Every year, we have the great opportunity to serve Thanksgiving Coffee at the food and wine-tasting event held in the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Winesong is an annual charity auction, as well as a wine and food tasting, benefiting the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Foundation. Over three decades, this event has raised almost $8 million for improvements in local healthcare, and we make it a point to be there, doing our part.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see more about what the funds raised from Winesong goes to here in Fort Bragg!
This year, we were especially excited to join in on the festivities, because we were able to serve our spectacular nitro cold brew. We poured through three kegs of our nitro – about fourteen gallons!
Thanks to everyone who came out to support our local hospitals, see you at Winesong 2018! Check out their website, and make sure you don’t miss next year’s event: www.winesong.org
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Since 1984 the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation has engaged in fundraising and community activities to provide support for vital equipment and services at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Our unique rural locale presents an environment in which the provision of comprehensive hospital services and up-to-date equipment is a tremendous challenge. The Hospital Foundation exists to help the Hospital and our community to meet these challenges.
That’s right, folks. Since 1994, Klekolo World Coffee has been serving up excellent espresso, with spectacular customer service. This year, Klekolo won the title Best Coffee House in Connecticut, from Connecticut Magazine. This comment from the magazine says it all:
“There is something very Middletown about Klekolo World Coffee. Italian-speaking construction workers drinking espresso, punk or emo or metal music on the stereo, and an endless parade of interesting characters. Klekolo speaks to the essence of this offbeat, not-quite-college town. Tons of varieties of coffee. Live music. Constant eavesdropping and people-watching opportunities.”
If you ever find yourself in Middletown, don’t miss out on a chance to stop in and order a cup of coffee! Klekolo has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee since the day they opened, and we love having the opportunity to work with Yvette and her awesome team of baristas. Check out some of these photos from recent visitors to Klekolo – the Best Coffee House in Connecticut!
Get a great cup of coffee at the address below:
Klekolo World Coffee
181 Court St
Middletown, CT 06457
August 26 is National Dog Day, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how… by hanging out with man’s best friend! In honor of the 2017 National Dog Day on Saturday, here are some of the cutest puppy pics we could find from a few of our cafe accounts across the country!
And of course, National Dog Day wouldn’t be complete without a throwback to our office pups on Take Your Dog to Work Day! Lot’s of love for Zoe (left) and Brutus (right), who are both at the Thanksgiving Coffee roastery almost every day.
Support the Mendocino Coast Humane Society on National Dog Day!
We can’t close out a post about National Dog Day without one really important note. The pups in the photos above are all happy and loved by their humans — but there are so many dogs out there who don’t get the same love and devotion that every pet should receive. This is why we partner with the Mendocino Coast Humane Society to support the abandoned animals of Mendocino County. We have a full lineup of roast colors for our Good Dog and Cat Nap Blends, featuring a sweet former resident of the MCHS.
This Cause Coffee supports the efforts of the humane society to find homes for the animals that need it! Shop our lineup below:
Cities and communities across the line of totality have been preparing for a once in a lifetime experience: a coast to coast total solar eclipse in the United States. From West Coast to East, the line of totality touches Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. The last time we had a total solar eclipse this viewable from North America was in 1918. It’s been almost a century, and folks have been waiting for this event for a long time. Do you have enough coffee to get you through the two minutes you’ll be in complete darkness? (we suggest a light roast to balance out the event)
(We had a little bit of fun creating a coffee bean eclipse below… enjoy! If it isn’t loading for you, you can view it on YouTube)
Foggy in Fort Bragg
Here along the Mendocino Coast, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for blue skies. We’re dead in the middle of Fog-ust (that’s coastal living for you!), so we’ll get the darkness, likely without that view of the ring around the sun. Below is a shot of a partial solar eclipse (which is what we’ll have here in Fort Bragg), in foggy Austria back in 2011.
Cristaudo’s in Carbondale
We have one account that is exactly on the line of totality, in Southern Illinois. As one of the best spots for viewing (the longest duration and most perfect eclipse), Cristaudo’s Cafe in Carbondale is preparing for a crazy weekend ahead. If you’re traveling that way to view the eclipse, be sure to stop by and grab a cup of coffee! They’ve stocked up on adorable eclipse-themed cookies, and have a great selection of Thanksgiving Coffee to offer.
Good luck out there!
Thanksgiving Coffee Company • 2017 Roaster of the Year •
In the heat of Northern Georgia, the coffee roasting world is coming together for 18th annual Roasters Guild Retreat! We sent our Roastmaster Jacob Long, Roaster Joshua Long and Roastmaster Emeritus Paul Katzeff to the Lake Lanier Islands for a four-day roasting event.
