Unpacking Coffee Features Paul Katzeff of Thanksgiving Coffee

Unpacking Coffee is a celebration of coffee through episodes that focus on individual coffee roasters and their unique stories. The show’s hosts, Kandace and Ray, share a mutual love for all things coffee and created Unpacking Coffee to make the wide world of the specialty coffee industry more accessible.

In their newest episode, Kandace and Ray unpack Thanksgiving Coffee to find out what it means to be Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup. They chat with Paul Katzeff about his political activism, and how his background in social work shaped the company that Thanksgiving would become.

“I was the first social worker to become a coffee roaster,” Katzeff told K-Ray. “When you bring two ideas together for the first time — or two professions together for the first time — you’re going to get an explosion of new ideas.”

This episode also features Roast Magazine‘s founder and publisher Connie Blumhardt, who provides some detail on everything that goes into the selection of Roaster of the Year.

“I think the most interesting thing about Thanksgiving winning, to still be a contender ahead of the curve and really stretching the limits of what most roasters do, was really impressive to me that they still have this amazing culture that they’ve adhered to for 30 plus years.”

Thanksgiving Coffee Roasters

So kick back with your favorite Just Cup, and enjoy this delightful episode all about Thanksgiving Coffee, made in some kind of Fort in Mendowhatnow California.

059 Thanksgiving Coffee from Needmore Designs on Vimeo.

Check out the Thanksgiving Coffee page, and the longer discussion with Paul Katzeff on the Unpacking Coffee website.

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

Tanzania Coffee – Now Available for a Limited Time

Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. Everything from our excellent Enjambre Cafetalero Mexico Coffee, to special micro-lots from farmers in Malawi, Sulawesi, and Honduras. Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn! We were so impressed by this beautiful Tanzanian peaberry coffee that we ordered a fresh lot, just for you, for a limited time. Don’t miss your chance to try a bag of this exquisite coffee from volcanic foothills, nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Towering at almost 20,00 feet above the African landscape, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the African continent and the highest “freestanding” mountain on the planet. It is in this nutrient-rich volcanic soil, at the foothills of the monumental giant, that some of the best coffee in the world in grown.

Tanzania is enormous, bordered by a few of our other coffee producing countries, like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just below the equator, Tanzania is in a prime location for growing coffee, but produces less than one percent of the world’s Arabica coffee supply. This year, the micro-lot that we received is excellent, and we think you’ll love it too.

Coffee from Tanzania

Unique and lively with hints of white grape.

Tanzania is perfectly situated for growing exquisite coffee, yet it produces less than one percent of the world’s Arabica coffee supply. Still, this modest production plays an important role in the nation’s economy as its third largest agricultural export. This year, the micro-lot that we received is superb and we are so thankful to be able to share it with you.

This Tanzania peaberry coffee is a premium blend from high grown estates in Southern and Northern Tanzania. The Southern Estates (lunji, Utengule, and Kanji Lanji) are located in Mbozi and Mbeya, in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The Northern Estates (Mondul, Burka, Ngila, and Lyamungu) are located in the Karatu District on the slopes of the Ngorongoro crater, surrounded by the Ngila Forest reserve, as well as on the southern foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania Coffee

Altitude Grown: 1400-1800 meters
Processing: Washed, Sun-dried
Grower: Estates of N and S Tanzania
Varietal: N & KP, Kent, Bourbon

Order a bag of this limited edition coffee and taste the one-of-a-kind flavors imparted by Mount Kilimanjaro, while supporting hundreds of small family farms. Are you curious about what this month’s special Roastmaster’s Select coffee? Be the first to know by joining the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club today!

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Winesong 2018

Living in a small rural town means that we all have to work together to support our community resources. Fundraising events are seasonal cornerstones out here on the Mendocino Coast, and of all the events we participate in throughout the year Winesong is the most prestigious. Since 1985, Winesong has raised over $7.5 million for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation and has contributed to our local health care services by funding everything from ultrasound machines, ambulances, and patient beds to uninsured cancer treatments. Every year it takes the whole town, and an army of volunteers, to put this event together and Thanksgiving Coffee is always there to lend a hand to serve everyone a delicious cup of coffee.

And what a beautiful event to attend! Held every September at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, guests are surrounded by dahlias in full bloom while they enjoy wineries, musicians, and food vendors from all over California, culminating in an exciting live auction at the end.

We were happy to share our beautiful Congo medium roast with guests from near and far who appreciate a great cup of coffee while supporting health care services for our community.

Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup.

