Waves of Beans: Coffee’s Journey to the Bay Area

A lunchtime talk with author Monika Trobits



Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:00PM

<p>Waves of Beans: Coffee’s Journey to the Bay Area</p>
<small><p>A lunchtime talk with author Monika Trobits</p></small>
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Please reserve prior to the event. Our lunchtime space has a limited capacity of 25

Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: Free admission, must register in advance to secure seating.

Celebrate International Coffee Day at CHS. Join us on your lunch break to sip coffee and engage in an intimate talk with local historian and author of Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History, Monika Trobits. Monika will tell the tale of coffees journey across four continents and two oceans to finally land on the Pacific coast of North America, drawing from her research as well as from her collection of vintage coffee advertising, coffee art and artifacts, and coffee cartoons.

From the 19th century to the 21st, San Francisco and the Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee importers, entrepreneurs, innovators and the all-important coffee drinkers. Fueled by the gold rush, ship after ship sailed through Golden Gate Straits carrying energized passengers and cargo of all kinds, including countless sacks of green coffee beans. With the population rapidly increasing, San Francisco quickly emerged as the third largest coffee port in the United States. This led to the rise of the “big three” coffee roasters, the emergence of specialty coffee roasteries, and the current renaissance of artisan coffee.

About our Speaker:

Monika Trobits has lived in San Francisco for more than 37 years. She’s a native of New York City and has been studying local history since the mid-1980s. In addition to her work in the corporate world, Monika was a docent/tour guide for historically-based organizations and local tour operators for more than 25 years. Nowadays, she teaches walking history classes for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), based at San Francisco State University. More information about Monika can be found on her website: www.sanfranciscojourneys.com.

Her nonfiction works include "Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco in the 1920s" an article that was published in the winter 2011 edition of the Argonaut, a local historical journal. In 2014, the History Press published Monika’s first book: Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics. Her second book, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History was published by The History Press in February 2019.

Monika’s latest nonfiction piece is a short article that explores a local urban legend. It’s entitled “The questionable circumstances surrounding the death of a president in 1920s-era San Francisco.” It was published by the Institute for Historic Study in mid-2019.

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