heartening as the Fossey Fund celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sept. 24, marking the day in 1967 when Dian Fossey founded the legendary Karisoke Research Center. But they are also very critical, given the potential de-funding of the conflict minerals rule, which has brought some progress and international attention to the mining situation in Congo.

With the Fossey Fund’s daily mountain gorilla patrols and 50 years of research all based out of Karisoke, it is known that intensive protection can save endangered gorillas. Indeed, mountain gorillas are the only wild ape whose numbers are stable.

That’s why we are raising funds this month to protect the future of all gorillas! Because of this urgency, our board is matching all donations through Sept. 24, up to $20,000.

Visit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International website to join this special campaign!


Thanksgiving Coffee Company has partnered with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International for almost fifteen years, supporting their efforts in Rwanda, saving the mountain gorillas. Earlier in 2017, we had the honor of releasing a new Cause Coffee to support the Grauer’s gorillas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Best for the World, Best for Community

It’s that time of year again, when the Best for the World honorees are published. These are the B Corporations around the world that score in the top 10% of B Lab certification. Thanksgiving Coffee was honored to make this list for the second year in a row in the Best for Community category.

Take a peek at the full list by clicking the image below.

This year 846 companies were recognized on the Best for the World list in 52 different industries from 30 different countries. Being a part of this community and being recognized in the top 10% is a really wonderful validation of the work we do with our partnership with organization like Friends of the Earth and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

Take a look at where some of the other Best for the World companies are located all over the globe:

Best for the World

Best for the World in Mendocino County

Thanksgiving Coffee is just one of nine B Corporations located here in Mendocino County. We’re joined by Harvest Market, Fetzer Vineyards, North Coast Brewing Company, The Color Mill, Flo Beds, Bed Bandits, Eleek Sustainable Custom Lighting and Heather Paulsen Consulting.

Harvest Market also made the Best for the World list, under the Changemakers category, as did Eleek, under the Best for the Environment category. We love seeing our local B Corporations making a difference here in Mendocino county, and around the world.

Read more about what it means to be on the Best for the World list, on Forbes.com.

You can also check out our score on the B Corporation website, to see how we stand up in every category! See that here: bcorporation.net

Thanksgiving Coffee at Winesong 2017

Every year, we have the great opportunity to serve Thanksgiving Coffee at the food and wine-tasting event held in the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Winesong is an annual charity auction, as well as a wine and food tasting, benefiting the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Foundation. Over three decades, this event has raised almost $8 million for improvements in local healthcare, and we make it a point to be there, doing our part.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see more about what the funds raised from Winesong goes to here in Fort Bragg!

This year, we were especially excited to join in on the festivities, because we were able to serve our spectacular nitro cold brew. We poured through three kegs of our nitro – about fourteen gallons!

Winesong

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our local hospitals, see you at Winesong 2018! Check out their website, and make sure you don’t miss next year’s event: www.winesong.org

More About Winesong:

Since 1984 the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation has engaged in fundraising and community activities to provide support for vital equipment and services at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Our unique rural locale presents an environment in which the provision of comprehensive hospital services and up-to-date equipment is a tremendous challenge. The Hospital Foundation exists to help the Hospital and our community to meet these challenges.

Klekolo World Coffee is the Best in Connecticut

That’s right, folks. Since 1994, Klekolo World Coffee has been serving up excellent espresso, with spectacular customer service. This year, Klekolo won the title Best Coffee House in Connecticut, from Connecticut Magazine. This comment from the magazine says it all:

“There is something very Middletown about Klekolo World Coffee. Italian-speaking construction workers drinking espresso, punk or emo or metal music on the stereo, and an endless parade of interesting characters. Klekolo speaks to the essence of this offbeat, not-quite-college town. Tons of varieties of coffee. Live music. Constant eavesdropping and people-watching opportunities.”

Klekolo World Coffee

If you ever find yourself in Middletown, don’t miss out on a chance to stop in and order a cup of coffee! Klekolo has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee since the day they opened, and we love having the opportunity to work with Yvette and her awesome team of baristas. Check out some of these photos from recent visitors to Klekolo – the Best Coffee House in Connecticut!

Klekolo

Get a great cup of coffee at the address below:

Klekolo World Coffee
181 Court St
Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 343-9444

Monday • 6:30AM–10PM
Tuesday • 6:30AM–10PM
Wednesday • 6:30AM–10PM
Thursday • 6:30AM–10PM
Friday • 6:30AM–12AM
Saturday • 6:30AM–12AM
Sunday • 7AM–7PM

www.klekolo.com

Check out our other cafes, restaurants and grocery stores on our Thanksgiving Coffee Store Locator page!

National Dog Day

August 26 is National Dog Day, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how… by hanging out with man’s best friend! In honor of the 2017 National Dog Day on Saturday, here are some of the cutest puppy pics we could find from a few of our cafe accounts across the country!

From Milton’s Cafe in Lawrence, Kansas: @phoebonious_the_great

Obedience training? Phoebe has moved on to barista training.

National Dog Day in Kansas

From Caffe Etc. in Hollywood, California: @caffe_etc

A quick reminder from Fido to drink Fairtrade Coffee

National Dog Day in Los Angeles

From Park Chow in San Francisco, California: @gankstrr

Another cup of coffee for Porty!

National Dog Day in San Francisco

And of course, National Dog Day wouldn’t be complete without a throwback to our office pups on Take Your Dog to Work Day! Lot’s of love for Zoe (left) and Brutus (right), who are both at the Thanksgiving Coffee roastery almost every day.

National Dog Day at Thanksgiving Coffee Company


Support the Mendocino Coast Humane Society on National Dog Day!

We can’t close out a post about National Dog Day without one really important note. The pups in the photos above are all happy and loved by their humans — but there are so many dogs out there who don’t get the same love and devotion that every pet should receive. This is why we partner with the Mendocino Coast Humane Society to support the abandoned animals of Mendocino County. We have a full lineup of roast colors for our Good Dog and Cat Nap Blends, featuring a sweet former resident of the MCHS.

This Cause Coffee supports the efforts of the humane society to find homes for the animals that need it! Shop our lineup below:

   

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Solar Eclipse 2017

Cities and communities across the line of totality have been preparing for a once in a lifetime experience: a coast to coast total solar eclipse in the United States. From West Coast to East, the line of totality touches Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. The last time we had a total solar eclipse this viewable from North America was in 1918. It’s been almost a century, and folks have been waiting for this event for a long time. Do you have enough coffee to get you through the two minutes you’ll be in complete darkness? (we suggest a light roast to balance out the event)

(We had a little bit of fun creating a coffee bean eclipse below… enjoy! If it isn’t loading for you, you can view it on YouTube)

Coffee Eclipse

Foggy in Fort Bragg

Here along the Mendocino Coast, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for blue skies. We’re dead in the middle of Fog-ust (that’s coastal living for you!), so we’ll get the darkness, likely without that view of the ring around the sun. Below is a shot of a partial solar eclipse (which is what we’ll have here in Fort Bragg), in foggy Austria back in 2011.

Cristaudo’s in Carbondale

We have one account that is exactly on the line of totality, in Southern Illinois. As one of the best spots for viewing (the longest duration and most perfect eclipse), Cristaudo’s Cafe in Carbondale is preparing for a crazy weekend ahead. If you’re traveling that way to view the eclipse, be sure to stop by and grab a cup of coffee! They’ve stocked up on adorable eclipse-themed cookies, and have a great selection of Thanksgiving Coffee to offer.

Good luck out there!

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Roasters Guild Retreat 2017

In the heat of Northern Georgia, the coffee roasting world is coming together for 18th annual Roasters Guild Retreat! We sent our Roastmaster Jacob Long, Roaster Joshua Long and Roastmaster Emeritus Paul Katzeff to the Lake Lanier Islands for a four-day roasting event.

Learn more: www.roastersguild.org

Jacob, Josh, Paul at the Roasters Guild Retreat!

We’ll upload more pictures as the event continues. You can follow along on Instagram at the #RGRetreat hashtag, or on the @RoastersGuild Instagram page!

National Honey Bee Day

August 19 is National Honey Bee Day!

Support the bees with Bee Bold Coffee!

National Honey Bee Day

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Raising Awareness for Honey Bees

What’s the best way to celebrate National Honey Bee Day? Raise awareness for the plight of the bees – and learn more about what you can do to help. Take a moment to read the Friends of the Earth bee action page on protecting our pollinators, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels. This is a great way to raise awareness and inform your friends. Continue to scroll through that page for more information on pesticides, and the way neonicotinoids are hurting our bees.

Here’s an excerpt from the Friends of the Earth website:

Bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we eat. Without them, grocery stores would run short of some of our most important and nutritious foods. Coffee? You’ll need to cut back. Nuts and berries for breakfast? I don’t think so. A yummy salad? Your bowl will be nearly empty.

Pollinators are in great peril; their populations are declining around the world. Friends of the Earth works to eliminate pollinator-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids and glyphosate and shift to organic farming systems that are healthier for bees, butterflies, people and the planet.

Learn More

Thanksgiving Coffee Beekeepers

Did you know that Thanksgiving Coffee Company has it’s own beehive now? Back in June, bees swarmed in our apple orchard, and members of the Bee Bold Mendocino and local Mendocino Coast Beekeeping group helped us guide the swarm into our own beehive. Take a look at the video below!

Join the conversation on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+.

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New Thanksgiving Coffee Bags

You may have noticed our new look by now… Thanksgiving Coffee has new bags!

Thanksgiving Coffee Roasters Bags

This design is the result of months of work on the part of our Thanksgiving Coffee team – specifically our Brand Manager, Marchelo Bresciani. Our goals for this new package design were to celebrate our 70’s roots, and to help you find coffees that you can be confident you will enjoy. This post outlines some of the major things you’ll notice on your bag of Thanksgiving Coffee.

