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!
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.
If you love good food and live in the Los Angeles area, you’ve probably already heard of this restaurant chain providing excellent Mexican food with the highest quality ingredients. Tocaya Organica currently has five locations through LA, with four more coming soon throughout Southern California. This month, Tocaya Organica started serving Organic and Fairtrade Thanksgiving Coffee espresso. We are so excited to have them on board.
If you’re in the LA area, there are a number of great cafes and restaurants to visit, but you’ll want to make sure that Tocaya Organica is at the top of your list! They’re serving up iced and hot espresso drinks of all kinds, alongside some of the yummiest looking food we’ve ever seen. Don’t believe us? Check out their Instagram page and you’ll be planning a trip in no time.
Visit Tocaya Organica in Los Angeles
These are the five locations of your new favorite Mexican restaurant chain currently open in Los Angeles, but keep an eye on their Locations Page for more coming soon. Be sure to stop by and tell them thank you for serving Fairtrade and Organic coffee!
TOCAYA ORGANICA WEST HOLLYWOOD
8720 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
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
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
Just a mile away from San Francisco’s crookedest street is a classic old-school diner on Lombard that has graced the city of San Francisco for over thirty years. Home Plate in San Francisco has long been the breakfast choice of Bay Area locals, and they have now grown into a new location.
Thankfully, they haven’t moved far. This homage to the baseball years of old has shifted their location to a block west on Lombard Street, into a larger space. With the added area, they’re almost doubling their sitting area, and will be able to accommodate many more visitors for breakfast and lunch.
Coffee at Home Plate San Francisco
Thanksgiving Coffee has been Home Plate’s coffee provider since the very beginning, and they’re one of our favorite accounts to visit in the city. The coffee at Home Plate also received an upgrade during the move; a new brewer was just installed, and we had took some time to train their new in-house barista on espresso drinks, as well.
The Bay Area continues to offer some of the best food in the country, and we are so happy to provide coffee for the leading breakfast spots.
Home Plate San Francisco is open now in their new location:
2150 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Photos from Home Plate
People have been enjoying breakfast at Home Plate in San Francisco for over three decades, but these photos are from some more recent excursions at this hot spot on Instagram:
We don’t need to convince any Mendocino local that Cafe Beaujolais has magnificent food, but now fans of the travel agency Visit California are being alerted to the excellent cuisine available in this North Coast establishment.
Chef Julian Lopez of Cafe Beaujolais was recently featured on Visit California’s enticing food segment: California Dream Eater. See if you can get through all 142 seconds of this video without drooling (or calling for a reservation). They featured a dry aged duck breast with local foraged tree collards and poached sunchoke for dinner, with a dessert of candy cap mushroom banana cake, and cinnamon creme-fresh ice cream.
Huge congratulations goes out to our friends at Cafe Beaujolais for this great feature on the Visit California website! The team at Beaujolais has been serving Thanksgiving Coffee since the Lopez family took over last year, and they can whip up a spectacular cappuccino to be enjoyed at the end of your meal.
The Chow restaurants are a staple of the Bay Area, and have been for the past two decades. Since 1997, they’ve been serving up quality food for locals and tourists alike. Thanksgiving Coffee Company is proud to have been a part of this tradition for the past fourteen years, supplying freshly roasted coffee to every new location that has opened its doors, from Golden Gate Park all the way to Danville.
This week, we are excited to welcome another Chow location into the fold. The newest version of the Chow Food Bar is a market and cafe that has been in the works for well over four years. Oakland is the lucky recipient of a brand new Chow Cafe, Bakery & Market!
This new location on Piedmont Ave will be expanding on what Lafayette has offered for several years, building out a market section that is sure to become the go-to for Oakland area shoppers.
The opening of Chow Oakland follows on the heels of the closing of Park Chow, a beloved location for many years. While we’re sad to see this parkside eatery disappear, it’s making way for growth in Oakland, which we love to see.
Chow Oakland just opened their doors this week. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try this spectacular new establishment, and be sure to send them our thanks for serving Thanksgiving Coffee! Sarah Han of BerkeleySide.com got some great shots on opening day, be sure to check them out!
The Golden Beet Awards are local to the state of Illinois, but are a significant part of the local food movement. People all over the world are paying more attention to shopping local, and this movement is being commended in the form of awards by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
This year, the 2018 Gold Beet Award winners include Cristaudo’s Cafe & Bakery, a foundational piece of the Southern Illinois food scene. Cristaudo’s has been a part of the Carbondale scene since 1977, and for the past forty years they’ve served excellent meals, baked goods and coffee.
Cristaudo’s has served Thanksgiving Coffee in their cafe since 2014, and we are honored to work with an organization that has such a strong commitment to supporting community, and to environmental sustainability. Carbondale area non-profits use Cristaudo’s as their go-to caterer, because of this same dedication to the community (as well as spectacular food!).
Rachel Cristaudo said this in her interview with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance:
“There are so many reasons why buying local is important to us. Among those are strengthening the local economy, utilizing the best ingredients, caring for the environment and building community.”
Cristaudo’s took home the Golden Beet Award in the category ‘Restaurants & Institutions.’ There are five total categories for this award: Innovative Farmer, Restaurants and Institutions, Farm to School, Community Food Projects, and Scaling Up.
Visit Cristaudo’s in Carbondale, and thank them for their generous support of the Southern Illinois community!