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Pacific Taste: The History of Coffee in Southern California

  • Los Angeles Central Library 630 W. Fifth St. Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States (map)

Presented by Culinary Historians of Southern California

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A lively panel of Southern California coffee experts discuss important developments in the region’s coffee landscape beginning with early settlers who packed green coffee in their covered wagons and roasted the beans over a nightly campfire to sustain their difficult cross-country journeys. Topics include the rise of local commercial and specialty roasters and coffee houses spanning the 20th century. Finally, the panelists explore the arrival of coffee’s Third Wave and highlight the proliferation of espresso bars and cafés that dot the map of Southern California today.

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Melissa Pugash

Featured Speakers:

  • Lisette Gaviña Lopez
  • James Marcotte
  • Mike Sheldrake 

A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk at approximately 11:30 AM.

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Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary talks and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in venues across Southern California. Research Fellow Linda CivitelloChef Ernest Miller, and others deliver lively lectures and lead hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the Pacific Coast and American West.