Happy Valentine’s Day from Thanksgiving Coffee Company!
We might be challenging the status quo with the below statement, but we’re pretty sure you will agree with us…
There is nothing more romantic than coffee.
Sure, it’s sweet to get a box of chocolates. Yes, a steak dinner with a glass of wine is heavenly. But there is nothing more divine than waking up to the smell of freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee.
Give your significant other the best gift this Valentine’s Day. Wake up first and brew the coffee!
Want to surprise your better half with some new coffee beans? Here are a few ideas…
If you’re looking for something really sweet, these are a few of our favorite flavored coffees! A touch of vanilla and a hint of chocolate make these coffees a delightful Valentine’s Day treat.
Want something special? These coffees are special editions – something you won’t typically find at the grocery store!
If your Valentine’s Day includes chilling at home and watching a movie, decaf coffee might be a good idea.
No need to break the bank this Valentine’s Day – these two coffees are on sale all of February!
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
In the fall of 1967, 35 year old Dian Fossey of San Francisco founded the Karisoke Research Center in the Virunga mountains of Rwanda.
Dr. Fossey would have turned 86 on January 12, 2018. In honor of her birthday, we are featuring our coffees from Rwanda and the Congo: two single origins that directly benefit the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Her shoes may be hard to fill, but the DFGFI continues to lead the charge for gorilla conservation in Africa, and education across the globe.
We are excited to begin yet another year in partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and we look forward to many more to follow.
The pictures below are from the @savinggorillas social media accounts, from the years that Dr. Fossey was living and working among the gorillas in Rwanda.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
Does anybody else feel like this year just began? 2017 has certainly been an inspiring year, and we have had so much fun looking over the calendar from the past twelve months to see what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned, and what’s coming up next in 2018.
To all of our friends and family who have been with us this year, THANK YOU! We adore you, and we can’t wait for another great year with you all.
We know this is a long blog post, so we made it easy to skip to different sections:
For the past twelve months, we’ve been celebrating our win of the 2017 Macro Roaster of the Year title from Roast Magazine. After 45 years of both leading and learning from the coffee industry, it was an honor to be recognized as the top roaster in the country.
The judging for this award looks not only at the taste and quality of the coffee, but also at the practices within the company and their history as a whole.
Launch of the Congo Coffee
This is launch is very special to us, because we have such a long history with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Since 2004, we have roasted Gorilla Fund Coffee, benefiting mountain gorilla protection and research in Rwanda. As the DFGFI has grown and increased what they’re doing in Africa, we have been building alongside them, with our second Cause Coffee benefiting their efforts.
We now source Fairtrade and Organic coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and launched a second Cause Coffee in March of this year. This coffee’s label features the Grauer’s Gorilla, an endangered eastern lowland gorilla that inhabits the mountainous forests of the DRC. With every purchase of this coffee, we donate 10% straight back to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
Partnership with the American Wild Horse Campaign
This June, we had the chance to launch an all-new Cause Coffee with an organization that is doing important work in our country. The American Wild Horse Campaign is dedicated to preserving our free-roaming wild horses and burros as part of our national heritage.
We first met the people behind the AWHC at GreenFest in San Francisco. They tried our coffees, we discussed the needs of their organization, and decided to partner together to create Wild Grounds Coffee.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been teaming up with nonprofits for more than twenty years, and has been able to stand with some truly amazing organizations. We are so excited about what the American Wild Horse Campaign is doing, and we are glad to be a part of it.
Your Favorite Coffees
At the end of each year, we take a look back to see what the top sellers were on our website, and it’s always fun to see what coffees our customers have chosen. For 2017, these ten coffees topped the list: four french roasts, three dark roasts, one medium, one light and one flavored coffee.
Did your personal favorite make it to the top?
Noyo Harbor French – Distinctly smoky with hints of jammy fruit, roasted nuts, and baker’s chocolate. This is our signature Fairtrade and Organic French roast.
Grey Whale Blend – We blend our Mocha Java with a mellow, earthy Sumatra, and then add just a touch of vanilla.
