Honduras Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

Each month, it is our privilege to bring exclusive single origins coffees to the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club. In 2018 alone, we’ve featured coffees from Ecuador, Mexico, Malawi, Sulawesi and Tanzania. This month, our coffee selection was grown in the beautiful country of Honduras, by members of the Cafe Organico Marcala Cooperative.

Honduras Coffee

Coffee from Honduras

Cafe Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA) is a cooperative with 641 members in the Marcala region. This area is between 1300-1700 meters above sea level, and is a protected designation of origin within the department of La Paz, Honduras. COMSA boasts a newly renovated wet mill for processing and a demonstration farm where innovations in organic farming are being perfected.

Altitude Grown: 1300-1700 meters
Processing: Wet processed
Cooperative: Cafe Organico Marcala (COMSA)
Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras

Coffee from Honduras

Sourcing Honduras Coffee

Roastmaster Jacob Long sourced this Honduran coffee earlier in the year, while on the lookout for unique origins for the Coffee Club. Our friends at Cooperative Coffees have been working with COMSA for about a decade, and have often recommended the cooperative for their coffee’s quality and efforts in sustainability. This group has brought us spectacular coffees in the past, such as the Miriam Perez Honey Process lot that we featured in the Coffee Club during September of 2017.

This coffee is Fairtrade, Organic AND Bird-Friendly certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. We are always honored to feature coffees that hold such important certifications which ensure that the coffee is truly sustainably sourced. Unfortunately, we are unable to include these certifications on the labels for our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club’s because they are only available for a short time, and it takes a while for the certifiers to approve the label.

Honduran Coffee Flavor Description

Unique and lively, layered notes of almond and red fruit.

Washed Honduran coffees are typically nutty and chocolatey, and you won’t often find fruity washed coffees from Honduras, making this coffee from the COMSA cooperative unique. While we typically roast the club coffees to a medium roast color, this coffee is inherently rich, and cupped so well at the light roast level that when we tasted it we knew it was perfect. This roast color really accentuates the notes of almond and hints of red fruit in the finish.

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Coffee at Tocaya Organica Restaurants

Since we first announced that Tocaya Organica started serving Thanksgiving Coffee, this organic Mexican food restaurant in Southern California has only continued to grow. We are excited to announce that Thanksgiving Coffee is now being served at two new Tocaya locations, in El Segundo and San Diego!

Tocaya Organica Coffee

This brings the total number of Tocaya Organica restaurants to seven, with three more on the way. We are excited to be partnered with such an innovative restaurant group, and excited that we align so well with their sustainable and organic business model.

Head on into any of the Tocaya Organica restaurants throughout Los Angeles and San Diego to pick up a cup of fairtrade and organic espresso. As a bonus, the new San Diego location is serving up Thanksgiving Coffee cold brew–a necessity for those warm SoCal days.

Tocaya Organica Coffee on Social Media

Patrons of Tocaya all over Southern California are sharing their photos of Organic coffee, as they partake of excellent Mexican food. Take a peek at some of our favorites below:

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New Tocaya Organica Locations

TOCAYA ORGANICA SAN DIEGO
755 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 343-2898

TOCAYA ORGANICA EL SEGUNDO
850 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245
(424) 352-0876

Have you visited this organic Mexican restaurant yet? Stop by next time you’re in the Los Angeles or San Diego area, and be sure to tell them thank you for serving Fairtrade and Organic Thanksgiving Coffee Company! Grab a cup of coffee, and share it on Facebook or Instagram.

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Coffee from Yunnan

Although the region is best known for its excellent teas, an alternative agricultural product has attracted interest in the farmlands of the Yunnan Province. While tea plants have been grown in China for a millennia, the coffee tree has only been cultivated there for under 150 years. Larger scale coffee production didn’t begin until the 1950s, and at that point too, the coffee being grown in China was only really being consumed in China, with little being exported to the rest of the world.

China’s coffee production has been through some changes in just the past decade, and as this origin comes into its own and enters the specialty market, coffee drinkers around the globe are taking a look at what Yunnan has to offer.

