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Hoboken’s First Annual Coffee Festival

November 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Hoboken Coffee Festival will be held in the Museum’s walkway with purveyors of some of Hoboken’s finest brewed beverages, as well as talks and demonstrations.

Enjoy browsing the local vendors’ offerings in our walkway, but if you’d like to learn more about the art and cultural traditions behind brewing the perfect cup, make sure to reserve a ticket for one or more of the following talks that will be held in the Museum space.

The Hoboken Coffee Festival is organized by coffee and tea enthusiast Richard Wright of The Secret Tea Room (check it out on Instagram: @secret.tearoom), who treated Museum visitors to an engaging series of talks and coffee demos in 2020 about coffee history and the Hoboken Maxwell House plant’s role.

The talks are $10 each, and tickets will be limited to 20 people per session to adhere to social distancing protocols.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

11 – 12 pm:  “Nordic Coffee Culture (Coffee, Not Just Fuel to Get You Through the Day)” by Thor Arbjornsson of East Iceland Coffee 

Icelandic coffee roaster Thor Arbjornsson discusses his personal experiences of Nordic coffee culture, contrasting chatty cafes to ones full of people quietly tapping away on open laptops. He will talk about his aims as a lover of coffee and how the pandemic has revealed the importance of coffee culture in bringing us all together.

12:30 – 1:30 pm: “Coffee is a Fruit,” by Travas Clifton of modcup coffee

Travas Clifton, co-founder of modcup, talks about the basic truth about coffee, starting with the fact that it is a fruit, and discusses the different ways coffee is processed in countries of origin from a red cherry to green bean ready for export. He will focus on natural and experimental processing and varietals and how it’s changing the face of flavor in coffee in the modern world. Follow him at #drinkmoderncoffee 

2 – 3 pm: “Haitian Coffee, Past, Present and Future,” by Tats Mori-Ryan of bwè kafe

Tats Mori-Ryan of bwè kafe hosts a meaningful coffee discussion exploring the history of coffee in Haiti; what it means for small producers today; and what the merger of specialty coffee and technology may bring tomorrow.

3:30 – 4:30 pm: “Coffeeland,” by Augustine Sedgewick

Augustine Sedgewick discusses his recent book “Coffeeland,” which centers on the volcanic highlands of El Salvador, where James Hill, born in the slums of Manchester, England, founded one of the world’s great coffee dynasties at the turn of the twentieth century. Adapting the innovations of the Industrial Revolution to plantation agriculture, Hill helped turn El Salvador into perhaps the most intensive monoculture in modern history—a place of extraordinary productivity, inequality and violence. In the process, both El Salvador and the United States earned the nickname “Coffeeland,” but for starkly different reasons, and with consequences that reach into the present.

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November 7, 2021
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

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