In the early 1970s, Joan and Paul Katzeff founded Thanksgiving Coffee Co. and began roasting coffee in a quaint, old packing plant at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, California. Inspired by the Mendocino Coast’s culture of craftsmanship, the Katzeffs dedicated themselves to perfecting their craft roasting technique, and nearly fifty years later, Thanksgiving Coffee is still known for quality and flavor. Since its inception, Thanksgiving Coffee has been a leader in matters of social justice and environmental responsibility. In 2015, the company earned its B Corp certification, further solidifying their commitment to making business decisions that positively impact workers, suppliers, customers, community, and environment.

The Importance of Shade Grown Coffee

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the team at Thanksgiving Coffee Co. noticed an alarming shift in the way coffee was being grown. Traditionally, coffee bushes grow in the shade of a dense, tropical canopy. This canopy serves as critical habitat for many species, including migratory birds. These birds provide a natural form of pest control, landing in the trees and eating insects that might otherwise destroy the coffee trees. As coffee gained popularity as a commodity item, many farmers cleared their land of the tropical canopy and planted their coffee trees more densely, hoping to increase yield. This shift in coffee production from shade grown to sun grown negatively impacted the migratory patterns of birds, diminishing their function as a natural form of pest control. Biodiversity was dramatically reduced, and farmers turned to synthetic chemicals and fertilizers to accelerate the growth of new trees and control insects.

Recognizing the importance of preserving tropical ecosystems, Thanksgiving Coffee Co. launched their Song Bird Coffee line. All of their Song Bird Coffee offerings are Certified Organic and Certified Shade Grown, ensuring that tropical habitats, and the biodiversity they support, are allowed to thrive. Additionally, a portion of sales from Song Bird Coffees are donated to the American Birding Association to support their conservation and education efforts. You can find Song Bird Coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee Co. in our Bulk department.

Tropical Blend
French Roast
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied, smoky, and intense
Sourced From: Colombia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala

Columbian
Dark Roast
Tasting Notes: Toasted and spicy with hints of dark chocolate
Sourced From: Santa Marta region of Colombia

Guatemalan
Light Roast
Tasting Notes: Vibrant with a ripe, cherry sweetness
Sourced From: Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala

Nicaraguan
Medium Roast
Tastings Notes: Nutty, chocolatey and smooth. Sweet and mellow
Sourced From: Aranjuez, Nicaragua