We are launching our first project named "Lore". Lore will focus on consumer education in coffee. Our first talk is going to be very informative and fun! We have a professor joining us from Cal State Fullerton who will be talking about the rise of speciality coffee in Southeast Asia. Your ticket includes a coffee!
This informal talk will address the rise of specialty coffee production and culture in Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, and Myanmar. Although this region has received increasing media attention from coffee trade magazines, blogs, and social media spaces there is still a general lack of knowledge about these origins in the specialty coffee community. By discussing the complex coffee histories of these places, the tension between commodity coffee and specialty coffee, and emerging local coffee practices that draw on U.S., European, and East Asian specialty coffee culture, this talk will hopefully create dialogue about these underrepresented origins and why they matter for producers and consumers alike.
Sarah Grant is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. She has been researching Vietnamese coffee for over a decade and loves to share her knowledge about the country’s ongoing journey to Arabica bliss. Outside of the classroom she’s exploring the LA River Bike Path, enjoying Long Beach, and working on a book manuscript about Vietnamese coffee culture and its intersection with local concepts of anxiety and hope. Twitter: sarahggrant