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  • The Worlds Largest Salmon BBQ 2024

    The 53rd annual World's Largest Salmon BBQ happened again this year on July 6th, and once again - Thanksgiving Coffee Company was there.

    Carlos Hernandez & Sienna Reno enjoying Thanksgiving Coffee

    Carlos Hernandez & Sienna Reno enjoying Thanksgiving Coffee

    The 53rd annual World's Largest Salmon BBQ

    This annual event raises funds for restoring salmon habitat with the goal of returning the salmon population to a sustainable balance. Currently, the salmon fishing season is closed in California for the second year in a row to allow the salmon population to rebuild. It has been deeply affected over the last several years due to drought, spawning ground habitat damage, and other factors. For the second year in a row the half-ton of salmon that was donated for the BBQ originated from Alaska. Dozens of local and regional sponsors come together to make this event happen!

    We introduced Nitro Coffee with a creamy mouthfeel and cooling chill!

    In addition to serving hot specialty coffee as usual, we raised our game by serving multiple gallons of 4 varieties - Ethiopian Natural light roast, Paul's Blend medium roast, Noyo Harbor French very dark roast, and Royal Decaf. Additionally, nearly 3000 attendees were introduced to our new Nitro cold coffee with its creamy mouthfeel and cooling chill!

    Jennifer Brown at the Thanksgiving Coffee Company Booth

    Jennifer Brown at the Thanksgiving Coffee Company Booth

    It was a very hot day, by Fort Bragg standards (about 75°) so many of the attendees requested to enjoy their coffee over ice, and we were happy to oblige. Jennifer and I made everyone feel welcome and well caffeinated. Two other local B Corporations were represented as well; North Coast Brewing Company and Bonterra organic wines.

    The very happy Bonterra Organic Estates wines booth, another B Corp in Mendocino County.

    The very happy Bonterra Organic Estates wines booth, another B Corp in Mendocino County.

    The North Coast Brewing Company booth
    One of the acts

    One of the acts "West of Nowhere" featuring from left to right; Dan Mello, Phil Dunn, Sean Van Buskirk

    It's our annual privilege to build a pop-up coffee shop in the middle of a field on the shores of Noyo Harbor, but this year I took it to an even higher level - I emceed the event, thanking the dozens of sponsors and introducing the 10 acts that performed that day.

    Joe Seta as Emcee of the Salmon BBQ this year. Photo by Eric Fngal

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    Joe Seta as Emcee of the Salmon BBQ this year. Photo by Eric Fngal

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  • July Single Origin Club: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    Single Origin Club: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from. Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted, bringing out their unique aromas and flavor notes.

    We are thrilled to share the fascinating stories behind each coffee. This month, Roastmaster, Jacob Long, hand-picked our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, which also happens to be one of our 2017 Roaster of the Year award winners! Join our Single Origin Club now to have only the finest of coffees delivered to your doorstep each month


    Coffee from Ethiopia

    Our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is one of three award-winning roasts from our 2017 Roaster of the Year prize. It's grown by the Worka Cooperative located in southern Ethiopia at about 2,000 meters above sea level. The cooperative is comprised of around 411 members, and is part of the larger Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union (YCFCU). The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Gedeb coffee is picked and pulped and washed on the same day, then to be dried in raised beds for no more than seven days.

    "Delicate, deeply sweet. Baker’s chocolate, magnolia, peach, black peppercorn, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gentle, rounded acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates to baker’s chocolate and peach. An engaging coffee particularly appealing to those who value delicate, cocoa-toned coffees with gentle acidity and engaging spice notes. Reassuring environmental and socio-economic credentials.” -coffeereview.com

    Altitude: 2,000+ meters

    Processing: Washed, dried in raised beds

    Farmer: Worka Co-op (YCFCU)

    Varietal: Indigenous heirloom varietals

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Light Roast coffee.

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    July Single Origin Club: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

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  • Native Cinema 2024

    Native Cinema 2024

    Thanksgiving Coffee Company had the privilege to co-sponsor the “Native Cinema” event along with Xa Kako Dile: in the main tent at the 2024 Mendocino Film Festival. The sold out audience was alerted at the introduction that the next two and a half hours could make them feel “uncomfortable” and the truths that were shared at this event were even more than that word conveyed.

    Corine Pearce - Pomo Basket Weaver

    There were beautiful short films on the artistry and teaching of the world-renowned Pomo basketry with Corine Pearce, and the resurgence and validation of the Yurok tribe’s forest management practices using fire which has been practiced in this region for millennia. These controlled burns have now been adopted by Cal Fire and other agencies as extremely effective in controlling dangerous undergrowth and revitalizing the land.

    Margo Robbins of the Yurok Tribe bringing prescribed fire back in the film - Fire Tender

    This led up to the most significant part of the event – a documentary on MMIW – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It was horrifying to learn that we live in parts of the top 5 most dangerous parts of California for Indigenous Women, and also for other Indigenous people (MMIP) as well. Here is a snapshot of an all-too-horrific story: Missing of Murdered Indigenous People Fact Sheet

    "The next 2 1/2 hours could make you uncomfortable"

    Image from the documentary "We Ride For Her"

    raising awareness of the heartbreaking realities

    The film WE RIDE FOR HER (directed by Prairie Rose Seminole & Katrina Lillian Sorrentino) follows the birth of a group of motorcycle riding indigenous women who created this group to raise awareness of the heartbreaking realities and to aid in the search for their missing sisters and brothers. This documentary should be required education for all Californians.

    Resources:

    Local Indigenous Women Run Farm: Xa Kako Dile:

    Murdered Missing Indigenous Women: MMIW

    History of Thanksgiving Coffee Company and Native Cinema:

    Night of Native Cinema

    Native Cinema 2023 - Groundworks

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  • Mendocino Film Festival Gala 2024

    The Mendocino Film Festival kicked off with a fabulous gala party at the Mendocino Arts Center with live music and great conviviality that featured a collaboration between community restaurants, wineries, and Thanksgiving Coffee Company .


    Fabulous Gala at Mendocino Art Center

    We chose to pair with Chef Joe Cucina Verona restaurant in Fort Bragg to serve Affogatos - a shot of espresso over vanilla bean Gelato… A decadent little pick me up that was enjoyed by all. The word Affogato is literally defined as “drowned” in Italian.