Coffee Farms in Yunnan

Here at Thanksgiving Coffee, we’ve been bringing rare and unique origins to the table for almost half a century. Co-founder and CEO Paul Katzeff was one of the founding members of the Specialty Coffee Association of America back in 1982, and has long been an on-the-ground advocate for guiding coffee producing countries into the world of specialty by helping farmers bring out the best in their coffee beans.

In the 1980’s, when specialty coffee was still a new idea and Starbucks wasn’t yet a household name, Paul was traveling to coffee origins and learning about what makes coffee great. We spent our time developing relationships with farmers and educating workers at origin on what makes an excellent cup of coffee.

Coffee farmers in Yunnan, China

With this decades-long history of providing for farmers at origin, Thanksgiving Coffee was the first call that Karen made when she was ready to start finding roasters for her newest rare coffee: Manlao River Specialty from the Yunnan Province of China.

“Paul is a visionary in many ways, and was the logical first call for this project. As the first roaster to travel to origin and understand the urgency of combating the pollution of our planet, Paul has been the champion of numerous movements in the SCA(A). Our culture has a problem with China on many levels, and I think Thanksgiving Coffee is the right leader to take on this coffee in this rather tough political climate.”

– Karen Cebreros of Global Coffee Trading

Karen is a mainstay in the world of specialty coffee, and a great friend of ours for many years. Paul and Karen have traveled to Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua on various origin trips together, and she was an instrumental piece of bringing the first certified Organic coffees to the United States. We are delighted to be the very first coffee roaster in the United States to roast and sell this coffee, both online and in grocery stores and cafes.

Karen Cebreros

Manlao River Specialty Coffee

The Manlao River project began as a poverty alleviation initiative in the Southern Yunnan region, near the border of Laos. The opportunity arose to use a 10,000 hectare lot in this area to help impoverished farmers with a new product—coffee.

The coffee from this region of Yunnan comes from two estates, ManZhongTian and Nagy. ManZhongTian sits at 1300-1500 meters, with a lot of shade. The fruit coming out of this estate is denser, with beans that mature a bit slower than their counterparts at the Nagy estate. Nagy is situated between 1200-1400 meters, and the cherries here are harvested a little earlier in the season.

These two coffees come together to create a profile that Roastmaster Jacob Long calls “Rich and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and toasted nuts.”

“Rich and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and toasted nuts.”

Thanksgiving Coffee and China

Yunnan Coffee from ChinaWe first sourced from Yunnan in the early 1980s, as the first coffee roaster in the United States to sell coffee from China. Three decades later, we are excited to once again feature this unique single origin as a part of our ongoing lineup of specialty coffee. Coffee from Yunnan has come a long way in the past few decades, and we are happy to support the continued growth of these new coffee farmers that are bringing their product to the world.

Thanksgiving Coffee Company is reintroducing coffee from China for the second first time, with coffee better than ever. As a nod to the coffee’s legacy, we have even brought back the original label design from 35 years ago.

Yunnan as a Specialty Coffee Origin

This year, China was featured as the Specialty Coffee Association’s “Portrait Country” during the annual Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle. This new emergence of coffee from China’s Yunnan Province is due largely to the work of Ted Lingle. Ted was also a founding member of the SCA, and served as the executive director of the Coffee Quality Institute for a number of years, as well. Ted has been working with the Yunnan Coffee Exchange to improve the coffee coming from this region, and coffee drinkers everywhere should be extremely thankful for his work.

Thanks to Ted and Karen, the farmers of the Yunnan Province of China are growing better and better coffee, and we are the very first to bring Manlao River Specialty coffee to you, our customers. This coffee is available online, and you can also look forward to seeing a selection of Yunnan Province Coffee at grocery stores throughout California and beyond.