French Roast – Full bodied and toasty with intense dark chocolate notes and a smoky finish. This is our darkest roast – and we’ve been making it for over forty years.
Paul’s Blend – Co-founder and Roastmaster Emeritus Paul Katzeff created this blend to showcase his favorite coffees. Blueberry notes add to hints of cashew and chocolate.
Nighthawks’ Decaf Very Dark Roast – Bold and rich with intense notes of dark chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Our Decaf coffees are water-processed without chemicals. A classic French Roast.
Mendocino Vienna – A bold, sweet blend with hints of nuts, chocolate, and caramel. Featuring coffees from Central America, South America, and Indonesia. The secret to Irish Coffee!
Albion River Inn Blend – A full-bodied and well-rounded blend with sweet chocolate tones and a crisp, toasty flavor.
Kona Blend – Simply elegant, with notes of tropical flowers and milk chocolate. A perennial favorite among light roast coffee drinkers.
Beaujolais Blend – Heavy bodied, complex and rich with a French Roast character, hints of caramel, nuts and spice.
When we took home the title Roaster of the Year, we decided to incorporate it into our packaging. The new design, which we launched in early 2017, incorporates the elements that make us who we are. Take a look at all the pieces that went into the new bag design through the link below.
Global Coffee Expo
In April of 2017, seven of the Thanksgiving Coffee team traveled to Seattle for the Global Coffee Expo, put on by the Specialty Coffee Association. We had the chance to see old friends, meet with coffee producers, participate in industry discussions, and taste a lot of great coffee.
Check out our recap of this event through the link below.
Cold Brew at Coffeefest Portland
In October, Lawrence and Jacob attended Coffeefest in Portland, and entered the West Coast Cold Brew Competition. While we didn’t take first place this time around, we did make it to the top four, and had a great time hanging out with other roasters on the cold brew circuit.
In addition to our cold brew coffee making waves in Portland, we are working toward a Nitro Cold Brew product that will be available for wholesale accounts in the New Year. We will have more information as the summer months begin to creep closer.
We never get tired of hearing what our customers have to say! Here are a few highlights from product reviews over the past year.
I’ve been drinking Grey Whale coffee for over 10 years now. It’s my all time favorite! It doesn’t seem to have much of the bitterness I taste in many other coffees and the very subtle vanilla flavor adds to the smoothness, but doesn’t overwhelm. I only drink this coffee black because the flavor is that good!
I was told that bird friendly coffee was THE way to go for bird conservationists. I had no clue that I was going to have THE very best cup of coffee I ever had. It was. I highly recommend the ABA’s coffee. Save Wood Thrushes, drink this coffee!!
I have been drinking coffee since high school but always with milk and sometimes even with cocoa powder as I couldn’t stand the bitterness – that is, until this coffee arrived at my doorstep. It is light, fruity, and for the first time ever, I am drinking black coffee and enjoying every moment of it. Thank you Thanksgiving and SOPPEXCCA for helping me find the right coffee for me!
We got the coffee mainly for the wild horse cause, but the aroma and the taste of the coffee exceeded our expectations. The light roast is very well done with an enticing smell and a hint of chocolate – pleasantly light but not at all under-roasted. We have had some disappointment lately with the lightly roasted coffee beans lacking aroma ordered from other specialty coffee roasting companies. Your coffee truly shines among the sea of so many coffee beans on the market. We look forward to ordering it again very soon.
Retirement years have become even more enjoyable since I was introduced to Paul’s Blend. My awareness of Thanksgiving Coffee started with weekend in Mendocino a few years ago. Every year we return to Mendocino and Thanksgiving Coffee. Now, thanks to online ordering, everyday I can sit down with a cup of Paul’s Blend and the SF Chronicle ipad edition and feel like I’m back in Mendocino.
You can see more reviews from satisfied customers in the review section of each individual product page. Visit the Thanksgiving Coffee webstore to read them, or leave your own review.
