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Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History with Monika Trobits

Coffee hopscotched across four continents and cruised two oceans before arriving in San Francisco, destined to become the third largest coffee port in the United States. From the mid-19th century through the first two decades of the 21st, the San Francisco Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee entrepreneurs, innovators and connoisseurs. Join author Monika Trobits for her illustrated presentation during which she'll discuss coffee's energizing history and its journey to the Bay Area, spiced with a bit of coffee humor.

Monika Trobits has lived in San Francisco for more than 36 years and is a native of New York City. She’s a long-time San Francisco walking tour docent/guide ( and has taught walking history courses for the OLLI program based at SFSU since 2016.

In 2010, Monika began writing non-fiction works about the city. Her article, "Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco in the 1920s" was published in the winter 2011 edition of the Argonaut, a local historic journal. Her first book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco: A Western Theater for Northern & Southern Politics was published in 2014 by The History Press. Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History is Monika’s second book and will be available for purchase and signing following her presentation.


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