What’s the best way to celebrate National Honey Bee Day? Raise awareness for the plight of the bees – and learn more about what you can do to help. Take a moment to read the Friends of the Earth bee action page on protecting our pollinators, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels. This is a great way to raise awareness and inform your friends. Continue to scroll through that page for more information on pesticides, and the way neonicotinoids are hurting our bees.
Bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we eat. Without them, grocery stores would run short of some of our most important and nutritious foods. Coffee? You’ll need to cut back. Nuts and berries for breakfast? I don’t think so. A yummy salad? Your bowl will be nearly empty.
Pollinators are in great peril; their populations are declining around the world. Friends of the Earth works to eliminate pollinator-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids and glyphosate and shift to organic farming systems that are healthier for bees, butterflies, people and the planet.
Did you know that Thanksgiving Coffee Company has it’s own beehive now? Back in June, bees swarmed in our apple orchard, and members of the Bee Bold Mendocino and local Mendocino Coast Beekeeping group helped us guide the swarm into our own beehive. Take a look at the video below!
Going to camp and spending time in nature should not be a luxury afforded to the few, but the birthright of all Americans. More people live in cities now than ever before, and access to wild places is limited. We need the next generation to care about open spaces, clean water, and fresh air, even while they live in a city, which is why it is our responsibility to insure that kids from all walks of life have access to the great outdoors.
The Mendocino Woodlands, a registered National Historic Landmark, is one the original 46 Recreation Demonstration Areas planned and built as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Today, it is one of only two RDAs still in operation, serving its original purpose of group camping and outdoor education, without interruption and virtually unaltered, since opening in 1938.
Each year, over 1,000 youths attend the various Mendocino Woodlands Camps. For many, this will be their first time exploring under a canopy of redwood trees, or seeing the night sky filled with stars. During their stay they will learn about flowers, and trees, and wild animals. They will sing songs, play games, make friends, and most of all, they will have happy memories of the great outdoors to cherish forever. Together, we must all be invested in the outdoor education of our kids, and now you, too, can lend a hand.
After many years and countless miles, the loyal Woodlands flatbed truck is ready for retirement. Without this vital piece of equipment, they will be unable to transport supplies in and out of the remote campground. The Mendocino Woodlands has served the community through thick and thin for almost 80 years, and now they need our help.
Thanksgiving Coffee is a proud supporter of the Mendocino Woodlands. In addition to their Cause Coffee, we are spreading the word about their fund-raising campaign for a new truck. We hope you will consider a small investment in the next generation by pitching in, or buying a bag or two of their Restore & Explore Cause Coffee. Lend a hand and raise your cup to the Mendocino Woodlands, a true American legacy.
You may have noticed our new look by now… Thanksgiving Coffee has new bags!
This design is the result of months of work on the part of our Thanksgiving Coffee team – specifically our Brand Manager, Marchelo Bresciani. Our goals for this new package design were to celebrate our 70’s roots, and to help you find coffees that you can be confident you will enjoy. This post outlines some of the major things you’ll notice on your bag of Thanksgiving Coffee.
Roaster of the Year 2017
After winning this prestigious title from Roast Magazine, we knew it had to be an integral part of our packaging design, as well. You’ll notice in the far right image above, that our 2017 Roaster of the Year seal is prominently featured on the left side of our new design.
The style of our new bags is a reflection of where we started. Thanksgiving Coffee Company was founded in 1972, and the rich/bold style of seventies can be seen in our new design. Bright yellow, orange and red splash across the bag – a reflection of award ribbons and racing stripes, in our classic colors. These colors were the inspiration of Brand Manager Marchelo, looking at coffee cherries at origin, and using those colors to represent who we are.
In addition to this coloring, we have a new way of designing our labels that puts the focus on roast color. The roast color determines about 80% of a coffee’s flavor, so we designed our new labels to make the roast color easy to spot at a glance. (Learn more about this on our Roast Color 101 blog!)
Light Roast in Yellow, Medium Roast in Orange, Dark Roast in Brown, Very Dark (French) Roast in Dark Brown.
It’s no secret that coffee certifications are a big deal. Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Bird-Friendly, Organic, Non-GMO – the number of certifications that a coffee roaster can get is overwhelming. At Thanksgiving Coffee Company, we have a number of certifications that we researched and vetted. We certify our coffees through the organizations that are doing the best work: for farmers at origin, for migratory bird conservancy, and for our customers. These are the certifications that we have chosen:
B Corp Certification, through B Lab
Fairtrade Certified, through Fairtrade America
Certified Bird-Friendly, through the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
USDA Organic, through CCOF
Kosher Certification, through OK Kosher
These certifications are featured on various coffees throughout our lineup. Our Bird-Friendly coffee is our Songbird Collection, benefiting the American Birding Association. You’ll find Fairtrade Certified and Certified Organic coffees throughout our entire selection, and our company as a whole is certified as a B Corporation. Every single coffee bean that comes from our Roastery is also Certified Kosher. You can learn more about each of these certifications in the Sustainability section of our website.
