Episodes
When was the last time you bought a coffee that was Fairtrade certified? Certifications make it easy for consumers to put their ethics into practice. But, hidden beneath the glossy sticker is a maze of complications and paradoxical outcomes. In this fifth episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore where coffee certifications came from, how they tried to stop coffee’s devastating race to the bottom and assess whether they succeeded. A History of Coffee is a collaboration...
Published 04/27/21
How do you drink your instant coffee? If you’re like most of the world, you fill your mug with milk and sugar to sweeten the taste. By adding milk and sugar to your instant, you helped bring new growers - and consumers - into coffee, but arguably contributed to a crisis that left hundreds of thousands of people malnourished. In this fourth episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore how the popularity of instant coffee dramatically alters the balance of power amongst...
Published 04/13/21
A hundred years ago one Brazilian man owned so many coffee trees he could fill every inch of a European country with them. But why does Brazil grow so much? And who is drinking these lakes of caffeine? In this third episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore how industrialisation dramatically and permanently strips away Brazil’s forests, and why coffee becomes a part of the American dream. A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories -...
Published 03/30/21
Why do we get upset when we’re charged €36 for an ordinary cappuccino? The answer flies us to the Caribbean where white Europeans make black Africans suffer. In this second episode of A History of Coffee, we uncover how colonialism squeezes the price of coffee, and how that changes European culture forever. Future episodes are already out on the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel! http://bit.ly/2NArChO Press Subscribe so you don't miss future episodes! A History of Coffee is a...
Published 03/16/21
Here’s a surprising fact: coffee was only invented around the time Michelangelo was chiselling his statue of David. Why did it take so long for humans to invent the cup of coffee? In this first episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James unpack how humans figured out that delicious flavours were contained in the roasted seeds of a coffee tree’s cherries. The answer has nothing to do with dancing goats...but, in some ways, it has everything to do with a shepherd in the forests of...
Published 03/02/21
A History of Coffee is the story of how a tiny psychoactive seed changed the world and shapes our lives today. Across six episodes, documentary maker James Harper and professional historian Jonathan Morris narrate how humans race coffee across oceans to keep up with demand for this addictive drink. Coffee creates enormous fortunes for some, and misery for others. Sometimes the environment benefits, but more often it is plundered. If we want to make coffee a more equitable industry...
Published 02/18/21
Sofía is a teenager living on a coffee farm and was going to school five days a week. But a year later, she’s studying only on Saturdays. This might sound trivial, but I’m going to take you on a journey to show you why this undermines an industry worth over $30 Billion. ——————————— A list of charities working in the coffee sector: https://sritson.com/Good-Hands-in-Coffee-Beta Buy your next coffee from a marginalized farmer: https://marginalizedfarmers.org/ Leave a review for Filter...
Published 05/24/20
You’ve just achieved a life goal. Now what? Dream bigger? Quit while you’re ahead? When Federico Bolaños fulfills his dream of helping a young Salvadoran win one of the hardest championships in coffee, he wants to aim higher. But his business partners tell him he risks losing their business. What Federico does next will change his life and El Salvador in ways he wants, and in ways he doesn’t. At the end of it all, I ask him: did you make the right choice? ——————————— Buy your next...
Published 03/26/20
El Salvador used to grow a quarter of the world’s coffees. Today, it’s barely more than a rounding error. As coffee production fell, illegal migration to America grew. But there are many Salvadorans who want to grow coffee again and give Trump fewer reasons to build a wall. What’s holding them back? ——————————— Buy your next coffee from a marginalized farmer: https://marginalizedfarmers.org/ Leave a review for Filter Stories on Castbox!...
Published 01/28/20
Hector “tito” Vargas passed away in December 2019. We honor him by playing the season finale of the Duolingo Spanish Podcast. Filter Stories has been nominated Best Coffee Podcast 2019! Support the show by voting here: https://sprudge.com/vote Visiting Panama? I recommend Oscar as your guide: http://muchogustopanama.com/
Published 12/19/19
You buying a coffee from El Salvador and Trump building a border wall have nothing in common. Or do they? Over five episodes, we explore a story of El Salvador. We confront massacres, wide inequalities and the specialty coffee you drink today. Buried deep in this story is a group of people our coffee dollars are neglecting across the world. Part 5 explores how we can direct our coffee dollars towards historically marginalised farmers across the world. ——————————— If you haven't...
Published 12/04/19
You buying a coffee from El Salvador and Trump building a border wall have nothing in common. Or do they? Over five episodes, we explore a story of El Salvador. We confront massacres, wide inequality and the specialty coffee you drink today. Buried deep in this story is a group of people our coffee dollars are neglecting across the world. Part 4 asks whether we are denying economic opportunities to the same people our parents and grandparents did? ——————————— If you haven't already,...
