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I make podcast documentaries about the coffee world. I'm going to roast a coffee with an amazing backstory and send it to you.
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What's the project?

Filter Stories is offering a bag of roasted coffee from a farm called Aquiares. 

Aquiares coffee farm in Costa Rica
Aquiares coffee farm in Costa Rica

This coffee farm has an amazing story: Alfonso, the farm's co-owner, tries to bring democracy to Nicaragua, is almost murdered three times for trying and ends up saving this coffee farm instead. 

 You can listen to it on Spotify, wherever you get your podcasts and at Filterstories.org

Or click play here:


What's Filter Stories?

Filter Stories is a podcast revealing the untold stories hidden in your cup of coffee. 

Filter Stories: untold stories hidden in your cup of coffee
Filter Stories: untold stories hidden in your cup of coffee

Imagine you have a cup of coffee in hand and you think to yourself "who are the people behind this cup of coffee?" 

Now imagine every time you take a sip of coffee you're taken on a journey into their lives. That's Filter Stories. 

I hope to turn everyday coffee drinkers into wise sages, people who actually know how their  morning cup of Joe impacts the world. 


Okay, so why are you offering coffee?

Listeners ask me all the time how they can try the coffees that feature in the stories. 

Up to now, I've been forced to give the unhelpful answer: "Google it and see who's roasting it right now...?" 

It's unhelpful because the coffee is almost always out of season or the one roaster that does have it doesn't ship it internationally or it's used in a blend somewhere...

But I have now have a solution: let's come together and buy a bag of green coffee from Aquiares, roast it up and ship it directly to you!

Aquiares coffee, ready to roast
Aquiares coffee, ready to roast

Let's raise €1,000 to buy 30kg of green coffee from Aquiares and ship it to my friends at Color Coffee Roasters in Eagle, Colorado. They will roast and package it up, and then it'll be on its way to you!

This is the type of roasted coffee you'll get (just replace "Tumba" with "Aquiares")
This is the type of roasted coffee you'll get (just replace "Tumba" with "Aquiares")

What's special about this coffee?

First and foremost, the story. Click play below or visit FilterStories.org.

Without Alfonso, the man in the story, this coffee probably wouldn't exist. Alfonso saved the farm from going under and transformed it.

And this coffee is particularly special. Alfonso brought in this variety - Centroamericano - in 2012. Aquiares farm is one of the first in Costa Rica to plant it and it has won awards and been represented at the World Barista Championships.

A coffee seedling on Aquiares
A coffee seedling on Aquiares

I'm picky about my coffee. What are you offering?

We will roast it medium, not too light, not too dark. Just right to be enjoyed as filter and espresso. 

We can also grind the coffee to match how you drink it (drip, French press, Aeropress, etc). I'll send you a questionnaire after the Kickstarter to get these details. 


Do I get anything else?

Yes! A bonus episode of Filter Stories. This is the story of when President Reagan chartered a plane just for Alfonso from Central America directly to the White House for a photo shoot. I won't spoil it for you - it's Alfonso's best story. 

Alfonso meeting Reagan after he survives the journey
Alfonso meeting Reagan after he survives the journey

Oh, and really cool ringtones from sounds I collected at the farm. For example, that funky bird - the Oropendola.

I'm in! What now?

Simple! Just choose how much coffee you want.

I'll ship it anywhere in the world. 

If you want to get the costs a little lower, get your friends involved, pool your money together and get multiple bags.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project. It is easy for me to get roasted coffee to your doorstep. Aquiares has been exporting coffee for decades, Color Roasters has been roasting and shipping coffee for years across the world.

The only minor hiccup you may experience is the time it takes to receive the coffee. This is will be due to unforeseen customs delays or shipping delays at sea for the green coffee. But this is normal and you take this risk with almost every bag of coffee you buy online.

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    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 1.12

    Bonus episode of Filter Stories

    At the height of the Nicaragua civil war, Alfonso is invited to President Reagan to the White House for a photo shoot. They charter a private plane for him, leaving in the morning and arriving in the Rose Garden by the afternoon. But this turns out to be one of the most dangerous journeys of Alfonso's life.

    If you don't want the coffee but want to hear this story, this is for you!

    You'll also get the cool ringtones from sounds I picked up while at the Aquiares coffee farm.

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    Pledge €15 or more About US$ 17

    100g of Aquiares coffee

    This is a taster pack of the Centroamericano, a new coffee variety Alfonso personally introduced. It is one of Aquiares' most delicious coffees.

    You can choose to have it ground or whole bean - I'll send a survey to capture your preferences.

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    • 100g roasted coffee from Aquiares
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    Pledge €25 or more About US$ 28

    350g of Aquiares coffee

    Same as above, just a bigger bag!

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    Pledge €45 or more About US$ 51

    2x 350g of Aquiares coffee

    Get a friend in on the project, buy a bag each and take advantage of the cost savings.

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    Pledge €60 or more About US$ 67

    3x 350g of Aquiares coffee

    Get two friends in on the project, buy a bag each and take advantage of the cost savings.

    Includes:
    • 350g roasted coffee from Aquiares
    • Bonus episode of Filter Stories
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