“The Perfect Cappuccino”
Indeed, it’s more than just a cup of coffee!
Though it’s a beverage, a commodity, and a consumer-good, there’s something about coffee that is fundamentally personal. It’s something you share, you meet for, and that has been bringing people together for hundreds of years.
Amy Ferraris captures so much of this in her documentary “The Perfect Cappuccino.” The title would presume a documentary about the pursuit of a certain cup of a certain coffee drink, but as is inevitable whenever someone takes a closer look at it, coffee is so much more. From so much shared about her own personal experiences, to a critical look at Starbucks and its influence on coffee around the world, from the Third-Wave coffee movement, to Brian Franklin and his Tulsa, Oklahoma shop, Doubleshot Coffee Company, Amy takes the time to tell the story she wants to tell, with some of the most interesting stuff coming from her interviews with baristas and coffee professionals in Italy.
I met Amy back in 2006 when she was working on this film, and I’m ashamed that it’s taken me this long to get around to watching it. It’s through the miracle of technology, specifically the iTunes Store, that brought “The Perfect Cappuccino” into my home in a few simple clicks. Both Trish and I were really happy to have seen it, and we strongly recommend that you watch it as well. For anyone who works in, or is really interested in coffee, it’s absolutely required viewing.