A Film About Coffee is a feature-length documentary that shows a different side of the coffee industry that isn’t widely seen. The specialty coffee industry is sometimes known for it’s expensive prices and seemingly unreasonable care to detail, but if the world could see behind the scenes, they would view coffee in a completely different light.
No matter the quality of your cup, people who love coffee, love it. Coffee is about people, and people are what I’m interested in ultimately.Brandon Loper
A Film About Coffee follows the production of coffee through to its global consumption. It travels to harvests in Rwanda and coffee farms in Honduras, speaking to farmers and buyers about the crop’s ever changing landscape.
Loper’s doc follows the local production of coffee through to its global consumption. (He tracked his voyage on the film’s blog.) He travels to harvests in Rwanda and bean fields in Honduras, speaking to farmers and buyers about the crop’s economic and environmental implications. As the narrative progresses, he hunts down niche coffee shops from Tokyo to Portland, Seattle to New York. He drops in on artisanal cafes to investigate how each prepares its own special brews, and of course, to sample a cup.
It's more than a standard thesis film on one topic. It's largely about the people -- the farmers, baristas, roasters, and green coffee buyers -- who have devoted their lives to making and sourcing the best coffee they can.Brandon Loper