A Film About Coffee (2014)-Alternative Brewing

A Film About Coffee (2014) is among the most informative pieces of documentaries about coffee you will ever come across. Directed by Brandon Loper and produced by Avocado & Coconuts Company, this is a great movie documentary for any coffee lover to watch. The film is crafted to inform the viewers on crucial details they should know about coffee. It examines what it takes and what it means for the coffee to be defined as “specialty”. One thing that you will love about this movie is the richness in content and in-depth of the work done by Brandon Lopers to bring this information to the viewer. It’s a documentary movie that will inform, educate and answer any question that you have about your favourite beverage - delicious coffee.

A Film About Coffee (2014) takes the viewers through the long process of coffee making. The movie starts from the farmer picking cherries to the coffee shops in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Tokyo and Portland amongst other big cities. Brandon focuses most on the farmers from where coffee is sourced. Since most of the best coffee is sourced from Africa and some parts of the Caribbean islands, Brandon Lopers toured farms in Rwanda and Honduras. The viewers can experience what the source of the coffee is like and what’s the farmer's experience about the crop.

What We liked About the Film

The step by step explanation on what coffee goes through to be defined as “specialty” is an amazing experienced. It is important for the coffee drinkers to have an idea what it takes to reach them. The plight of the farmer is also highlighted in the movie and as a coffee lover; it’s a great experience too. The breakdown of the entire chain from the farmers, buyers, roasters, barista to the coffee shops is a piece of info that most of us never knew.

What’s also amazing about the film is the quality of the motion picture throughout the movie. The geographical captures of the green slopes of Honduras and Africa (Rwanda) are just amazing. The collage images capturing the process of brewing coffee are incredible. The quality of the background music is something that deserves Kudos. I love the sound track by Brian Hall and how it’s applied in the movie. The crescendo sounds during the Lake Kivu (Rwanda) filming produces a fantastic feel.

What We Didn't

Something that I didn’t like about the movie is the plight of the farmer. Despite being the source of the coffee, some cannot afford to buy the fine end product. It’s disgusting how a barista treats the farmers in Honduras. It’s heart-breaking to hear that they have never tasted espresso yet they are the source. In some parts of the film (especially) particularly in Rwanda left more questions than answers. There are some bits of local dialect, and it’s not clear whether the translator provided the accurate information.


Apart from the few negative parts about the movie, I love the entire film. In the 67 minutes that the film runs, I got enriched with plenty of information about coffee. I love the breakdown of the entire process from farms to the coffee shop. In my opinion, this is the movie that any coffee enthusiast should watch. It’s great to appreciate each and every stage and most importantly, the farmer. It’s a great movie, and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

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