Pollinator Week 2018

This week we are celebrating pollinators, and the important work they do for our earth. Happy Pollinator Week, everyone! Thanksgiving Coffee created Bee Bold Coffee in 2015, raising money for legislative action and worldwide awareness for bees through Friends of the Earth, as well as local pollinator awareness through the Noyo Food Forest here on the Mendocino Coast.

Thanks to your generous support of this project, we’ve donated over $17,000 to these two organizations!

This week is Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week is June 18 – June 24, and it’s an excellent opportunity to spread the word about the importance of our bees 🐝

Order an extra bag of Bee Bold Coffee this month to share with your friends, family and coworkers! Let’s work together to make sure these vital pollinators continue to thrive on our planet.

Pollinator Week, Save the Bees

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Wild Grounds Coffee: One Year Anniversary

One year ago, we launched Wild Grounds Coffee, in partnership with the American Wild Horse Campaign. This organization is working to stop the federal government’s systematic elimination of wild horses and burros from our public lands.

Wild Horse Campaign

Thanks to our generous group of customers and supporters of wild horses everywhere, we’ve been able to donate almost $4,000 to the AWHC, helping fund their efforts to protect these majestic creatures. We are excited to look forward to another 365 days with the American Wild Horse Campaign, and will continue to support them for as long as our wild horses need us!

Coffee Club Subscription

Have you joined the cause yet? You can sign up for a monthly Cause Coffee subscription right here on our website. For every purchase you make of Wild Grounds Coffee, we donate 25% to the AWHC.

Already a Wild Grounds Coffee Club member? Thank you for being a part of the solution! Grab an extra couple of bags this month to pass out to friends and family, to help raise awareness for these majestic creatures. Let’s spread the word about the plight of our wild horses, and work together toward protecting them.

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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!

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2017 Roaster of the Year
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Endangered Species Day

May 18 was Endangered Species Day. Over 16,000 species of plants and animals are endangered, and threatened with extinction. While extinction is a natural part of our world’s process, the rate at which animals and plants are disappearing from our ecosystem is alarming.

Thanksgiving Coffee has partnered with animal and environmental conservation groups all over the world to combat extinction. We believe in preserving the entities that make our world vibrant and whole. We want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunity to live among the creatures that we have.

Just this year, our planet lost the very last male Northern White Rhino. Sudan was 45 years old, and living at a conservancy in Kenya. This devastating loss was inevitable, after Northern White Rhinos had been maliciously poached for years. Even just sixty years ago, there were several thousand Northern White Rhinos. Today there are just two females left, at the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy.

Below is a picture from Baby Rhino Rescue, one of our Cause Coffee partners who is raising money for orphaned rhino conservation groups in Africa. 

Endangered Species: Rhinos

The majestic wolves of North America may soon see a similar story unfold. Less than a decade ago, Congress stripped gray wolves of their protections. Wolves went straight from protected (under the Endangered Species Act) to being hunted in a single day, and their populations have plummeted in the years since.

Below is a photo from Defenders of Wildlife, one of our Cause Coffee partners that is protecting the rights of wild animals through legislation.

Wolves in America, no longer an Endangered Species

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the largest ape in the world is critically endangered, with few of its kind in captivity. If we were to see a large decline in these Grauer’s Gorillas numbers, there is a possibility that this animal could be lost to us forever. Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are also critically endangered, but thanks to the conservation efforts of programs like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, we are seeing their numbers rise instead of fall. With the DFGFI’s expansion into Congolese mountains, we hope to see the same happen for the Grauer’s Gorillas populations.

Below is a photo from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, of a baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda. The DFGFI is one of our Cause Coffee partners. 

Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Perhaps the most terrifying addition to the Endangered Species list in recent years is the Rusty Patched Bumblebee. When Northern White Rhinos disappear and Grauer’s Gorillas numbers drop, it’s easier for humanity to turn a blind eye. When our food supply is endangered by lack of pollinators, the world takes more notice. Pollinators are responsible for a third of everything we eat, and the decline of bees due to colony collapse and pesticide poisoning is a very serious problem for our global ecosystem.

Below is a photo from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens of our very important pollinators! Thanksgiving Coffee partners with the Noyo Food Forest to protect Mendocino’s bee populations.

