Coffee and Curiosity

Coffee and Curiosity

As Pilot HQ winds down for the holidays, our production team are busy wrapping up an exciting documentary, Coffee – The Drink that Changed America, produced in collaboration with PBS.

Earlier this year the Pilot Productions team were out and about shooting the final sequences at veteran coffee shop, Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill, Seattle – home of American artisan coffee scene. Caffe Vita has been around for 20 years and now operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria cafe in New York City, and a cafe in Los Angeles.

Artisan coffee house Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill

 Our team was treated to a cupping session - that's a coffee tasting - and a look at the roasting process.

Our team was treated to a cupping session – that’s a coffee tasting – and a look at the roasting process.

Coffee cupping session of Dean and Daniel Shewmaker (Caffe Vita).

Next documentary director,  Ian Sciacaluga met Mark Pendergrast – author of Uncommon Ground – the definitive history of coffee and Dean Cycon from Dean’s Beans. Dean Cycon has a long history as a lawyer and activist in indigenous rights and through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs for twenty years has utilised coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffee lands of Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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