Tea and Cof­fee Trails with Si­mon Reeve

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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.

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