The holidays are all about spending time with the people you love. It’s the time for ice skating and caroling and snuggling up by the fire with a cup of coffee.
Our friend Sulin Bell created a cookbook that we just had to share: Two Hearts, Four Hands. This collection of thirty recipes was designed for two people to enjoy together. Separate directions for two cooks come together for a collaborative experience in the kitchen: desserts, dinners, brunch, baking and more. And this cookbook isn’t just for couples, but friends, family, roommates and anyone!
Two Hearts, Four Hands:
Put love into your food and food into your love at the same time! This is the first cookbook designed for two people cooking together. Join with your partner, family, friend, co-worker, or new relationship for a fun, creative and tasty experience. A date in the kitchen provides quality time for your relationships while preparing delicious healthy food.
Two Hearts Four Hands is a lighthearted approach to expanding culinary awareness while addressing the time challenges of food preparation in our fast-paced lifestyle. Cooking together allows you the extra time for deeply nourishing yourself and your relationships.
Learn more at www.twoheartsfourhands.com
Apricot-Glazed Fresh Fruit Tart
We took a stab at the Apricot-Glazed Fresh Fruit Tart, and paired it with our dark Mendocino Vienna coffee. It’s a great late morning breakfast, or after-dinner treat! We’ve published the recipe below for anyone who wants to give it a try…
This recipe makes 2 or 3 tarts that are 5” x 5”. Use any ripe, colorful fruit combination and artistically design your own or each others fruit collage. The recipe includes making the dough, but if you would like to make this fast and easy, you can use frozen puff pastry.
Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Be sure to pair your Apricot-Glazed Fruit Tart with two warm cups of Mendocino Vienna for the full experience.
Buy the cookbook: www.twoheartsfourhands.com
Bach said it best…
“Without my morning coffee I’m just like a dried up piece of roast goat.”
Here are a few of our favorite caffeine quotes from the world of coffee… some from our own arsenal, some we borrowed from others! Pin your favorites below – we’ll keep adding more every week.
Pessimists see the coffee mug half-empty… optimists are already brewing the next cup.
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.
Coffee: a hug in a mug
I don’t drink coffee to wake up. I wake up to drink coffee.
Want more? We’ve got ’em! Check out our favorite pinnable coffee quotes on the Thanksgiving Coffee Pinterest board…
This past weekend was all about shopping. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday – it’s a weekend of spending money and collecting things. But now Tuesday has come, and we get a breath of fresh air. We get to focus on what this holiday season is really all about: giving. November 29 is Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday is a recent addition to the calendar year. In 2012, it began as a response to the madness of the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. It’s a way to take a step back from the buying and collecting of the holiday season, and ask yourself what really matters.
For us here at Thanksgiving Coffee, Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing causes that we work closely with. Whether or not you donate this holiday season, these are organizations worth following!
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund: Save the Mountain Gorillas
For the past fifty years, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has worked to protect the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. High in the mountains of the Virunga wilderness, this organization has been built to protect the few gorillas left. Although she died protecting what she loved, Fossey’s passion carries through to today. The Gorilla Fund is responsible for almost doubling the number of mountain gorillas living in Rwanda, and basically stopping the poaching responsible for the almost devastation of the species.
Thanksgiving Coffee and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund have partnered for over a decade, raising upwards of $58,000! Purchase a coffee club membership with the Gorilla Fund coffee, and you’ll donate over $60 over the course of a 12 month membership. Even better? Gift a membership to your family this holiday season!
BUY THE COFFEE | DONATE TO THE CAUSE
American Birding Association + Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee
The ABA is not only our longest partnership, but also the result of something that is deeply important to the coffee industry as a whole. The coffee industry has an enormous impact on migratory birds: when they fly south in the cold months, these birds rely on the trees that shade the coffee plants throughout the tropics. When coffee plantations clear cut land to grow coffee in direct sunlight, not only does the loss of forested lands contribute to climate change, but our precious migratory birds lose their winter homes. This is why it is so important to choose shade-grown coffees, and purchase bags with the Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee certification.
A portion of the proceeds from our Songbird Coffee is donated to the American Birding Association, funding educational and recreational programs across the United States.
BUY THE COFFEE | DONATE TO THE CAUSE
Defenders of Wildlife: Save the Wolves
For almost seventy years, Defenders of Wildlife has worked tirelessly to protect animals across our nation. This group of dedicated individuals has programs protecting manatees, sharks, turtles, bears, and the subject of our partnership: wolves.
Donate to the Defenders of Wildlife cause to join an organization that is doing good for those who cannot speak for themselves. Purchase a coffee club membership to continually donate to DOW year-round!
BUY THE COFFEE | DONATE TO THE CAUSE
Friends of the Earth
Last but not least of our featured organizations is Friends of the Earth. Since 1969, FOE has been a force in making policy change happen in governments across the globe. Their organization puts together grassroots movements and on-the-ground teams to affect a change in policies through politics that can hurt our earth.
Our partnership with Friends of the Earth focuses specifically on the bee crisis and colony collapse. Our cause coffee helps support their #BeeBold campaigns to raise awareness of the devastation of the honeybees.
BUY THE COFFEE | DONATE TO THE CAUSE
Even if you can’t give, there are more ways to spread the love on Giving Tuesday:
- Share your favorite organizations on social media
- Research and learn more about the causes that you care about
- Roll up your sleeves and donate your time at your local non-profit
How will you celebrate Giving Tuesday?
Share your love of Thanksgiving Coffee – get 10% off all of our coffees for the Holidays! Gift shopping made easy:
- Take advantage of special holiday prices for our gift bags
- Choose an option from our gift guide below
- Ship to multiple people within a single order
Figured out who needs what? Now let’s get them sent off…
How Multiple Mailings Work
Here at Thanksgiving Coffee, we have what is probably the EASIEST way of ordering all your holiday gifts in one purchase. Once you’ve chosen the coffee that you need for your friends and family, you can add their addresses all at once on our website. Follow the directions below!
Ship to ‘Someone Else’
As you choose the items that you want to send to your family and friends, you can choose to ship to someone else. After you’ve clicked the button below and added it to your cart, you’ll receive a pop up…
Enter a Nickname
Here’s where you’ll choose who it goes to. Type in a short nickname for each recipient to keep saved in your Thanksgiving Coffee profile. You can include a customized gift message here too!
Add to Cart
You can continue to do this with all the names on your shopping list, choosing individual coffees for every purchase! As you add them to your cart, they’ll show up to the right of your screen.
Checkout and Enter Addresses
After you hit “checkout,” you’ll have the option to add ship-to information for each individual recipient. All gifts will be shipped within 2-3 business days of the day you order!
Any questions? Leave us a comment or give us a call at (800) 648-6491.
Let’s get shopping!
If you appreciate a good cup of coffee, chances are that you’ve landed on the website CoffeeReview at one time or another. Founded by Kenneth Davis in 1997, CoffeeReview is the leading review website in the coffee industry. We regularly submit coffees for review to Ken and his team, and the latest results are in…
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe: 93 points
“Delicate, deeply sweet. Baker’s chocolate, magnolia, peach, black peppercorn, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gentle, rounded acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates to baker’s chocolate and peach.”
Read the whole review
Paul’s Blend: 92 points
“Richly and sweetly pungent. Concord grape, roasted cacao nib, cedar, hazelnut, lemon blossom in aroma and cup. Brisk, lightly juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp, nut-toned finish leads with Concord grape notes in the short and cedar in the long, with hazelnut throughout.”
Read the whole review
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… time for the Thanksgiving Coffee Holiday Sale!
As we head into the coldest season, there is one thing keeping us going: coffee. The warmth of a holiday mug in your hand, filled to the brim with your favorite blend. One of our darker roasts on a particularly cold morning, or perhaps the spicy chocolate notes in the 2016 Holiday Blend will be the perfect addition to your Christmas Eve.
It is simply the best time of the year.
And we have one more thing to make it better: our Thanksgiving Coffee Holiday Sale.
Holiday Thanksgiving Coffee Discount
From today through December 23, every coffee order on our website will receive a 10% discount! The holidays are coming up fast, and we know just the gift for the neighbors, friends and family. Stock up now and prepare for the upcoming holiday season. (Take a look at our Roaster of the Year Bundle!)
Why do we offer this discount for so long? We here at Thanksgiving Coffee know that the holidays can be stressful – but we’re also certain that with the right amount of caffeine, you can do anything. We’ll help keep you going through the end of the year, so we can all jump into 2017 with all the gusto we need.
Not sure what Thanksgiving Coffee to get as gifts? We have some suggestions…
When we were awarded 2017 Roaster of the Year, these three coffees helped make it happen for us: Kenya Peaberry, Paul’s Blend and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. During a blind tasting by the folks over at Roast Magazine, these three coffees took the lead, and won us the title. You can buy them as a gift pack with a cupping card and the Roast Magazine article included!
Sweet + Bright Natural Process Coffees
If you’re buying for someone who likes a more unique-tasting coffee, we have more than a few options that are sure to satisfy. Our natural process coffees are dried with the cherry still attached to the bean, helping to keep the flavor of the fruit inside. This creates a rich and vibrant flavor – and a great cup of coffee. Try our Byron’s Maracaturra or our 100% Ethiopia!
We want to wish you the happiest of holidays, from all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee.
*Offer excludes Cause Coffees (because they are fundraisers)
*Holiday Sale Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions
*Offer ends December 23, 2016
*This offer will be automatically applied to items added to your cart online
*Offer valid locally with participating stores
These packages of Nicaraguan coffee seem simple to understand, but the reality is decades of work behind it all.
Nicaragua, Baseball, Byron
It all started in 1985, when I first visited Nicaragua. There is a decade between my first visit to that country in 1985 and the day I met these men. I had come to Nicaragua to play baseball with a team from San Francisco. We were a team of left-leaning political progressives who were opposed to President Reagan’s war against the Sandanista Peoples Revolution and we wanted to show solidarity with the Nicaraguan People. The tour was called Baseball for Peace, and we spent ten days playing baseball against community teams all over the country. We won one and lost eight, but we had a great time and made many friends.
My reputation as a lover of the game of baseball followed me throughout my travels in coffee country over the next decade. Oftentimes games were organized when a community knew I was coming to taste and purchase coffees from their cooperatives. I was the Ballplayer Coffee Buyer and they were ready to cater to my enjoyment to enhance my coffee buying experience.
In 1996 I happened upon the community of Aranjuez, a high-altitude locality north of Managua. I was told there was a bio-dynamic Nicaraguan coffee farmer I had to meet. His name was Byron Coralles.
We met on his farm. He was an amazing person. When you’re in the presence of amazing, you know it – and I knew my life was going to be different after I spent some time with him. I knew that the inner workings of his coffee farming community was about to become a part of the life I brought back to Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Little did I know how much benefit would come to the world as he and I became comrades and collaborators over the next two decades. (a story for another blog entry)
Pictured Below: Byron Corrales at his coffee farm in Nicaragua
But I will skip to the Brothers.
Carlos and Fausto Gonzales
Byron was president of the Solidaridad Coffee Cooperative at the time. It had 20 coffee farmers and they produced 75,000 pounds of coffee yearly. He took me to meet them and to get samples of their coffees to take back. I could not sample the coffee in their community because there was no way to roast, grind and brew there. Both equipment and electricity were lacking. It was also the case that the farmers combined all their production into lots big enough to export – as no one farmer produced enough to fill an entire shipping container themselves. My “samples” were going to be a mix of the production work of all 20 farmers. That was standard for coffee buying in the mid nineties, as well as for the previous 200 years of coffee.
Carlos and Fausto were both Board members of the Cooperative and they had heard of my interest in playing ball and both brothers were avid ball players on the Cooperatives baseball team. So for the next two decades I always brought my baseball glove with me when I knew i was going to visit Aranjuez and the Cooperative.
Pictured Below: Carlos in the Nicaragua coffee cooperative
Variety in Nicaraguan Coffee
Over the years I came to see that each of the 20 co-op members’ farms were different in so many ways: altitude, crop varieties, weather, soil conditions, cultivation methods and more. But most importantly was how they processed the cherries into green coffee on the farm’s benificio.
It inspired my curiosity.
How these were coffees different from each other became an obsession that led to a decade-long project. (that is a story for another blog also)
By 2002, I had 20 different farm coffees from the same region in Nicaragua, all produced by the members of one cooperative separated by farm. I called them the Campacino Estate coffees, and Carlos and Fausto Gonzales were part of that separation. It was about pride in workmanship and each coffee farmer was proud of their work.
They could actually taste their own coffees.
The Brothers Coffees – and more
Last year I began to feature The Brothers Coffees. It is my intention in the future to feature all the different coffees from those Nicaraguan farms. I’ve already done this with Byron’s coffee (both washed and natural process) for the past decade.
I believe that each and every coffee farmer deserves to know they are being recognized for their hard work. The taste of their coffee is influenced by their knowledge that their coffee is no longer anonymous. I want to make them famous (in a small way) and I want you to know these guys better. (yet another blog to come)
It took twenty years to create these selections.
But you would never know it from just looking at the package.
– Paul Katzeff, co-founder and CEO of Thanksgiving Coffee Company.
Picture Above: Paul Katzeff at the Aranjuez Nicaraguan coffee cooperative
Shop The Brothers Coffee: https://store.thanksgivingcoffee.com/the-brothers-gonzales-p342.aspx
Fair Trade Month has come to a close, and we wanted to take the time to acknowledge the fair trade mark. There are many different aspects of the fair trade certification, and we want to share with you what it means to us!
There are many different types of certifications in the world of fair trade, but we chose ours for a very specific reason. Fair Trade International (FLO) has a strict set of standards that must be followed in order to be a certified part of the organization. While every fair trade certification has a set of rules, our research found FLO to be a leader in the industry: they set their standards higher, and continually challenge others in the community.
Thanksgiving Coffee History in Fair Trade
After Paul’s trip to Nicaragua in 1985, Thanksgiving Coffee Company took an important turn. When Paul realized how the coffee industry was affecting farmers and communities in Nicaragua and around the world, he decided it was time to make a change.
In 1999, we signed up with TransFair USA (now called Fair Trade USA), the only available certification at the time. We were the second company to sign up for this fair trade certification, and it was just one of the beginning steps toward “a just cup.”
In 2012, Fair Trade USA (FTUSA, originally TransFair USA) made some changes that we did not agree with, and we decided to make the change to Fair Trade International (FLO). At that time, FTUSA made the decision to allow larger coffee plantations to be certified. A move that may make sense in theory, but one that could hurt many of the smaller family coffee farms. We made the switch, and are honored to be a part of the FLO community now.
You can read more about the differences between FTUSA and FLO at this website: www.fairworldproject.org
Beyond Fair Trade
While fair trade certification is a vital part of Thanksgiving Coffee, there is so much more we do. Here are two more of the important certifications that we’ve acquired over the years:
B Corp Certification
The B Corps movement is people using business as force for good. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems all over the world. B Corporations are for-profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Smithsonian Bird-Friendly Coffee
The “Bird-Friendly Coffee” certification was started by the The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. The strict standards for this certification are that the beans be 100% certified organic, as well as shade-grown. The Smithsonian seal ensures tropical “agroforests” are preserved for migratory birds to find a haven when they travel. From your backyard to faraway farms, the Bird-Friendly certification provides a much needed habitat for these birds.
Pictured Below: The coffee farm that supplies the beans for our SongBird Guatemalan.
Celebrating Fair Trade Month
How can you join in on the mission? There are so many ways! And not just during October, but throughout the year. One of the best ways to participate in the fair trade community is simply by purchasing fair trade products. There are thousands of amazing brands out there that are committed to creating goods that that do good.
Another way to celebrate is by sharing the love! Log onto your favorite social media network, and help brands promote their product. Follow Fair Trade International on Facebook and Instagram to find shareable content.