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2017 Roaster of the Year

Thanksgiving Coffee Company was established in 1972, on the Mendocino Coastline by co-founders Paul and Joan Katzeff. Almost fifty years later, Thanksgiving continues to operate its roastery on the shores of the Noyo River, with Paul and Joan at the helm, along with their son, Jonah Katzeff. Thanksgiving Coffee is a certified B Corporation, and has won a number of awards over the year, including Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year title in 2017, the SCAA’s Sustainability Award in 2004 and 2012, and B Lab’s Best for the World commendation in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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First Day of Summer

Summertime brings so many fun things to Mendocino County, and as the tourists start flooding our coastline, we thought it was a good time to do a roundup of our favorite summer events here in Fort Bragg and Mendocino. This place has so much to offer, and there’s no better time to celebrate the goodness than on the First Day of Summer!

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
June 22 – June 24
Sierra Nevada is just a day away, this weekend in Boonville. For the 25th year in a row, this reggae music festival is sure to be a good time–and Thanksgiving Coffee will be serving coffee at the STEEP Organic Coffee & Teas tent!

Fourth of July in Mendocino
July 4
If you’re on the coast for Independence Day, you are in for a treat. The Mendopendence Parade takes place at noon on the Fourth of July, making its way through downtown Mendocino. After the parade, you can stroll over to the Kelley House for a BBQ, visit Ukiah Street for a block party, or just wander around the shops and enjoy the local flavor.

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ
July 7
Just after the Fourth of July is Fort Bragg’s annual “World’s Largest Salmon BBQ.” This event has been happening for 47 years, and it’s a staple in the community. The BBQ raises money for salmon habitat restoration here on our coastline, and we serve coffee every year. The event takes place on the south side of Noyo Harbor, just down the hill from the Thanksgiving Coffee Roastery.

Mendocino Music Festival
July 7 – July 21
For two weeks in July, Mendocino is filled with the sweet sounds of music! Performers from all over the world come to the coast to entertain tourists and locals alike on the headlands, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Noyo Headlands Race
August 5
The first annual Noyo Headlands Race is happening on August 5, now that the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail is open from Noyo Bridge to MacKerricher Park. This event is going to feature a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and a few different races for the kids, as well.

Paul Bunyan Days
September 1 – 3
This event over Labor Day Weekend brings us back to the logging days of Mendocino County. It’s a weekend of competitions with axes, saws and a lot of plaid. The annual parade occurs on Labor Day itself, and finishes up with the joyous sounds of the Humboldt State Marching Lumberjacks, who always put on quite a show.

Winesong
September 8
As the summer winds to a close, we finish up with one last excellent event to complete the list. Winesong is probably the most popular event that happens here on the Mendocino Coast, and is attended by people from all over the state of California. This fundraising event for the local hospital is held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and features the best food and beverages from restaurants, vineyards and breweries all over Mendocino County. Do not miss Winesong 2018!

Enjoy this long beautiful First Day of Summer… and all the gorgeous days of summer to follow!

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Sierra Nevada Music Festival

One of Northern California’s favorite music festivals is coming up once again. The great Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is celebrating its 25th year this weekend! Pulling in some of the greatest names in reggae, this event draws enormous crowds to Mendocino County, with everyone descending on Boonville to dance, sing, relax and have a grand time.

We are a part of that crowd, and are excited to announce that our partners at STEEP in Hopland will be serving Thanksgiving Coffee at this year’s Sierra Nevada Music Festival!

Sierra Nevada Music Festival

Coffee at Sierra Nevada

Ever since STEEP opened three years ago, they’ve been serving Thanksgiving Coffee out of their bright yellow building on the edge of Hopland. Mike and Jess and the STEEP staff will be serving Thanksgiving Coffee espresso and cold brew at Sierra Nevada this year, in the main music bowl at the Valley Village Stage. We’re also providing coffee for the performers backstage, keeping everyone at the festival caffeinated!

Coffee at Sierra Nevada

The STEEP team is serving up espresso drinks and regular coffee, alongside some excellent cold brew. The cold brew we’re bringing for the festival is our Upsetter, a light roast espresso blend that draws its name from Lee “Scratch” Perry. Lee is an artist, producer and innovator in the world of reggae, and actually performed at Sierra Nevada in 2017.

