Friday, June 09, 2006

World of Tea 2

Here's a roundup of some interesting bits from the great wide world of tea. Today our stops along the way include India, Italy, Thailand and Uganda.

In Italy, we're told that "the traditional Italian passion for espressos and cappuccinos is being eroded as a fashion for British-style tea-drinking creeps across the nation." Read the full - albeit rather brief - report here.

You don't hear too much about declining green tea sales nowadays. As a matter of fact, most reports about green tea tend to gush about the explosive growth it's enjoying. Not so in Thailand, if we're to believe this article in The Nation.

In Indian post offices these days, in addition to taking care of all of your basic postal needs, you can also pick up tea (Assam), condoms and assorted and sundry other goods. For the full story, check out this article in the Calcutta Telegraph.

On a rather darker note, here's a report from about child labor in Uganda's tea gardens. There are thought to be at least 40,000 children under the age of 10 years old employed full time on tea estates in just one region of the country.

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