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Filter Stories - Coffee Documentaries

53 EpisodesProduced by James HarperWebsite

Filter Stories is a NPR / BBC-style documentary podcast revealing the hidden side of coffee. We visit a stateless barista stuck on a faraway island, meet an award winning coffee grower earning just $2 profit from 250 espressos, hear from a coffee producer who is almost murdered three times during a … read more



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 and planes, but none will let him on.

Mikhail is a victim of an invisible curse that affects up to tens of thousands of people who work in coffee.

There is a good chance you’ve drank a coffee that was grown, picked or brewed by a stateless person.


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Piano music composed and performed by James Harper

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A big thanks to: Mikhail Sebastian, Lindsay Jenkins, Valerie Lowson, David Baluarte, Chris Boian

Editorial thanks: Karin Vališová, Volkart Wildermuth, Kinga Peçak

Episode image © UNHCR

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