    Left to right - Joe Seta, Chef Joe from Cucina Verona, Co-founder Paul Katzeff and festival sponsor, Diana Coryat.

    Inside the Gala Tent on the Mendocino Art Center Patio

    With both ends of the caffeination spectrum acknowledged, it's no surprise that we gave away over 300 Affogatos!

    Left - Joe Seta serving up an affagato for the Gala

    We had brought this tasty concoction to the festival last year with great success and also received the feedback that people were concerned about being kept awake after the first film was done so we had both our Northern Italian Espresso and Northern Italian Espresso Decaf versions. With both ends of the caffeine spectrum acknowledged, it was no surprise that we gave away over 300 Affogatos and started the 2024 Mendocino Film Festival on a lively note.

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  • Materiality Assessment- What Really Matters

    What Matters Most

    Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been in the coffee business for a long time, and the playing field has really shifted, in fact undeniably the world has changed alot since 2020. In light of this accelerated movement and shifting tides, Thanksgiving Coffee realized the importance of checking in with you, our customers, and all who we work with. On the recommendation of our esteemed B Corp consultant Heather Paulsen, we decided to engage in a Materiality Assessment and have her lead us through the process. Now we have done it, gathered the information, and we are excited to share the results with you!

     

    What is a Materiality Assessment?

    A materiality assessment identifies significant issues and concerns that a company interfaces with both in business and in the wider world. In other words, it is a method of engagement to ensure that a business prioritizes the environmental, social, economic and governance issues that are understood to be the most important and impactful for the business and its stakeholders. Our study was designed to determine which relevant topics are most important to report and act on, to help us build out effective ESG (environment, sustainability, governance) strategies, and through this process develop stakeholder alignment for our company.

    Phase I

    To determine Thanksgiving Coffee Company’s list of material issues, Heather guided us through the following methodology. First we did background research and analysis of other businesses and nonprofits, including completed materiality assessments, impact reports, and their websites. We held a series of core team meetings to develop our preliminary list of material issues. We came to identify these three categories: Resources, People, and Governance. Then our core team reviewed the list, made revisions, created definitions of each issue, and made boundary mapping. Here are the issues in each category.

    Resources

        •   Biodiversity & Land Use

        •   Energy Use/Renewable Energy

        •   Water Use

        •   Waste & Composting

        •   Sustainable Packaging

        •   Organic & Regenerative Agriculture

        •   GHG Emissions / Carbon Sequestration

    People

        •   Product Quality & Variety

        •   Employee Well-being & Company Culture

        •     Responsible & Ethical Sourcing • Human Rights

        •   Community Engagement

        •   Farmer/Rural Development

        •   Giving Back

        •   Customer Satisfaction

        •   Affordable Access to Products

    Governance

        •   Business Ethics & Stakeholder Consideration

        •   Transparency

        •   Traceability

        •   Innovation

        •   Marketing & Social Media

        •   Third-Party Certifications

    Phase II

    In this phase, a series of interviews and surveys were conducted with our employees and customers, including distributors, retailers, cafes/food service accounts, vendors, trade associations and nonprofit partners.

    Then, the results were compiled from 21 employees, and 241 direct consumers through our outreach efforts from calls, emails, and social media. With all of this information we were able to map out the material issues into the matrix you see below.

    Results

    2023 Materiality Assessment Results

    In the image above you will see the main material issues that rose to the top were in the category of People (in blue) with human rights being the very highest on the matrix, followed by sourcing practices, product quality, and organic & regenerative agriculture.

    The results on the left axis of the matrix are the external stakeholders with results from our distributors, retailers, cafes/food service accounts, vendors, trade associations and nonprofit partners. On the bottom axis are the internal Thanksgiving Coffee Employees results. The matrix is a combined view of both external and internal results and has three shades of purple to delineate the differences of: moderate, high, and very high ratings. Note that none of the identified issues fell below the number 6 as a concern, that is why the grid goes from 6-10.

    “Our work changes communities, from survival to prospering.
    It’s a chain of care, love and support.” GoCoffeeGo, TCC Coffee Distributor

    To understand where our third party certifications ranked, we put together another matrix following the same principles. Here you will see that the most regarded and highly ranked certification is USA Organic, followed by Fairtrade America ,  Smithsonian Bird Friendly and then B Corp Certification.

    What You Said

    To summarize what was said in the interviews is that Thanksgiving Coffee Company has superior quality, trust and knowledge in our field. It was also reflected back that we have a unique story to tell and that farmer connection, relationship and transparency are very important. Our consumers also want to feel good about their purchases.

    "I found you because of your focus on the ethical stewardship of our planet. The coffee is great. Thank you for leading by example!" Anonymous survey comment

    With the Materiality Assessment findings in, we are using it to guide our development efforts and ensure the company focuses on the most important issues facing the business, and as you can see it's People.

    Over the past several years we have engaged in a new approach with Regenerative Business Development to learn how to empower our people in the company, and develop our ability to support whole systems thinking. We are working to improve the way we interact with all of our people on the planet. This assessment is also a tool that will guide us back to you, our customers and how we can be of more service to you as our "People" who love our coffee and continue to support us. Thank you for keeping us going all these years;, we really appreciate you. We can't wait to grow more together, while drinking delicious and exquisite coffee!

    Lavender Grace is the Sustainability Consultant for Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

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  • Roastmaster's Select Club: Rwanda Mbilima

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Rwanda Mbilima

    Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. “What is a micro lot,” you ask? Read up on how we source the beans and what happens when they reach our roastery.

    Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn!


    Discover Rwanda's Exceptional Dukunde Kawa Coffee

     

    This June, Thanksgiving Coffee Company is proud to feature an exceptional coffee from the renowned Dukunde Kawa cooperative in Rwanda as our Roastmaster's Select Coffee Club offering. Dukunde Kawa is renowned for producing some of the brightest and most memorable coffees in Rwanda, thanks to its exceptional business structure and commitment to sustainability.
     
    The Dukunde Kawa Cooperative: A Beacon of Ethical Coffee Production

     

    Dukunde Kawa is a shining example of ethical and sustainable coffee production. The cooperative carries multiple certifications, including Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance, and UTZ, ensuring that its coffee is grown and processed with the utmost care for the environment and the well-being of its workers. Remarkably, over 80% of Dukunde Kawa's workforce is comprised of women, empowering them and promoting gender equality in the coffee industry.
     
    The Mbilima Washing Station: A Gem in Rwanda's Northern Province

     

    This month's featured coffee comes from the Mbilima washing station, one of Dukunde Kawa's multiple stations located in the Gakenke District, north of Kigali. Established in 2005, Mbilima was created to provide farmers in the area with a more accessible location to deliver their cherry during harvest, ensuring better quality and reducing transportation time. Situated at an impressive elevation of 2,020 meters, Mbilima is one of the highest washing stations in Rwanda. This high altitude, combined with the mineral-rich soil and lush environment, contributes to the exceptional quality of the coffee produced here. The processing at Mbilima is meticulous, involving cherry sorting, flotation, depulping, fermentation, soaking, washing, and careful drying over 14-21 days.
     
    Rwanda's Unique Coffee Terroir and History

     

    Despite its small size compared to other East African coffee-producing countries, Rwanda's coffee has a unique history and terroir that sets it apart from the rest of the continent. Coffee was initially introduced by Belgian colonizers as a cash crop, but it wasn't until the late 2000s that Rwanda's coffee gained international recognition thanks to the Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda Through Linkages (PEARL) initiative. PEARL invested in infrastructure, education, and cooperative organization, vastly improving processing hygiene and traceability. Most significantly, it revived and polished the legacy bourbon genetics that had been abandoned, revealing the snappy acidity, stone fruit flavors, and fragrant herbaceousness that make Rwandan coffee truly unique.
     
    Experience the Exceptional Flavor of Dukunde Kawa Coffee

     

    Don't miss your chance to experience the exceptional flavor and quality of Dukunde Kawa's coffee from the Mbilima washing station. Join our Roastmaster's Select Coffee Club today and be among the first to savor this remarkable offering from Rwanda. Visit our website to learn more and secure your subscription.

    Altitude: 1,500-2,100 meters

    Processing: Fully washed and dried in raised beds

    Farmer: Dukunde Kawa

    Varietal: Local Bourbon Cultivars

    Region: Akanduga Village, Rwanda

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  • June Single Origin Club: Guatemala Guaya'b

    Single Origin Club: Guatemala Guaya'b

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from.

    Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted.

    This month we're sharing our Guaya'b coffee grown in Guatemala by the Guaya'b Cooperative and light-roasted here at Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA.


    Guaya'b from Guatemala

    The farmers of the Guaya’b Cooperative grow coffee under a dense forest canopy that doubles as the winter home for dozens of species of migratory birds as well as local flora and fauna. It wasn’t always this way. 

    When coffee was introduced to this remote region 40 years ago, it was promoted as an alternative to subsistence agriculture, and farmers were taught to clear forests to make way for this new cash crop. Fortunately, these farmers are closely connected to the health of their land, and have re-established their once logged forests providing much needed shade and diverse ecosystems in which coffee thrives.

    Now, a new generation of farmers works to cultivate coffee and a variety of other cash and subsistence crops to increase incomes, and to protect the health of the land. Thanks to their partnership with our importer, Elan Organic Coffee, Guaya’b has perfected the art of picking, depulping and fermenting their coffee to produce deep, juicy, and full flavored coffee with a truly distinctive character.

    Altitude: 1,300-1,600 meters

    Processing: Wet/washed

    Farmer: Asosicacion Guaya’b Civil

    Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra

    In fact, the farmers’ coffee is so unique that they periodically run into trouble with ANACAFE, Guatemala’s national coffee marketing wing, which tries to subdue Guaya’b’s flair and replace it with a more generic cup profile produced by less-inventive processing methods.

    Not content to merely develop members’ coffee production, Guaya’b has a pilot organic honey project, which also helps to increase coffee yields thanks to improved pollination.

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Guatemala Guaya'b Light Roast coffee.

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    June Single Origin Club: Guatemala Guaya'b

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  • Roastmaster's Select Club: Poco Fundo Coopfam

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Poco Fundo Coopfam

    Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. “What is a micro lot,” you ask? Read up on how we source the beans and what happens when they reach our roastery.

    Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn!


    Co-op Coffee Grown In Brazil

    This month, we're proud to feature a truly special coffee grown by a cooperative of small-scale farmers in southeastern Brazil. The beans come from Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (COOPFAM), an association formed in 1991 with an inspiring mission.

    A Collective Vision for a Better Life

    In the early 1990s, 76 farming families in the state of Minas Gerais united with a collective dream - to improve their standard of living, reduce poverty, and create sustainable opportunities that would allow them to maintain their agricultural traditions for generations to come. By banding together as COOPFAM, these determined farmers were able to increase productivity on their small plots while focusing on quality family-oriented farming practices. Their cooperative model allowed them to share resources, knowledge, and a powerful collective voice.

    Fair Trade Certified for Over 20 Years

    COOPFAM's commitment to ethical practices and sustainable farming led them to become Fair Trade certified by Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) in 1998. For more than two decades, they have adhered to rigorous Fair Trade standards, ensuring their farmers receive fair wages, have safe working conditions, and utilize environmentally-friendly growing methods. When you purchase this coffee, you're directly supporting COOPFAM's mission and the livelihoods of these hard-working small farming families.

    A Taste of Tradition and Passion

    But beyond the inspiring story, COOPFAM's coffee truly shines in the cup. Grown in the ideal climate of southeastern Brazil, these beans produce a rich, full-bodied brew with notes of sweet chocolate, ripe berries, and a subtle nutty finish.With each sip, you'll taste the passion and commitment of these small farmers who have dedicated their lives to cultivating the finest coffee possible. It's a tradition kept alive through their cooperative and one we're honored to share with you this month. So join us in supporting COOPFAM and celebrating the hard work and vision of these inspiring small-scale coffee growers in Brazil. Brew a cup, savor the flavors, and taste the passion behind every bean.

    Altitude: 800-1,300 meters

    Processing: Full natural and sun-dried

    Farmer: COOPFAMCooperativa dos AgricultoresFamiliares de Poço Fundo e Região

    Region: Poço Fundo, Brazil

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  • May Single Origin Coffee Club: Bolivia

    Single Origin Club: Bolivia Canto de Bolivar

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from.

    Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted.

    This month we're sharing our Bolivia Canto de Bolivar coffee grown by ASOCAFE and light-roasted here at Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA.


