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About the Movie
Filmmaker Amy Ferraris is obsessed. Having first discovered the cappuccino on a trip to Italy in the early 90's, she comes back to American plagued by one seemingly unanswerable question: in the country that put a man on the moon, why is it so hard to find a decent cappuccino? Her attempt to answer this question takes her on a years-long odyssey... to Italy and back again... from Manhattan to middle America... and it gives her a front-row seat for a clash between corporate America and the individualism at the heart of the American dream. Part memoir and part investigation, THE PERFECT CAPPUCCINO is a smart, witty meditation on what our coffee habits say about us, as individuals and as a nation.
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 appears to take her 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.
A gentler, wiser Michael Moore
Looking down at the styrofoam-like foam in my Starbucks cappuchino, I now see the universe in this tasteless mess and how we got here. This is a terrific story of a search for truth and beauty which along the way comes up against capitalism at its worst: a global giant that overcharges for burnt brew and spreads low quality everywhere it goes. This story will wake you up more deliciously than any cup of joe.
Very Interesting and informative
Very educational and entertaining documentary. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I love the concept of how important is a coffee shop in our society, and also how coffee has to be done with passion and love in order to get it right.