Songbird Nicaraguan Coffee Review
In addition to all the kind words from our customers, we also got this VERY special review from CoffeeReview.com. Run by Ken Davids, this website is by far the best review portal for specialty coffee, and the team there was very impressed with our Songbird Nicaraguan.
“Perhaps the only coffee presenting a classic Nicaragua profile among all of the nine highest scorers is Thanksgiving Coffee’s Organic Shade-Grown Nicaragua (92), a blend of the respected Maracaturra, Caturra and Catuai varieties meticulously processed by the traditional wet method. It is also the only coffee we review that is certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Institution, hands-down the most uncompromising and rigorous of environmentally focused certifications. The idealism and passion that drove the growing and farm management that produced this coffee clearly went into its processing as well: It is an impressively pure coffee. Of all nine coffees we reviewed this month, it most clearly represents the classic Nicaragua cup of tradition, with its inherent balance, quietly juicy acidity and buoyant, satiny mouthfeel.”
A Review of Songbird Nicaragua, from CoffeeReview.com
“Balanced, crisply sweet-tart. Lemongrass, cardamom, cocoa powder, rhododendron-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. The structure fuses sweet, tart and savory tendencies, enlivened by a quietly juicy acidity. Buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp finish is richly sweet, with notes of lemongrass and vanilla-like florals carrying into the long.”
Limited Edition Coffees
Over just the past six months, we launched two separate limited edition coffees on the Thanksgiving Coffee webstore. The first was from Nepal in July, and the second was our Kenya Red Cherry Project in November. Both of these coffees were very well received, and we hope to bring you even more limited edition coffees in 2018.
In 2017, we had the opportunity to partner with three new local causes, to create an extra stream of income for their organizations: Art Explorers, Family Medicine of Mendocino County, and the Noyo Center for Marine Science. Each of these nonprofits are doing very important things for the Mendocino Coast, and we are honored to be able to stand with them. Follow the links above to learn more about each individual cause.
This fall, we had a surplus of apples in the company orchard, and we were able to harvest and donate over 2500 pounds of apples to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. Our orchard features 25 heirloom varieties, and we were very happy to be able to donate so much to our friends and families in the community who need it.
Puerto Rico Coffee Send with the Hogwarts Running Club
At the very end of this year, we teamed up with the Hogwarts Running Club for a really great project. This partnership was thanks to two individuals on our team who are members of the club: Megan Smithyman and Marchelo Bresciani. Through the amazing give back of this group, we donated over 1,000 packages of coffee to relief workers in Puerto Rico, and the club sent another 4,000 more packages through other coffee roasters across the country.
New Serving and Retail Accounts
We opened numerous accounts in 2017: restaurants, hotels, office accounts and cafes! Take a look at a few of the new ones to come on board this year.
Here in Northern California, we added some spectacular restaurants to our roster. Cafe Beaujolais, Relish Grill, Lizbby’s Restaurant and Bar and Mayan Fusion were just a few of the great additions here in Mendocino County.
As for grocery stores, Thanksgiving Coffee is now available in twenty new Safeways from Redding to Sonoma in California. Look forward to even more in the new year. We can also be found at Dahlia & Sage in Cloverdale, a great new grocery store featuring a lot of local Northern California brands.
For hotels and bed and breakfasts along our coast, we are excited about two fabulous new additions: Heritage House Resort in Little River, and Noyo Harbor Inn right across the Noyo River from us in Fort Bragg. The Noyo Harbor Inn is going to be opening in the next couple weeks, and the Heritage House has long been a staple of the Mendocino Coast.
Breakers Inn is currently working toward providing Thanksgiving Coffee in each of its 28 rooms on the Gualala coastline. We are coordinating with them and a few other hotels along our coast to provide a revolutionary new in-room brewer. This product will be available to all of our accounts in the coming months!
Five new Wild Birds Unlimited stores across the United States have begun selling packages of Thanksgiving Coffee. Missouri, New York, South Carolina and Illinois were added to our list of WBU stores carrying our Songbird Coffee lineup.
As always, you can view the Thanksgiving Coffee Store Locator page to see where you can pick up a bag or a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee near you. Interested in carrying Thanksgiving Coffee? Reach out through our contact page!