    Unveiling the Sweetness of Bolivia: Our Featured Single Origin Coffee

    As the mist gently passes through the lush valleys of Caranavi, a symphony of flavors awakens, and we're inviting you to embark on a journey through the heart of Bolivian coffee cultivation. This month, we proudly present our featured single origin coffee, a true embodiment of the passion and dedication that flows through the veins of 300 farming families perched atop the mountain ridges in the foothills east of the Andes.

    Imagine a landscape where rivers carved by glaciers 4,000 meters above create a tapestry of deep valleys, providing an idyllic setting for the cultivation of exquisite coffee. Here, under the shade of a lush jungle canopy, prized coffee varietals thrive, nurtured by the hands of skilled farmers who have mastered the art of coaxing out the sweetest flavors from the earth.

    At the heart of this remarkable coffee lies ASOCAFE, a cooperative founded in 1990 with a steadfast mission: to improve the quality of the region's coffee and, consequently, the lives of its farmers. Through their unwavering dedication, ASOCAFE has become a beacon of hope, ensuring that every meticulously hand-picked coffee cherry is treated with the utmost care and respect.

    The Journey from Cherry to Cup

    Once the ripe cherries are harvested, they embark on a transformative journey, guided by the watchful eye of ASOCAFE's staff. At central processing stations, the cherries are depulped, fermented, washed, and sun-dried, each step a testament to the cooperative's commitment to preserving the coffee's exceptional quality and unique flavors.

    As you savor the first sip of our featured single origin coffee, you'll be transported to the heart of Bolivia's coffee-growing region. The rich, sweet notes will dance across your palate, revealing the essence of a land where tradition and innovation converge, where every cup is a celebration of the hard work and passion that goes into its creation.

    Join us in supporting the farmers of ASOCAFE and experience the true sweetness of Bolivia. Order online today, and let this exceptional coffee awaken your senses and ignite your appreciation for the art of coffee cultivation.

    Altitude: 1,800 meters

    Processing: Wet/washed

    Cooperative: ASOCAFE

    Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Catui

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Bolivia Canto de Bolivar light roast coffee.

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  • Coffee Center Opens at UC Davis

    University of California Davis Coffee Center

    The University of California – Davis opened a new $6 million dollar Coffee Center on May 3, 2024, with all appropriate ruffles and flourishes, and I was proud to attend.

    Over the last 9 years their elective course, Introduction to Coffee, has soared its way to being the most popular elective course offered to undergraduate students, outpacing “Into to Beer” and “Human Sexuality” making a strong case that to the UC Davis student body – coffee is more important than alcohol and/or sex.

    Ribbon Cutting for the UC Davis Coffee Center Opening

    COFFEE RESEARCH

    Fascinating work was showcased on a wide variety of coffee topics, including:

    • Thermodynamics of To Go Coffee - What keeps To-Go Coffee Warmest? Study by undergrads.
      (Spoiler alert… It’s the lid.)
    • Impacts of Total Immersion Brewing On Cold Coffee Flavor
    • Climate Change Impacts on Coffee Growing Regions in Brazil
    • A new mobile application for coffee bean grading and evaluation using color, size and defect analysis – all on a mobile phone.

    Representative Raw Data -Thermodynamics of To Go Coffee

    What does chemical Engineering have to do with coffee - source UC Davis Coffee Center Opening

    SPEAKERS

    Itenerary for UC Davis Coffee Center Opening

    It was also fascinating that all these studies needed to be underwritten (in one way or another) by some type of sponsorship. The sponsorships ranged from in-kind sponsors who donated 100 cups, in 4 sizes, to Coffee roasters who donated services, to equipment suppliers who donated the funds necessary to do thousands of measurements to prove their thesis. Our higher education facilities are simply not able to fund all these kinds of projects without external financial aid, so they are very vocally appreciative for those who contribute sponsorships.

    Upper left, Doctoral Candidate Laudia Anoke-Bempah, upper right Dr. William Ristenpart, Center, Chancellor Gary May, lower left, Peter Giuliano SCA, lower right Richard L. Corsi

    The Coffee Center Building

    The building itself was repurposed from previously unrelated research purposes, but remodeled to allow for classrooms, cupping labs, roasting, testing, green coffee storage, and more.

    Attendees at the opening of the Coffee Center at UC Davis

    Interior of the new Coffee Center at UC Davis

    We are excited for the future to see what this program will mean for the next wave of bright new minds in the coffee industry and for the deeper appreciation of coffee to thousands of students per year. Cheers!

    UC Davis student roasted beans, from Royal Coffee, chocolate covered by students as well.

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  • How To Grow Coffee Trees

    The Roots of Your Morning Brew: Understanding the Coffee Plant

    For many, coffee is the ritualistic start to the day, a beloved beverage that energizes and comforts. Yet, beyond the steaming cups and aromatic brews lies the coffee plant, a botanical wonder that is the genesis of every coffee lover’s journey. At the heart of Thanksgiving Coffee Company is a deep appreciation for this living tree source—the company respects and values the entire process, from the nurturing soil that cradles the seed to the satisfying sip that completes the circle. We have been connecting to this plant by growing our own coffee trees right here for many years.

    Coffee Trees Growing at the Thanksgiving Coffee Company Office


    Anatomy of the Coffee Plant: More Than Just Beans

    The coffee plant, with its glossy green leaves and ripe cherries, is both an aesthetic marvel and a complex organism. Beneath the soil, its roots anchor the plant and absorb vital nutrients. Above ground, the leaves play a crucial role in photosynthesis, while the bright red cherries house the precious beans inside. It's these beans that, once processed and roasted, give rise to the alluring aromas and rich flavors that characterize each cup of coffee.

    Varied Flavors: The Many Varieties of Coffee Plants

    Ripe coffee cherries on the Arabica coffee tree grown at the office

    When you think of coffee, the two dominant species: Arabica and Robusta, likely come to mind. Arabica is prized for its smoother, more nuanced taste, while Robusta is revered for its robustness and higher caffeine content. However, there exists a myriad of lesser-known varieties, each with its own unique flavor profile, waiting to be discovered by eager coffee connoisseurs.

    From the Soil to your first Sip: How Terroir Affects Your Coffee

    Like fine wine, coffee is influenced by its terroir—the environment in which it's grown. The climate, soil composition, and even the angle of sunlight on the slopes where coffee plants thrive collectively contribute to the coffee's flavor profile. These factors, often subtle and complex, define a coffee's body, acidity, and notes, creating an array of tastes as diverse as the landscapes from which they come.

    Ripe cherries harvested from our coffee trees.

