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Milk + Coffee: A Conversation

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Join the founders of Straus Family Creamery and Royal Coffee for a conversation on agriculture, sustainability, and the confluence of our industries.

Milk and coffee are go-to favorites in our daily lives. The farmers of these daily staples have a lot more in common than you might think; from sourcing and production challenges to market pricing. Are you interested in learning more about the future of agriculture, good land stewardship, and the sustainability of your latte? Join us for a conversation with the founders of two local businesses.

And stick around: We’ll be holding a raffle for a gift pack including coupons for delicious Straus Family Creamery organic dairy products and gift certificates for courses at The Crown. All proceeds from the raffle go directly to Grounds for Health, a mission-driven, international non-profit organization, dedicated to reducing rates of cervical cancer among women in developing countries.

Just to sweeten the deal, you can taste some Straus super premium organic vanilla bean ice cream, topped with a shot of world-class espresso from The Crown!



About the Presenters:

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Albert Straus, Founder/CEO of Straus Family Creamery

Albert Straus has been a leader in sustainable organic farming practices for many decades. With the aim of creating a replicative, viable model which reflects the true costs of production and promotes responsible land stewardship and practices, he offers small-scale family farms in Northern California more stable prices and predictability in a changing organic milk market.

Albert is a strong advocate for organic, non-GMO dairy production, environmental stewardship, and family farms. He has led the movement for organic farming practices and small-scale organic dairy farms demonstrating the demand for organic dairy milk, prioritizing collaborative relationships and innovative environmental leadership. The Straus Dairy Farm became the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River in 1994, and, in the same year, he founded the creamery – the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States.

At the Straus Dairy Farm, Albert has invested in climate-positive dairy practices. Implemented together: carbon farming, anaerobic (methane) digesters, renewable energy, on-farm composting and electric farm vehicles, can potentially create a pathway to a carbon-neutral dairy system. At the creamery, a wide range of sustainable practices are implemented from resilient packaging to 100% renewable electricity to an extensive water reuse system, among other innovations.

Albert has been recognized internationally for his substantial environmental accomplishments. Under his leadership, Straus Family Creamery was honored with Ecovia Intelligence’s 2018 international Sustainable Food Award in the Sustainability Pioneer category. In April 2019, The GrassFed Exchange honored him with the Innovative Producer award for his forward-thinking practices on his dairy farm. For more info, visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin.






Robert Fulmer, Founder/President of Royal Coffee, Inc.

Robert Fulmer’s coffee career began in 1976, working at TCM Reconditioning, cleaning coffee damaged in transit. From these humble beginnings he cofounded Royal Coffee with Pete McLaughlin in Emeryville, California and began buying the best arabica coffee available from local importers. This coffee was marketed to specialty coffee pioneers like Alfred Peet and Milt Mountanos. Thus began the dream of having a “candy store full of the best coffees from around the world.”

In 1982, Fulmer began importing container loads from origin and expanded warehousing, delivery, risk management, and coffee education services. Right around this time, his business partner Pete McLaughlin met with a handful of coffee industry players to write the first draft for an industry trade organization which would later become the SCAA. As a charter member of the SCAA, Fulmer served on the Conference Planning Committee held at Moscone Center in the year 2000. He was the Co-chairman of the SCAA Fairtrade Task Force.

With Helen Nicholas, Max Nicholas-Fulmer (his son, and current CEO of Royal Coffee, Inc.), and the help of over 50 key employees, Fulmer continues to finance and guide Royal Coffee, including The Crown and a 70,000 square foot “candy store full of the best coffees from around the world.”


About Grounds for Health

Since 1996, Grounds for Health has worked in Latin America and Africa to address one of the most significant disparities in women’s health globally. Cervical cancer is a nearly 100% treatable disease, and yet in the next 15 years it is expected to kill six million women – 90% of whom will live in developing countries. We specialize in working in communities that represent the base of global supply chains such as coffee, tea, cut flowers and cocoa. We are a mission-driven, international non-profit organization, born out of and with enduring ties to the coffee industry, and focused on increasing coverage of cervical cancer prevention services.


Visiting the Crown

We cannot wait to host you in our Tasting Room, at the Cupping Table or for a Coffee Course.

One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. Below are some resources to help you plan your visit.

For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here.


October 4
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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