The world premiere of “The Coffee Man” will take place May 18 in Canberra, Australia — Sestic’s hometown — with screenings in other cities and countries around the world following soon after.
“The Coffee Man,” made by the Jeraff Productions duo of producer Roland Fraval and director Jeff Hann, follows the acclaimed Bosnian-born Australian barista Sasa Sestic around the world as he travels to various origins in search of coffees of the highest imaginable quality. The film documents these adventures as well as Sestic’s experiences in the run-up to the 2015 World Barista Championships, including his preparation, the competition itself, and ultimately his victory.
“The Coffee Man” is the next entry into the growing category of serious documentaries exploring the world of specialty coffee. In 2014 came Brandon Loper’s love-letter to the industry, “A Film About Coffee,” followed last year by the similarly scoped film “Caffeinated,” directed by Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki. Also last year came director Rock Baijnauth’s film “Barista,” which chronicled the lives of five industry-leading baristas in the run-up to the 2014 US National Barista Championship. These set the stage well for “The Coffee Man,” which tells a multifaceted story of one particularly compelling industry figure with a diverse background engaging in an even higher-profile, arguably more intense competition.
The world premiere of “The Coffee Man” will take place May 18 in Canberra, Australia — Sestic’s hometown — with screenings in other cities and countries around the world following soon after. Screenings in the US are currently being arranged, to which end the filmmakers invite anyone interested in hosting or facilitating a screening to contact them directly through the production company’s website or Facebook page.