Bees at the Botanical Gardens

Our earth needs balance. Every creature is important in keeping the world’s biodiversity stable and growing. Humanity has dealt a harsh blow to the earth, but we have an opportunity to give back by taking care of the natural wonders we have around us. Whether it’s spending time at a beach cleanup day, signing up for a monthly donation to a conservation group or swearing off plastics, we each have a part to play in protecting our environment.

Last Friday may have been Endangered Species Day, but the wild animals and plants of this world are important every day. Our diversity is what makes this planet so special, and Thanksgiving Coffee is proud to stand with organizations that are making a difference. Take some time to research the Endangered Species Act, and learn more about why wildlife and natural resources are so important.

Lighthouse Lens Tours Coming Up

Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been a part of the Mendocino Coast community for over 46 years. We are lucky enough to work a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, and enjoy all the unique things that come with living in a small coastal town.

One of the most unique things would have to be the presence of a working lighthouse right here in our community. Less than ten minutes south of the Thanksgiving Coffee roastery on Hwy 1 is the turnoff to Point Cabrillo Drive, the road that leads past Caspar Beach to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.

This lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation, and is one of the few lighthouses that is still utilizing its original lens to light up the night sky. The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse has a third-order Fresnel lens that sparkles on a blue sky day, and is even more glorious to watch after dark.

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino

Mendocino Coast Lighthouse Tours

In order to protect the priceless lens, tours at Point Cabrillo are rare, so anytime there’s a chance to visit the lantern room, it’s an opportunity you simply cannot miss. On May 5, volunteers will be offering lens tours to the top of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, from 10am-4pm. This event raises money for the lighthouse and the educational programs it puts on every year for Mendocino schoolkids. The tours are 45 minutes, and take you through the history of Mendocino and the lighthouse itself.

If you live on the Mendocino coast, or happen to be visiting over the weekend of May 5, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to visit and tour the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.

Point Cabrillo Lightstation
45300 Lighthouse Rd
Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 937-6122

Open daily from 11am – 4pm

www.pointcabrillo.org

Lightkeepers Blend Coffee

We created a Cause Coffee to support the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, and we call it our Lightkeepers Blend. For every purchase, 25% of the proceeds are donated right back to preserving this historic piece of our coastline.

Help us keep the light shining at Point Cabrillo!

 

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2017 Roaster of the Year

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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Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup
2017 Roaster of the Year

Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Monica

One of the newest additions to the Thanksgiving Coffee Store Locator is the Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Monica! This great little shop on Wilshire Boulevard just celebrated their grand opening this past Saturday, and they’re carrying the full line-up of Thanksgiving Coffee’s Songbird Coffee.

Bird-Friendly Coffee at Wild Birds Unlimited

If you stop by this Wild Birds Unlimited on any given Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to taste Songbird Coffee, as well as purchase a bag. They’re serving up coffee inside the store to customers (and employees!) alongside the usual array of exceptional bird watching and bird feeding equipment.

On their opening day, this WBU store partnered with a local bird rescue group to bring in an owl and falcon as a rare treat for the folks shopping. To stay in the know for future events happening with the birding community of Santa Monica, be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Visit Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Monica

Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Monica
12433 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (424) 272-9000
Website: https://santamonica.wbu.com

Songbird Coffee, Benefiting the American Birding Association

Songbird Coffee is the result of the partnership between Thanksgiving Coffee and the American Birding Association. For every bag of Songbird Coffee purchased, a portion of the proceeds (10-25%) is donated directly to the ABA, benefiting their efforts to promote birding and environmental stewardship.

Every coffee in our Songbird lineup is Certified Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, a program put in place to protect the Neotropical Migratory Birds that live in coffee growing countries during the winter months. Coffee farms that are certified by the SMBC use a combination of foliage cover, tree height and biodiversity to provide quality habitat for birds and other wildlife. Keep an eye out for that gold seal to make sure that your coffee is doing the most for our birds!

Songbird Coffee

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2017 Roaster of the Year
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Congo Coffee Year Anniversary

The past year went by in a flash, and it’s hard to believe that we are already three months into 2018. Now that it’s March, we are celebrating the one year anniversary for a coffee that is very special to us: our Congo Coffee, benefiting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International!

Congo Coffee, benefiting gorillas in Africa

Check out our original post from 2017, launching the Congo Coffee.

With a year of supporting the Grauer’s gorillas of the Democratic Republic of Congo under our belts, we wanted to take a look back and see what’s happened in the past year with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

The DFGFI Turned Fifty

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this last September; this milestone is an tremendous accomplishment for wildlife conservation. Dian Fossey was a true visionary and pioneer, and the team working for the DFGFI now has held up her legacy in a huge way.

Grauer’s Gorillas Numbers are Higher than Originally Thought

In the middle of 2017, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International was thrilled to learn that there were more Grauer’s gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of Congo than originally estimated. This is an uplifting discovery for the non-profit, which has just begun surveying Congo’s enormous Maiko Park where these gorillas live. Read more about this Grauer’s gorilla discovery.

New Research Center in Rwanda

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi made a commitment to build a new research facility in Rwanda to further the work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Check out Ellen and Portia’s video here.


We are so excited to move into our second year of supporting the Grauer’s gorillas, and our fifteenth year of partnering with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased our Gorilla Fund and Congo Coffees. Your Cause Coffee subscriptions are the reason we are able to help these organizations that do so much for the wildlife of our planet.

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World Wildlife Day Coffee

March 3 is World Wildlife Day

This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to spread the word about how wildlife inspires you. It’s also a chance to raise awareness for organizations that are doing the work to protect these creatures. Because of your support, we are able to partner with these groundbreaking non-profits, who are making a difference for wildlife all over the world:

Click the links below to learn more about each of these organizations:

American Birding Association

American Wild Horse Campaign

Baby Rhino Rescue

Defenders of Wildlife

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Friends of the Earth

Need some coffee? Head on over to our World Wildlife Day coffee category to order a bag of coffee benefiting one of the organizations above!

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Ellen DeGeneres and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has been one of Thanksgiving Coffee’s longest partnerships, and we’ve had the pleasure of donating over $40,000, with the help of our customers and wholesale partners.

The DFGFI has been working tirelessly for fifty years to continue the legacy of Dian Fossey, in protecting the magnificent mountain gorillas of Africa. First in Rwanda, and now expanding into the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has changed the way the world thinks about gorillas, and has preserved and documented five decades of gorillas in the mountains of the Virungas.

Now, they are going to be able to do even more, with the extraordinary donation from Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres. On January 26, Ellen’s 60th birthday, Portia gave Ellen the gift of furthering Dian Fossey’s legacy and joining the DFGFI by establishing a permanent research center in Rwanda.

Ellen and Portia for Dian Fossey

You can see the video on YouTube, of Portia surprising Ellen on her show with this spectacular gift.

This is a huge step forward for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, allowing them to expand their research in this specially-designed facility. President and CEO Tara Stoinski, Ph.D. said this about the gift:

“It’s impossible to overstate what this remarkable news means for the protection of these magnificent animals. We have continued Dian’s legacy for 50 years, and this new campus will serve as a brilliant focal point for our efforts to protect wild gorillas over the next decades.”

Dian Fossey in Rwanda

We are so excited to be able to watch as this new partnership grows and matures. Portia De Rossi also set up a Wildlife Fund in Ellen’s name: the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. This fund will begin by supporting the Karisoke research facility, and will continue to take on projects for other wildlife preservation causes in the future.

Thanksgiving Coffee wants to give a huge thank you to Ellen and Portia for this amazing donation to the future of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.


About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

The DFGFI was established in 1967 by Dian Fossey. She set up a research facility in the country of Rwanda, dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the mountain gorillas living in the Virunga wilderness. After her death in 1985, the organization continued her work in monitoring and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, and later the Grauer’s gorillas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Thanksgiving Coffee and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International partnered in early 2004 to create the Gorilla Fund Cause Coffee, using Fairtrade Rwandan coffee. In 2017, we launched our Grauer’s Gorilla Coffee, using Organic and Fairtrade coffee grown in the Congo. Through the fourteen years we’ve worked with the DFGFI, we’ve raised over $40,000 to support these gorillas.

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