Upsetter at Sierra Nevada

Be sure to stop by and tell the STEEP Coffee team thank you for serving locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2018! We are honored to be a part of this event, and can’t wait to join in on the dance floor this weekend.

Thanksgiving Coffee in Anderson Valley

Wondering where else around Boonville you can snag a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee? Here’s a list of our accounts throughout Anderson Valley!

BOONVILLE

Lizbby’s Restaurant and Bar
Anderson Valley Market
Redwood Drive In

PHILO

Lemon’s Market
Philo Apple Farm

NAVARRO

Navarro General Store

YORKVILLE

Yorkville Market

CLOVERDALE

Dahlia and Sage
Eagles Nest Deli
Hamburger Ranch

Pollinator Week 2018

This week we are celebrating pollinators, and the important work they do for our earth. Happy Pollinator Week, everyone! Thanksgiving Coffee created Bee Bold Coffee in 2015, raising money for legislative action and worldwide awareness for bees through Friends of the Earth, as well as local pollinator awareness through the Noyo Food Forest here on the Mendocino Coast.

Thanks to your generous support of this project, we’ve donated over $17,000 to these two organizations!

This week is Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week is June 18 – June 24, and it’s an excellent opportunity to spread the word about the importance of our bees 🐝

Order an extra bag of Bee Bold Coffee this month to share with your friends, family and coworkers! Let’s work together to make sure these vital pollinators continue to thrive on our planet.

Pollinator Week, Save the Bees

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Best for the World: Thanksgiving Coffee

For the third year in a row, Thanksgiving Coffee Company is proud to be named one of B Lab’s Best for the World companies. This distinction is in honor of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities around us, through our partnerships with international conservation groups, as well as local nonprofits.

Best for the World
Photo from Dusty Study

What is a “Best for the World” B Corporation?

B Corporations are at the front of a global movement, encouraging people everywhere to use business as a force for good. Over two thousand for-profit companies are making a difference in communities all over the world by giving back and becoming more transparent. In order to achieve a B Corp certification, companies must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Every year, B Lab highlights the Certified B Corporations with scores in the top 10% of the entire global community. These are separated out into four different categories: Environment, Community, Workers and Customers. Thanksgiving Coffee Company was in the top 10% of the Community category, and proudly carries the title Best for the World for the third year in a row!

Thanksgiving Coffee Gives Back

Have you taken a look at our Cause Coffee program? We’ve partnered with a wide range of amazing organizations, locally and internationally. 

Mendo Woodlands

Thanksgiving Coffee Company 
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Wild Grounds Coffee: One Year Anniversary

One year ago, we launched Wild Grounds Coffee, in partnership with the American Wild Horse Campaign. This organization is working to stop the federal government’s systematic elimination of wild horses and burros from our public lands.

Wild Horse Campaign

Thanks to our generous group of customers and supporters of wild horses everywhere, we’ve been able to donate almost $4,000 to the AWHC, helping fund their efforts to protect these majestic creatures. We are excited to look forward to another 365 days with the American Wild Horse Campaign, and will continue to support them for as long as our wild horses need us!

Coffee Club Subscription

Have you joined the cause yet? You can sign up for a monthly Cause Coffee subscription right here on our website. For every purchase you make of Wild Grounds Coffee, we donate 25% to the AWHC.

Already a Wild Grounds Coffee Club member? Thank you for being a part of the solution! Grab an extra couple of bags this month to pass out to friends and family, to help raise awareness for these majestic creatures. Let’s spread the word about the plight of our wild horses, and work together toward protecting them.

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Coffee Descriptions

Not sure what roast color is your style? Take a look at our Roast Color page to learn more about the differences between light, medium, dark and French roasts.

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World Oceans Day: Noyo Marine Science Center

If you’ve spent any time following Thanksgiving Coffee on social media, you know how much we love the place where we live. Our roastery is less than half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll routinely find us walking the headlands at lunch and heading to the beaches for sunsets after work. The ocean is in our blood. June 8 is World Oceans Day, and this year we are partnering with the Noyo Center for Marine Science in support of their 2018 campaign: Help the Kelp.

