Hoboken Coffee Festival – Sun Nov 7


Sun. Nov. 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
America/New York time zone



Check out CBS News this Sunday from 6-9am as John Elliott reports live as we prepare to celebrate all things coffee at the first The Hoboken Coffee Festival!

All are invited to browse a pop-up shopping center of local coffee, tea and sweet artisans in the passage from the shipyard to the entrance of the museum. Some of Hoboken’s best roasters and artisans will be offering coffee for sale, and local chocolatier, Strawberry ‘N’Me, will be offering her mouth-watering treats for sale – the perfect hostess gift (or personal indulgence).

Meanwhile, inside the Museum, those who are passionate about their brew, or simply curious to delve deeper into coffee craftsmanship and history, the Festival offers four talks throughout the day. Be sure to book a ticket in advance for one or more of the following lectures.

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 a.m. – 12 p.m.: “Nordic coffee culture (coffee, not just fuel to get through the day)” by East Iceland Coffee’s Thor Arbjornsson

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

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: “Coffee is a fruit”, by Travas Clifton from the modcup cafe

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

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: “Haitian coffee, past, present and future”, by Tats Mori-Ryan from bwe kafe

Tats Mori-Ryan of bwè kafe hosts a meaningful coffee talk exploring the history of coffee in Haiti; what this means for small producers today; and what the fusion of specialty coffee and technology can bring tomorrow.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: “Coffeeland”, by Augustine Sedgewick

Augustine Sedgewick talks about her recent book ‘Coffeeland’, which focuses 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 in turn of the 20th century. By adapting the innovations of the Industrial Revolution to plantation agriculture, Hill helped make El Salvador perhaps the most intensive monoculture in modern history – a place of extraordinary productivity, inequality and violence. . In the process, El Salvador and the United States earned the nickname “Coffeeland”, but for radically different reasons and with consequences that carry over into the present. Learn more about the author and his book here.

The Hoboken Coffee Festival is hosted by coffee and tea enthusiast Richard Wright of The Secret Tea Room (check him out on Instagram: @secret.tearoom), who treated Museum visitors to a series of talks and coffee demonstrations in 2020 on the history of coffee and the role of the Hoboken Maxwell House factory.

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Patrick F. Williams