    Ready to Discover the Flavor of Your Own Coffee

    If you are inspired to develop a closer relationship with your coffee and want to lean into the root system of your daily coffee ritual, we have a series for you. Our co-founder Paul Katzeff has been growing coffee trees at home for years, and will lead you through his process.

    Check out the series:

    Part I: The Beauty of Growing Coffee Trees in Your Home

    Part II: All you Need to Know About Growing Coffee Trees At Home

    Part III: Caring For Your Coffee Tree

     

    Coffee Tree Source:

    Frinj Coffee Trees

     


    Lavender Grace is the Sustainability Consultant for Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

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  • Earth Day Event in Fort Bragg 2024

    Earth Day Event in Fort Bragg

    The Noyo Food Forest is having their annual Earth Day celebration this 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.

    15th Annual Earth Day Event
    Saturday, April 20, 12 - 4 PM
    At the Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School on Dana Street.

    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. 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 Blend, our new Nitro 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 20 – see you at the Learning Garden.

    Thanksgiving Coffee Company
    Partnership with the Noyo Food Forest

    Learn more about how we support our Mother Earth  

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    Earth Day Event in Fort Bragg 2024

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  • April Single Origin Club: Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

    Single Origin Club: Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from.

    Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted.

    This month we're sharing our Rwanda coffee grown by the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative and medium-roasted here at Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA.


    Dukunde Kawa: Exceptional Coffee from Rwanda

    The Dukunde Kawa Cooperative in Rwanda is home to over 2,000 small family farms, each dedicated to cultivating exceptional Arabica coffee. These prized coffee varietals are known for their rich, bourbon-like sweetness and subtle expressions of the local terroir.

    Spread across the cooperative's lush, rolling hills, the farms of the Musasa community work tirelessly during the harvest season. Each member brings their freshly picked, ripe coffee cherries to one of Dukunde Kawa's three washing stations, where the cherries are carefully sorted by hand.

    The cherries then undergo a meticulous process of depulping, fermentation, and drying. The beans are placed on elevated racks and turned by hand to ensure even moisture content before being prepared for export.

    The result of this community-driven effort is a coffee that showcases the best of what Rwanda has to offer. Dukunde Kawa's coffee features deep chocolate notes, juicy hints of orange and plum, and a sweet, maple-like finish - a true reflection of the care and expertise of the cooperative's farmers.

    Altitude: 1,600-2,000 meters

    Processing: Wet/washed

    Cooperative: Dukunde Kawa Co-op

    Varietal: Bourbon

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Rwanda medium roast coffee.

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  • Roastmaster's Select Club: Colombia Cosurca

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Colombia Cosurca

    Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. “What is a micro lot,” you ask? Read up on how we source the beans and what happens when they reach our roastery.

    Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn!


    Crafting Coffee with Care: The Story Behind COSURCA

    This exceptional coffee is sourced from a network of family-owned farms organized around the Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (COSURCA), located within the vibrant Cauca region of Colombia. COSURCA is an umbrella cooperative that brings together 11 community cooperatives spanning 10 municipalities across the Cauca department.

    At the heart of COSURCA's operations is a centrally located dry mill facility and cupping lab, where the coffee is meticulously received, processed, and selected for export. Beyond just marketing coffee globally, COSURCA is deeply committed to supporting its producers, providing them with essential financing, training, and technical assistance to continually improve the quality of their coffee.

    But COSURCA's impact extends far beyond the coffee itself. The cooperative also strives to enhance the overall quality of life for its coffee producers and their families. Through innovative initiatives like a fruit juice production facility, utilizing the same cultivated fruits from the coffee farms, and a healthy kitchen program that funds kitchen renovations for the producers, COSURCA is truly making a holistic difference in the lives of its community.

    This coffee, crafted with care and a deep commitment to the well-being of its producers, is a testament to the power of cooperative efforts and the transformative impact they can have on both the product and the people behind it.

    Altitude: 1,550-1,900 meters

    Processing: Washed and dried in the sun

    Region: Cauca, Colombia

    Farmer: Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca - COSURCA

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  • A Just Cup? Our Story As A B Corp

    What Is In Your Cup?

    When you drink your coffee, you might want to know what goes into your cup, and if it is Thanksgiving Coffee, you might want to know why we became a certified B Corp. So let me tell you a little story about our coffee company and why we went through this rigorous process of certification.

    When Thanksgiving Coffee Company began (now over 50 years ago) it was based on the co-owner Paul Katzeff's history as a social worker. The function of the coffee became a vehicle for social, environmental and economic justice in the world. In the 80's, during Paul's first momentus visit to the coffee farms of the war-torn country of Nicaragua, he created our motto "Not Just A Cup, But A Just Cup". This has been the intention behind every aspect of Thanksgiving Coffee's work. (If you ever get a chance, ask Paul to tell you the story of this first visit, it is quite something!) In the meantime you can read more on the revolution at Liberation News.  

    Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages the world over. It is an economic mainstay for dozens of countries and produced by 25 million small share holders. As a pioneer Thanksgiving Coffee Company has gone to these coffee-growing origins around the world to meet with the farmers, to support their organic farming cooperatives, to pay a living wage for the beans, and provide meaningful employment along the entire supply chain to help innovate and create sustainable ecology for over 5 decades.

    Can you taste the difference? Will you be the difference?

    When a business becomes a Certified B Corporation it means that they have undergone an extensive process to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose... This was a perfect community for Thanksgiving Coffee to join, with thousands of conscious companies in 89 countries who do real work to make our world a better place for all.

    B Corp is A Network to Build Collaboration and Work Toward a More Inclusive Economy

    Nicaruguan farmers who spoke out for justice were a huge turning point in our company's history. The women led farmer cooperative of Soppexcca is part of this Nicaraguan legacy and the work we do as a B Corp. When you go to drink your next cup of coffee, take a moment and ask yourself, what is in your cup, really? Is it a "Just Cup"? How does it sustain the Earth? How does it treat our life sustaining waters? Does it support the humanity of all the hard-working farmers? Can you taste the difference? Will you be the difference?

    Image: Natividad Lopez Garcia, Reina Isabel Quintero, and Flor Rodriguez, founding members of SOPPEXCCA’s women’s cooperative in Nicaragua.


    To try Soppexcca’s Organic and Fair Trade coffee from Nicaragua you can either purchase the Flor de Jinotega or our Bee Bold Cause Coffee in Dark and Medium, which uses their coffee as the main bean in the blend.


