Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve

When I read tweets from UK friends about this BBC documentary, I was really excited to see it. It focuses on the ins and outs of the Kenyan tea industry. I thought that it was an interesting approach since most films that I've seen try to take you on a tour of many tea producing regions. The panoramic shots of Kenya's beautiful tea fields were truly breathtaking. Although only an hour long, they touched on some really important issues. Imperial rule, global warming and aids epidemic are all discussed. Poverty is a hard thing to watch but hopefully this will encourage more people to do something about it. I don't want to give too much away but I think that every tea drinker needs to see this. I had an uneasy mind and a bit of trouble sleeping afterwards. There are no easy answers to any of the questions raised. For Britain in particular, it is important to think about where your tea comes from because they consume a large portion of the tea grown in Kenya.

One group that is working to improve the state of things in Kenya is +Jus Tea. Last year I interviewed +britt Flu for my podcast and she told me about their mission to empower the tea farmers who struggle under the current system. If you are ever in need of a good basic black tea, their Kenyan Black Tea is fantastic.

You can find out more about this tea documentary here.