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:

 

 

It was my good luck that Tim Wendelboe was in Oslo the day that Harry and I were passing through.  Tim is one of those people you feel good just talking to.  He is that rare person – a relaxed, non-dogmatic purist.  No pastry for sale at his shop – like Tim, the shop is all about coffee.  I'm behind the camera, but the extraordinary Ethiopian espresso I had in his shop still brings a smile.

Simon Fraser's Hot Numbers is my local hang for coffee in Cambridge (UK).  (Steve Smith roasts the coffee in an idyllic shed just off Grantchester Meadows.)  Simon stayed late one Saturday afternoon to taste coffee with my son, Harry.