    Stay Connected and Learn How We Use Our Coffee For Good.

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  • Celebrating Women and Coffee

    Celebrating Women and Coffee

    In many countries coffee is one of the main sources of income for women to feed their families. This March we want to celebrate all the hard working women who grow, pick, process and produce the delicious coffees we send out into the world. We know how hard it can be, especially with all the unpaid work women are responsible for. We also know how important it is to have freedom over ones time, saftey and finances. It is our hope at Thanksgiving Coffee Company that all the women working in coffee can live happy and healthy lives.

    Ethiopian Coffee Farmer

    In order to bring the balance of labour and earned income for women, there is still a long way to go. The gender equality report from the International Coffee Organization found that 70% of labour in coffee production is provided by women, however, women have systematically lower access to resources, land, credit and information, and that keeps the women in a state of poverty.

    Nepal- Women Sorting Himalayan ArabicaCoffee

    El Salvador - Women Sorting Coffee

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    Congo - Coffee Farmer and Mother


    An estimated 72% of unpaid care work in households globally is done by women.

    Uganda- Mirimbe Kawamera Farmer and Mother

    Thanksgiving has been fostering empowerment for women and working with our importer Etico to achieve gender equality with the Soppexcca Co-op since 2013. We have now been able to raise over $40,000 and give into the fund to support women coffee farmers for financial stability and resources for education and growth towards a better life.

    Nicaragua, Soppexcca Co-op memeber planting coffee


    Read more about our support for the women of Soppexcca:

    "Recognizing the Value of Womens Unpaid Work".


    Celebrate the Women Coffee Farmers of Soppexcca

    You can support the women of SOPPEXCCA, and the great community they cultivate together by purchasing their coffee here.


    Lavender Grace is the Sustainable Ecology Advocate for Thanksgiving Coffee Company and Consultant for the Honey Hive of Mendocino.

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  • Song Bird Coffee Protects Critical Forests

    Song Bird Coffee Protects Critical Forests

    Songbirds are important, beautiful and a delight to the senses.

    For over 25 years Thanksgiving Coffee has continued to support endangered migrating songbirds and the essential forest habitats they need to survive.

    Our work to conserve Songbirds began 1998 with our line of Songbird Coffee. Here at Thanksgiving we continue to purchase from concious coffee farmers who understand the importance of shade grown coffee, and it's role in protecting biodiversity.

    The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center recently released a wonderful video that highlights the process and the importance of shade grown coffee, and we want to share it with you.

    It is called Cafe Y Aves

    "In rural Colombia—and many parts of the world—coffee is essential to local culture and the livelihood of farmers. To birds and other wildlife, the places where coffee plants grow are just as essential. "


    History of Deforestation

    By 1996, the United States forests had run out of hardwoods such as oak, ash, maple, cherry, and all the wild fruit and nut trees due to unsustainable logging practices. The desirable wood of these trees is used for many things like furniture making, and also became very in demand as high end finishes for home building, like veneers for plywood, doors and window frames.

    The timber industry, needed to find another source for hardwood. They turned their attention south, to the abundant rain forests of South and Central America, where these trees and many others grew plentiful, vitalized by the nutritious soil, temperate climates and abundant rain.

    They noticed that the local coffee farmers had these valuable trees growing among their coffee crops and learned that coffee is a shade loving tree, that withers in the sun and needs the shade to be a healthy producer of coffee fruit. Mahogany, and a dozen other hardwood varieties were growing in unity with the coffee trees, providing the much needed shade for the farmers crops. There was a lot of money to be made if they could convince coffee farmers to log their trees. It is a long story of deception, but governments in collaboration with multinational corporations set out to convince coffee farmers, using flawed scientific reports and false information that by clearing away these trees and growing coffee in full sun would increase their yields and therefore make them more money.

    The farmers, already living on humble incomes and with the idea of making more money in the future, allowed these large timber companies to log their land. But without the leaf litter from the big trees which fertilized the soil every year, oil based fertilizers would be needed (enter Dupont). With sunlight reaching the ground, weed killers would become essential (enter Monsanto). With forest habitat lost for migratory songbirds who fed on insects, the need for pesticides became essential. A destructive cycle of harmful chemicals became a necessity.

    The big chemical companies now had new markets, timber companies gained new inventories of almost unlimited, inexpensive hardwoods, and the poor coffee farmers paid for all this with higher costs, lower quality coffee, and a 90% loss of biodiversity on their farms. It is a sad story, but one we want to bring awareness to and are actively working to reverse.

    Thanksgiving Coffee Company continues to partner with the American Birding Association and is Smithsonian Bird Friendly certified. This is the "Gold Standard" for coffee grown to support biodiversity and song bird habitat.

    You can support Songbirds too!

    When you purchase our bird friendly coffee, you are part of the solution for our planets songbirds.

    Songbird French

    Songbird Colombian

    Songbird Decaf

     

    Lavender Grace is the Sustainability Consultant for Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

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  • Namanyoni  Co-op United A Community

    Namanyoni Co-op united a community


    The wheels were set in motion many years ago when Thanksgiving Coffee began our work with the Ugandan Coffee Cooperative “Delicious Peace” to bring their Interfaith coffee to market. For those of you who have been following us on this unique journey, we want to share another perspective. It is an article written by an organization that understands cooperatives are run by people, and people have many ups and downs.

    "We love this story of multiple faiths helping each other, moving beyond personal beliefs"

    Child from the "Delicious Peace" Coffee Cooperative in Uganda.

    The author is Rebecca Harvey, the executive editor of Co-operative News.  She was very intrigued about the journey this cooperative has been on and contacted Thanksgiving to learn about our involvement. We had the opportunity to speak with her and share our story. We also learned that Co-op News has been around for over 150 years to support the communication between all the many cooperatives in England, and now the World.

    Sorting green coffee at Namanyoni Co-op.


    More of our history with the Delicious Peace Cooperative:

    2009: Delicious Peace Moves Forward

    2014: A Trip To Africa

    2020: Delicious Peace Coffee: A New Story

    2023: Evolution of Change


    Where it all began - the Delicious Peace Coffee


    Lavender Grace is the Sustainable Ecology Advocate for Thanksgiving Coffee Company and Consultant for the Honey Hive of Mendocino.

