The Talamanca mountains 5 hours from San Jose, Costa Rica, is the setting for a new and inspiring documentary that follows the lives of a group of determined women who overcome numerous odds to set up the countries first coffee mill run entirely by women. Produced by Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth) and with songs recorded by Alanis Morisette, the film documents the extraordinary story of a small group of women whose determination and success is challenging the culture of growing coffee throughout the world.
During the 90’s when the economy forced many of the community’s men to leave in search of work, the women were left with their children and little sustainable income. With no idea of actually how to produce coffee, they set up ASOMBI, a micro-coffee mill run entirely by the women within the local community in an attempt to make a better life for their families.
Not to be dissuaded from early attempts that resulted in burnt coffee beans unsuitable for human consumption, they persevered, built their own mill and with time got better. Even an unexpected and quite catastrophic fire didn’t dampen their resolve and now their coffee, with the help of a local exporter is being shipped to consumers.
They’ve succeeded in sending their children to college, who on their return are set to take over the production of coffee from their mothers. Providing the community with prosperity and sustainability over the years to come.
The appeal for the director Lesley Chilcott, was to make people think about what goes into their morning cup of coffee. With so many of us disconnected from how our food is made, showing the dedication, setbacks and passion that’s required for us to enjoy our morning cup of coffee was an immediate attraction.
Set for release on the 5th December 2014, the documentary will no doubt make compelling viewing for anyone with a love or interest in coffee.
A Small Section Of The World Trailer – asmallsectionoftheworld.com
Songs by Alanis Morisette – www.vevo.com