Learn Your Coffee's Origin Story With The Way Back to Yarasquin, Screening in Oakland on Wednesday
Last year, filmmaker Sarah Gerber Kickstarted her way into making The Way Back to Yarasquin, a documentary that follows Mayra Orellana-Powell's journey from the States back to her hometown in Saint Elena, Honduras, alongside a few Bay Area coffee pros in search of great coffee. Orellana-Powell's work lies partly in connecting the coffee producers in her hometown to the likes of Blue Bottle, and polishing the quality and reputation of coffee from Saint Elena. The film provides a clear look into the coffee supply chain and a glimpse into how coffee lands in our cups every morning. This Wednesday, you can see it all for free.
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Orellana-Powell originally left her hometown to pursue an education in the U.S., as well as to start an Alameda-based coffee company, Catracha Coffee, but her family still farms coffee on a small scale back in Honduras, as do many of her friends and neighbors. Orellana-Powell's work is connecting these small farmers, the people in her life, to the specialty coffee market in the US in order to raise the farmers' standard of living at origin.
The story is important partly because it contains some universal issues. Specialty coffee (coffee that scores highly on the quality scale) contains a good deal of opportunity to direct more money to the farmers who need it. Here in the Bay Area, we have a lot of coffee professionals and roasters telling the story of coffee, but we have few representatives of the places it comes from. So here, now, is a good shot at rounding out our story, with the hopes of getting a better grasp on our responsibilities as consumers. If you drink coffee and are looking for something to start caring about, this is a good way in.
Check out the trailer:
The screening happens this Wednesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. at the New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street in Oakland. RSVP at Brown Paper Tickets.