Changes to the Thanksgiving Coffee Team
Thanksgiving Coffee is always growing and changing, and 2017 featured some big updates. Longtime employees David Woolis (28 years), Bill Adams (24 years) and Susan Coy (10 years) retired in 2017, and we of course, miss them very much. Our fearless leaders Paul and Joan Katzeff continue to move us forward into the New Year, alongside Vice President, Jonah Katzeff.
It has been quite a year. Join us in raising a cup of coffee to the last twelve months, and look forward to the next! 2018, we’re ready for you.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company 2017 Roaster of the Year Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
It really is the most wonderful time of the year. When you’re brewing up coffee on Christmas Day next week, we want you to know that we are SO THANKFUL for all of our amazing friends, family and fans. You are the backbone behind Thanksgiving Coffee Company, and it’s because of you that we’ve been able to roast spectacular coffee for the past 45 years.
Cheers to YOU, and whatever you are observing this year. We are so honored that you chose our coffee to be a part of your celebration.
• Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup • 2017 Roaster of the Year
The holidays are hard enough as it is – why not make it just a little easier? Get all your holiday ordering done at once, by sending your packages through Thanksgiving Coffee! Check out just how easy it can be this year:
It’s easy as one, two, three! Check out the steps below to see how easy it is to order coffee for everyone on your holiday gift giving list:
Choose Your Coffee
Which coffee do you want to send to your sister? What about your uncle? Pick out the coffees for each of your recipients – step one complete! In the video above, we suggested our recently launched Holiday Blend – a lovely choice for this season.
Choose Your Grind
Your aunt and uncle might like to grind their beans themselves, but you know your sister doesn’t have a grinder. Adjust the grind for each individual order in the dropdown just above PRICE on each page!
Choose Your Quantity
Simply pick out how many bags you’d like to send to each individual. One? Two? Three? Just how generous are you feeling this year? Change this number just to the left of the ADD TO CART button.
Click the Ship To Dropdown
On every product on our website, you can click the dropdown just to the right of SHIP TO, and adjust who this coffee is going to! When you’ve chosen two bags of the Holiday Blend in Espresso Grind, simply click that dropdown and choose SOMEONE ELSE. A window will pop up, asking you to choose a nickname for this person, for your account!
Do this for each person on your holiday list. Parents, grandparents, daughters, sons, in-laws and best friends – add a nickname for each person and get those packages added to your cart! As you add each one, the orders will stack up on the right hand side with each order under the individual name.
Got everyone you need? We’ll hit CHECKOUT and head over to the next page.
Fill Out Your Information
On the next page, you can create an account, or click check out as a guest! Up to you. Then we’ll head over to your own personal billing and shipping information. Click SUBMIT SECURELY when you’re finished.
Fill Out Their Information
Get the addresses of your friends and family handy – time to type it in! Add their names, phone numbers and addresses. At the very bottom of this page, you can confirm your billing address on the credit card that you’ll be using on this particular order. Click CONTINUE TO SECURE PAYMENT PAGE, and let’s finish this order.
Choose Shipping and Enter Gift Messages
On the final page of your holiday order, you can confirm the items you’ll be sending to everyone on your list, as well as the choice of shipping! We offer UPS Ground for $7.95 and USPS Priority for $5.95 through our website. And if one of your gifts (to one address) goes over the $50 mark, you’ll receive free shipping on that order!
On the left hand side of the page, you’ll see the option to add a free gift message! Click ENTER TEXT and a pop up window will show up, allowing you to fill in your message. Be sure to sign your name, so they know who to thank for the wonderful present.
Then, just scroll down to the bottom of the page, fill in your credit card information… and that’s it! Click SUBMIT ORDER, and Thanksgiving Coffee will get your coffee out the door within just a few days.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee Company!
Friday, June 23 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Then again, for a few of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee Company, everyday is take your dog to work day. Meet two of our office pups, Zoe and Brutus!
