Tea and Coffee Trails with Simon Reeve
Wednesday, 7.30pm, SBS One According to the latest statistics, in 2000 Australians consumed 14,000 tonnes of tea annually; 14 years later it’s a safe bet to say that the number has escalated. But where do the leaves come from? Our home production is minimal. You may think India or China but, as adventurer Simon Reeve discovers in his journey through East Africa, much of the world’s supply is bought at auction in Mombasa, Kenya. Reeve travelled thousands of kilometres talking to some of the millions of people involved in cultivating and selling tea from the Masaai cattle herders to the descendants of the original white tea planters. It may sound like a benign occupation, but Reeve is concerned about the poverty, low wages and child labour involved.