Shot in actual farms and cooperatives, these may be best videos online about coffee processes with great visuals and easy to digest information, with each process broken down in under ten minutes.
Cafe Imports’ four-part series on coffee processing covers the following processes: washed, natural, honey and wet-hulled. It is a beautifully simple take on the subject giving both coffee beginners and enthusiasts an idea into how coffee is processed. These videos are good collectively but can also stand alone. They also do a good job comparing the processes to each other by providing sufficient information on how they are similar or different.
We give this series 4.8 of 5 stars.
Seeing the processing of the coffee by different producers and the step by step breakdown is a welcome change to pictures or diagrams you may have come across in the past. It gives the viewer a better, more approachable understanding of the actual process rather than just providing information. All four videos are very well made, and the “Natural Coffee Processing” video was the best among the bunch. It’s a bit different in comparison to the other three videos, starting very strong with the harmonious singing of the workers at Worka cooperative with the cinematic visuals that immediately draws you in. The one knock on it is that the background music throughout the video was a bit distracting. I wish they omitted the background music and focused more on either the voice over or the actual sounds of the process.
It would have been great also if they identified the characters we encounter in the the videos a bit more, referring to the people in the videos with actual names rather than “mill staff” or “producer.” Among the four, the Honey processing video was the only one that really emphasized the producers.
Overall, these videos have been a real delight to watch, with great authenticity and beautiful cinematography. This series is a solid 4.8 out of 5.
WATCH “Processing Concepts” SERIES HERE:
Note: This is a playlist of multiple episodes
This review is part of “ORIGIN,” Part 6 of 6 in the 2020 Mini Coffee Film Fest. See the other part, “Exploring Brazilian Coffee” here: