Chasing Flavor is the feature-length documentary that follows Maxwell and Lesley Colonna-Dashwood on their quest to win the World Barista Championship. Filming over a period of four years, I had the pleasure and privilege of watching their lives unfold. It was a journey that I took with my son, Harry. Ultimately the film became much more than just a quest for a championship.
Maxwell formed a friendship and then an intellectual partnership with Christopher Hendon, who was getting his PhD in computational chemistry at the University of Bath. Together, they began researching how water chemistry effects coffee's flavor. The culmination of this research was publication of Water for Coffee, the definitive book on the subject. This is all part of the film.
Filming was an absolute gas. Ultimately I filmed in Vienna, Rimini, Seattle, Bath, London, Berlin, Glasgow, Oslo, and Los Angeles over four years.
I haven't cut a trailer yet, but below are some short pieces I posted very early on in the filmmaking: