Panel Discussion: Coffee and Sustainability

When & Where
Ferry Building - Port Commission Hearing Room
Embarcadero at Market Street
San Francisco,
January 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Coffee is a daily necessity for many of us, savored quietly in the kitchen, downed at work as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or sipped at a cafe among friends. With the exploding popularity of coffee in recent years, there are more options than ever, and more confusing messages about what "sustainable" means. Which coffee should we choose? In the Bay Area, you won't find any coffee farms, but you will find local artisan roasters who are grappling with these questions, selecting their beans not only for quality and taste but also for values. Join CUESA for a discussion of the ethics behind a cup of coffee: What is its environmental footprint? Are the farmers taking care of the land? Are they getting a fair price, and what is the effect on the communities along the supply chain?

The discussion will be followed by a book signing (books for sale by Book Passage) and reception with farmers market refreshments and samples of coffee from Blue Bottle and Verve.

$5 donation will be requested at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds).