Unpacking Coffee Features Paul Katzeff of Thanksgiving Coffee

Unpacking Coffee is a celebration of coffee through episodes that focus on individual coffee roasters and their unique stories. The show’s hosts, Kandace and Ray, share a mutual love for all things coffee and created Unpacking Coffee to make the wide world of the specialty coffee industry more accessible.

In their newest episode, Kandace and Ray unpack Thanksgiving Coffee to find out what it means to be Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup. They chat with Paul Katzeff about his political activism, and how his background in social work shaped the company that Thanksgiving would become.

“I was the first social worker to become a coffee roaster,” Katzeff told K-Ray. “When you bring two ideas together for the first time — or two professions together for the first time — you’re going to get an explosion of new ideas.”

This episode also features Roast Magazine‘s founder and publisher Connie Blumhardt, who provides some detail on everything that goes into the selection of Roaster of the Year.

“I think the most interesting thing about Thanksgiving winning, to still be a contender ahead of the curve and really stretching the limits of what most roasters do, was really impressive to me that they still have this amazing culture that they’ve adhered to for 30 plus years.”

Thanksgiving Coffee Roasters

So kick back with your favorite Just Cup, and enjoy this delightful episode all about Thanksgiving Coffee, made in some kind of Fort in Mendowhatnow California.

059 Thanksgiving Coffee from Needmore Designs on Vimeo.

Check out the Thanksgiving Coffee page, and the longer discussion with Paul Katzeff on the Unpacking Coffee website.

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

Tanzania Coffee – Now Available for a Limited Time

Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. Everything from our excellent Enjambre Cafetalero Mexico Coffee, to special micro-lots from farmers in Malawi, Sulawesi, and Honduras. Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn! We were so impressed by this beautiful Tanzanian peaberry coffee that we ordered a fresh lot, just for you, for a limited time. Don’t miss your chance to try a bag of this exquisite coffee from volcanic foothills, nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Towering at almost 20,00 feet above the African landscape, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the African continent and the highest “freestanding” mountain on the planet. It is in this nutrient-rich volcanic soil, at the foothills of the monumental giant, that some of the best coffee in the world in grown.

Tanzania is enormous, bordered by a few of our other coffee producing countries, like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just below the equator, Tanzania is in a prime location for growing coffee, but produces less than one percent of the world’s Arabica coffee supply. This year, the micro-lot that we received is excellent, and we think you’ll love it too.

Coffee from Tanzania

Unique and lively with hints of white grape.

Tanzania is perfectly situated for growing exquisite coffee, yet it produces less than one percent of the world’s Arabica coffee supply. Still, this modest production plays an important role in the nation’s economy as its third largest agricultural export. This year, the micro-lot that we received is superb and we are so thankful to be able to share it with you.

This Tanzania peaberry coffee is a premium blend from high grown estates in Southern and Northern Tanzania. The Southern Estates (lunji, Utengule, and Kanji Lanji) are located in Mbozi and Mbeya, in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The Northern Estates (Mondul, Burka, Ngila, and Lyamungu) are located in the Karatu District on the slopes of the Ngorongoro crater, surrounded by the Ngila Forest reserve, as well as on the southern foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania Coffee

Altitude Grown: 1400-1800 meters
Processing: Washed, Sun-dried
Grower: Estates of N and S Tanzania
Varietal: N & KP, Kent, Bourbon

Order a bag of this limited edition coffee and taste the one-of-a-kind flavors imparted by Mount Kilimanjaro, while supporting hundreds of small family farms. Are you curious about what this month’s special Roastmaster’s Select coffee? Be the first to know by joining the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club today!

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Winesong 2018

Living in a small rural town means that we all have to work together to support our community resources. Fundraising events are seasonal cornerstones out here on the Mendocino Coast, and of all the events we participate in throughout the year Winesong is the most prestigious. Since 1985, Winesong has raised over $7.5 million for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation and has contributed to our local health care services by funding everything from ultrasound machines, ambulances, and patient beds to uninsured cancer treatments. Every year it takes the whole town, and an army of volunteers, to put this event together and Thanksgiving Coffee is always there to lend a hand to serve everyone a delicious cup of coffee.

And what a beautiful event to attend! Held every September at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, guests are surrounded by dahlias in full bloom while they enjoy wineries, musicians, and food vendors from all over California, culminating in an exciting live auction at the end.

We were happy to share our beautiful Congo medium roast with guests from near and far who appreciate a great cup of coffee while supporting health care services for our community.

Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup.

 

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

National Dog Day with the Mendocino Coast Humane Society

We love dogs here at Thanksgiving Coffee, and we are happy to celebrate National Dog Day this Sunday, August 26. Brutus and Zoe are Thanksgiving’s reliable four legged co-workers, a joyful addition to the team, always ready for a head scratch or a treat. Sometimes the twins, Venture and Mariah, stop by for a visit. And who could forget how all our hearts melted when Palmer brought his new puppy, Mocha, in to say hello?

Paul Katzeff and Brutus

We celebrate National Dog Day everyday, not just with our furry co-workers, but through our coffee. With your support, we raise money through for the local humane society with our Good Dog Blend Coffee, and we champion their wild cousins with a variety of Save the Wolves coffee roasts. Even the Art Explorers, a local non profit that helps adults with developmental challenges through art therapy, chose dogs as their main subject for 3 of their 20 unique coffee labels. Clearly, the love of dogs has a profound impact on our lives.

Art Explorers Fort Bragg

This year, we hope you will celebrate National Dog Day with a canine that you love, and maybe a cup of coffee. Pick up a package of Good Dog Blend in your favorite roast color and help find homes for pets in need. Give a friend a bag of Save Our Wolves and you can help protect the legacy of wild dogs. Whichever you choose, together we can honor our four legged friends, just by enjoying a great cup of coffee.

Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup.

   

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Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Certified B Corporation
2017 Roaster of the Year

Honey Bee Day 2018

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

Honey Bee Day

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

Thanksgiving Coffee on Honey Bee Day

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

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

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

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Radhaus Restaurant in San Francisco

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

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

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

Radhaus San Francisco

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

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
Certified B Corporation

Yunnan Coffee in the New York Times

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

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

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

www.nytimes.com

Yunnan Coffee

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

Guatemalan Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

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

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

Guatemala

Coffee from Huehuetenango, Guatemala

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

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

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

Guatemalan Coffee

About This Guatemalan Coffee

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

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

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Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

Art in the Gardens This Weekend

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

Art in the Gardens

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

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

Botanical Gardens Mendocino


Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Established 1972
2017 Roaster of the Year

Good Vybz at Reggae on the River

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

Reggae on the River

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

Thanksgiving Coffee at Reggae on the River

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

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

Good Vybz Reggae

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

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

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year
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