On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The Category 4’s 155 mph winds barreled across the island, leaving 3.4 million residents without power and destroying about 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s crops, including 90 percent of Puerto Rico’s coffee farms. What had taken farmers generations to build was completely lost and decimated within a few hours. Rich jungle forests filled with coffee trees, the pride of Puerto Rico, have been reduced to little more than barren branches and twisted stumps.
Of all the agricultural products produced on the island, few have the same cultural heartbeat as coffee. Puerto Rican coffee used to be called the “coffee of popes and kings,” because in the 19th century the Vatican exclusively served Puerto Rican coffee. For many Puerto Ricans, coffee is far more than an agricultural product- it’s part of their national identity.
While we continue to hear about the devastation and slow return of basic services to the island, there has been a clear cry from the people of Puerto Rico for a taste of home. Unfortunately, coffee is considered a ‘luxury item’ by many aid organizations, which means that doctors, nurses, teachers, and construction workers on the island are doing their best to overcome the impossible, without the aid of their favorite beverage. We think the hard working people of Puerto Rico deserve the dignity and normalcy only a cup of coffee can deliver, now more than ever before, and Thanksgiving Coffee is here to help.
Two very different non-profit organizations have joined forces to start a Coffee Aid Drive to get coffee to the people of Puerto Rico: The Hogwarts Running Club and Convoy of Hope. Since it’s inception only a few short years ago, the Hogwarts Running Club has combined the fandom of the Harry Potter book series and running for health and fitness into an online organization 60k strong that has raised over $1.2 million in charitable donations. Convoy of Hope has been around since 1994 and specializes in the transportation and distribution of food and supplies for disaster relief. Together, these two groups are gathering donations for 12-16oz packages of caffeinated, pre ground coffee to send to Puerto Rico.
When Thanksgiving Coffee was approached about the Coffee Aid drive, we knew we could make a real difference to the people of Puerto Rico by helping to send delicious, ethically sourced coffee with a message of love. So far, over 600 packages of coffee have been ordered from Thanksgiving Coffee and over 2,000 packages have been donated to the Coffee Aid Drive. Would you like to contribute? You still can!
From now until December 10th, you can buy a bag of our special Coffee Aid coffee Salazar’s Brew for just $8- no tax, no shipping. Each bag includes the price of shipping it to the Convoy of Hope warehouse where all the Coffee Aid donations will be sent until the December 15th deadline. After that, tons of donated coffee packages will be palletized and transported to the island to help the people of Puerto Rico enjoy the familiar taste of home.
Puerto Rico’s road to recovery will be a long and arduous one, but perhaps it will be a bit more bearable with a cup of coffee in hand.
My name is John Elijah, and I am excited to introduce myself and my project to the Thanksgiving Coffee community. I have dreamt of creating a video production company here in Uganda for the past several years, and Paul Katzeff is helping me bring that dream to life. I have known Paul for over three years now, and with his blessing, I would like to introduce my story to you.
Over the past several weeks, I have held three different video shoots, and have put in over a hundred hours worth of editing. I believe that my country has something truly spectacular to offer to the world, but I need your help in making this a reality.
This coming Tuesday, look for an email and video with the details of my campaign, and how you can help build a thriving industry in Uganda!
When you receive this email in your inbox, I ask that you share it with your family and friends. Forward it onto your relatives, share the campaign on your social media pages, and help us create something remarkable.
As we express gratitude for our families and friends during this season, you are at the top of my list. Thanksgiving Coffee’s supporters are some of the most forward-thinking and philanthropic people I have ever met, with great ideas and great heart. It’s an attitude that invigorates all of us here, and inspires us to grow and to give.
In the spirit of this season, I want to share a story and an opportunity with you. Back in 2015, I traveled to Africa to visit a coffee farm in Uganda. On my way off the mountain, riding in the back of an old Toyota pickup, my driver and I passed a party in progress. It was spilling out onto the dirt patio alongside the road. We slowed down to listen to the drummers banging out some rhythms that made you want to get up and dance. In the crowd was a young man with an old and bulky video camera, recording the chaos. He saw the pickup and rushed over to offer me a DVD he had filmed and edited. His name was Elijah.
This started a three year relationship between me and Elijah, via email from 10,000 miles across the globe. I’ve referred this young man to other business owners needing footage in Uganda, and have watched his skills grow and improve as he continues to work in his passion.
