Cold brew season is here, and we’re excited about a few new accounts that will b e serving our Nitro Cold Brew! You can now order a glass of Thanksgiving Coffee’s nitro cold brew at Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park!
Amy’s is a great little drive thru just south of Santa Rosa that opened in 2015, and they have been serving high-quality vegetarian food to folks on the go. This offshoot of the vegetarian frozen food company “Amy’s” has been a welcome addition to the Santa Rosa food scene, and we are very excited to partner with them.
Starting this weekend, you can order our specialty cold brew nitro blend, a smooth and refreshing brew for those sunny Santa Rosa days coming our way. The nitro cold brew served at Amy’s Drive Thru is a blend of coffees from Ethiopia, Peru and Nicaragua, coming together for a velvety chilled coffee that is sure to be your new favorite way to caffeinate.
Visit Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park
58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 755-3629 amysdrivethru.com
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year
We have a new Coffee 101 post for you today! Buckle up, because you’re going to get to know more about the world of specialty coffee, by diving into single origins and roast colors in one blog post. We are examining how origin and roast color work together to create your Thanksgiving Coffee experience.
Roast Color in Specialty Coffee
You can dig in deep about roast colors and what they mean here, or get the annotated version below. From light to medium to dark to french, slight adjustments in the temperature during roasting make up 80% of a coffee’s flavor. Your personal preference–whether it’s smoky or sweet or somewhere inbetween—is largely based on the temperature to which your coffee was roasted.
If you spend any time chatting with people who work in the specialty coffee industry, you’ll notice a lot of love for the light roast. Light roasts tend to be the favorite of coffee aficionados because they truly showcase the flavors unique to origin. Despite this, it’s important to remember that every coffee drinker is different, and if light roasts aren’t your favorite, that is totally okay. There are so many ways to experience coffee, and it all helps to refine your palate.
Side by Side Coffee Comparison
In day to day coffee drinking, most people don’t have the chance to compare how the different roast colors taste. The average consumer has their go-to coffee, and typically won’t vary their purchasing by much. Getting the chance to taste two roast colors from the same origin is an excellent way to compare and contrast the flavors you get from darker and lighter roasts, to truly experience an origin and learn more about what you prefer in a coffee.
Ready to try it? We have a few coffees that allow you to do a side by side comparison between different roast colors of the same origin. These coffees are grown in the same region, processed using the same method, put into the same burlap sack, but roasted in two different ways. Take a look at our flavor profiles for these coffees below, and pick the origin that interests you.
Congo Coffee: Medium and Dark
Dark: Rich notes of chocolate and spice with a syrupy mouthfeel Medium: Milk chocolate, balanced richness, lasting finish
Uganda Coffee: Light and Dark
Dark: Smoky, with notes of chocolate and sweet pecans Light: Sweet, nutty coffee with notes of pecan and nutmeg
Guatemala Coffee: Light and Dark
Dark: Sweet cherry tartness, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate Light: Rich with cherry sweetness, floral notes, and a wine-like body
Sumatra Coffee: Medium and Very Dark
French: Full-bodied, smoky, earthy Medium: Earthy body, butterscotch, cedar
What we want you to do, is experience these side by side. Gather the family around, invite a couple friends over, and prepare the coffee in your favorite way – whether it’s Chemex, French Press or even cowboy style. Take the time to make a batch from both roast colors, and taste them both. Let the coffee linger in your mouth, and swish it around to hit all your taste buds. Try it without your usual sweeteners or dairy products… and then try it with! You’re getting to know the characteristics unique to the coffee’s origin, while spending time understanding the difference between the darker and lighter roasts.
BONUS: Decaf Tasting!
Thanksgiving Coffee also has an option for those of you that prefer a little less caffeination. Our Decaf Nighthawks’ lineup is sourced from an organic coffee farm in Mexico, and water-processed to remove caffeine at a nearby facility. While our Light and our French are roasted separately, our Medium Roast (which we call the ‘Royal’) is actually a blend of the two. After we’ve roasted our French and Light versions of this Mexican coffee, we mix those two together to create a unique blend that becomes our Royal Decaf. Taste all three side by side to experience the variety you can get in a truly spectacular decaf.
Light: A smooth light roast with hints of milk chocolate and cinnamon Medium: Complex and sweet enough to enjoy straight, yet bold enough to punch through milk French: Bold and rich with intense notes of dark chocolate and toasted marshmallows
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
Last year, the Mendocino Coast was lucky enough to get a full-service “glamping” operation, just south of the village of Mendocino. This property is the Mendocino Grove: 37 acres outfitted with 60 spacious tents on redwood decks. The tents are outfitted with a queen mattress, down comforter, cotton sheets, and wool blankets to make your stay as cozy and pleasant as it could possibly be.
This is camping made comfy, and they do it with excellent style.
Mendocino Grove Opening Weekend
Friday May 11 is the beginning of the 2018 season for the Mendocino Grove, and we couldn’t be more excited! Mendocino County has long been a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and we’re a favorite getaway for the Bay Area. Now, there’s a wonderful spot where you can get off the grid… comfortably. And all of this is under the stars and along the bluffs of the Pacific Coast.
Thanksgiving Coffee + Mendocino Grove
Every morning at Mendocino Grove, you can enjoy Thanksgiving Coffee at the outdoor breakfast bar, sipping coffee that was locally roasted on the Mendocino Coast–ten miles north on Hwy 1. You can also enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, tea, yogurt, fruit and trail bars before you head out on your Mendocino adventures.
The Mendocino Grove is modern camping in one of the most beautiful places the California coastline has to offer. Whether you’re traveling with a family of six, planning a corporate retreat, or simply getting away for a romantic weekend, a stay at Mendocino Grove is something you will treasure forever.
Did you miss your opportunity to try our Sulawesi last month? Not to worry, this month we have an equally exciting origin: Malawi. This is our second year of purchasing coffee from the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, and we are again impressed with what they have to offer.
Malawi is tucked away below the equator, in the center of Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia in Eastern Africa. This country is on the same lines of longitude as coffee-growing countries like Bolivia, Brazil, Southern Peru and the islands of Java and Sulawesi. The country of Malawi is growing in popularity as a coffee origin, and every new shipment we receive continues to improve in quality.
The Mzuzu Coffee Planters Co-Op
This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, which is an umbrella organization operating in the North Region of Malawi. This Northern Region shares a border with Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife. The Mzuzu cooperative provides support to 3000 members in six regional cooperatives where the average producer cultivates .5 hectares of land. The Mzuzu cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums.
Altitude Grown: 1300-2000 meters Processing: Fully washed, dried in the sun Cooperative: Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Region: Chitipa & Mzimba District
Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club
This coffee is only available to members of our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club, during the month of May! If you sign up for a Coffee Club subscription before June 1, you will receive two bags of this splendid Medium Roast coffee from Eastern Africa. Don’t miss it!
Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been a part of the Mendocino Coast community for over 46 years. We are lucky enough to work a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy all the unique things that come with living in a small coastal town.
One of the most unique things would have to be the presence of a working lighthouse right here in our community. Less than ten minutes south of the Thanksgiving Coffee roastery on Hwy 1 is the turnoff to Point Cabrillo Drive, the road that leads past Caspar Beach to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.
This lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation, and is one of the few lighthouses that is still utilizing its original lens to light up the night sky. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse has a third-order Fresnel lens that sparkles on a blue sky day, and is even more glorious to watch after dark.
Mendocino Coast Lighthouse Tours
In order to protect the priceless lens, tours at Point Cabrillo are rare, so anytime there’s a chance to visit the lantern room, it’s an opportunity you simply cannot miss. On May 5, volunteers will be offering lens tours to the top of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, from 10am-4pm. This event raises money for the lighthouse and the educational programs it puts on every year for Mendocino schoolkids. The tours are 45 minutes, and take you through the history of Mendocino and the lighthouse itself.
We created a Cause Coffee to support the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, and we call it our Lightkeepers Blend. For every purchase, 25% of the proceeds are donated right back to preserving this historic piece of our coastline.
Help us keep the light shining at Point Cabrillo!
Thanksgiving Coffee Company Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup 2017 Roaster of the Year
We’re still nine weeks away from the beginning of summer, but the warm season has arrived in Williams, California. With the temperature in the high 80’s this week, cold brew coffee season has officially arrived. Granzella’s Restaurant & Delicatessen in Williams is taking cold brew a step further, by serving NITRO cold brew coffee, from Thanksgiving Coffee Company.
Granzella’s has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee on the corner of Hwy 20 and I5 for fourteen years, and the nitro is the latest step in our ongoing relationship. Williams sees some hot summers in the Sacramento Valley, so the nitro cold brew is a very welcome addition.
Whether you’re stopping by on a road trip or you live in the Williams area, you won’t want to miss out on trying a glass of Thanksgiving Coffee Nitro Cold Brew. Stop by, admire the decor, take part in an olive tasting and grab a glass of silky nitro cold brew coffee.
