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Guatemalan

Light Roast

Vibrant Cherries Molasses

Lightly roasted to express the unique characteristics of this exceptional coffee: juicy ripe cherry sweetness, cacao nibs, and sugary molasses. The coffee is shade-grown on steep volcanic slopes of the Northwestern Highlands of Guatemala by Maya Quiche coffee farmers. It is a gift from craft-inspired farmers whose ancestors have lived in these lush mountain forests for millennia.

The GUAYA’B Association is a cooperative of 292 small coffee farmers in the mountainous Guatemalan state of Huehuetenango. In the 1980’s, this indigenous Mayan community was ravaged by the Guatemalan civil war, and the area’s economy was destroyed. Many inhabitants lost their farms and migrated to the Guatemalan coast to search for work.

In 1992, a number of small-scale family farmers of the Maya-Popti indigenous group united to take control of the production and export of the coffee crops. By forming a cooperative, the “Asociacion GUAYA’B”, the farmers hoped to make coffee farming sustainable and profitable for the community.

“Rich aroma complicated by smoky semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. The cup is simple but satisfying: very sweet, deep, roundly roasty. The real glory of this coffee is an extraordinarily long, lushly vibrant, deeply chocolaty finish.” – The Coffee Review, November 2005

With each package sold, a portion of the proceeds benefits the mission, programs and conservation efforts of the American Birding Association.  By drinking shade-grown and bird friendly coffee every morning, you are supporting these farmers, the efforts of the ABA, and the countless birds they are protecting.

$16.00 12 oz

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Nicaraguan

Medium Roast

Nutty  Smooth  Milk Chocolate

Fruity, nutty and chocolaty with hints of dried mango. Sweet without sugar, mellow without cream, it is a great breakfast coffee. This coffee is roasted to a light milk chocolate color where its bright and complex flavors explode into life.

Migrating songbirds need a place to rest on their long journeys and shade-grown coffee is one way to ensure that their precious habitats are being preserved. This coffee comes from the Finca Los Pinos Corrales family farm in Aranjuez, Nicaragua, which is a part of the Mesoamerican rainforest, a corridor that stretches from Panama to Belize. Certified shade-grown coffee means that the farms are seamlessly integrated into the forest, creating a lively community of birds, monkeys, jaguars, butterflies, and more.

With each package sold, a portion of the proceeds benefits the mission, programs and conservation efforts of the American Birding Association.  By drinking shade-grown and bird friendly coffee every morning, you are supporting these farmers, the efforts of the ABA, and the countless birds they are protecting.

$16.00 12 oz

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Colombian

Dark Roast

Toasted  Spicy  Dark Chocolate

A rich coffee with flavors of toasted nut and dark chocolate followed by a smooth lasting finish, making this a clear winner for dark roast coffee enthusiasts.

Migrating songbirds need a place to rest on their long journeys and shade-grown coffee is one way to ensure that their precious habitats are being preserved. The Finca Argoberlin bird friendly coffee estate in the Santa Marta region of Colombia protects 145 hectares of prime migratory bird habitat.

With each package sold, a portion of the proceeds benefits the mission, programs and conservation efforts of the American Birding Association.  By drinking shade-grown and bird friendly coffee every morning, you are supporting these farmers, the efforts of the ABA, and the countless birds they are protecting.

$16.00 12 oz

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Tropical Blend

French Roast

Rich  Smoky  Intense

Full-bodied, smoky, and intense, this flavorful French roast coffee is a blend of beans from 3 different certified bird friendly coffee cooperatives in Colombia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. French Roast is created by carbonizing the sugar content of the beans at high temperatures, like roasting a marshmallow. The flavors, if done right, taste like toasted caramel or brown sugar.

Certified shade-grown coffee means that the farms are seamlessly integrated into the forest, creating a lively community of birds, monkeys, jaguars, butterflies, and more.

With each package sold, a portion of the proceeds benefits the mission, programs and conservation efforts of the American Birding Association.  By drinking shade-grown and bird friendly coffee every morning, you are supporting these farmers, the efforts of the ABA, and the countless birds they are protecting.

$16.00 12 oz

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$16.00 12 oz

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Decaffeinated

Medium Roast

Rich • Nutty • Complex

Certified shade-grown coffee means that the farms are seamlessly integrated into the forest, creating a lively community of birds, monkeys, jaguars, butterflies, and more.

Each package sold benefits the American Birding Association‘s programs in Central America. By drinking shade-grown and bird friendly certified coffee every morning, you are supporting these farmers, the efforts of the ABA, and the countless birds they are protecting.

