Published February 2019:
Monika’s second book, Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History.
Here’s a description: Coffee hopscotched across four continents and cruised 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, cargo of all kinds and countless sacks of green coffee beans.
San Francisco was destined to become the third largest coffee port in the United States.
This led to the rise and local demise 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, the San Francisco Bay Area has attracted waves of coffee entrepreneurs, innovators and connoisseurs.
Told against the backdrop of local history, this book tells their story.
Want to read about Bay Area coffee, here’s how you can order the book: https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467140614
Upcoming 2020 book events for Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History:
March 16: Presentation for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City.
April 20: Presentation for the Book Club of California in San Francisco.
In 2019, the Institute for Historic Study published an article written by Monika. It’s entitled “Urban legend or not: The questionable circumstances surrounding the death of a president in 1920s-era San Francisco.” Monika will be giving illustrated presentations based on this article. Two have already been scheduled:
Tuesday evening, February 25: San Francisco Westerners Corral. Meeting held at the Fior d’Italia restaurant in North Beach. Note there is a cost for the dinner there.
Saturday afternoon, March 14: Institute for Historic Study members and their guests. Site TBD.
Here’s a Chronicle article about Monika and her coffee book (March 10, 2019): https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/San-Francisco-and-its-coffee-A-city-steeped-in-13675393.php
Monika’s now halfway through her current OLLI* course (*Osher Lifelong Learning Institute based at SF State)
A Virtual Journey on the Streets of San Francisco which has been very well received.
This six-week course began on Thursday, January 23 and continues through March 5. (No class session on 2/13/20.)
Note that this is Monika’s 9th course for OLLI since 2016.
For more info about the OLLI program and the upcoming spring session, please see: https://olli.sfsu.edu/courses
Autumn 2019/Winter 2020 Tour Dates:
(Additional days/dates may be available upon request. Monika’s generally not available Tuesdays or Fridays.)
Tour #1 – Grand Tour: Downtown/Mid-City Journey:
Saturdays: Feb 29, March 28 or by arrangement.
Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:
Saturdays: Feb 15, March 14 or by arrangement.
Tour #3: Not currently offered.
Reserve your spot/s using the Brown Paper Tickets link on this site.
More Tours, Upon Request:
For more information about tours noted below or one of the other 20+ walking tours that Monika has developed (cost, timing, etc.),
please contact Monika directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#4 – Circling the Square: A three-hour exploration of the heart of Union Square, its development and its transformation over the last century and a half. This walking tour includes the works of prominent architects and local artists plus a literary landmark. Learn about films made at the Square, a 1920s-scandal at a nearby hotel, “crib alley” and the area’s connections to Dashiell Hammett as we wind our way down to Market Street.
#5 – Bridge to Beach: This 4 1/2 hour walk/hike begins at the Golden Gate Bridge, explores the geological splendor of San Francisco’s northwest coastline and ends at Ocean Beach. Learn about the bridge, past and present, while soaking in the surrounding vistas of the bay where it meets the ocean, followed by an exploration of the shoreline of the Presidio, continuing through Land’s End.
Advice for visiting or living in San Francisco: Be open-minded and have a sense of humor.
Monika Trobits is a street-wise, native New Yorker and a long-time San Francisco resident of more than three decades. Within a few years of arriving in Northern California, she began her on-going, formal and informal study of San Francisco’s and California’s history, architecture, politics, art, unique features and culturally-diverse neighborhoods. Doing all of that inspired her to seek opportunities to become a walking tour docent and tour guide so that she could lead tours of her adopted city for anyone who would show up and listen. She’s been successfully doing that since 1989. Her presentations are engaging, comprehensive, witty and historically accurate. She leads visitors and residents alike on enjoyable and insightful journeys through San Francisco’s districts. Learn More