Sulawesi Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

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

Sulawesi Indonesian Coffee

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.

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Earth Day Sale on Organic Coffee

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.

20% Off Organic Coffee This Weekend

code: EARTH2018

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.

Earth Day Sale on Organic Coffee

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.

code: EARTH2018

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.

code: EARTH2018

Free Shipping

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!

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Earth Day Event in Fort Bragg

For the twelfth year in a row, the Noyo Food Forest is having their Earth Day celebration next Saturday at the Learning Garden. This four hour event is a fundraiser for the Farm-to-School and Youth Intern programs that the Noyo Food Forest operates year-round. We partner with the Noyo Food Forest throughout the year, and we especially love being a part of this annual event in Fort Bragg.

12th Annual Earth Day Event
Saturday, April 21, 12-5PM
At the Learning Garden behind the Fort Bragg High School on Dana Street.

Earth Day Event Fort Bragg

This Earth Day event is free and geared toward everyone in the family. There will be live music, and you can participate by putting down a bid for the silent auction, paying entry to bouncy houses, and tasting goodies from local chefs. This is one of the most fun events that happens in the city of Fort Bragg every year, and we are looking forward to it once again in 2018. Local organizations and nonprofits are a big part of this event, and you’ll see booths and representatives from the Noyo Marine Science Center, the Mendocino Land Trust, our Mendocino County state parks and many more important parts of the coastal community.

Thanksgiving Coffee will be serving up samples of our Bee Bold Coffee, and the Noyo Food Forest will be selling 12oz bags, as well. All the proceeds benefit the Noyo Food Forest and their important work here in our community. We are very happy to be a part of this awesome event. For more information, visit the Noyo Food Forest Earth Day page on their website, and RSVP on Facebook to share with your friends. Join us on April 21 – see you at the Learning Garden.

Thanksgiving Coffee and the Noyo Food Forest Partnership

For every bag of Thanksgiving Coffee’s Bee Bold Coffee sold online, 25% is donated to the Noyo Food Forest. You can purchase these online, or stop by the Earth Day event this Saturday to pick one up in person.

Save the Bees

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Taste of Mendocino

This past weekend, Thanksgiving Coffee had the opportunity to sample our coffees at the Taste of Mendocino event in San Francisco! This annual event highlights the many wineries, resorts, restaurants and food producers of beautiful Mendocino County. No Mendocino foodie event is complete without Thanksgiving Coffee, and we were happy to be among fifty of the best food and drink purveyors of Mendocino County.

Taste of Mendocino 2018

A few of the restaurants and hotels featured at the event also happen to serve Thanksgiving Coffee at their locations:

Kemmy’s Pies

299 E Commercial St
Willits, CA 95490
(707) 367-5498
www.kemmyspies.com

Inn at Newport Ranch

31502 CA-1
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 962-4818
www.theinnatnewportranch.com

Mendocino Botanical Gardens (Rhody’s Garden Café)

18220 CA-1
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-4352
www.gardenbythesea.org

Noyo Harbor Inn

500 Casa Del Noyo
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 961-8000
www.noyoharborinn.com

Winesong

September 7 and 8, 2018
www.winesong.org
Winesong is an annual charity auction and tasting at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, featuring local restaurants and vendors! Check out our Winesong 2017 blog post for more information on how Thanksgiving Coffee participated.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Taste of Mendocino 2018. We were honored to participate, and we hope to see you all when you visit our fine Mendocino coast.

Nathan at Taste of Mendocino in San Francisco

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Rural Health Rocks Concert

Coming up a little later this month is a lighthearted event that raises funds for an important cause here in Mendocino County. As a community that is far removed from major cities and health care organizations, county residents can have a hard time getting the high quality medical care that is often needed.

The Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) was set up to combat that problem. The goal of this organization is to raise money to bring in more qualified health care professionals to Fort Bragg and all of Mendocino County. This information from the Rural Health Rocks website explains a little more:

Creating a rural family medicine residency program benefits the community in a multitude of ways including opening a pipeline of highly qualified family physicians to act as faculty while training the next generation of primary care physicians for the community. Such a teaching program at Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) would be a tide that lifts all ships in multiple counties, including meeting the needs for primary care on the coast as well as the community and rural health clinics in Lake and Mendocino counties. It is well known that resident physicians tend to stay in the region (within 90 miles) of communities where they train, especially if job opportunities are available locally.

