Biggins. My talk at The Historic New Orleans Collection

It's been a busy spring! I've just returned from New Orleans. I was a speaker at The Historic New Orleans Collection's biannual foodways symposium which, this year, was all about coffee.

I spoke about coffee biggins, material culture, memory and the professionalization of the home coffee service. Here are just a few of the five dozen biggins we read for narratives of place, material, identity, labor, family, gender...

Organized by Jessica B. Harris, the deep, super caffeinated dive into America's morning narrative included wonderful presentations by Mark Pendergrast (author of Uncommon Grounds), Patrick Dunne (proprietor of Lucullus), the senior historian and educator from The Collection as well as roasters and green coffee importers.