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!

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 
Not Just a Cup, But A Just Cup 
Certified B Corporation 

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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Thanksgiving Coffee Company
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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

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
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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

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

National Doughnut Day: Coffee and Doughnuts!

Tom and Jerry, Bonnie and Clyde, Chips and Salsa, Mulder and Scully… some things are just meant to be paired up. We have one more duo to add to that list this week: Doughnuts and Coffee. June 1st is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day

Clearly, there is only one way to commemorate National Doughnut Day, and that’s by stopping by your local bakery. We can help you out with one aspect of this celebration though, and that’s the type of coffee to enjoy alongside your doughnut.

It’s time for a doughnut and coffee pairing.

Beaujolais Blend + Maple Bacon Doughnut

Ahhh, the maple bacon doughnut. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the collision of savory and sweet has made this dessert one of the most popular choices at the corner doughnut shop. Our Fairtrade and Organic Beaujolais Blend is also a balance of unique flavors, with coffees sourced from Africa, Central America, and Indonesia. This Medium Roast is full-bodied and complex, and holds its own alongside the contrasting flavors of bacon and maple.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe + Beignet

Our Ethiopian Gedeb Yirgacheffe is a light roast, with rich notes of ripe cherry and golden raisin. This coffee alone can be a sweet treat, so pairing it with something overly sugary isn’t the right choice. Instead, we chose the beignet. A simple fried pastry with a dusting of powdered sugar can enhance the flavors of this award-winning single origin.

Noyo Harbor French + Apple Fritter

No Doughnut Day blog post can go by without mentioning the over-the-top apple fritter. This glazed explosion of sugar will go great with your dark cup of Noyo Harbor French this morning. The hint of roasted nuts in this coffee and that classic smoky french roast flavor enhances every sweet bite of the apple fritter, making these two the perfect companions.

Whatever pastry or roast you choose this morning, all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee wish you an excellent National Doughnut Day!

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

Espresso Blends: Softened Acidity + Heavy Body

Here we are with another Coffee 101 post! Our subject today is espresso.

Espresso from Thanksgiving Coffee

You may have scrolled past our espresso blends in the past, on the hunt for the newest single origin to try. We don’t blame you, we also search out the best in limited edition and micro lot single origins. But while we love these excellent coffees, this post is about something different. We want to tell you why we love espresso blends, brewed at home without the use of an espresso machine.

What is a Coffee Blend?

Need a quick overview on the coffee blend? It’s simple: two or more origins, mixed together. Creating a coffee blend is an art form. You have to understand and appreciate the nuances in different coffees, and bring the flavors together to be transformed into a more complex cup of coffee. With 46 years of history sourcing coffee from all over the planet, we have a unique relationship with the coffees arriving at our roastery, and can create some truly spectacular blends with the coffees we receive.

One thing that’s special about a blend is the subtle shifts in flavor that we create to maintain freshness. We regularly modify the recipes for our blends, adding in our latest arrivals of coffee, while keeping a consistent flavor profile.

Espresso Blends

Now let’s talk espresso. What makes an espresso blend different from any other coffee blend?

Our four espresso blends have certain characteristics: softened acidity, a smooth experience throughout the cup, and a heavy body with a really spectacular aftertaste. These traits are specifically built into the blend for the purpose of pulling a superb espresso shot, but using our espresso blends in your home brewer also makes an equally excellent cup of coffee.

Espresso Coffee Blends

One of our favorite things to do at Thanksgiving Coffee, is to encourage you to try new things. The world of coffee is vast, and there is no way any one person would be able to try all the amazing coffees out there. What we do have is the opportunity to experience and taste more than ever before as our world becomes better connected, and we love bringing these alternative coffee options to you.

Every sip of coffee is a new experience, and we are honored to be a part of your coffee rituals.

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2017 Roaster of the Year
Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup

National Trails Day at Pelican Bluffs

National Trails Day – The First Saturday of June
Pelican Bluffs Trail Work Day: June 2, 2018 from 10am-12pm
hosted by the Mendocino Land Trust

A mile south of the town of Point Arena, a beautiful new addition to the California Coastal trail has been created at the 70 acre Pelican Bluffs Preserve. Owned and maintained by the Mendocino Land Trust, this epic landscape is free and open for the public to enjoy. Because the Land Trust is not funded by taxes like other parks, the work and energy it takes to maintain open spaces is a burden carried by community members, whether through monetary donations or ‘sweat equity’. Over the past year, volunteers from near and far, in addition to service organizations like the California Conservation Corps, have all come together to build over two miles of trail along this breathtaking blufftop.

Pelican Bluffs in Mendocino

From the parking lot, the newly completed loop trail leads visitors up through a coastal prairie that climbs to a crested hill. At the top, the wide expanse of Pelican Bluffs is revealed. Wildflowers speckle the bluff top, while dramatic white cliffs drop away to the rocky beach below. The sound of the waves tumbling over the shore and the smell of the ocean breeze is a feast for all senses. Continue to follow the trail along the coast and you might see seals resting on the beach and whales spouting in the distance, while an osprey soars overhead. Home to Peregrine falcons and the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver, Pelican Bluffs is a beautiful place for people and wildlife in equal measure.