Not sure what fair trade coffee is right for you? Take a look at the coffee selector on our website to learn about the different roasts available.
Happy Fair Trade Month from Thanksgiving Coffee!
The Green Festival is one of our favorite events of the calendar year, for a variety of reasons. There are great exhibitors and inspiring speakers – and the conversations we have at this event are always worthwhile. We will once again be attending and exhibiting at San Francisco’s Green Festival – this year as the exclusive coffee provider of the festival!
What is the Green Festival?
Green Festival has been a mainstay in the green community for almost fifteen years, and holds the title as both the largest and longest-running green living event. Over the course of a weekend, the green community comes together to discuss, to brainstorm and to be a part of something bigger. Brands, personalities and up-and-comers in every industry take part.
How is Thanksgiving Coffee ‘Green’?
From the start, Thanksgiving Coffee Company has always been focused on green living. We strive to make sure that from origin to your mug, our coffee is doing its part to save the earth and care for those living in it. This shows itself in a myriad of ways:
Pictured Below: a shade grown coffee farm in Nicaragua
Meet the Thanksgiving Coffee Team at the Conference
We can’t wait to serve our coffee to the movers and shakers at the Green Festival! We’ll be situated in the food court, for easy access to caffeine during the conference. We would love to meet you all, so please stop by.
Come discuss green living with us, and order your eco-conscious holiday gifts for your friends and family! We will ship when the time comes. Solve your gift giving this year with our Roaster of the Year winning coffees.
We’ll also be giving away three coffee trees at the event, so be sure to stop by to enter your name in the drawing.
Don’t have a ticket just yet? Don’t worry, we have extras. Contact us to put your name down for a free ticket, courtesy of Thanksgiving Coffee Company.
See you at Green Festival!
We are beyond excited to announce that we have been chosen as the 2017 Macro Roaster of the Year! This prestigious award is chosen through a vigorous process by Roast Magazine, and we are so honored to have been selected.
Pictured Below: The Thanksgiving Coffee team outside our Fort Bragg headquarters
Roaster of the Year Selection Process
The selection process at Roast Magazine is truly impressive. In order to apply, the team at Thanksgiving Coffee compiled a 30 page booklet, outlining some of the most fascinating aspects of our company:
Pictured Below: CEO Paul Katzeff at the original headquarters in Noyo Harbor
Choosing the Coffee: Blind Tasting
Being Roaster of the Year is not just about what we’ve done or where we came from… it’s about the coffee. After choosing the finalists from the information submitted to them from coffee roasters around the globe, Roast Magazine does a blind taste test.
Pictured Below: Roastmaster Jacob Long in the Roastery
For this test, they asked each finalist to submit three roasts, and our roastmaster Jacob Long made the decision:
“This is an international competition, we were competing against the best artisan roasters from around the world. With so many great coffees to select from, I chose to present the judges with a few of our freshest coffees with amazing flavor profiles, vibrant and rich Kenyan Peaberry, floral Ethiopian Gedeb, and the beloved fruity-chocolatey Paul’s Blend.”
These coffees were sent to two separate cupping labs for the blind tasting. The judges at these labs scored all of the coffees presented by the finalists, and then combined those with the scores from the written submissions. The top rated coffee company is then selected as Roaster of the Year.
Each of these award-winning roasts is available through our Thanksgiving Coffee online store!
2017 Macro Roaster of the Year
The Roaster of the Year announcement was made at the Let’s Talk Coffee conference in Puerto Vallarta, where our Vice President Jonah Katzeff accepted the honor. During this event, Jonah also had the opportunity to meet with the great people of Sustainable Harvest, the Specialty Coffee Association of America and so many more movers and shakers in the coffee industry.
Pictured Below: Vice President Jonah Katzeff accepting the award at Let’s Talk Coffee
We want to say THANK YOU to our fans, our friends and family, and everyone who has supported us over the 44 years of coffee roasting. This is such a huge honor, and we can’t wait to share even more of our coffees with the world over the next year!