We have an opportunity here to showcase what Uganda can offer to the world at large, and support a young man who has the skills and is ready and willing to work.
I believe in Elijah, and I am excited to introduce him to my friends and family and supporters of Thanksgiving Coffee. In the spirit of giving this year, I am asking you to invest in the future of Uganda, by giving the gift of a charitable donation. Follow this link to back the campaign!
Sweet and fruity, with a suggestion of dark chocolate and roasted chestnuts.
With only four weeks left until the holiday weekend begins, we’re excited to launch our beloved Christmas Coffee. In a one pound bag, this is the ideal coffee to share with loved ones, whether it’s waiting in stockings, or served up over Christmas breakfast.
The holiday season is a time of reflection, family, food and faith. Whatever your faith, whatever your beliefs, we can all agree that a good cup of coffee can be a great addition to a meal or gathering.
The coffee in this bag has been created to enhance your holiday experience at the dinner table, sitting around the fireplace, or binge-watching that great new show. Enjoy the taste, and know that you are helping farmers around the world who grow this delicious coffee.
The holidays are hard enough as it is – why not make it just a little easier? Get all your holiday ordering done at once, by sending your packages through Thanksgiving Coffee! Check out just how easy it can be this year:
It’s easy as one, two, three! Check out the steps below to see how easy it is to order coffee for everyone on your holiday gift giving list:
Choose Your Coffee
Which coffee do you want to send to your sister? What about your uncle? Pick out the coffees for each of your recipients – step one complete! In the video above, we suggested our recently launched Holiday Blend – a lovely choice for this season.
Choose Your Grind
Your aunt and uncle might like to grind their beans themselves, but you know your sister doesn’t have a grinder. Adjust the grind for each individual order in the dropdown just above PRICE on each page!
Choose Your Quantity
Simply pick out how many bags you’d like to send to each individual. One? Two? Three? Just how generous are you feeling this year? Change this number just to the left of the ADD TO CART button.
Click the Ship To Dropdown
On every product on our website, you can click the dropdown just to the right of SHIP TO, and adjust who this coffee is going to! When you’ve chosen two bags of the Holiday Blend in Espresso Grind, simply click that dropdown and choose SOMEONE ELSE. A window will pop up, asking you to choose a nickname for this person, for your account!
Do this for each person on your holiday list. Parents, grandparents, daughters, sons, in-laws and best friends – add a nickname for each person and get those packages added to your cart! As you add each one, the orders will stack up on the right hand side with each order under the individual name.
Got everyone you need? We’ll hit CHECKOUT and head over to the next page.
Fill Out Your Information
On the next page, you can create an account, or click check out as a guest! Up to you. Then we’ll head over to your own personal billing and shipping information. Click SUBMIT SECURELY when you’re finished.
Fill Out Their Information
Get the addresses of your friends and family handy – time to type it in! Add their names, phone numbers and addresses. At the very bottom of this page, you can confirm your billing address on the credit card that you’ll be using on this particular order. Click CONTINUE TO SECURE PAYMENT PAGE, and let’s finish this order.
Choose Shipping and Enter Gift Messages
On the final page of your holiday order, you can confirm the items you’ll be sending to everyone on your list, as well as the choice of shipping! We offer UPS Ground for $7.95 and USPS Priority for $5.95 through our website. And if one of your gifts (to one address) goes over the $50 mark, you’ll receive free shipping on that order!
On the left hand side of the page, you’ll see the option to add a free gift message! Click ENTER TEXT and a pop up window will show up, allowing you to fill in your message. Be sure to sign your name, so they know who to thank for the wonderful present.
Then, just scroll down to the bottom of the page, fill in your credit card information… and that’s it! Click SUBMIT ORDER, and Thanksgiving Coffee will get your coffee out the door within just a few days.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee Company!
This week, it’s all about the wolves. These magnificent creatures play an integral part in North America’s ecosystem, and Thanksgiving Coffee has partnered with Defenders of Wildlife to protect their legacy. During Wolf Awareness Week, we’re taking a moment to highlight wolves, and the part that each of us can play in protecting these animals for future generations. Spread the word about Wolf Awareness Week, and visit www.defenders.org to make a donation now!
Scroll down to learn more about how Thanksgiving Coffee is involved in protecting our wolves.