This National Trails Day, spend some time helping to take care of the trails and the wild places you love. It’s time well spent, and always worth the effort.

Mendocino Land Trust and Thanksgiving Coffee Company

Thanksgiving Coffee and the Mendocino Land Trust have collaborated to create  Fog Dodger, a Cause Coffee benefiting the MLT and their efforts building trails all over our county.

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Coffee at the B Corporation Bay Area Conference

Last week we had the incredible opportunity to connect with a group of people that are making a huge difference in the Bay Area community. This was the B Corp Leadership Development Conference, a gathering of like-minded people that are actively using their businesses as a force for good right here in the Northern California community. As a certified B Corp (with a rating of 108!), we were invited to attend and serve our coffee.

Roaster of the Year Thanksgiving Coffee at the BLD Bay Area Conference!

BLD Conference for B Corporations

The conference was just a one day event, but it was packed with all the important things: great speakers, inspiring discussions, open dialogue and a LOT of coffee. With just under two hundred attendees from B Corps scattered across North and Central California, there was an unlimited amount of inspiration and insight to be gained all around.

We served a variety of excellent single origins and blends: Ethiopia Halo Bariti, Paul’s Blend, Congo Kivu, Songbird Decaf and Mendocino Vienna.

Thanksgiving Coffee Airpots

From keynote presentations to intimate discussions, the BLD Bay Area event did not disappoint in quantity and quality. We kept everyone caffeinated, and everyone kept us inspired. At the end of the day as we parted ways with our new friends and collaborators, we all had nothing but wonderful things to say about the people we’d met and the time we’d spent.

Thank you to the B Lab, and all the amazing volunteers that made this event happen! We were honored to play a part over the day, and we can’t wait until the next time this inspiring group of people gets together again.

Be sure to visit www.blocalbayarea.com to learn more about this awesome group, and support our local Northern California B Corporations!

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

Endangered Species Day

May 18 was Endangered Species Day. Over 16,000 species of plants and animals are endangered, and threatened with extinction. While extinction is a natural part of our world’s process, the rate at which animals and plants are disappearing from our ecosystem is alarming.

Thanksgiving Coffee has partnered with animal and environmental conservation groups all over the world to combat extinction. We believe in preserving the entities that make our world vibrant and whole. We want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunity to live among the creatures that we have.

Just this year, our planet lost the very last male Northern White Rhino. Sudan was 45 years old, and living at a conservancy in Kenya. This devastating loss was inevitable, after Northern White Rhinos had been maliciously poached for years. Even just sixty years ago, there were several thousand Northern White Rhinos. Today there are just two females left, at the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy.

Below is a picture from Baby Rhino Rescue, one of our Cause Coffee partners who is raising money for orphaned rhino conservation groups in Africa. 

Endangered Species: Rhinos

The majestic wolves of North America may soon see a similar story unfold. Less than a decade ago, Congress stripped gray wolves of their protections. Wolves went straight from protected (under the Endangered Species Act) to being hunted in a single day, and their populations have plummeted in the years since.

Below is a photo from Defenders of Wildlife, one of our Cause Coffee partners that is protecting the rights of wild animals through legislation.

Wolves in America, no longer an Endangered Species

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the largest ape in the world is critically endangered, with few of its kind in captivity. If we were to see a large decline in these Grauer’s Gorillas numbers, there is a possibility that this animal could be lost to us forever. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are also critically endangered, but thanks to the conservation efforts of programs like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, we are seeing their numbers rise instead of fall. With the DFGFI’s expansion into Congolese mountains, we hope to see the same happen for the Grauer’s Gorillas populations.

Below is a photo from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, of a baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda. The DFGFI is one of our Cause Coffee partners. 

Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Perhaps the most terrifying addition to the Endangered Species list in recent years is the Rusty Patched Bumblebee. When Northern White Rhinos disappear and Grauer’s Gorillas numbers drop, it’s easier for humanity to turn a blind eye. When our food supply is endangered by lack of pollinators, the world takes more notice. Pollinators are responsible for a third of everything we eat, and the decline of bees due to colony collapse and pesticide poisoning is a very serious problem for our global ecosystem.

Below is a photo from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens of our very important pollinators! Thanksgiving Coffee partners with the Noyo Food Forest to protect Mendocino’s bee populations.

Bees at the Botanical Gardens

Our earth needs balance. Every creature is important in keeping the world’s biodiversity stable and growing. Humanity has dealt a harsh blow to the earth, but we have an opportunity to give back by taking care of the natural wonders we have around us. Whether it’s spending time at a beach cleanup day, signing up for a monthly donation to a conservation group or swearing off plastics, we each have a part to play in protecting our environment.

Last Friday may have been Endangered Species Day, but the wild animals and plants of this world are important every day. Our diversity is what makes this planet so special, and Thanksgiving Coffee is proud to stand with organizations that are making a difference. Take some time to research the Endangered Species Act, and learn more about why wildlife and natural resources are so important.

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