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
Spring/Summer book events for Bay Area Coffee: A Stimulating History:
6 p.m., Saturday, May 26: Owl and Company Bookshop, Piedmont Avenue, Oakland (reschedule of March 10)
1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 7: KSCO AM 1080 (Santa Cruz) Live radio interview on the “Flavors” program
1 p.m., Monday, July 8: Sixty Plus group – OLLI, SFSU main 19th Avenue campus, San Francisco
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
Other news: On Tuesday, June 18, Monika will give a presentation based on her first book, Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco for the Peninsula Civil War Round Table. It will begin at 12 noon at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City.
(Please plan to arrive by 11:30 or so to get your lunch; the program begins at noon).
Summer reruns: Monika will again present a series of walking history classes for OLLI* @ SF State (*Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Classes begin Monday, June 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., continuing through July 15 (no class session on July 8). This course will consists of 5 previously given walking history classes: “Civic Center’s Grand Design,” “Under Three Flags: the Presidio’s Main Post,” “From Harbor View to the Marina,” “Nob Hill,” and “Coastal San Francisco: Lincoln Park to Sutro Heights.”
For more info and to enroll: https://olli.sfsu.edu/courses
Spring/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: June 29; July 27; August 31 or by arrangement.
Tour #2 – Mid-19th Century Journey: Antebellum and Civil War Days in San Francisco:
Saturdays: June 15; July 13; August 10 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