In the new package design, you’ll spot our Fairtrade and Organic certification right there on the front label! Our B Corp and Kosher certifications are listed along with our Roaster of the Year badge along the side of every package.
Share a Photo of Your Thanksgiving Coffee Bag
We love seeing our customers share photos of their Thanksgiving Coffee at home. Next time you receive a package of coffee, send it to us! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram by searching for AJUSTCUP. Cheers!
• Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup •
May Gray. June Gloom. Fog-ust. Summer fog on the Mendocino Coast is so much more than an atmospheric condition; it’s a season. While some places may also experience seasonal fog, what happens here every summer begs to be experienced first hand in order to be truly appreciated. All visibility is completely obstructed behind the uniforming haze of grey, while the damp, heavy air smothers the breeze and mutes all sound. Standing in the middle a thick a summer fog is a disorientating form of sensory deprivation, and it’s no wonder how these conditions lead to what is considered to be the most significant shipwreck on the west coast.
On a foggy summer evening in 1850, a sailing brig named the Frolic struck the reef just north of Point Cabrillo, forever changing the fate of the California coast by leading to the discovery of the towering redwood forests. The lumber harvested in the years to follow would build the city of San Francisco and lead to the creation of towns and mills all along the Mendocino coast. But first, they would need a guiding light to prevent other ships from suffering the fate of the Frolic.
The Point Cabrillo Light Station was first illuminated in 1909, and it’s light shone bright thanks to a modern marvel known as the Fresnel lens. The creation of the Fresnel lens was an enormous technological breakthrough in its time, and one that we still see today. The Point Cabrillo Light Station houses one of only three Fresnel lenses in the United States made by the English firm Chance Brothers, and one of the few still in operation today.
Thanks to the stalwart commitment of Point Cabrillo Light Keepers Association, this beautiful and unique piece of history remains in full operation, but it’s no small task to keep the light on. Over it’s 100 year history, the lighthouse has been threatened with closure or decommissioning on more than one occasion, and each time the community has rallied in support of our shining light. Thanksgiving Coffee is proud to play a small role in preserving this priceless legacy with the Light Keepers Blend fundraising coffee. Clear away the morning fog with a cup of coffee, while supporting a lighthouse that does the same.
Happy National Lighthouse Day!
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup.
Today is #NationalLighthouseDay and we are celebrating this piece of art along our Mendocino coastline: the Point…
Every month, our Roastmaster Jacob Long chooses a coffee in our warehouse to spotlight for the month. Our Latest Arrival is the coffee that has been delivered most recently to the Thanksgiving Coffee Roastery, and you’ll find that these coffees astound every time.
The latest arrival for August is our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry, and tasting this coffee at its freshest is not something to be missed. This light roast from Africa has a unique mouthfeel with hints of milk chocolate, ripe peach, and caramel. We’re especially fond of this single origin, because it helped solidify our title as 2017 Roaster of the Year, from Roast Magazine. Along with our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Paul’s Blend, the Kenya Nyeri Peaberry was judged during a blind tasting alongside a variety of other entrants – and came out on top.
This year’s crop continues to perform well, and now that we’ve established this relationship with the Othaya group, we hope to see many more years of great tasting Kenyan Coffee. We had the opportunity to meet with Jim and Phyllis, representing the Othaya Cooperative, at the Global Coffee Expo back in April, and snagged this photo of them with our Roastmaster, Jacob Long.
A week later, we received this note:
It was so nice to meet you at SCA and learn that the coffee we produce helped you win Roaster of the Year. I am so glad our Othaya Peaberry performed so well. That is really a tribute to your ability to find the sweet spot of that coffee.
I hope you are just as happy with the coffees that come this year. As I mentioned Royal did a special project with us this year with red ripe cherries. If I recall correctly I gave you a few samples to cup. It will be good to hear what you think of them.
What made this project unique is that Othaya selected their best farmers to participate in the project and they agreed to wait from 10 to 14 days to pick only their best ripe cherries on the same day so they could be processed as a separate outturn (lot). Once the parchment completed the drying process it was immediately placed in grainpro and delivered to their dry mill. After dry milling it was immediately put back into grainpro and delivered to our warehouse and queued for hand picking improvement. The coffee will be hand picked in the next two weeks and shipped. You can expect this coffee to arrive around the end of July.
We’re looking forward to many more years of providing you with some of Africa’s best coffee. Order our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry Light Roast today, and try some of this truly fantastic, award-winning Kenyan Coffee now.