Published 11/25/19
You buying a coffee from El Salvador and Trump building a border wall have nothing in common. Or do they? Over five episodes, we explore a story of El Salvador. We confront massacres, wide inequality and the specialty coffee you drink today. Buried deep in this story is a group of people our coffee dollars are neglecting across the world. In Part 3, we discover what it takes to almost kill coffee completely. ——————————— Listen to the Coffee Podcast’s series on the history of the coffee...
Published 11/20/19
You buying a coffee from El Salvador and Trump building a border wall have nothing in common. Or do they? Over five episodes, we explore a story of El Salvador. We confront massacres, wide inequality and the specialty coffee you drink today. Buried deep in this story is a group of people our coffee dollars are neglecting across the world. In Part 2, we reveal why our economist nicknames his own country "El Savage.” ——————————— If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and...
Published 11/12/19
You buying a coffee from El Salvador and Trump building a border wall have nothing in common. Or do they? Over five episodes, we explore stories of El Salvador. We confront massacres, wide inequalities and the specialty coffee you drink today. Buried deep in this story is a group of people our coffee dollars are neglecting across the world. People who decide to migrate north. ——————————— If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes!...
Published 11/07/19
We meet a man who came from humble beginnings who has achieved what Armando and Maria have only ever dreamed about. ——————————— Shape the future of Filter Stories by taking this 10 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/YWH3LZM Taste Maria’s coffee and support Filter Stories by joining the Indiegogo crowdfund here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/filter-stories-who-grew-your-morning-coffee#/ See the Filter Stories live show in Berlin on the 1st and 4th of October:...
Published 09/17/19
Imagine you’re a coffee buyer on a mission to buy Salvadoran coffee. We visit Armando and Maria’s farms. Which farm would you choose to buy from? ——————————— Taste Maria’s coffee by joining the Filter Stories Indiegogo crowdfund here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/filter-stories-who-grew-your-morning-coffee#/ Listen to the About Face podcast here: https://www.aboutfacepodcast.com Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here: www.eepurl.com/dD-sY1 More episode information here:...
Published 08/20/19
20 years ago specialty coffee patted itself on the back for saving coffee farmers, both big and small, from the misery of low coffee prices. But what's it like for a small coffee farmer getting into this specialty coffee club today? We dive into El Salvador’s Cup of Excellence to contrast the experience of two producers. ——————————— Taste Maria’s coffee by joining the Filter Stories Indiegogo crowdfund here:...
Published 08/05/19
Gerry's cafe failed. We investigate why by putting ourselves in Gerry's shoes and experiencing the coffee world as a blind man. ——————————— Gerry’s roastery: http://www.theunseenbean.com/ More Piano music on Coffee People Zine: https://www.coffeepeople.org/pages/musicv01 Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here: https://www.eepurl.com/dD-sY1 More episode information here: https://www.medium.com/@FilterStories Sound mixing: Dom Edgley / https://www.domedgleysound.com/ Filter...
Published 07/01/19
Gerry has a disability that keeps 2 in 3 adults out of full time work. But Gerry demolishes expectations over and over again. ———————————— Gerry’s roastery: http://www.theunseenbean.com/ Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here: http://www.eepurl.com/dD-sY1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filterstoriespodcast/ More episode information here: http://www.medium.com/@FilterStories Sound mixing: Dom Edgley / http://www.domedgleysound.com/ Filter Stories logo:...
Published 06/18/19
What do you do when you want to buy a cafe but your country is collapsing around you? If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/filte…327760?l=en&mt=2 Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here: www.eepurl.com/dD-sY1 More episode information here: www.medium.com/@FilterStories Sound mixing: Dom Edgley / www.domedgleysound.com/ Filter Stories logo: www.headquarters.studio/ A big thanks to: Cesar Eduardo Bermejo and...
Published 05/14/19
What do you do when you want to buy a cafe but your country is collapsing around you? If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/filter-stories/id1428327760?l=en&mt=2 Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here: www.eepurl.com/dD-sY1 More episode information here: https://www.medium.com/@FilterStories Sound mixing: Dom Edgley / https://www.domedgleysound.com/ Filter Stories logo:...
Published 05/11/19
Mikhail is a specialty coffee barista. But he’s stuck on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He doesn’t want to be there and he’s trying to get off. But he can’t. There are boats and planes, but none will let him on. Mikhail is a victim of an invisible curse that affects up to tens of thousands of people who work in coffee. There is a good chance you’ve drank a coffee that was grown, picked or brewed by a stateless person. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show...
Published 04/13/19
What were your dreams at 16? Sofía lives on a remote coffee farm in Nicaragua and hers is to be a great english translator. But Sofía needs school and a lot of luck. Every morning in her blue and white school uniform she walks for an hour to school. The road is deserted and her family knows she may be attacked. And then she walks home. Each coffee we drink holds the hopes of Sofía living a life off this farm. Or is that just wishful thinking? Join the Kickstarter here:...
Published 03/12/19