Love drinking coffee? Consider signing up for a monthly coffee subscription. Why bother running to the store when your favorite shade-grown bird friendly coffee can be delivered fresh and straight to your door every month? Sign up today by checking the Monthly Coffee Subscription box above!

Bird Friendly and Organic Decaffeinated coffee. Available in Whole Bean or Ground: auto drip, french press, espresso or percolator.

All of our decaf coffees are made using the Mountain Water Process. No chemical solvents are used in the decaffeination process, just clear and pure glacial water sourced from the highest mountain in Mexico, the Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltépetl.

About the American Birding Association

big-aba-logoThe American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

The American Birding Association represents the North American birding community and supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks.

The ABA’s education programs promote birding skills, ornithological knowledge, and the development of a conservation ethic.

The ABA encourages birders to apply their skills to help conserve birds and their habitats, and we represent the interests of birders in planning and legislative arenas.

We welcome all birders as members.

Concern for the welfare of birds lies at the core of ABA and touches everything we do. ABA has developed a code of ethics for birding, provided here in multiple formats for you to download. The ABA encourages all birders to print and follow these guidelines to preserve the welfare of wild birds and the integrity of birding.

We invite you to join the American Birding Association today! As an ABA member, you’ll be immediately welcomed into a network of helpful, fun, passionate birders, as well as helping advance our education and conservation initiatives. And we’ll do everything we can to make your membership experience meaningful, rewarding, educational, and fun.

The ABA is all about birders sharing the wonder and excitement of birding across North America and around the world. We are the voice and face and heart and soul of the birding community. Joining the ABA will make you a better birder. You joining the ABA will make birding better for all. The only thing missing is you—join the ABA today! 

About Shade Grown Coffee

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Diagram from Víctor M. Toledo & Patricia Moguel (2012): Coffee and Sustainability: The MultipleValues of Traditional Shaded Coffee, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 36:3, 353-377

Historically, coffee plants are shade-loving plants growing under a canopy amongst forest trees.  

Growing coffee under shade takes longer to ripen than non-shade or full sun coffee beans, producing deeper and richer flavors.  Shade grown coffee farms not only produce the best tasting coffees, they also support a wide biodiversity of natural habitat and ecosystems.  These conditions in turn allow for a higher diversity of birds, plants, pollinators, mammals and other species vs. the monoculture of full-sun coffee plantations.

With the wide proliferation of sun coffee plantations, thousands of valuable diverse habitats have been cut down and turned into a monoculture devoid of significant natural lifecycles.  Sun grown coffee plants produce beans faster, significantly lessening a flavorful bean for roasting. 

Purchasing organic, shade grown Song Bird Coffee certified Bird Friendly® by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is not only good for the habitats and ecosystems they create, it is also great for people, too!  Rich and flavorful tasting coffee produced by certified organic coffee farmers that in turn protect water sources for the communities they live in and makes stronger local economies.  SMBC’s Bird Friendly® certification is the only one that is 100 percent guaranteed organic and shade-grown, and translates to the healthiest farms.  To learn more about the SMBC’s Bird Friendly certification and shade grown coffee, please visit https://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/coffee/

“If a coffee is certified as Bird Friendly® by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, it is grown under the most stringent environmental standards of any certification system, and it is also required to be certified organic. If you see this seal, it is one of the best assurances that the coffee was grown with biodiversity and sustainability as top priorities.”  Julie Craves, author, Coffee & Conservation

About Our Roaster

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Thanksgiving Coffee

Thanksgiving Coffee was founded in 1972 by Paul and Joan Katzeff, and in the over forty years since has continually brought a passionate voice on behalf of coffee as a force for social justice in the world. Proud to partner with fair trade coffee cooperatives and family farms on five continents, the family-run company is committed to equitable trade, environmentally responsible practices, and sustainable sourcing. Not just a cup, but a Just cup.

Roaster of the Year 2017
Thanksgiving Coffee
Press Release for October 17th, 2016 from Roast Magazine

The best for the world is now the best in the world.

Thanksgiving Coffee honored as Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine.

Roast magazine’s Roaster of the Year awards recognize companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the coffee industry, among other criteria.

Paul and Joan Katzeff at Thanksgiving Coffee Company were honored to have been selected as Macro Roaster of the year, a category for companies roasting more than 100,000 pounds annually.

Thanksgiving Coffee Company, based in Fort Bragg, California, took the top prize for Macro Roaster of the Year, with an output of 550,000 pounds per year. Founded in 1972, Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been a pioneer in promoting quality and freshness in the specialty coffee industry for more than four decades. With its motto of “Not Just a Cup, But a Just Cup,” the company also has been a leader in socially responsible business practices, “cause coffees” and community support.