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.

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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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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.


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