Latest Arrival Notes: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Deep and immaculately sweet, with notes of ripe cherry and golden raisin.

Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of Arabica coffee. Centuries of production and perfecting methods of preparation have produced brilliant results. This fine Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Worka Cooperative located in the southern district of Gedeb, Ethiopia. The Worka zone encompasses the highest altitude coffee cultivation area in the entire country of Ethiopia, resulting in a stunningly unique flavor profile.

The Worka Cooperative was established in 2005 and currently has approximately 300 members. In 2005, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia.

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CR_2015_92_featured-150x150This coffee was recently reviewed by Ken Davids and the team at!

“92 points – Delicately bright, exhilarating. Candied lemon, vanilla, pear, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Gentle, lively acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Lemon and crisp chocolate carry into a sweet, lightly flavor-saturated finish.”


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The Holiday Blend is here!

Holiday Blend 2015


Each year, we like to put together a special blend for the harvest and holiday season – to accompany cold weather, big meals and family gatherings.

In a big, 1.5 pound bag (twice the size of our normal coffee packages), the Holiday Blend is a great way to stock up on coffee for the holiday season.

We have created this year’s holiday blend in keeping with our 35 year tradition of bringing into the world a new coffee tasting experience each holiday season as our gift to you. We hope you enjoy it.

Layered & complex, with notes of
dark chocolate, cedar & plum.

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A few disclaimers: This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts, or applied to our Cause Coffee line (because these coffees are fundraisers), and cannot be used on gift certificates, hard goods or chocolate covered espresso beans. Offer expires December 31st.


Latest Arrival Notes: 100% Sumatra

100% Sumatra

Heavy, earthy body, with layers of cedar and butterscotch.

Small family farms blanket the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island. Under the dense tropical forests of the island’s northern Gayo Mountains, the 1,329 members of Koperasi Permata Gayo produce one of Indonesia’s finest and most sought after coffees.

The cooperative formed in 2005, following a peace accord that ended a decade-long civil war and a devastating earthquake that heavily damaged the farmers’ homes and warehouses. Growing in membership year by year, Koperasi Permata Gayo represents the farmers’ hope for a peaceful future, prosperity, and careful stewardship of the natural environment.

Like all the finest Indonesian coffees, Permata Gayo is produced using the distinct wet-hulled process that yields a pungent earthy flavor enlivened by sweet notes of butterscotch, cinnamon, and clove.

Available in Medium Roast and Very Dark Roast

 100% Sumatra100% Sumatra

Heavy, earthy body, with layers of
cedar and butterscotch.

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Introducing #BeeBold Coffee

Many Bees

Thanksgiving Coffee Company has created Bee Bold coffee as a pioneering product designed to fund a vital movement to save our bees. You can support our work and the bees with your morning cup of coffee.

Bee Bold Coffee is born out of our partnership with Friends of the Earth and their National campaign called Bee Bold. This movement has come to us with a mighty force and we want to share this with you as we introduce our new Bee Bold Coffee.

Bees are dying in droves worldwide! They are “canaries in the coal mine,”  warning us of an imminent and frightening threat to our food.

One out of three bites of food we eat has been pollinated by honey bees and if we want to save the bees and ourselves we must do it now.

Together in this amazing collaboration full of bold vision, innovation, and awareness of the true costs of environmental inaction, we work to achieve a mutual goal, to ensure our planet is Bee Friendly.

Friends of the Earth (FOE) has been a true inspiration, as are the very bees themselves.  FOE has asked for an immediate halt to the use of the dangerous neonicotinoids (neonics) pesticides in the U.S.  These neonics have been identified as the main cause of the bees decline. The bees were the first indicator, now a serious decline in birds is being seen as these poisons make their way up the food chain.

Through this new awareness brought to Thanksgiving Coffee Company, we have made the commitment to urge local legislators to create a County ordinance that bans the use and sale of these neonics, in Mendocino County.  This bee friendly policy will:

  • Prohibit the sale of plants and seeds treated with neonics.
  • Prohibit the use of neonics on all public lands including schools, and government buildings.
  • Ensure shelter and food sources for bees.
  • Advocate that marginal lands be allowed and encouraged for bee habitat, with forage trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Support adoption of a tolerant attitude to feral bee colonies in buildings, and hive bee colonies in one’s neighborhood.

Introducing #BeeBold Coffee

These coffees benefit #BeeBold – a campaign that Friends of the Earth is leading. When you buy these coffees, 25% of your purchase goes to Friends of the Earth.



Bee Bold Coffee

Seven coffees to choose from:
Light, Medium, Dark, Very-Dark and Decaf.



Support this work in an ongoing way by joining the BEE BOLD Coffee Club – you’ll receive two packages of coffee each month, and Friends of the Earth will benefit with every cup you drink!

Bee Bold Coffee Club


Local Action in Mendocino County

Thanksgiving Coffee Company will donate $1/package of Bee Bold sold in County Retailers to create and fund the Mendocino County Bee Bold Advisory Committee .