What do you know about our wolves? Take a look at the fact sheet below to learn more, and click the image to be directed to the Defenders of Wildlife Gray Wolf Basic Facts page.
Thanksgiving Coffee is partnered with Defenders of Wildlife to save our wolves. We do this through our Cause Coffee program, donating 10% of every sale of our Save Our Wolves Coffee back to DOW. If you sign up as a Defenders of Wildlife member and purchase this coffee through the Shop Defenders page, you can give back even more! For every purchase made through their link, 25% of the proceeds will be donated.
This week, order a bag of coffee for your best friend, and let them know that with every sip of Save Our Wolves Coffee, they’re helping to preserve the future of wolves in North America for generations to come. Thanks for helping us support Defenders of Wildlife!
We want to offer congratulations to our friends at Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast. This unique place to stay in Northern California is a truly magical experience every time… and Tripadvisor has confirmed it by awarding them the 2017 Certificate of Excellence.
This award verifies what we already knew about this great bed and breakfast: they are spectacular. The certificate is awarded only to hotels, businesses and attractions that have held their 4-5 star ranking for a significant period of time. Other items are taken into consideration, like how often the business is reviewed, and the quality of reviews they receive.
Tripadvisor states that “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.” Only 10% of hotels worldwide receive this recognition!
Thanksgiving Coffee and Featherbed Railroad
Featherbed Railroad has served Thanksgiving Coffee for the past nine years, and we are honored to be affiliated with such a spectacular bed and breakfast. Lake County is lucky to have such a great place for guests to enjoy on the shore of Clear Lake. The shot below is from a visitor on Yelp, sipping Thanksgiving Coffee and enjoying a great view from their caboose.
“The 9-10 am breakfast was too late for us so our hosts cooked a special breakfast for us at 8. Delicious and piping hot! Great coffee and juice too. The sweet attentive resident dog added to the homey atmosphere and we were sent on our way with a wonderful memory.”
“My husband and I stayed at Featherbed for 4 nights earlier this month, and enjoyed every minute of it. The owners, June and Paul, are phenomenal hosts. They’ve taken care of often-overlooked details in the room like large, soft towels, high-quality bedding, locally sourced and delicious coffee.”
“I am a local, but stayed over for the New Year’s Holiday! What fun. I had the Tropicaboose and the bed and decor was fab! Breakfast with homemade sausage gravy, fruit, egg casserole and coffee (to die for!) was terrific.”
Photos from Lake County’s Featherbed Railroad
This bed and breakfast features individual caboose rooms for rent! Each individual train car has its own special theme, and each one is individual Take a look through some of their photos to see why it was called One of the most Unusual Hotels in the World by Escape Travel and one of the Ten Wackiest Hotels in the world by Hotels.com.
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.
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.
Do you have a favorite bird? Is it the bold blue jay, or the striking red cardinal? Perhaps it’s the mischievous raven, or the sweet singing sparrow? Maybe you don’t know what it’s called, or even what it looks like, but you know its song as it fills your ears with a familiar refrain. Birds connect us to nature, regardless of where we live; from city dwelling pigeons to dramatic California Condors, birds are an ever-present aspect of our lives, but their numbers are dwindling. You don’t have to be an avid birder to enjoy their presence, but if we fail to appreciate them in our everyday lives, then we risk taking them for granted and losing them forever.
Fostering a love of the natural world can take years, especially now when more of us live in cities than ever before. Programs like BirdNote cultivate a love of nature with a wide audience, helping to bring the outside into our homes and deliver the delights of nature in small, auditory morsels.
The BirdNote radio program has been engaging listeners of all ages for over ten years, sharing daily two-minute stories about birds and the environment with audiences all across the country. These uplifting little vignettes are just the right length for everyone to enjoy, and the perfect remedy to ‘news fatigue’.
BirdNote and Song Bird Coffee
Song Bird Coffee has been partnered with the American Birding Association for 20 years and together we have raised over $150,000 in support of the ABA and Partners in Flight, which funds ornithological studies of migratory birds in Central America. Together, we are making a difference by promoting citizen science, ecotourism, and sustainable Bird Friendly farming practices, and now we are proud to be reaching new audiences by sponsoring BirdNote.
By working together, Song Bird Coffee, the American Birding Association, and BirdNote are committed to making the world a better place, for us and for the birds.
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:
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