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.

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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!

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2017 Roaster of the Year
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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 
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World Oceans Day: Noyo Marine Science Center

If you’ve spent any time following Thanksgiving Coffee on social media, you know how much we love the place where we live. Our roastery is less than half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll routinely find us walking the headlands at lunch and heading to the beaches for sunsets after work. The ocean is in our blood. June 8 is World Oceans Day, and this year we are partnering with the Noyo Center for Marine Science in support of their 2018 campaign: Help the Kelp.

Help the Kelp for World Oceans Day

This campaign is focused on bull kelp, an essential part of the Pacific Ocean’s ecosystem, and a seaweed that has been disappearing from our coastline. Learn more in this excerpt from the Noyo Center’s Help the Kelp page:

Bull kelp forests are the foundation – or structure – of our nearshore coastal ecosystem. The floating canopy of this brown algae gives shelter to young fish and the kelp itself provides food for valuable species, such as red abalone and red sea urchin.

Today, our kelp forests are in serious trouble. Though annually variable, in the past five years, California’s kelp forests have decreased by 93% of normal. Higher sea surface temperatures in recent years have limited kelp growth, and sea star wasting disease has removed a key predator of purple sea urchins, a voracious eater of kelp. Though our waters have cooled this past year, the explosion of the purple urchin population—60 times higher than normal—has prevented the kelp forests from recovering from these multiple blows.

The Noyo Center is raising awareness, and bringing people together to learn more and do something about this issue. Mendocino is very lucky to have this inspiring group of people here in our county, and they’ve proven that they can get things done time and time again, most recently through the Orca Project here in Fort Bragg.

Noyo Center Cause Coffee

We have created a Cause Coffee, which will only be available at the Noyo Center. This allows the nonprofit to get the largest amount of donations right back into their organization. While you can’t sign up for a club subscription with this coffee, as it will only be available for a limited time, you CAN buy multiple packages and give them out to friends and family.

Our oceans are not only special and beautiful–they’re an essential part of the existence on our planet. Everyone has to work together to protect natural resources like our kelp forests, and this is one small way to give back. If you want to make an even bigger impact, you can also donate directly to the Noyo Center. This organization is doing important work, and we are happy to have them in our community, working toward healthier oceans for everyone.

Noyo Center World Oceans Day

Noyo Center for Marine Science
155 Cypress St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 733-6696
noyocenter.org

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National Doughnut Day: Coffee and Doughnuts!

Tom and Jerry, Bonnie and Clyde, Chips and Salsa, Mulder and Scully… some things are just meant to be paired up. We have one more duo to add to that list this week: Doughnuts and Coffee. June 1st is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day

Clearly, there is only one way to commemorate National Doughnut Day, and that’s by stopping by your local bakery. We can help you out with one aspect of this celebration though, and that’s the type of coffee to enjoy alongside your doughnut.

It’s time for a doughnut and coffee pairing.

Beaujolais Blend + Maple Bacon Doughnut

Ahhh, the maple bacon doughnut. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the collision of savory and sweet has made this dessert one of the most popular choices at the corner doughnut shop. Our Fairtrade and Organic Beaujolais Blend is also a balance of unique flavors, with coffees sourced from Africa, Central America, and Indonesia. This Medium Roast is full-bodied and complex, and holds its own alongside the contrasting flavors of bacon and maple.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe + Beignet

Our Ethiopian Gedeb Yirgacheffe is a light roast, with rich notes of ripe cherry and golden raisin. This coffee alone can be a sweet treat, so pairing it with something overly sugary isn’t the right choice. Instead, we chose the beignet. A simple fried pastry with a dusting of powdered sugar can enhance the flavors of this award-winning single origin.

Noyo Harbor French + Apple Fritter

No Doughnut Day blog post can go by without mentioning the over-the-top apple fritter. This glazed explosion of sugar will go great with your dark cup of Noyo Harbor French this morning. The hint of roasted nuts in this coffee and that classic smoky french roast flavor enhances every sweet bite of the apple fritter, making these two the perfect companions.

Whatever pastry or roast you choose this morning, all of us here at Thanksgiving Coffee wish you an excellent National Doughnut Day!

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

National Trails Day at Pelican Bluffs

National Trails Day – The First Saturday of June
Pelican Bluffs Trail Work Day: June 2, 2018 from 10am-12pm
hosted by the Mendocino Land Trust

A mile south of the town of Point Arena, a beautiful new addition to the California Coastal trail has been created at the 70 acre Pelican Bluffs Preserve. Owned and maintained by the Mendocino Land Trust, this epic landscape is free and open for the public to enjoy. Because the Land Trust is not funded by taxes like other parks, the work and energy it takes to maintain open spaces is a burden carried by community members, whether through monetary donations or ‘sweat equity’. Over the past year, volunteers from near and far, in addition to service organizations like the California Conservation Corps, have all come together to build over two miles of trail along this breathtaking blufftop.

Pelican Bluffs in Mendocino

From the parking lot, the newly completed loop trail leads visitors up through a coastal prairie that climbs to a crested hill. At the top, the wide expanse of Pelican Bluffs is revealed. Wildflowers speckle the bluff top, while dramatic white cliffs drop away to the rocky beach below. The sound of the waves tumbling over the shore and the smell of the ocean breeze is a feast for all senses. Continue to follow the trail along the coast and you might see seals resting on the beach and whales spouting in the distance, while an osprey soars overhead. Home to Peregrine falcons and the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver, Pelican Bluffs is a beautiful place for people and wildlife in equal measure.

This National Trails Day, spend some time helping to take care of the trails and the wild places you love. It’s time well spent, and always worth the effort.

Mendocino Land Trust and Thanksgiving Coffee Company

Thanksgiving Coffee and the Mendocino Land Trust have collaborated to create  Fog Dodger, a Cause Coffee benefiting the MLT and their efforts building trails all over our county.

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Coffee at the B Corporation Bay Area Conference

Last week we had the incredible opportunity to connect with a group of people that are making a huge difference in the Bay Area community. This was the B Corp Leadership Development Conference, a gathering of like-minded people that are actively using their businesses as a force for good right here in the Northern California community. As a certified B Corp (with a rating of 108!), we were invited to attend and serve our coffee.

Roaster of the Year Thanksgiving Coffee at the BLD Bay Area Conference!

BLD Conference for B Corporations

The conference was just a one day event, but it was packed with all the important things: great speakers, inspiring discussions, open dialogue and a LOT of coffee. With just under two hundred attendees from B Corps scattered across North and Central California, there was an unlimited amount of inspiration and insight to be gained all around.

We served a variety of excellent single origins and blends: Ethiopia Halo Bariti, Paul’s Blend, Congo Kivu, Songbird Decaf and Mendocino Vienna.

Thanksgiving Coffee Airpots

From keynote presentations to intimate discussions, the BLD Bay Area event did not disappoint in quantity and quality. We kept everyone caffeinated, and everyone kept us inspired. At the end of the day as we parted ways with our new friends and collaborators, we all had nothing but wonderful things to say about the people we’d met and the time we’d spent.

Thank you to the B Lab, and all the amazing volunteers that made this event happen! We were honored to play a part over the day, and we can’t wait until the next time this inspiring group of people gets together again.

Be sure to visit www.blocalbayarea.com to learn more about this awesome group, and support our local Northern California B Corporations!

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

Malawi Coffee for the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

Did you miss your opportunity to try our Sulawesi last month? Not to worry, this month we have an equally exciting origin: Malawi. This is our second year of purchasing coffee from the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, and we are again impressed with what they have to offer.

Malawi Coffee Cooperative

Malawi is tucked away below the equator, in the center of Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia in Eastern Africa. This country is on the same lines of longitude as coffee-growing countries like Bolivia, Brazil, Southern Peru and the islands of Java and Sulawesi. The country of Malawi is growing in popularity as a coffee origin, and every new shipment we receive continues to improve in quality.

The Mzuzu Coffee Planters Co-Op

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, which is an umbrella organization operating in the North Region of Malawi. This Northern Region shares a border with Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife. The Mzuzu cooperative provides support to 3000 members in six regional cooperatives where the average producer cultivates .5 hectares of land. The Mzuzu cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums.

Altitude Grown: 1300-2000 meters
Processing: Fully washed, dried in the sun
Cooperative: Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union
Region: Chitipa & Mzimba District

Malawi Coffee Medium Roast

Join the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club

This coffee is only available to members of our Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club, during the month of May! If you sign up for a Coffee Club subscription before June 1, you will receive two bags of this splendid Medium Roast coffee from Eastern Africa. Don’t miss it!

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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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Photos from Toarco Jaya:

Sulawesi Coffee Farm

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

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