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
Sunday, September 29 is National Coffee Day.
Celebrate the day at a downtown San Francisco event featuring Monika doing her coffee book presentation:
12 noon: California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Books will be for sale in the Historical Society’s bookstore.
Other confirmed autumn book events for Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History:
2 p.m., Saturday, October 12: South San Francisco Public Library – West Orange Avenue branch.
1 p.m., Sunday, October 20: San Francisco Public Library – North Beach branch, Columbus Avenue.
Coming April 2020: coffee book presentation for the Book Club of California.
Here’s a recent (3/10/19) Chronicle article about Monika and her coffee book: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/San-Francisco-and-its-coffee-A-city-steeped-in-13675393.php
Coming Winter 2020: Monika’s next OLLI* course (*Osher Lifelong Learning Institute based at SF State) will be A Virtual Journey on the Streets of San Francisco. This six-week course will begin in the latter part of January, running through February. Class sessions will be scheduled for afternoons on either Mondays or Thursdays; each class session will be 2 hours. Scheduling details are still being worked out. Stay tuned! Note that this will be Monika’s 9th course for OLLI since 2016.
For more info about the upcoming fall-2 session and to enroll: https://olli.sfsu.edu/courses
Summer 2019 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: Sept 21, Oct 26, Nov 21 or by arrangement.
Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:
Saturdays: Oct 5, Nov 9 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 email@example.com.
#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