One of the newest additions to the Thanksgiving Coffee Store Locator is the Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Monica! This great little shop on Wilshire Boulevard just celebrated their grand opening this past Saturday, and they’re carrying the full line-up of Thanksgiving Coffee’s Songbird Coffee.
If you stop by this Wild Birds Unlimited on any given Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to taste Songbird Coffee, as well as purchase a bag. They’re serving up coffee inside the store to customers (and employees!) alongside the usual array of exceptional bird watching and bird feeding equipment.
On their opening day, this WBU store partnered with a local bird rescue group to bring in an owl and falcon as a rare treat for the folks shopping. To stay in the know for future events happening with the birding community of Santa Monica, be sure to follow them on Facebook.
Visit Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Monica
Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Monica
12433 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025 Phone: (424) 272-9000 Website: https://santamonica.wbu.com
Songbird Coffee, Benefiting the American Birding Association
Songbird Coffee is the result of the partnership between Thanksgiving Coffee and the American Birding Association. For every bag of Songbird Coffee purchased, a portion of the proceeds (10-25%) is donated directly to the ABA, benefiting their efforts to promote birding and environmental stewardship.
Every coffee in our Songbird lineup is Certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, a program put in place to protect the Neotropical Migratory Birds that live in coffee growing countries during the winter months. Coffee farms that are certified by the SMBC use a combination of foliage cover, tree height and biodiversity to provide quality habitat for birds and other wildlife. Keep an eye out for that gold seal to make sure that your coffee is doing the most for our birds!
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Every once in a while, there’s a coffee in our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club that really stands out. Our March coffee for the club has been the Enjambre Cafetalero, a micro-lot from the Mexico/Guatemala border that has the potential to become one of our favorites from the region. As a matter of fact, Paul Katzeff called it “the best Mexican coffee” he’s ever tasted.
This coffee is exclusive to members of the club, but if you sign up as a member before the end of the month, you’ll have the opportunity to be one of the few to enjoy this excellent cup.
Balanced medium body, syrupy-sweet, notes of chocolate resonate in a lasting finish.
Enjambre Cafetalero Origin Specifics
Founded: 2010 Total Members: 250 Average Farm Size: 2.08 hectares Total Size: 520 hectares Elevation: 1200-1700 meters
Enjambre Cafetalero is a cooperative society located in the region known as “La Franja de Oro” or “the Golden Belt” of coffee, located in the municipio of Amatenango la Frontera in the borderlands with Guatemala. The organization was founded in 2005 and legally incorporated in 2010. For years the farmers of Amatenango had sold their coffee to intermediary middlemen, who would in turn then sell their coffee to the national subsidiaries of transnational commodity brokerage houses for export. With the objective to bypass the predatory practices of local middlemen, Enjambre was founded in order to provide direct avenues of sale to national buyers. However, after having allied themselves with the non-profit Impacto Café, they were able to join the secondary-level organization Cafemex S.C., and develop the capacity to sell directly to international buyers while maintaining the traceability of their product.
The organization has for a long time promoted soil and water conservation as well as environmentally friendly production practices. With the accompaniment of Impacto Café they were finally able to achieve organic certification for the 2017 crop year. The cooperative has made it a goal to improve the incomes of its members by offering a higher quality, differentiated product.
Earlier this year, a Point Reyes staple celebrated their 44th anniversary, and we got the chance to have a quick meal there on a visit to Marin County. This great little spot is located in downtown Point Reyes, and is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a great meal on the Marin coastline. This is the Station House Cafe.
The Station House Cafe has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee for over 21 years now, and we are honored to be a part of this excellent establishment. Station House Cafe serves up coffee by the cup as well as espresso, and you can even order a Thanksgiving Coffee affogato (that’s a scoop of ice cream with an espresso shot)!
For a town with a population under a thousand, this place is serving up something special. With entrees ranging from Wagyu to Risotto, it’s hard to make a decision on just what to have for dinner. Not to mention the fact that these folks also serve breakfast and lunch, six days a week! Just make sure you’re not planning your visit on a Wednesday, the one day they close up shop.
On our most recent visit to Station House Cafe, the temperature was almost seventy degrees, so an iced latte was a necessity. We also ordered their excellent Point Reyes Mac and Cheese, which made for the perfect lunchtime stop before heading out to the National Park just next door.
Visit the Station House Cafe in Point Reyes
Don’t miss having a meal at the Station House Cafe next time you pass through Point Reyes Station, and be sure to order a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee while you’re there.
Station House Cafe
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 663-1515
March 12 marked the official opening of the new coffee service at Adventist Health in Clear Lake, featuring Thanksgiving Coffee Company! We’ve been working with the team at the Mountain View Cafe (inside the hospital) to create an excellent espresso bar for employees, visitors and patients at Adventist Health in Lake County.
At the new espresso bar, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from your regular cafe drinks, like lattes, cappuccinos, americanos and more. If you’re looking for just a regular cup of coffee, the Mountain View Cafe has chosen some excellent coffees: Gorilla Fund, Songbird Colombian and Songbird Decaf. Each of these Cause Coffees is a testament to Adventist Health, making a difference there in Lake County, and around the world with organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the American Birding Association.
Visiting the Roastery
Back in February, the Adventist Health team took the time to visit the Thanksgiving Coffee headquarters, and get to know the coffee roasting industry. They toured our roastery and learned the fine art of steaming milk and pulling espresso shots from our Roastmaster, Jacob Long. We got them caffeinated and introduced them to the behind-the-scenes details of coffee roasting.
Shane, Tracy, Mary and Rachelle from Adventist Health pose outside the Thanksgiving Coffee headquarters.
The Adventist Health team has done a marvelous job of setting up the new coffee station, and Thanksgiving Coffee is proud to be a part of bringing great coffee to the people of Adventist Health Clear Lake. Be sure to tell their new barista Mary hello from all of us! The coffee counter is open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Adventist Health Clear Lake
15630 18th Ave
Clearlake, CA 95422
The past year went by in a flash, and it’s hard to believe that we are already three months into 2018. Now that it’s March, we are celebrating the one year anniversary for a coffee that is very special to us: our Congo Coffee, benefiting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International!
With a year of supporting the Grauer’s gorillas of the Democratic Republic of Congo under our belts, we wanted to take a look back and see what’s happened in the past year with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
The DFGFI Turned Fifty
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this last September; this milestone is an tremendous accomplishment for wildlife conservation. Dian Fossey was a true visionary and pioneer, and the team working for the DFGFI now has held up her legacy in a huge way.
Grauer’s Gorillas Numbers are Higher than Originally Thought
In the middle of 2017, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International was thrilled to learn that there were more Grauer’s gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of Congo than originally estimated. This is an uplifting discovery for the non-profit, which has just begun surveying Congo’s enormous Maiko Park where these gorillas live. Read more about this Grauer’s gorilla discovery.
New Research Center in Rwanda
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi made a commitment to build a new research facility in Rwanda to further the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Check out Ellen and Portia’s video here.
We are so excited to move into our second year of supporting the Grauer’s gorillas, and our fifteenth year of partnering with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased our Gorilla Fund and Congo Coffees. Your Cause Coffee subscriptions are the reason we are able to help these organizations that do so much for the wildlife of our planet.
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As you’re cruising along Hwy 1 through Mendocino and Sonoma County, you are most often looking west, toward the brilliant cliffs and headlands of our coastline. We’re challenging you to take an eastward turn on your next trip to the northern Sonoma coastline, because a new cafe has opened that you do not want to miss.
The all-new Ranch Cafe is just a quick turn inland from the highway onto Annapolis Road in Sea Ranch. We’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of the newest coastal cafe in Sonoma County, and we are so excited that their doors have opened. And as a bonus, they are serving up Thanksgiving Coffee alongside some delicious sandwiches, pastries and desserts.
“Great service with a smile! Delicious coffee!” Charmaine
“The Ranch Cafe is The Hot Spot for breakfast and lunch ~ yummy food with lots of selection, great prices and top notch customer service.” Jami
“We happened to find this cute little cafe while visiting Sea Ranch. It’s an awesome family owned business and I got a wonderful Latte! We will be back!” Adela
Visit the Ranch Cafe in Sea Ranch, California
The team at the Ranch Cafe is bringing excellent service and delicious food to the Sonoma coastline, and we are proud to be their coffee of choice. You can bet we’re planning to stop by every chance we get!
