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An entertaining and thought-provoking way to address how coffee consumption affects the wider world.
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.
Quality production and compassionate, well-researched presentation.
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
How does your choice of coffee affect civil wars, illegal immigration and climate change?
Filter Stories is a documentary podcast connecting your morning coffee to millions of hidden people.
"An entertaining and thought-provoking way to address how coffee consumption affects the wider world" - Caffeine Magazine
"Quality production and compassionate, well-researched presentation" - Daily Coffee News
"These are untold stories, the sort you won’t find in glossy Instagram posts" - European Coffee Trip
James Harper is a coffee professional and storyteller who travels the world to reveal the truth behind our morning coffees.
Each episode takes over 100 hours to make and sheds a light on the stories of people hidden in the shadows of the coffee industry.
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.
See the behind-the-scenes stories on Instagram - @filterstoriespodcast
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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
Brilliantly narrated, produced and researched not to mention seriously interesting stories. Coffee lovers or not, you'll love these.— EvertonStan
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!— Mahi51603
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.
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 …
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 …