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

with Monika Trobits

Coffee hopscotched across four continents and two oceans before landing on the Pacific coast of North America. 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. San Francisco became 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. From the 19th century to the 21st, San Francisco and the Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee entrepreneurs, coffee innovators and coffee drinkers. Told against the backdrop of local history, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History tells their story.
Monika Trobits has lived in San Francisco for more than 37 years. A New York City native, she 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, based at SF State; her website is
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. The History Press published Monika’s first book: Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics in 2014 and her second book, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History in February 2019.

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book cover: Bay Area Coffee


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