Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters were one of the pioneers of sourcing the single-origin coffee beans directly from farmers in Latin America and Africa, and in celebrating those farmers and the work they do. Their Red Hook roasting outpost has been supplying coffee shops and restaurants throughout Brooklyn with freshly-roasted beans since 2009.
Over the past months, Stumptown has been working on a film featuring Colombian coffee growers at work. Their video offers a rare look into the real lives of people growing the fruit that gives life to a drink whose origins are all too easy to take for granted. Enjoy. (You will. It’s beautiful):
Several other Brooklyn coffee companies are equally serious about their sourcing. If you’d like to read more on how coffee works, check out our interview with Alexis Powell Grossman of Gowanus-based Crop To Cup, and with Caroline Bell of Greenpoint-based Café Grumpy.