45 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 • 75 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!

    4) Just Friends? America's love affair with coffee

    4) Just Friends? America's love affair with coffee

    America is coffee-obsessed. From Central Perk’s red couch being the centre of major plot twists in Friends to the fact the average American drank more than two cups a day.

    And the conventional explanation is pretty straightforward: an English colonist introduces coffee to Jamestown in 1607. 150 years later Americans rebel against the British by throwing tea chests into Boston harbour and drinking coffee becomes their patriotic duty. Oh, and of course who won the civil war? The side that had the coffee.

    But, actually, the truth is much more surprising, and reveals a much more counter-intuitive story of America.

    In this final episode of Series Two of A History of Coffee, we offer you a story of America through the lens of a black drink, another black drink, a third black drink and perhaps even a fourth.

    A History of Coffee is a collaboration between documentary maker James Harper of the Filter Stories coffee podcast and Jonathan Morris, Professor of History and author of ‘Coffee: A Global History’.
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    This free educational content for the coffee community was made possible by Rancilio, manufacturers of professional Italian espresso machines for your home and coffee bar for almost 100 years
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    Download all episodes of this second series right now by subscribing to the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel (http://bit.ly/2NArChO)


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    3) Espresso Lungo: The slow road to Italy's democratic espresso culture

    3) Espresso Lungo: The slow road to Italy's democratic espresso culture

    One morning back in the ‘80s, Howard Schultz walks out of his Milan hotel, stumbles into an espresso bar, and fundamentally changes coffee history.

    He discovered (and then popularises) the iconic, timeless Italian coffee experience: Rich thick coffee, an affordable price and great theatre.

    But this Italian ritual is surprisingly young, so young that Howard Schultz was in school while some of it was being developed!

    In this third episode of Series Two of A History of Coffee, we show you why for most of Italy’s history, coffee was thin, expensive, dull to watch…and that’s if you were lucky enough to even be drinking the real stuff at all!

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

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    This free educational content for the coffee community was made possible by Rancilio, manufacturers of professional Italian espresso machines for your home and coffee bar for almost 100 years
    (https://bit.ly/3U3oLMz)


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

    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast (https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e)

    Download all episodes of this second series right now by subscribing to the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel (http://bit.ly/2NArChO)


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    • 44 min
    2) A Lasting Stain: Haiti, Colonialism and Coffee

    2) A Lasting Stain: Haiti, Colonialism and Coffee

    Haiti was once the biggest, most profitable coffee growing region in the world.

    But today Haiti is one of the world’s poorest nations where you can’t get a bag of Haitian beans delivered to Berlin in a week for love nor money.

    In this second episode of Series Two of A History of Coffee, we show you how colonialism and racism dragged Haiti into poverty, and the role of coffee at the centre of it.

    Be warned: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence.

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

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    This free educational content for the coffee community was made possible by Rancilio, manufacturers of professional Italian espresso machines for your home and coffee bar for almost 100 years
    (https://bit.ly/3U3oLMz)


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

    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast (https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e)

    Download all episodes of this second series right now by subscribing to the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel (http://bit.ly/2NArChO)

    • 47 min
    1) It's Just Coffee? How coffee houses changed the world

    1) It's Just Coffee? How coffee houses changed the world

    A coffee shop is a lot more than just a place to drink coffee. The seats and sofas encourage you to invite a friend, and chat.

    And chatting is powerful: ideas that emerge from these caffeine-fuelled conversations give birth to modern finance and even the founding of great artistic and scientific institutions.

    Meanwhile, other ideas threaten those in power, and have led to many attempts to ban coffeeshops (and even coffee itself!) these last 500 years.

    In the first episode of Series Two of A History of Coffee, we show you how the coffee shop changed the world, and we ask whether it still has what it takes to upend society.

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

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    This free educational content for the coffee community was made possible by Rancilio, manufacturers of professional Italian espresso machines for your home and coffee bar for almost 100 years
    (https://bit.ly/3U3oLMz)


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

    Listen to other coffee documentaries on James’ Filter Stories podcast (https://bit.ly/3ajoT5e)

    Download all episodes of this second series right now by subscribing to the ‘A History of Coffee’ podcast channel (http://bit.ly/2NArChO)

    • 45 min
    Introducing: Series Two of A History of Coffee

    Introducing: Series Two of A History of Coffee

    We're back with more stories about the tiny psychoactive seed that changed the world and continues to shape our lives today.

    In Series Two, we reveal how the invention of the coffee shop revolutionised societies, why colonialism, racism and coffee have kept once prosperous Haiti poor today, how Italy's revered espresso culture was created, and we debunk many myths around America's supposed love affair with coffee.

    If we want to make coffee a more equitable industry that’s also kinder to the environment, a place to start is understanding the stories and systems that put the coffee into your cup this morning.

    Press the ‘Subscribe’ button so you don’t miss future episodes. Listen to all the episodes at once on the A History of Coffee podcast channel.

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

    Follow us on Instagram! Jonathan Morris @coffeehistoryjm and James Harper @filterstoriespodcast.

    This free educational content was made possible with the support of Rancilio, manufacturers of professional Italian espresso machines for almost 100 years.

    Join us live at the London Coffee Festival 2023! We have three time slots for you to choose from: Saturday, 22 April, 11:00-11:30 and 14:30-15:00, and Sunday, 23 April,14:30-15:00.

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    6) Sonic Seasoning

    6) Sonic Seasoning

    Imagine you’ve got a cup of coffee in front of you. You haven’t tasted it yet. You therefore don’t know what it tastes like, right?

    Wrong. Some scientists argue that you actually do know what it will taste like (more or less), and the act of tasting simply confirms what you have already imagined it will taste like. And that’s because a growing body of research is revealing that sight, sound and touch all affect your expectation of a coffee’s flavours.

    In this episode, I explore how certain sounds might make your coffee taste sweeter, while other sounds translate to bitterness. And I expose how some cafe owners might be ruining the flavours of the high-end specialty coffee you paid for without even realising it.

    In the second half, I show you why so many of our scientific questions about coffee are going unanswered. I take you deep into the future of coffee science by explaining who’s doing research into coffee science, why they’re doing it, how much it costs and how you can get involved.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

theCoffeeScientist ,

Fantastic!

All of James coffee podcast series are absoulely fantastic! Highly engaging, very well done, completely professional while retaining an openness and inviting air and the music (that James plays himself' piano) is all just great.
Any coffee lover will learn something from his work.
Thanks James!

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A must listen for coffee drinkers

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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.

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