Wednesday, August 6


Photo by Sara Roahen

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles, La., and the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau will present "Java: The History of Coffee Roasters in Louisiana," from Friday, Sept. 5-Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at the Museum, 204 W. Sallier St.

Coffee has played an integral role in Louisiana history since the early 19th Century. In 1802, 1,438 bags of coffee arrived at the Port of New Orleans; just 50 years later, the city imported more than 530,000 bags, according to the Louisiana State Museum. The Port of New Orleans quickly became a port of choice for Latin American coffee planters because of its enviable position at the bottom of the Mississippi Valley and its ability to receive goods from the Caribbean and South and Central America.

The exhibit will celebrate roasters from every region of the state – Jelks Coffee Roasters of north Louisiana; Mello Joy, of Acadiana; French Market Coffee of New Orleans; the ever-present Community Coffee in the southern region and other companies from around the state.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Susan Reed at 337-439-3793, or visit