Here are the steps we are taking in Mendocino County, our own back yard to support the campaign that Friends of the Earth is leading:

  1. Creating a Bee Sanctuary out of the 3⁄4 acre Apple Orchard full of 47 heirloom trees at our roastery.
  2. Educating and distributing flyers that identify the plight of our bee population in Mendocino County.
  3. Assemble Mendocino County leaders into the Mendocino County Bee Bold Advisory Committee.
  4. Coordinating outreach to influential religious groups, labor groups, elected officials, citizen activists, and businesses.
  5. Assisting in media outreach to educate Mendocino County.
  6. Recruiting and managing local volunteers to run campaign actions such as rallies, tabling events, and film screenings
  7. Petition drive/County initiative on 2017 Ballot



What YOU can do:

There are many steps you can take locally to help save the bees. Here are a few ideas for where to start!

  • Create a Bee Sanctuary in your back yard.
  • Do not use or buy products containing neonics.
  • Ask your local nurseries, wineries, and building supply stores to stop carrying and using nionics.
  • Volunteer to organize campaign actions such as petition drives, tabling events, rallies, swarm-ins and media events.
  • Gather friends and family to participate in making Mendocino Bee Friendly.
  • Record your actions and make your pledge at


Latest Arrival Notes: Byron’s Maracaturra Natural


Byron Corrales is a visionary farmer, campesino leader, and pioneer in the application of biodynamic farming practices to coffee production. Twice he’s won top honors for this magical coffee: Maracaturra, a special variety found only on his small family farm in Nicaragua.


Last year, Byron began processing a small amount of this special coffee using the natural process: sun-drying the coffee cherries to develop a rich, fruity flavor notes. This coffee received a rating of 94 points from!

The coffee is a unique hybrid of the heirloom varietals Maragoype and Caturra (Bourbon). It was developed and is grown exclusively by Byron Corrales for Thanksgiving Coffee Company. It is a truly exceptional coffee that’s more akin to its cousins in the highlands of East Africa than its neighbors in Central America.

Byron's Maracaturra Natural

 Byron’s Maracaturra Natural


Lush, mellow and jammy,
with a suggestion of blueberry.

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Bird Friendly Coffee Certification

Bird Friendly CoffeeSmithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) certification is another step we are taking at Thanksgiving Coffee to verify that the coffees we purchase and co-brand with them are truly coming from farmers who support and maintain “Bird Friendly” habitat on their farms .

The SMBC certification is “the undisputed “Gold Standard” when assessing forest habitat for the quality of its ability to support not just birds, but all the species that live and make their home in a particular indigenous forest . The standards that the Smithsonian scientists have set are based on rigorous research into the nature of the forest itself, its remaining over-story size and density, its type of remaining trees, the numbers of levels of “over-story” and how our coffee agriculture has been integrated into the original Habitat.

At the heart of the certification is the absolute of no use of oil based Fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The coffee farm must first be Certified Organic before it can begin the SMBC certification assessment process.

Thanksgiving Coffee is a certified organic Roastery. We follow strict rules set by USDA . About 85 % of our coffees we purchase are Certified organic, but as of this writing only our coffees from Guatemala (Guaya’b Cooperative) and from Nicaragua (Byron Corrales’ Family Farm) are SMBC Certified. These coffees represent only 15% of our Roastings at this time.

After meeting with SMBC scientists in May of this year in Washington DC (Their offices are located at the National Zoo) we set up a plan to have each cooperative we buy from in Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Peru, Uganda, and Rwanda, assessed for the “Bird Friendly” certification. Where farms are organic but lack the shade standards needed for the SMBC certification, we will work with the cooperative’s Board leadership to put forest restoration practices in place to enable certification. One by one these farm habitats will be certified.

Our goal is to have 85 % of our coffees SMBC Certified by 2020.

With collaboration and help from The Smithsonian Outreach program for coffee farms we hope to bring a wide range of coffee farms into this Gold Standard certification. Our relationship with the leadership of the SMBC is a close one. We see this as strong support for The American Birding Association Songbird Coffee we sell under a licensing agreement we have had since 1996. Their members, who focus on their love of and protection of migratory songbirds, depend upon the science of the SMBC for their assurance that the money they spend on coffee is being spent in the name of protecting them, and we at Thanksgiving Coffee mean to assure our Songbird followers that the highest level of awareness goes into the coffee they drink each morning, and that the birds out there are able to feed their young, build their homes and fatten up enough to make their amazing migrations each year.

Paul Katzeff, Co-FounderSincerely,
Paul KatzeffCo-Founder & CEO
Roastmaster Emeritus




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These coffees benefit the American Birding Association, which works to inspire people to enjoy and protect wild birds through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, & networks.

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A new look!

This month, we have some exciting news to share! Over the past several months, we’ve been working on some big projects to make it much easier to find coffees you’ll love. We’ve organized our coffees by roast color, improved our packaging and built a brand new website. You’re invited to take a look at our new look, below…


Visit the online store to see all of our new packaging!

San Francisco Green Festival

GreenFest-2014-booth Greenfest-banner-v2 With events in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Portland, and recently in San Francisco, Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. It brings together a wide array of businesses and organizations with the worthy goal of helping conscious consumers work, play, and live green. Sustainable solutions can be found for everything from food, fashion, and energy, to construction, design and health.

Thanksgiving Coffee was the exclusive coffee sponsor at this year’s event in San Francisco. With our focus on social and environmental sustainability, it was a perfect pairing. As attendees entered the Festival Pavilion hall, our smiling faces and aromatic and delicious coffees greeted them. Our coffee was also served at the Green Festival café to rave reviews.

San Franciscans have a passion for coffee that was plain to see during the festival. We served about 2500 sample cups over the three day event! We also gave away about 600 sample packs for folks to try at home. Attendees asked interesting and thoughtful questions all weekend!

“What countries do you get coffee from?”
“What are you doing to support the cooperatives you buy from?”
“How are you different from other coffee companies?”
“How do you define sustainability?”
“How is Thanksgiving Coffee practicing what it preaches?”

Our answers deepened attendees understanding of not only our business model, but also the entire coffee chain. They also gained an appreciation for how much is involved in producing a single cup of coffee.

Our staff worked hard for three days, and the appreciation and thanks we received from everyone left us smiling and thankful for the opportunity to be Green Festival’s 2014 coffee sponsor.

Customer Stories: Café Jaavy

by Marchelo Bresciani, Marketing Coordinator at Thanksgiving Coffee Co.

Located in Fort Bragg off of Highway 1 next to CVS, Downhome Foods, and Los Gallitos- Cafe JAAVY is a recent and welcome addition to the area’s breakfast cafe scene. They opened for business in April, but this family owned business has deep local roots. Owned by Margarita Valenzuela and her husband Efrain who is known by locals as “Red”, the name “JAAVY” is an acronym for the names of their three children: Jessica, Adam, Andrew, with the V and Y signifying their last name ‘Valenzuela’ and Margarita’s maiden name ‘Yanez’.

The family has owned and operated Los Gallitos restaurant for 8 years. The popular destination for great authentic Mexican food is frequently filled with happy local customers, so when a space opened up nearby, they jumped at the opportunity to expand. Cafe JAAVY serves authentic Mexican breakfasts, along with more traditional breakfast items and smoothies, at a very reasonable price for the quality. I recently ate there with my wife, and a full breakfast for the two of us was only $20 including the tip! I thoroughly enjoyed the French Toast which was covered with fresh local berries, and she polished off the breakfast sandwich before I could steal a bite, it was that good!

Andrew (Margarita’s oldest son) was our server, and he makes a delicious cappuccino. Our Roastmaster, Jacob Long, personally trained him to make the coffee drinks, and he tells me that Andrew picked up the barista work faster than anyone, and is one of the best in the area. They serve our Guatemalan Song Bird coffee, and this flavorful brew was a perfect pairing with the meal. They are open from 7:30am – 1pm six days a week (closed on Sundays), so stop in and break your fast with some quality local food and coffee.


Here is a link to Google Maps with their location.

Save Alexa’s Farm – Support Project La Roya


In February of 2013, Thanksgiving Coffee staff visited the farm of Alexa Marín Colindres, a member of the PRODECOOP Cooperative in Nicaragua. We toured her farm, listened to her heartbreaking story, and wondered how we could help. Later that day, we did a blind cupping of 20 of the cooperative’s coffees, and asked that her coffee be included.

We sipped and slurped for two hours to get through them all, scoring each coffee on Fragrance, Aroma, Body, Acidity, Flavor Notes and Balance. One coffee was, hands down, the best on the table – and it turned out to be Alexa’s. We bought 10 sacks (all that was available), and are proud to offer you this special coffee, and invite you to help.

Alexa and her sonsMeet Alexa. She lives with her two teenage sons in the mountains of Northern Nicaragua, where they focus on growing the best coffee possible. She has been a coffee farmer for many years and has worked with the cooperative PRODECOOP since 1992.

In 2013, Alexa noticed that the leaves on her coffee trees were affected by La Roya, a fungal disease which attacks the leaves and prevents them from converting sunlight into energy. The coffee cherries turn brown and fall off before ripening, and the tree eventually dies.

Roya affecting coffee trees in NicaraguaLa Roya is thought by many in the coffee industry to be one of the many challenges brought on by Climate Change. This disease is sweeping across coffee country, devastating the coffee trees of many small, family farmers – and threatening their way of life.

For some, this will mean starting over – even on a new piece of unaffected land. For others, it may mean removing or pruning affected trees and replanting where necessary.

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Want to Help? Support Project: La Roya

Alexa’s coffee is fabulous and we want her coffee farm to thrive – so we decided to rally our customers to support her and other farmers battling La Roya. In March 2014, we launched Project: La Roya with our partners at The Social Business Network (SBN) in Nicaragua.

The project will raise $10,000 to help the farmers of PRODECOOP stop the spread of this disease and re-plant 5,000 coffee trees that have been affected. $2 from every bag of Finca de Alexa coffee sold will be invested in Project: La Roya.

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