Roaster of the Year 2017

After winning this prestigious title from Roast Magazine, we knew it had to be an integral part of our packaging design, as well. You’ll notice in the far right image above, that our 2017 Roaster of the Year seal is prominently featured on the left side of our new design.

Learn more about how Thanksgiving Coffee became the 2017 Roaster of the Year!

Thanksgiving Coffee, Roaster of the Year

Packaging Patterns + Colors

The style of our new bags is a reflection of where we started. Thanksgiving Coffee Company was founded in 1972, and the rich/bold style of seventies can be seen in our new design. Bright yellow, orange and red splash across the bag – a reflection of award ribbons and racing stripes, in our classic colors. These colors were the inspiration of Brand Manager Marchelo, looking at coffee cherries at origin, and using those colors to represent who we are.

In addition to this coloring, we have a new way of designing our labels that puts the focus on roast color. The roast color determines about 80% of a coffee’s flavor, so we designed our new labels to make the roast color easy to spot at a glance. (Learn more about this on our Roast Color 101 blog!)

Light Roast in Yellow, Medium Roast in Orange, Dark Roast in Brown, Very Dark (French) Roast in Dark Brown.

Coffee Certifications

It’s no secret that coffee certifications are a big deal. Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Bird-Friendly, Organic, Non-GMO – the number of certifications that a coffee roaster can get is overwhelming. At Thanksgiving Coffee Company, we have a number of certifications that we researched and vetted. We certify our coffees through the organizations that are doing the best work: for farmers at origin, for migratory bird conservancy, and for our customers. These are the certifications that we have chosen:

  • B Corp Certification, through B Lab
  • Fairtrade Certified, through Fairtrade America
  • Certified Bird-Friendly, through the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
  • USDA Organic, through CCOF
  • Kosher Certification, through OK Kosher

These certifications are featured on various coffees throughout our lineup. Our Bird-Friendly coffee is our Songbird Collection, benefiting the American Birding Association. You’ll find Fairtrade Certified and Certified Organic coffees throughout our entire selection, and our company as a whole is certified as a B Corporation. Every single coffee bean that comes from our Roastery is also Certified Kosher. You can learn more about each of these certifications in the Sustainability section of our website.

In the new package design, you’ll spot our Fairtrade and Organic certification right there on the front label! Our B Corp and Kosher certifications are listed along with our Roaster of the Year badge along the side of every package.

Share a Photo of Your Thanksgiving Coffee Bag

We love seeing our customers share photos of their Thanksgiving Coffee at home. Next time you receive a package of coffee, send it to us! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram by searching for AJUSTCUP. Cheers!

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Kenya Peaberry: Latest Arrival for August

Every month, our Roastmaster Jacob Long chooses a coffee in our warehouse to spotlight for the month. Our Latest Arrival is the coffee that has been delivered most recently to the Thanksgiving Coffee Roastery, and you’ll find that these coffees astound every time.

Kenyan CoffeeThe latest arrival for August is our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry, and tasting this coffee at its freshest is not something to be missed. This light roast from Africa has a unique mouthfeel with hints of milk chocolate, ripe peach, and caramel. We’re especially fond of this single origin, because it helped solidify our title as 2017 Roaster of the Year, from Roast Magazine. Along with our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Paul’s Blend, the Kenya Nyeri Peaberry was judged during a blind tasting alongside a variety of other entrants – and came out on top.

This year’s crop continues to perform well, and now that we’ve established this relationship with the Othaya group, we hope to see many more years of great tasting Kenyan Coffee. We had the opportunity to meet with Jim and Phyllis, representing the Othaya Cooperative, at the Global Coffee Expo back in April, and snagged this photo of them with our Roastmaster, Jacob Long.

Othaya Cooperative in Kenya

A week later, we received this note: 

Greetings Jacob.

It was so nice to meet you at SCA and learn that the coffee we produce helped you win Roaster of the Year. I am so glad our Othaya Peaberry performed so well. That is really a tribute to your ability to find the sweet spot of that coffee.

I hope you are just as happy with the coffees that come this year. As I mentioned Royal did a special project with us this year with red ripe cherries. If I recall correctly I gave you a few samples to cup. It will be good to hear what you think of them.

What made this project unique is that Othaya selected their best farmers to participate in the project and they agreed to wait from 10 to 14 days to pick only their best ripe cherries on the same day so they could be processed as a separate outturn (lot). Once the parchment completed the drying process it was immediately placed in grainpro and delivered to their dry mill. After dry milling it was immediately put back into grainpro and delivered to our warehouse and queued for hand picking improvement. The coffee will be hand picked in the next two weeks and shipped. You can expect this coffee to arrive around the end of July.

Best,
Jim

We’re looking forward to many more years of providing you with some of Africa’s best coffee. Order our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry Light Roast today, and try some of this truly fantastic, award-winning Kenyan Coffee now.

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