On Monday night, the Tennessee coffee community had a revival of sorts.
But there were no tents, potlucks, or sweat-drenched preachers: on Monday, the message was coffee.
Over 300 people filled the Belcourt to experience A Film About Coffee, Brandon Loper's gorgeous film that tells the simple but wildly complex story of coffee. Viewers watched as Loper's camera soared above mountainous coffee farms in Honduras and Rwanda, their visual trek guided by farmers, roasters, baristas, and longtime coffee professionals. The film framed the story of coffee in an exceptional way, reminding viewers just how many people, all across the globe, are behind an exceptional cup of coffee.
After the show, we welcomed over 100 people to an after party at CREMA, where two of our coffee farmers, Miguel and Guillermo Menendez, gave a robust presentation of coffee farming, and answered many audience questions. The Menendez brothers shared to the eager crowd how they've been able to stave off coffee rust in El Salvador, and acclaimed the specialty coffee industry for how it values coffee: giving them the ability to pay their workers more, and work their land with greater care. The Menendez family's very own Las Delicias Pacamara coffee was on tap, as was the fine Little Harpeth Brewing's beer.
Monday night, a city already brimming with coffee ideas and innovation, was filled to running over.
Check out the full gallery of photos from Nashville photographer Austin Lord below.