Zoe was adopted from the Border Collie Rescue of Northern California. These guys serve most of Northern California, re-homing animals that need new situations and families that will take care of them. Zoe’s mom is Patty, from our accounting team. Patty has been a part of the Thanksgiving Coffee family for 28 years, and Zoe for 8 of those years!
Brutus is a newer addition to our office. Co-founder and CEO Paul Katzeff adopted Brutus from the Mendocino Coast Humane Society just two months ago! He’s already adjusted nicely to life at our headquarters, although we found out he does not like to pose for photo shoots.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company has partnered with the Mendocino Coast Humane Society to create a Cause Coffee that benefits their shelter. This non-profit has been serving Fort Bragg and beyond for over thirty years. We are proud to be a part of their fundraising efforts, and stand with an organization that is doing good for the animals of our community! Learn more on the MCHS Cause Coffee page.
This weekend is the 24th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and it’s one of the Mendocino County events that is not to be missed. As you’re driving to and from the festival and need a coffee fix, here are a couple places to stop by and grab a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee!
Did you know that our Upsetter Espresso Blend is a reference to one of our favorite reggae artists? Lee “Scratch” Perry will be performing at Sierra Nevada this year. The label design on our Upsetter (a light roast espresso blend) is a reference to his label: Upsetter Records. Can’t wait to see him perform this weekend!
Have fun at Sierra Nevada… maybe we’ll see you out there!
If there’s one thing that we know for sure, it’s that coffee was meant to be SHARED! While we may be some of the worst culprits at hogging the coffee, there is simply nothing better than sitting down with a friend for a latte on a weekend morning. Coffee tastes better when it’s paired with friendship and comfy chairs – it’s just a fact.
Not that we’re biased at ALL, but we do have some the very best cafes in America serving up caffeinated beverages from Thanksgiving Coffee Company. Stop by one of these coffee shops on Best Friends Day, and share a cup (okay, get two different cups) with your bestie.
Early one morning in 1992, a local Mendocino sculptor by the name of Howard Wheatley Allen was shaking in his boots. He had just been informed that he would be presenting a gift to a world leader on behalf of the United States, and the recipient was none other than Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. With a steadying hand, he held his bronze sculpture before the President and said, “Mr. President, this is a snow goose that migrates between our two countries.”
“You mean a living link,” Gorbachev replied, understanding the significance.
Gorbachev later recalled that, “During the nuclear arms race, I was given a gift by an American, a little figure of a goose in flight. I still have it at my dacha. It is a goose that lives in the north of Russia in the summer and in the winter migrates to America. It does that every year regardless of what’s happening, on the ground, between you and us.”
It was one year later, in 1993, that International Migratory Bird Day was established. While IMBD is celebrated from Canada to South America to support the hundreds of Neotropical migratory bird species that travel across the continent, Gorbachev’s goose is a beautiful reminder that birds will always rise above our imaginary borders, transcending beyond the cultural or political boundaries of the time.
Here in the United States, we sometimes claim a cultural ownership of beautiful birds like the Baltimore Oriole, perhaps forgetting that the very same species could just as easily be named the ‘Panama Oriole’, or the ‘Nicaraguan Oriole’, as it spends half it’s life in Central and South America. IMBD is a reminder that the health and abundance of these birds that are so much a part of our heritage does not stop at our own backyard feeders. If we wish to enjoy their beauty and their songs for generations to come, we must care for them and their well being across all borders.
The growing demand for coffee, and the rise of the mono-cultured full sun coffee plantations, has demolished much of the wintering habitat for iconic birds like Orioles. In fact, many of these species are now referred to as ‘Coffee Birds’ because the only forest home left to them are the shade-grown coffee farms that preserve the jungle canopy.
For over 20 year, Song Bird Coffee has been a leader in supporting the farmers who protect their native forests by growing delicious coffees under the jungle canopy, preserving priceless habitat and biodiversity. This year, on International Migratory Bird Day, we hope you will join us in protecting our precious songbirds, just by enjoying a great cup of shade-grown coffee. Not Just a Cup, But a Just Cup.