A Six Dollar Cup Of Coffee

Official film description

Through the eyes of a Tseltal family, the story connects a coffee co-op in Chiapas, Mexico that struggles selling their coffee as a finished product out of the regular market with the third wave coffee shops and their baristas in Seattle, USA.

Even though the Tseltal business model seems to be successful and viable, the risks they take increase and jeopardize all their efforts. A destructive plague coming from South America threatens the merely existence of coffee in the continent while the markets stumbles. Understanding coffee as a way to protect their identity, their land and their right to live under better conditions, our characters struggle to sell their product abroad, questioning the Specialty Coffee paradigms of quality.

The film explores and confronts a fragile community of coffee producers with the overwhelming reality of coffee consumption.

Notes on the film

"A Six Dollar Cup Of Coffee" raises our awareness of the risks and imponderables of coffee production and why 6 dollars for a cup of coffee is actually not too much. We recommend the film to viewers with an interest in Fair Trade topics - and of course to all coffee lovers with a social conscience.

Further reviews

"A Six Dollar Cup of Coffee" doesn’t try to provide answers or solutions to the current situation. Rather, co-directors Andres Ibañez and Alejandro Diaz, themselves coffee lovers, aim to remind people what is behind the scenes. And the real price of the coffee that we all so enjoy. – International Comunicaffe

This Mexican documentary makes us think about the true value of a cup of coffee. – The Mazatlán Post

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Andres Ibanez Diaz Infante, Alejandro Diaz San Vicente
Script: Andres Ibanez Diaz Infante, Alejandro Diaz San Vicente
Production: Andres Ibanez Diaz Infante, Alejandro Diaz San Vicente
Music: Joaquín Rosendo Campero
Year: 2018
Duration: 72 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): English, Spanish
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Mexico
Shooting Locations: Mexico, United States
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Stereosonique ()

More information...


Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: cooperation
Mentions: coffee co-op supply chain indigenous Mexico production industry value economics barista fair trade coffee rust fungus risk Yomol A’tel economic solidarity
Topic Page(s): Fairtrade + Economy

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