38 minutes

In Central America, you can’t tell the story of coffee without mentioning war.

This is Alfonso. He's hugged Fidel Castro and President Reagan chartered a private plane so he could attend a photoshoot at the White House.

In the 1980s, Alfonso almost gets murdered three times for trying to bring democracy to Nicaragua.

And all the while, his sanctuary, the coffee farm “Aquiares", begins collapsing too.

This story reveals the blood and tears that could fill your morning cup of coffee.


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

Join the Kickstarter here:

Sign up to the Filter Stories newsletter here:

Recommend Filter Stories to other podcast lovers on Podyssey!

More episode information here:

Piano music composed and performed by James Harper

Sound mixing: Dom Edgley /

Filter Stories logo:

A big thanks to: Ariel Bravo, the Robelos, Fabio Gadea Mantilla, Carlos Fernando Chamorro

Editorial thanks: Kinga Pecak, Daniel Orgera, Anja Krieger.

More episodes from Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries

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.

Recommended apps
Start listening to Stateless
Start listening to Stateless