One of the ways they’re raising money for this initiative is through the Rural Health Rocks concert that happens annually in Mendocino County! This event brings in some great names in music, and this year is no different.

Family Medicine Mendocino County

Cause Coffee for the FMEMC

Thanksgiving Coffee will be at the Rural Health Rocks concert this year, serving coffee and selling bags of our Rockin’ Roasts – three coffees that benefit the FMEMC and the life-changing work they are doing. These coffees are also available online for a limited time:

Stayin’ in the Groove Decaf – A bold bright blend to keep you in the Groove.
The Mendo Vibe – Clean, smooth and woody, with a splash of Light Roast to supercharge this Sumatra Gotta Hava Java.
With an Attitude – Dark brooding guitar chords over a steady percolating bass line, topped off by a smokin’ lead vocal.

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Rural Health Rocks Concert Details

Put April 14 and 15 on your calendar, and buy tickets for Rural Health Rocks online now!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 • 7pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 • 2pm

Mendocino College Theatre
1000 Hensley Creek Rd
Ukiah, CA 95482

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Coffee Roasting Pictures from Dusty Road Photography

Earlier this month, we got the opportunity to host an excellent freelance photographer based here on the North Coast of California: Dusty Study! He came by to get some behind-the-scenes shots of the Thanksgiving Coffee Roastery, and we were more than happy to lead him on a tour of our headquarters.

Mendocino Vienna from Thanksgiving Coffee

Dusty lives here in the Fort Bragg area, but travels throughout Northern and Central California for a variety of film and photography projects. We were lucky to catch him between travels and get some beautiful photographs of the roasting process.

Coffee Roasting Process

Thanksgiving Coffee Roasters

We also spent some time in the cupping lab, making coffee and practicing our latte art skills, which made for some stunning shots, poured by our Roastmaster Jacob Long, and photographed by Dusty.

Latte Art at Thanksgiving Coffee

Thanksgiving Coffee Company Latte

Dusty was awesome to work with, and if you’re looking for someone to handle product photography here in Northern California, we definitely recommend him! You can check out his website for more examples of his work, and follow him on Instagram for more.

dustyroadphoto.com

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Enjambre Cafetalero: Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

Every once in a while, there’s a coffee in our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club that really stands out. Our March coffee for the club has been the Enjambre Cafetalero, a micro-lot from the Mexico/Guatemala border that has the potential to become one of our favorites from the region. As a matter of fact, Paul Katzeff called it “the best Mexican coffee” he’s ever tasted.

This coffee is exclusive to members of the club, but if you sign up as a member before the end of the month, you’ll have the opportunity to be one of the few to enjoy this excellent cup.

Balanced medium body, syrupy-sweet, notes of chocolate resonate in a lasting finish.

Enjambre Cafetalero Mexico Coffee

Enjambre Cafetalero Origin Specifics

Founded: 2010
Total Members: 250
Average Farm Size: 2.08 hectares
Total Size: 520 hectares
Elevation: 1200-1700 meters

Enjambre Cafetalero is a cooperative society located in the region known as “La Franja de Oro” or “the Golden Belt” of coffee, located in the municipio of Amatenango la Frontera in the borderlands with Guatemala. The organization was founded in 2005 and legally incorporated in 2010. For years the farmers of Amatenango had sold their coffee to intermediary middlemen, who would in turn then sell their coffee to the national subsidiaries of transnational commodity brokerage houses for export. With the objective to bypass the predatory practices of local middlemen, Enjambre was founded in order to provide direct avenues of sale to national buyers. However, after having allied themselves with the non-profit Impacto Café, they were able to join the secondary-level organization Cafemex S.C., and develop the capacity to sell directly to international buyers while maintaining the traceability of their product.

The organization has for a long time promoted soil and water conservation as well as environmentally friendly production practices. With the accompaniment of Impacto Café they were finally able to achieve organic certification for the 2017 crop year. The cooperative has made it a goal to improve the incomes of its members by offering a higher quality, differentiated product.

Information courtesy of Impacto Café. 

Want to try this coffee from Mexico? Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club!

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Pi(e) Day

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Nope, that’s not the pi(e) that we care about. The pie we care about is filled with sugar and fruits, and wrapped up in a warm yummy crust. We’re talking about pie. It may be Pi Day (3/14), but we’re celebrating good old pie today.

You can find Thanksgiving Coffee at two different pie shops in Northern California, Petaluma Pie Company and Kemmy’s Pies! Both of these companies are blow-your-mind good, and use organic, local, wholesome ingredients. Plus, they can serve you a cup Thanksgiving Coffee alongside a slice of your favorite pie.

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Visit Kemmy’s Pies in Willits, in the Skunk Train Depot, and Petaluma Pie Company in downtown Petaluma, in the Helen Putnam Plaza.

Petaluma Pie Company is open from 9am to 7pm on 3/14: 125 Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma, CA 94952

Kemmy’s Pies is open from 6am to 2pm on 3/14: 299 E Commercial St, Willits, CA 95490

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time began on Sunday, and we are feeling it. If your office is anything like the Thanksgiving Coffee headquarters, there will be a lot of coffee consumed this week to make up for that lost hour.

Need that extra kick of caffeine? Our Pony Express is called The Jackhammer of Coffees for a reason. Pick up a bag, and get ready to take on your day with a lot more gusto.

Happy Daylight Savings, everyone!

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2017 Roaster of the Year
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Mocha Java

If you’ve ordered our classic Mocha Java in the past few days, you may have spotted a difference in our packaging. Our new label design features a map that illustrates the story behind Mocha Java. In this blog post, we’re going to give you a little history lesson—so pour a cup of java (or grab yourself a mocha?) and have a seat.

While the word “mocha” may also refer to your favorite chocolate-y drink, that is not what we’re referring to in today’s post. Mocha Java is a historic blend of two origins an ocean away from each other: Indonesia and Yemen.

The history of Mocha Java

The History of Mocha Java

Back in the 1400s to 1600s, the majority of Europe’s coffee intake came out of the Red Sea, from the Port of Mocha [Makha or Mokha]. This coffee was grown in the country of Yemen, but was referred to by the name of the port from which it came. In the Pacific Islands, it was the same story. Most Indonesian coffee was coming out of a port on the island of Java, controlled by the Dutch East India Trading Company. This led to the term “java”, which has remained as slang for coffee to this day.

These two ports caffeinated most of the coffee-drinking world in those days, and trading ships passed through both on the same trip. Although 5,000 miles separated them, coffee from Java and Yemen lived together on the sailing vessels that made their way across the Indian Ocean and back to Europe. These two origins came together as the very first blend in the world of coffee, and it’s a combination that roasters continue to emulate.

The above pictures are a few examples of historic Mocha Java blends.

Mocha Java Today

These days, your typical Mocha Java has a few slight variations. Most roasters (and coffee enthusiasts) prefer Indonesian coffee to be sourced from Sumatra, the next island over from Java. On the Middle Eastern side, buyers will often source their “mocha” from the African country of Ethiopia, across the Red Sea from Yemen.

This is the case for our own homage to Mocha Java. For the Thanksgiving Coffee Mocha Java blend, we source our “java” from farmers in the the Takengon region of Sumatra, Indonesia. Our “mocha” is a natural-processed coffee that comes from farmer cooperatives in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Our Mocha Java is a coffee that we’ve perfected over decades of roasting, and we strive to maintain its consistency.

The history of Mocha Java is a history of the coffee world as a whole. The coffee industry has changed significantly over the past five centuries, and we love looking back and researching where it all came from. Next time you brew up a cup of our Mocha Java, take your time drinking it, because you are sipping a truly historic coffee.

Mocha Java, Deconstructed

Now that you know the background of the Mocha Java, you have the opportunity to create your own. Our organic Sumatran Coffee is available in two roast colors, and we have three different organic Ethiopian coffees that you can choose from online. You can mix up the “mocha” and “java” to create your own perfect blend.

Sumatra Medium Roast Sumatra French Roast 

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