The Ranch Cafe
35590 Verdant View
Sea Ranch, California
Phone: (707) 785-4529
Nope, that’s not the pi(e) that we care about. The pie we care about is filled with sugar and fruits, and wrapped up in a warm yummy crust. We’re talking about pie. It may be Pi Day (3/14), but we’re celebrating good old pie today.
You can find Thanksgiving Coffee at two different pie shops in Northern California, Petaluma Pie Company and Kemmy’s Pies! Both of these companies are blow-your-mind good, and use organic, local, wholesome ingredients. Plus, they can serve you a cup Thanksgiving Coffee alongside a slice of your favorite pie.
Daylight Savings Time began on Sunday, and we are feeling it. If your office is anything like the Thanksgiving Coffee headquarters, there will be a lot of coffee consumed this week to make up for that lost hour.
Need that extra kick of caffeine? Our Pony Express is called The Jackhammer of Coffees for a reason. Pick up a bag, and get ready to take on your day with a lot more gusto.
Happy Daylight Savings, everyone!
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This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to spread the word about how wildlife inspires you. It’s also a chance to raise awareness for organizations that are doing the work to protect these creatures. Because of your support, we are able to partner with these groundbreaking non-profits, who are making a difference for wildlife all over the world:
Click the links below to learn more about each of these organizations:
If you’ve ordered our classic Mocha Java in the past few days, you may have spotted a difference in our packaging. Our new label design features a map that illustrates the story behind Mocha Java. In this blog post, we’re going to give you a little history lesson—so pour a cup of java (or grab yourself a mocha?) and have a seat.
While the word “mocha” may also refer to your favorite chocolate-y drink, that is not what we’re referring to in today’s post. Mocha Java is a historic blend of two origins an ocean away from each other: Indonesia and Yemen.
The History of Mocha Java
Back in the 1400s to 1600s, the majority of Europe’s coffee intake came out of the Red Sea, from the Port of Mocha [Makha or Mokha]. This coffee was grown in the country of Yemen, but was referred to by the name of the port from which it came. In the Pacific Islands, it was the same story. Most Indonesian coffee was coming out of a port on the island of Java, controlled by the Dutch East India Trading Company. This led to the term “java”, which has remained as slang for coffee to this day.
These two ports caffeinated most of the coffee-drinking world in those days, and trading ships passed through both on the same trip. Although 5,000 miles separated them, coffee from Java and Yemen lived together on the sailing vessels that made their way across the Indian Ocean and back to Europe. These two origins came together as the very first blend in the world of coffee, and it’s a combination that roasters continue to emulate.
The above pictures are a few examples of historic Mocha Java blends.
Mocha Java Today
These days, your typical Mocha Java has a few slight variations. Most roasters (and coffee enthusiasts) prefer Indonesian coffee to be sourced from Sumatra, the next island over from Java. On the Middle Eastern side, buyers will often source their “mocha” from the African country of Ethiopia, across the Red Sea from Yemen.
This is the case for our own homage to Mocha Java. For the Thanksgiving Coffee Mocha Java blend, we source our “java” from farmers in the the Takengon region of Sumatra, Indonesia. Our “mocha” is a natural-processed coffee that comes from farmer cooperatives in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Our Mocha Java is a coffee that we’ve perfected over decades of roasting, and we strive to maintain its consistency.
The history of Mocha Java is a history of the coffee world as a whole. The coffee industry has changed significantly over the past five centuries, and we love looking back and researching where it all came from. Next time you brew up a cup of our Mocha Java, take your time drinking it, because you are sipping a truly historic coffee.
Mocha Java, Deconstructed
Now that you know the background of the Mocha Java, you have the opportunity to create your own. Our organic Sumatran Coffee is available in two roast colors, and we have three different organic Ethiopian coffees that you can choose from online. You can mix up the “mocha” and “java” to create your own perfect blend.
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