Filter Stories Creator James Harper. Courtesy photo.
The fashionable coffee-focused podcast “Filter Stories” has taken a heavy plunge into java science, launching a spinoff bid called “The Science of Coffee” (available done Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and more).
Created and narrated by Filter Stories laminitis James Harper, the six-episode bid tackles a fig of science-related topics that whitethorn beryllium of peculiar involvement to radical brewing and drinking roasted coffee, including h2o quality, latte foam subject and the impacts of sound levels connected the coffee-drinking experience.
Harper leaned into the expertise of galore different java professionals for the Science series, including The Craft and Science of Coffee book exertion Britta Folmer, and Coffee Science Foundation Executive Director Peter Giuliano, who besides serves as chief probe serviceman astatine the Specialty Coffee Association. Harper besides turned to Google Scholar portion chasing down his ain technological probe leads.
“You research, recognize the topic, spot the biggest players,” Harper told DCN. “You exhaust each avenue until you’ve got the material.”
Currently based successful Berlin, Germany, Harper has been afloat immersed successful the complementary worlds of java and content. He moved to Berlin to beryllium the wholesale manager of specialty java roaster The Barn and has since made a full-time vocation successful the podcast space, traveling often crossed Europe and Africa for “Filter Stories” and its related projects.
The archetypal occurrence of “Filter Stories” launched successful August 2018. The task grew retired of a tendency to unite Harper’s passionateness for java with his emotion of audio documentary and journalistic storytelling.
“I had burning questions and curiosity astir java and the world, and however it each intertwines, and a monolithic emotion for communicative audio, NPR-style,” Harper said. “I didn’t person overmuch experience. I thought, ‘What’s the worst that could hap if I propulsion myself into it?’ I did research, bought microphones, bought a summons to Guatemala, learned Spanish successful six weeks, collected a ton of stories, and it became the archetypal play of ‘Filter Stories.’”
The science-focused installment isn’t the title’s archetypal spin-off. “A History of Coffee” launched successful 2021, featuring historiographer Jonathan Morris, the writer of Coffee: A Global History. Harper said the bid was downloaded much than 100,000 times.
“I cognize however to condense analyzable worldly into fun, compelling narratives — the accomplishment I’ve developed for galore years,” helium said. “History’s 1 thing. What’s the different happening that java professionals privation to recognize better? I cognize what it is: java science.”
Harper’s favourite occurrence of the caller subject bid is the finale, called “Sonic Seasoning.” The occurrence explores the premise that drinking java successful a large environment, similar a noisy cafe, tin really alteration consumers’ perceptions and tastes.
The research-driven communicative is presented amid a inheritance of espresso instrumentality noises and gentle soft music, immersing the listener successful the topic. Among the findings illuminated successful the occurrence is that java tin sensation much watery successful particularly boisterous environments.
“This is profound,” Harper said of the research. “What’s the constituent of going done each this carefulness, from the husbandman to the barista? What’s the constituent of treating a merchandise with attraction if it volition beryllium successful a noisy environment?”
Harper is already readying to person an further play of “The Science of Coffee,” arsenic good arsenic different play of “A History of Coffee.” It tin beryllium hard to foretell the aboriginal of the podcast landscape, but his passionateness for learning astir coffee, and helping others learn, appears to beryllium constant.
“One happening is for sure,” Harper said. “I emotion audio; I emotion telling stories; I emotion coffee.”
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Libby Allnatt is simply a writer with a passionateness for trying caller java shops. She lives successful Salt Lake City, Utah.
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