A coffee festival in Hoboken? How apropos. Rumor has it that the aroma of roasted coffee beans used to waft through the air when the Maxwell House Coffee plant first opened in the Mile Square. That was in 1939, and the company quickly became the largest coffee producer in the world. It later closed its doors on the waterfront in 1992.
Nearly 30 years later, New Jerseyans are bound to smell that familiar scent once again when The Hoboken Coffee Festival welcomes visitors on November 7, 2021.
The in-person event will be held in the Hoboken Historical Museum’s walkway from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is Hoboken’s first-ever “coffee festival” and it’s organized by The Secret Tea Room.
Pictured: The Hoboken Historical Museum
What to Expect at The Hoboken Coffee Festival
In addition to offering goods from local roasters, there will also be four scheduled talks throughout the day. These are limited to 20 guests per session and will be held by industry experts. Some local hosts include Travas Clifton, owner of Modcup, and Tats Mori-Ryan of bwè kafe.
Augustine Sedgewick, author of “Coffeeland” will be also discussing his latest book. Then there’s Icelandic coffee roaster, Thor Arbjornsson, who will talk about the importance of coffee culture, especially in the Nordic countries.
It’s $10 per talk and tickets can be reserved in advance if you want to attend. Each is scheduled to run for one hour and will be held inside the Museum.
If you want to just browse the pop-up during your waterfront stroll, The Hoboken Coffee Festival welcomes visitors to peruse coffee, tea, dessert and chocolate selections from local businesses. Vendors will have their stalls set up under the arches and there will also be live coffee demos.
To learn more about The Hoboken Coffee Festival or to pre-register for any of the four talks, you can visit the Hoboken Historical Museum’s website.