Behind the Scenes in Costa Rica

A perspective changed while capturing the coffee story

by Briar Waterman | March 23, 2016
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Personally, I like my coffee two ways – either very hot (an americano) or very cold (an iced coffee). The idea of "warm" with "coffee" was outside the spectrum of what I appreciated.

All that changed earlier this year when I got to embed along with three other videographers on an Origin Experience to Costa Rica during the height of coffee picking season. During our time there we kept finding a deep pride, a passionate warmth, from everyone who shared their stories. It was not just the farm owners, but also from the pickers in the field who opened up their sacks to show us the glistening cherries they had spent all day picking. So many times we would go from shooting someone in their field or flying our drone over a drying mill only to have people grab us and pull us around the corner. They wanted to show us how they used old coffee trees to fire the oven that dries the coffee or their daughter who was now working with them. Their dedication and affection for their work at every stage of the coffee's journey simmered and has stayed with me.

That experience has made me look at coffee in a different way. It has made me think of all those dozens of hands that are touching it along the way – leaving little fingerprints of energy on every bean that has been warmed by each touch.

Tommy Chandler photographing a worker sun drying the beans on the patio. Tommy Chandler photographing a worker sun drying the beans on the patio.
Mike Kern capturing pickers bringing in their cherries at the end of the day. Mike Kern capturing pickers bringing in their cherries at the end of the day.
Our drone taking off to film over coffee fields on Hacienda Alsacia. Our drone taking off to film over coffee fields on Hacienda Alsacia.

Drones let you take selfies to a whole new level. Here we are flying away from us and out over the coffee hills around Tarrazú.

Josh Trujillo with Felix Monge and his family on their coffee farm. Josh Trujillo with Felix Monge and his family on their coffee farm.
Tommy Chandler setting up his camera for a time-lapse at sunrise. Tommy Chandler setting up his camera for a time-lapse at sunrise.
Interviewing Victor, the manager of Hacienda Alsacia in a field of young coffee trees. Interviewing Victor, the manager of Hacienda Alsacia in a field of young coffee trees.
With the partners in Costa Rica's newest store on Plaza Independencia. With the partners in Costa Rica's newest store on Plaza Independencia.
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