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  • Roastmaster's Select Club: Honduras Natural

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Honduras Natural

    Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. “What is a micro lot,” you ask? Read up on how we source the beans and what happens when they reach our roastery.

    Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn!


    Coffee Grown In Honduras

    This month’s Roastmaster’s Selection was produced by the COMSA cooperative in Marcala, Honduras. COMSA has continued to produce the finest examples of sustainably grown, harvested, and processed coffees in the region.

    Café Orgánico Marcala (COMSA) was founded in 2001 to achieve economic, social, and environmental objectives as a strategy for reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development for small-scale coffee farmers in the region. 60 small-scale farmers, 12 women, and 48 men, came together to form COMSA. Their Co-op has flourished and today COMSA now has over 1,500 members. In addition to providing financial opportunities, COMSA has committed to the sustainability of their member’s farming practices. COMSA members have learned new and innovative practices to transform their lands into integrated and vibrant organic farms – promoting soil and water conservation, and the preservation of local plants and wildlife. Innovations in the processing of coffee cherries, such as dried in the fruit natural and honey processing at drying mills have brought new and exciting flavor profiles to their coffees. Origins such as Honduras and Nicaragua that previously had produced only wet-processed coffees (which generally have a nutty and chocolaty flavor profile) are expanding into the “natural” or “dry” process which allows coffee cherries to dry inside of their fruit, imparting rich fruit notes to their beans.

    Altitude: 1,300-1,700 meters

    Processing: Honey Processed

    Farmer: Cafe Organico Marcala, COMSA

    Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Honduras Natural

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  • February Single Origin Club: Kenya Nyeri Peaberry

    Single Origin Club: Kenya Nyeri Peaberry

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from. Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted, bringing out their unique aromas and flavor notes.

    We are thrilled to share the fascinating stories behind each coffee. This month, Roastmaster, Jacob Long, hand-picked our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry coffee, which also happens to be one of our 2017 Roaster of the Year award winners! Join our Single Origin Club now to have only the finest of coffees delivered to your doorstep each month.


    Coffee from Kenya

    This Kenyan coffee is grown on the eastern slopes of Aberdares mountain ranges in Nyeri County, Kenya by the family-owned farms of the Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited (FCS). Established in 1956, FCS has more than 14,000 members who generally have half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees.

    Tasting this coffee at its freshest is not something to be missed. This light roast from Africa has a unique mouthfeel with hints of milk chocolate, ripe peach, and caramel. We’re especially fond of this single origin, because it helped solidify our title as 2017 Roaster of the Year, from Roast Magazine. Along with our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Paul’s Blend, the Kenya Nyeri Peaberry was judged during a blind tasting alongside a variety of other entrants – and came out on top. We had the opportunity to meet with Jim and Phyllis, representing the Othaya Cooperative, at the Global Coffee Expo in April, 2017, and snagged this photo of them with our Roastmaster, Jacob Long.

     

    Altitude: 1,400-1,800 meters

    Processing: Washed, dried in raised beds

    Cooperative: Othaya Farmers Co-op Society Limited

    Varietal: SL28

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Kenya Nyeri Peaberry Light Roast coffee.

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  • Fort Bragg High School Culinary Arts Visit

    Fort Bragg High School Culinary Arts Visit

    Thanksgiving Coffee Company recently hosted 30 students from the Fort Bragg High School Culinary Department for a morning of touring, tasting, and education about coffee production.

    The students have a wide range of reasons to study the art and science of cooking. Some wanted to learn how to cook better for themselves while others are considering a career in food service. We discussed coffee flavors and aromas, the early origins of coffee, and the role that Thanksgiving Coffee has played in the development of Specialty Coffee since 1972.

     

    Fort Bragg High School Culinary Arts Students visiting the Cupping Lab of Thanksgiving Coffee


    Coffee Picking

    They had fun picking their own ripe coffee beans from the tree that is producing in our office. The sense of wonder increased as they witnessed the artisan roasting by our team, seeing the flames, watching the color of the beans change, and smelling the magic as the roasting process cycled through.

     

    The Students Were Surprised To Learn That We Import Over 500,000 Lbs. Of Coffee From 22 Different Countries Annually.


    Taste Range

    When we finally got back to the cupping lab and could taste a range of coffees - light roast, medium roast, dark roast, French roast, and decaf – the reality of the process came full circle and the appreciation peaked. We discussed coffee flavors and applications as ingredients from things like dry rubs and even coffee jelly as a dessert element.

    The best feedback came afterward when our Roastmaster/ Director of Coffee, Jacob Long, heard from his son, Abe, who is currently a senior at Fort Bragg High School, that the students had a great time and got a kick out of meeting his Dad.

     

    Jacob Long, Director of Coffee Sharing his knowledge with the FBHS Cullinary Arts Students

     

    Educators of Coffee

    We are ready to promote coffee knowledge and are willing to do anything we can to support coffee education. This was a great experience all around.


    Joe Seta is the Marketing and Sales Manager of Thanksgiving Coffee Company

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  • Benefits of Coffee - Cultivating Health

    Benefits of Coffee - Cultivating health

    It’s a New Year and we want to start out with some helpful and hopeful news. Yes, we want to share all about the health and happiness that coffee adds to our lives. As we grow and evolve, so do the studies on the health benefits of coffee.


    Coffee Culture

    Coffee has been consumed in coffee houses for centuries. People all over the world gather to share in the vast benefits of this darkly brewed elixir. Coffee culture has helped fuel the art of the renaissance, sparked revolutionary thought and even inspired some “to reach divine consciousness in midnight prayers.”

    For us coffee is our source of purpose, it is our direct link to meaningful work, and our reason for the regenerative focus of our business. Coffee connects us to our ommunity and an active lifestyle of long walks outdoors with family, friends and pets. It is our companion as we watch the sun rise in the morning and helps us greet the new day.

    Billions of cups of coffee are consumed daily, thank goodness it can also support for our health. Of course, health comes in many different forms, as does happiness. Both are individual and can only be attained by the one attaining it. So really, your relationship with coffee is unique to you, and your own physiology. The key here is to know yourself and how best you take your coffee.


    Physical Benefits of Coffee

    Coffee beans have mostly been associated with caffeine which can bring acuity, focus and a boost of energy. However, it is also full of antioxidants and polyphenol, which helps protect your body in a myriad of ways.

    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine states that drinking the right amount of coffee can: support longevity, ward off heart failure, support healthy liver enzymes and it even decreases breakage in your DNA strands. The “right amount” is based on what is best for your own body, for many people that is 3-5 cups a day. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, best consult your support team.

    “The overall evidence has been pretty convincing that coffee has been more healthful than harmful in terms of health outcomes,” said Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in an April 5, 2021, article in Discover. “For most people, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy diet.”

    Brew A Healthy Cup

    For a great detailed and wonderfully researched article read “How to Brew The Healthiest Cup of Coffee by Danielle Braff.

    The main breakdown for a healthy cup is this; organic coffee beans grown in high altitudes, with a lighter roast, a fine grind, prepared with a filter, hot but not boiling water, and served black.

    Coffee Beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. When you choose organic beans, it will reduce your intake of harmful pesticides. The higher altitude will produce the highest levels of polyphenol in your coffee, so it is recommended to use coffee sourced from Ethiopia, Central and South America for that reason. 

    The lighter roast and finer the grind will retain the most antioxidants and beneficial compounds in your brewed cup. This means an espresso or Turkish grind can be one of the healthiest choices. 

    This study indicates that drinking filtered coffee can reduce 30 times more cholesterol-raising compounds, so filtering your coffee is good if cholestoral is a concern.

     Lastly the water you use is important, and filtered water is best. If you want the most antioxidants you will need to stick with a hot brew, and best take it black. Black coffee also has micronutrients, including potassium, magnesium, and niacin. Try adding spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg or tumeric to increase the flavor.

    If you are wanting more caffeine and lower acidity, a cold brew will give you what you are after. And if you’re sensitive to caffeine, don’t worry: decaf coffee has a similar roster of benefits.


    Cultivating Health


    Live Longer
              Support your Heart
                                  Strengthen your DNA

    Coffee supports us at Thanksgiving to be part of the whole picture working towards becoming our best selves and building upon our 50 years of coffee knowledge. The coffee farmers we support care about their farms, they cultivate their trees with love, and the coffee they produce tastes like it. Every bag of coffee we roast has been purchased from small family farms and farmer co-ops working towards bettering themselves and their families. 

    The coffee we produce offers warmth and vigor to carry on even in the face of the difficulties life can throw at you. The ability of our artisan roasters to bring the best qualities of these cultivated beans adds another level of depth and excellence to the overall wellbeing of the process. This coffee inspires us to walk the path of equality and build a healthy planet with every bean. We wish for you a wonderful cup full of hope, joy and inspiration filled to the brim with our deliciously exquisite coffee.


    Healthy Choices

    A wonderful way to enjoy our high quality coffee is to join one of our Coffee Clubs.

    Choose from our Roastmaster's Select or Single Origin subscriptions.

     


    Lavender Grace is the Sustainability Consultant for Thanksgiving Coffee Company

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  • Roastmaster's Select Club: Nicaragua UCA Miraflor

    Roastmaster's Select Club: Nicaragua UCA Miraflor

    Once a month, members of the Roastmaster’s Select Coffee Club have the opportunity to sample unique micro-lot coffees from around the world. “What is a micro lot,” you ask? Read up on how we source the beans and what happens when they reach our roastery.

    Following the harvest cycle, Roastmaster’s Club Members have exclusive access to these one-of-a-kind coffees at their peak freshness, and now it’s your turn!


    Coffee Grown in Nicaragua

    The UCA Miraflor Cooperative Union was founded with the goals of developing human capital and sustainably managing natural resources in the region. Comprised of 12 member cooperatives, UCA Miraflor focuses on agricultural production, marketing crops like coffee and mushrooms, and offering ecotourism services.
     
    The cooperatives strive to protect the environment while maintaining democratic and sustainable organizational structures. They were first established in 1979 during Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution, which overthrew the oppressive Somoza dictatorship that had exploited the country for decades. In the revolutionary period, the Contras launched deadly attacks against soldiers, peasants, and civilians alike. Several cooperatives today still honor the "Heroes and Martyrs" who gave their lives. The Union itself was founded in 1990.
     
    One of UCA Miraflor's greatest achievements has been developing human capital through education initiatives for youth and women's empowerment. Environmental awareness has grown across communities, and gender relations are transforming. Four exclusively women's cooperatives were established during this time.
     
    Ecotourism has more recently fueled new growth, allowing communities to benefit from environmental protection work while recognizing women entrepreneurs who offer accommodations. Youth also gain income as tourist guides, improving their English and experiencing cultural exchanges.
     
    By buying UCA Miraflor coffee, you directly support small-scale farmers - many of them women - who have access to education, healthcare and a living wage through their cooperative. Your purchase also helps fund community programs like youth leadership initiatives and ecotourism ventures that promote cultural exchange.

    Altitude: 1000 – 1400 meters

    Processing: Fully washed & sun dried

    Region: Miraflor Moropotente,Estelí, Nicaragua

    Varietal: Catuai, Caturra, and Catimor

     

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  • January Single Origin Club: Ethiopia Natural

    Single Origin Club: Ethiopia Natural

    What is a Single Origin coffee? Simply put, these coffees are defined by the place they come from.

    Single Origin coffees are from a specific farm or group of farms that make up small cooperatives. You’ll find that most of our Single Origin coffees are light roasted.

    This month we're sharing our Ethiopia Natural coffee grown by the Halo Bariti Cooperative and light-roasted here at Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA.


    Ethiopia Natural Coffee Grown by the Halo Bariti Cooperative

    Located in the southern portion of the Gedeo Zone in Ethiopia, sits Gedeb, a prime location for cultivating coffee. Depending on the altitude at which coffee is grown (and other factors), different flavor profiles will reveal themselves. This fine Ethiopian coffee is cultivated at a very high altitude of 1,600-2,300 meters, with an abundance of sunshine, and no frost in the morning. This climate helps produce incredibly flavorful coffee beans with a hint of spice, and fruity, floral notes.

    The Halo Bariti Cooperative was founded in 2012, formerly part of the WORKA Co-op. The coffee farms are tended to by over 250 families in this remote region of Ethiopia. When you buy our coffee, you know you're supporting hard-working coffee farmers all over the planet.

    Altitude: 1,600-2,300 meters

    Processing: Sun-dried Natural

    Cooperative: Halo Bariti

    Varietal: Indigenous heirloom varietals

     

    Not ready to join the Single Origin Club? Make a one-time purchase of our Ethiopia Natural light roast coffee.

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