About the show
Coffee remains one of the world’s most popular drinks. It provides millions of pounds in valuable export revenues for developing countries – but at what cost? This documentary tracks the environmental impact of coffee farming on village communities living in the highlands of Ethiopia - the birthplace of coffee. It combines on location field recordings with the farmers themselves, alongside NGO’s, farmer advocates and European coffee roasters. ‘Dark Coffee’ was produced by Sam Coley, Associate Professor in Radio Production at Birmingham City University, and broadcast on Switch Radio 107.5. The documentary features original music by the Ethiopian band ‘Krar Collective’ and is presented by Birmingham based actor Larry Rew. It won the Gold award in the ‘Environment and Ecology’ category of the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.