Members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club got something really special this month. April’s fresh micro-lot selection is our Sulawesi coffee in a Medium Roast, from the North Tana Toraja Regency of the island. The coffee that comes out of this particular region is fully washed, giving it a cleaner cup and a more refined flavor profile than most coffees from Indonesia, which typically use the wet-hulled method (for instance, our Sumatran coffees).
Altitude Grown: 1400 – 2000 meters Processing: Fully washed and sun dried Producer: Pedamaran Farm & PT Toarco Jaya Region: North Tana Toraja, Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia
A Summary from Royal Coffee:
Sulawesi Toarco Jaya Peaberry is sourced from the Toraja people, an indigenous group from the central mountain region on the southern part of Sulawesi Island (formerly known as Celebes), Indonesia. The coffee is processed at the PT Toarco Jaya Estate, a joint Japanese and Indonesian coffee venture established in 1976. PT Toarco Jaya Estate is one of just a handful of Indonesian producers that utilizes a fully-washed process. PT Toarco Jaya Estate also has a long history of contributing to the region’s economic development and social improvement programs.
We have a limited amount of this coffee available, and are making it exclusively available to members of our Coffee Club. Interested in snagging a bag of our Sulawesi coffee? Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club. You can cancel at any time by giving our office a call at (800) 648-6491. Make sure you place your order before the end of the day on April 30! Once May rolls around, we’ll be shipping out a new single origin to club members.
Photos from Toarco Jaya:
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
Spring has arrived on the Mendocino Coast. The wildflowers are blooming, the rains have brought green grass, and there is new life everywhere. With the advent of Spring comes the opening of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden’s seasonal restaurant: Rhody’s Garden Cafe!
Since 1970, people have taken to the streets to celebrate Earth Day. Whether we’re promoting zero waste living, picking up trash along the highways, planting trees or saying no to plastic straws, Earth Day is a special event for all of us who live on this planet, and we love celebrating it.
In honor of Mother Earth and the weekend celebrating her, we are offering a 20% discount on an entire category of our artisan-roasted coffees. Each of the coffees in our Organic category has been certified by the USDA National Organic Program, is shade-grown and pesticide-free. These are the coffees that protect the earth, and that’s why they’re the perfect coffee for our Earth Day Sale.
From April 20 through April 23, you can receive a 20% discount on all coffees in our Organic Category online. How many coffees does that include? A whole bunch. Over a hundred coffees are included in this insanely great sale, so this is not something you’ll want to miss out on. In order to receive your discount, you will need to use our special code, which we will update below on the evening of Thursday, April 19.
Celebrate spectacular Mother Earth with us this weekend by picking up a bag of Organic coffee, artisan roasted by Thanksgiving Coffee Company. And after you’ve ordered a bag, go outside and participate in an Earth Day event! We have a great one locally here in Fort Bragg, but fun events and volunteer opportunities are available all over the place. Even if there’s nothing in your area, take the time to pick up trash on your next hike, or donate to an environmental nonprofit that is close to your heart.
Check back on this page on Friday morning to get your code to participate in this sale. Any orders that come through without this special code will NOT receive their 20% discount.
Don’t forget – all orders that pass the $50 mark (after the discount) get free shipping! And have we mentioned that bags of Organic Thanksgiving Coffee make great Earth Week gifts for your friends and family? They do!
Rules and Restrictions
* This promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts, sales or offers. * This promotion is only valid from April 20 – April 23. * This promotion is is only valid on products currently in our ORGANIC category. * This promotion is only valid when the specific Earth Day promo code is used during the order.
CODE: Check back this weekend to reveal your 20% discount code!
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
10483 Lansing Street in Mendocino has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee a long time, through the different phases of ownership and names that have cycled through. As a matter of fact, Thanksgiving Coffee once operated a coffee shop and bakery in that very location. These days, you’ll find the Goodlife Cafe & Bakery there–a cafe that is consistently #1 on Tripadvisor’s restaurants of Mendocino.
This cafe is an excellent place to eat… but it’s even better when you order a coffee drink. Every Goodlife barista has been personally trained by Thanksgiving Coffee’s Roastmaster, Jacob Long – and you can taste the difference, whether it’s a shot of espresso or a vanilla latte.
Goodlife Cafe’s New 12oz Bags
Recently, Goodlife Cafe and Bakery made the switch to carrying their own personalized coffee bags, with beans roasted by Thanksgiving Coffee Company. These new bags, featuring the Goodlife mug logo, are available for purchase smack-dab in the middle of the cafe, and they look spectacular.
Pick up a bag of Goodlife’s House Blend, and be sure to tell Goodlife thanks for serving locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee.