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

The Little Black Coffee Cup

These stories are delightful, entertaining, frightening, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking—but that’s the point of sharing stories isn’t it—to help us feel something.

Daily Coffee News

Quality production and compassionate, well-researched presentation.

European Coffee Trip

These are untold stories, the sort you won’t find in glossy Instagram posts.


280% funded on Kickstarter. "Projects We Love" staff pick.

About the show

Nicknamed the "This American Life of coffee", Filter Stories is investigative documentary journalism revealing the realities of the coffee world.

Each episode follows an untold story about people facing life-changing circumstances in ways related to coffee. Stories range from a stateless barista stuck on a faraway island, to an award winning coffee grower earning just $2 profit from 250 espressos, to a coffee producer who is almost murdered three times during a civil war.

These stories may change how you look at your next cup of coffee.

See the behind-the-scenes stories on Instagram: www.instagram.com/filterstoriespodcast.

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What fans say about the podcast

Don't Miss!

Finally!! A podcast reuniting my three passions: coffee, people and investigation documentary. If you happen to be a little bored about nerdy podcasts or very global ones, this is what you want: extraordinary life stories from ordinary people like you and me, all having one thing in common, coffee.

OK Coffee Tips

Wonderfully charming and riveting stories

Brilliantly narrated, produced and researched not to mention seriously interesting stories. Coffee lovers or not, you'll love these.


For those who are fascinated about coffee substance

I stopped listening to podcasts because I felt they were superficial. Filter Stories is the opposite. This is real food for the brain, that leaves you satisfied. Absolutely great!


About the Host

James Harper

James Harper


An Italian Australian with a British twang, James fell in love with coffee as a teenager in Italy. He's worked across the coffee world but kept running against the same problem: nobody knew what was really happening. So he went off to uncover the reality and discovered uncomfortable, hidden truths. Armed with these stories and a background in storytelling, James started Filter Stories to help coffee drinkers understand how their morning cup of coffee impacts tens of millions of people.

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How you can listen to this podcast

You can listen to episodes right here on the website, or if you prefer, in a podcast app. Listening in an app makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve already heard, listen without using your data plan and many other conveniences.

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