It’s Bean Too Hot
DIRECTOR Hedvika Michnová
MOVIE TYPING GREEN DOCUFILM
Italia Green Film Festival
It’s Bean Too Hot
CAST | Hedvika Michnová
Green Short Film TIME | 25:00
Can you imagine our world without coffee? It’s a very real possibility. It’s Bean Too Hot tells the story of the coffee heroes – small farmers in Costa Rica and Tanzania who are fighting climate change every day to save their livelihoods and your daily cup of coffee.
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Climate change is affecting coffee production worldwide. Wild species of coffee as well as the cultivated Arabica coffee are showing sensitivity to changes in temperature, rainfall, pests and disease. Experts predict that the land suitable for Arabica coffee could decrease to 50% by 2050.
This is a story told by those who are feeling climate change the most. It is estimated that there are 25 million coffee farmers around the world, all of which depend on coffee to maintain their livelihoods. The heroes responsible for our favourite drink that we often forget about are the most important part of the chain, but also the one that is struggling the most. Adapting to changing climate requires severe changes in farming and funds many of the farmers don’t have.
It’s Bean Too Hot takes you on a journey around the world, from Costa Rica and Tanzania all the way to your couch as you drink your morning coffee, unaware of the threats that it’s facing. It dives into fully carbon-neutral farms, explores climate-smart agricultural practices being used to adapt to climate change and protect biodiversity, and finds out what drives smallholder families to continue producing coffee.
The chain ends with each and every one of us; the consumers. By thinking about our coffee choices and opting for sustainable coffee brands that protect the environment and support the farmers who grow it, we can all play part in helping save coffee for the future.
Hedvika Michnova is a filmmaker and photographer from the Czech Republic, currently living in Bristol UK. As a recent graduate of Marine and Natural History Photography, she has recently completed a short-film “It’s Bean Too Hot” about the effects of climate change on coffee production. She is passionate about telling stories about natural world and communicating important issues to the audience.