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.
A Selection of Recipes for National Coffee Cake Day
Coffee cake comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors – but if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that you can always count on that crumbly cinnamon goodness. April 7 marks National Coffee Cake Day, and we’ve compiled a few recipes for you to try out!
2½ Cups Flour
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, plus more for topping
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¾ Cup Canola Oil
1 Cup Almond Milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
¼ Cup Plain Coconut or Soy Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
It is an unmistakable feeling when you find the right one. Your pulse quickens, your lips curl involuntarily into a coy smile, and warmth radiates from deep within as your thoughts swirl upward. When you meet, the worries of the world melt away, and for a few sweet moments you know contented bliss.
I’m not speaking of love (though the feeling is remarkably similar). No, I am talking about the complex and wonderful pairing of coffee and chocolate. Those of you who have experimented with such delicious decadence surely know what I am talking about. Your whole pallet comes alive, as nuances explode and recede in a dance of flavors. For those of you that haven’t enjoyed a nibble of chocolate followed by a sip of coffee, oh are you ever in for a treat!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we hit the dating scene to find our Valentine- a chocolate company that shares our values of sustainability and social justice, one who is dedicated to the pursuit of delicious perfection. And much like a grand love story, we found THE ONE, our perfect pair- fellow California B Corp Alter Eco. To win their affection, we sent them some coffee in a box with hearts drawn all over it, and asked them kindly to ‘Be Our Valentine’… they said yes!
Very much in love, we decided to move in together right away. Our Roastmaster Jacob Long was tasked with the deliciously difficult challenge of tasting Alter Eco’s many chocolates, and combining them with our coffees to find the perfect pair.
After many rounds of tasting countless coffee/chocolate combinations, we all agreed on one pair that was truly a world-melting flavor experience:
Our Fair trade Organic Mocha Java Coffee and Alter Eco’s Chocolate truffles. Oh yes!
The creamy smooth chocolate truffles blend seamlessly with the complex flavors of our beloved Mocha Java blend. Try this: take a bite of a chocolate truffle and let it melt away on your tongue. Just before the last bit of truffle melts away, take a healthy sip of the Mocha Java and loose yourself in the exquisite moment when these flavors combine. Then take a long, deep breath, and reflect on how excellent life is in this moment.
“In the midst of winter, I at last discovered that there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the beginning of winter and the end of daylight’s steady retreat. It is the winter solstice, our shortest day and our longest night.
There is a poetry to the seasonal shifts created by the Earth’s axial tilt. Every revolution around the sun brings the fresh new wonders of spring, the joy of long summer days, the beauty of autumn’s transition, and the tranquility of long winter nights.
It is no wonder that people from cultures all over the world gather close with their loved ones when the nights get long. It is a timely reminder that even when the night seems endless, when it feels like cold and darkness might prevail, the light always returns. As we gather with our loved ones this winter, take solace that starting tomorrow, every new sunrise brings with it more daylight then the last.
From all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee, we hope your short days will be merry and bright, and that your long wintery nights will be warmed by the love of friends, family, and a Just Cup of Thanksgiving Coffee.
The image above is an “analemma” – a series of photographs of the sun taken from the same location, at the same time each day, over the course of an entire year. The sun that appears at the top of the image was taken during the summer solstice, and the one closest to the horizon is the winter solstice sun.