33 episodes

Filter Stories is a NPR / BBC-style documentary podcast revealing the hidden side of coffee.

We visit a stateless barista stuck on a faraway island, meet an award winning coffee grower earning just $2 profit from 250 espressos, hear from a coffee producer who is almost murdered three times during a civil war, and much more.

"An entertaining and thought-provoking way to address how coffee consumption affects the wider world" - Caffeine Magazine

See the behind-the-scenes stories on Instagram @filterstoriespodcast

If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts and Castbox!

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    • 5.0 • 68 Ratings

Filter Stories is a NPR / BBC-style documentary podcast revealing the hidden side of coffee.

We visit a stateless barista stuck on a faraway island, meet an award winning coffee grower earning just $2 profit from 250 espressos, hear from a coffee producer who is almost murdered three times during a civil war, and much more.

"An entertaining and thought-provoking way to address how coffee consumption affects the wider world" - Caffeine Magazine

See the behind-the-scenes stories on Instagram @filterstoriespodcast

If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on Apple Podcasts and Castbox!

    Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

    Coffee's Ticking Time Bomb

    Sri Lankan coffee has delicious notes of chocolate and caramel. But it’s basically impossible to find, and we’re going to bet you’ve never drank it.

    But that's really odd, because Sri Lanka has the perfect climate to grow coffee, and was once one of the biggest coffee growing countries in the world.

    But Sri Lanka was the victim of an ecological ticking time bomb. And this bomb is still ticking, and is going to explode again.

    In this special episode of Adventures in Coffee, producer James Harper takes co-hosts Scott and Jools on an adventure back in time, across Ethiopia, Yemen, Sri Lanka to trace the origins of this ticking bomb, and what it’s going to take to defuse it.



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    A massive thanks to Lawrence Goldberg of Hansa Coffee, Ajantha Palihawadana, Professor Stuart McCook and Harm van Oudenhoven.

    • 44 min
    Is really expensive coffee really worth it?

    Is really expensive coffee really worth it?

    Would you ever pay £75 for 100g of coffee beans?

    Today I'm sharing the most popular episode from Adventures in Coffee, a sister podcast to Filter Stories that I co-created.

    I'd love to know what you thought of these Adventures in Coffee episodes so we can make an even better show for series 2. Just drop your thoughts in this 5 minute survey here: http://bit.ly/AIC_Survey

    You can listen to more episodes from Adventures in Coffee here: https://bit.ly/300V4jS

    • 32 min
    Coffee Cycle Saturdays

    Coffee Cycle Saturdays

    Today I'm sharing the story of a coffee drinker, Jools Walker, and how coffee helped her complete an inner journey.

    Listen to more episodes from Adventures in Coffee here: https://bit.ly/300V4jS

    Read Jool's book, Back In The Frame: https://amzn.to/2NTbb0r

    Piano music written and performed by James Harper.

    • 24 min
    6) The Future of Coffee?

    6) The Future of Coffee?

    Do you grind your beans fresh before brewing your coffee? If so, you are helping overturn a race-to–the-bottom with deep roots in colonial extraction that today is leaving millions of coffee farmers impoverished.

    Or, at least, that’s what many specialty coffee companies would like you to believe. The truth is a lot less rosy.

    In this final episode of A History of Coffee, Jonathan and James explore where the specialty coffee movement came from, whether it will succeed in arresting coffee’s race-to-the-bottom, and look into the future to understand what might be the future of coffee.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
    & James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk)

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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Listen to the bonus episode on the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel: http://bit.ly/2NArChO

    Music featured in this episode:
    La Traviata, Brindisi (Verdi) by MIT Symphony Orchestra: https://bit.ly/3eGUsIf
    Infant Holy, Infant Lowly by Ann Alee: https://bit.ly/2SKlaY6

    • 47 min
    5) Desperately Seeking Sustainability

    5) Desperately Seeking Sustainability

    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 between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
    & James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk)

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    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU
    Future episodes are already out on the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel: http://bit.ly/2NArChO

    • 37 min
    4) A Dark Bitter Powder

    4) A Dark Bitter Powder

    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 coffee growing countries. Coffee as a global commodity takes on a life of its own, sweeping millions of farmers into a race to the bottom.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between James Harper of the Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.

    Visit Jonathan’s Instagram (https://bit.ly/37eMS3F) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3jNr9ou)
    & James’ Filter Stories Instagram (https://bit.ly/2Mlkk0O) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3baTsJk)

    Help other people find the show by leaving a review on...
    Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/3jY42aJ
    Castbox: http://bit.ly/38sXdcH

    Read Jonathan’s book, ‘Coffee: A Global History’ here: https://amzn.to/3dihAfU

    Future episodes are already out on the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel: http://bit.ly/2NArChO

    Coffee and brewing equipment featured in this episode

    1930 and 2020 “World Blend” roasted by Smiths Coffee (UK): http://bit.ly/3rtR2g1
    Comandante hand grinder: http://bit.ly/3qmTSCN
    Sage electric grinder: http://bit.ly/2Zf3NyC

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

CrisinSeattle ,

Super informative

Loved all the information provided through world class storytelling. Would recommend this to anyone looking to get a better understanding of the coffee industry.

BMoreGarrett ,

Excellent information on ethics of coffee!

Definitely pushed me to investigate which roasters in my area are paying a real price for coffee that will pay growers a living wage.

moorsmith ,

Broad tableau and depth in time

Extremely informative and a very mellow listen. Worth WAY more than $0.28/lb!!

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