Help the Kelp for World Oceans Day

This campaign is focused on bull kelp, an essential part of the Pacific Ocean’s ecosystem, and a seaweed that has been disappearing from our coastline. Learn more in this excerpt from the Noyo Center’s Help the Kelp page:

Bull kelp forests are the foundation – or structure – of our nearshore coastal ecosystem. The floating canopy of this brown algae gives shelter to young fish and the kelp itself provides food for valuable species, such as red abalone and red sea urchin.

Today, our kelp forests are in serious trouble. Though annually variable, in the past five years, California’s kelp forests have decreased by 93% of normal. Higher sea surface temperatures in recent years have limited kelp growth, and sea star wasting disease has removed a key predator of purple sea urchins, a voracious eater of kelp. Though our waters have cooled this past year, the explosion of the purple urchin population—60 times higher than normal—has prevented the kelp forests from recovering from these multiple blows.

The Noyo Center is raising awareness, and bringing people together to learn more and do something about this issue. Mendocino is very lucky to have this inspiring group of people here in our county, and they’ve proven that they can get things done time and time again, most recently through the Orca Project here in Fort Bragg.

Noyo Center Cause Coffee

We have created a Cause Coffee, which will only be available at the Noyo Center. This allows the nonprofit to get the largest amount of donations right back into their organization. While you can’t sign up for a club subscription with this coffee, as it will only be available for a limited time, you CAN buy multiple packages and give them out to friends and family.

Our oceans are not only special and beautiful–they’re an essential part of the existence on our planet. Everyone has to work together to protect natural resources like our kelp forests, and this is one small way to give back. If you want to make an even bigger impact, you can also donate directly to the Noyo Center. This organization is doing important work, and we are happy to have them in our community, working toward healthier oceans for everyone.

Noyo Center World Oceans Day

Noyo Center for Marine Science
155 Cypress St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 733-6696
noyocenter.org

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Bird-Friendly Coffee at Stow Lake

For well over a century, Stow Lake has been a San Francisco landmark, a gorgeous piece of the Golden Gate Park scenery. In 1893, this man-made lake was created as a way for  people to escape the city, relax and enjoy the scenery–and it continues to be that oasis to this day.

Stow Lake Boathouse

Golden Gate Park is home to a huge variety of songbirds, and has long been an important stopping place for migratory birds on their way up and down the West Coast. This little shelter in the sprawling metropolis of the Bay Area is vital to their journey, and Stow Lake offers the cover they need to rest their wings as they travel. This also makes it a great spot for Bay Area birders to spot more rare species passing through.

Stow Lake Boathouse

The park is also home to the Stow Lake Boathouse, managed by the excellent folks at Ortega Family Enterprises, who operate cafes and concession stands on a number of properties, including the majestic Muir Woods. It only made sense that the Stow Lake Boathouse chose vendors that reflect the values of their unique landscape and substantial bird populations, so as of last month, they are now serving Thanksgiving’s Songbird Coffee lineup! They chose the coffees that would benefit birders and birds everywhere, through the American Birding Association.

Stow Lake, and Golden Gate Park as a whole, offer a chance to put aside stress and worries, take a boat out on the water, and just relax. Thanksgiving Coffee is wholeheartedly a believer in connecting with nature, and Stow Lake lines up with our principles in every way!

On your next visit to San Francisco, grab a cup of coffee at the Stow Lake Boathouse Cafe, and meander around the lake at your leisure. Slow down, enjoy the scenery, and tell them thank you from us for serving Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

Stow Lake Boathouse

50 Stow Lake Dr E
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 702-1390
stowlakeboathouse.com

Cafe Hours:

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily

Boat Rental Hours:

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Daily

Songbird Coffee

Our partnership with the American Birding Association has been a decades long project, promoting the importance of shade-grown coffee, and care for migratory birds at coffee origins in Central and South America. Our current lineup includes coffees from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia and Mexico, at farms that have been certified ‘Bird-Friendly’ by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Click the image below to learn more!

Songbird Coffee

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