Archive for November, 2011

Coffee Fact Friday: Shop Small is Huge

November 24, 2011

A drumstick roll, please for Shop Small on Small Business Saturday.   Ka-ching.  Small businesses like your favorite local coffee house where everyone knows your drink order–fuel the economy and energizes your community.

Shop Small.  One purchase.  Ka-ching.  And the Shop Small movement is percolating.

The G-R-I-N-D Coffee house and Roaster is this coffeesnobologist’s destination for Brazil Bourbon Machado, a sweet, nutty medium body bean.

November 26, 2011:  Shop Small—Small Business Saturday.


Thanksgiving Coffee

November 19, 2011

In the coffee calendar year 13 B.S. (Before Starbucks), Paul Katzeff became an Artisan Roaster with a mission to “supply California’s north coast with the best coffee possible,” and pay the mortgage.  And what followed when this Greenwich Village coffeehouse Beatnik ditched urban curbs for Northern California is something we can all be thankful for.

Paul’s coffee craftsmanship yielded many followers and a bank account, but it took a trip to Nicaragua in 1985 to inspire the soul of his family’s(give thanks here to his wife, Joan, also company president) Thanksgiving Coffee Company. He witnessed first hand the poverty of the farmers who were the foundation of his business. From then on he adopted Carlos Castaneda’s philosophy of, “take a path that has a heart.” The mission of Thanksgiving Coffee Company transcended from “In Search of the Perfect Cup” to “Not Just a Cup, But a Just Cup.”

Thanksgiving Coffee Company is now not just in the quality coffee business, but in the business of “elevating the quality of life of our suppliers.” Their conscience didn’t stop there. Thanksgiving’s fair trade practices go beyond the borders of coffee plantations and countries. They also partner with a number of non-profits, including Wild Birds Unlimited and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  These and their End the Embargo (on Cuba) and Defenders (Save our Wolves) Coffees raise funds and awareness through the sale of special blends. Birders' Blend (home site to shop coffee – all Kosher Certified, learn more about the company’s history and practices, sign up for newsletter, check out Blog) (“companies we like” site)

Coffee Facts Friday: Cup of Joe for a Joe

November 10, 2011

Let’s have coffee.  With those three words, strangers become friends.  Somewhere across the globe, a soldier is sipping a hot cup of black coffee and reading a message of support from a stranger soon to become a friend.

With Veterans Day just around the corner share a cup of coffee with troops serving as far away as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Qatar and Djibouti, East Africa without leaving home.  A cup of Joe for a Joe is the remarkable Joe Program launched by Green Bean Coffee.
Click on and in a matter of minutes somewhere a soldier serving in a lonely outpost is drinking a cup of black coffee and reading a heartfelt note of thanks.  For only $2.00, the night isn’t so friendless.

Just a click away and new friendships are percolating on this Veterans Day.  Go to

This coffeesnobolog writer received this note today.  Let’s hear from others who contacted the Joe Program. $2.00 goes a long way.
Greetings from Afghanistan! Thank you for your generosity and support, it is greatly appreciated. Thanks again and God bless.

Coffee Facts Friday: Flavorable Festivals

November 3, 2011

Grab you travel mug and GPS. Coffee festivals are percolating around the world.

Saturday, Nov 5, 2011.  Enjoy New Orleans savoring delicious java at the Coffee Festival.  A highlight of the festival, besides all that is wonderful about New Orleans, is the Cupping Flight.

Next stop:  Hawaii!   Sample the richness of world famous Kona coffee in a weeklong festival from November 4 to November 13, 2011.  Check out to learn how royalty played a role in bringing the world Kona coffee.

New Delhi, India, is the place to be.   Stroll down tree-lined boulevards to savor the graciousness of this global city and rich coffee.  The India International Coffee Festival begins January 18, 2012.

And there are more grounds for celebration at Coffee fest in New York from March 9-11.  The Big Apple takes pride in serving espressos.
End your coffee tour at the London Coffee Festival on April 27 to 29.  England may be best known for their teas, but a movement is brewing toward smaller, independent coffee shops where coffee is Art.