 

Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

Guatemalan Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

For three and a half years, the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club has brought outstanding micro lots and rare single origins to Thanksgiving Coffee customers. Forty-three unique coffees, selected by Roastmaster Jacob Long have been offered exclusively to members of this club. (For example: Mexico, Malawi, Sulawesi, Tanzania and Honduras)

Club members, get ready for our August selection, the 44th coffee to join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club: Fairtrade and Organic “Los Jóvenes” from ASOBAGRI in Huehutenango, Guatemala.

Guatemala

Coffee from Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Huehuetenango is a high-quality coffee producing region, known for its remoteness, extreme elevations and rugged terrain. This particular coffee comes from the Asociación Barillense de Agricultores, also known as ASOBAGRI. This association is very well-established, and is both Organic and Fairtrade certified.

The coffee we chose from the ASOBAGRI cooperative is a very specific lot, managed by a group of 70 young farmers beginning their careers in coffee production. Coffee farming is an industry that is aging quickly, with many children of second and third-generation coffee farmers leaving the family farms to move to cities and take on new endeavors. The “Los Jóvenes” project from ASOBAGRI is encouraging young coffee farmers to innovate and bring new ideas to the industry, while also bringing spectacular coffee to the table.

We are excited to offer a limited amount of this coffee to our customers, and support the efforts of ASOBAGRI to interest young people in coffee farming, and move the specialty coffee industry into the future. Want to give this coffee a try? Join the Roasmaster’s Select Coffee Club during the month of August and your first coffee will be Los Jóvenes from Guatemala.

Guatemalan Coffee

About This Guatemalan Coffee

Balanced, with notes of candied walnuts, and a lasting finish.” – Jacob Long

Altitude Grown: 1100-1650 meters
Processing: Fully washed and dried on patios and raised beds
Cooperative: 70 youth associated with Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI)
Region: Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

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Thanksgiving Coffee Company
2017 Roaster of the Year

Art in the Gardens This Weekend

The 26th annual Art in the Gardens is this Saturday, from 11a to 5p at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Mendocino County is teeming with creativity, and will be on display in the form of pottery, jewelry, paintings, photographs and more throughout the 47 acres of oceanside gardens.

Art in the Gardens

In addition to showcasing the craftsmanship of Mendocino’s artisans, Art in the Gardens also features an array of refreshments. Every visit to AIG begins by grabbing a wine glass or a beer stein. As you wander through the garden, you’ll have the chance to taste beers and wines from all over Mendocino County. All of this is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. We love the Botanical Gardens year round, but we are always thrilled when Art in the Gardens rolls around.

This year, Thanksgiving Coffee will be serving coffee at AIG, giving out samples of our nitro cold brew, and making our regular cold brew available to purchase through Rhody’s Garden Cafe. We can’t wait to once again attend this excellent event, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Botanical Gardens Mendocino


Thanksgiving Coffee Company
Established 1972
2017 Roaster of the Year

Good Vybz at Reggae on the River

It’s summer in Northern California, and that means festivals are everywhere. One of the classic festivals that takes over Southern Humboldt County is Reggae on the River, which makes its home on the banks of the Eel near Garberville.

Reggae on the River

2018 marks 34 years of this event, pulling in reggae musicians from all over the world to our little corner of the universe. Just like the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, a good group of the Mendocino Coast travels inland for this event, since it’s only a two hour drive from the cityof Fort Bragg.

Thanksgiving Coffee at Reggae on the River

This year, Reggae on the River attendees will have the chance to taste Thanksgiving Coffee cold brew, courtesy of our friends at Good Vybz Devine Design. Good Vybz just opened up a retail location in Willits, and will be traveling to the festival with their handcrafted designs.

In addition to the tie dye and bright colors that Good Vybz brings, they will be serving cold brew from Thanksgiving Coffee during the 80+ degree days that this festival is predicting. As a bonus, these guys also sell shaved ice–and we can’t imagine anything more refreshing than shaved ice and a cold brew on a hot summer day, especially while enjoying music on the river!

Good Vybz Reggae

If you’re planning on attending Reggae on the River this year, stop by the Good Vybz booth and say hello to Lynesha and Jason! Tell them thank you from Thanksgiving Coffee, for serving locally roasted Fairtrade and Organic cold brew. Follow Good Vybz on Facebook for more information about their work.

Good Vybz LLC in Willits
1637 S Main St #C
Willits, CA 95490

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

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.

Ready to try our Honduras coffee? Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club, and get first access to exclusive micro lots and rare coffees.

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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!

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

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

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 

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