Black Gold

Black Gold

  • UK
  • 78
  • STC

As westerners indulge in designer lattes, starving coffee growers around the world suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening exposé, Marc and Nick Francis take us on a whirlwind tour through the $55-billion coffee industry. Despite the growing profits of coffee multinationals, prices paid to farmers have dropped to an all-time low. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, where 25 million coffee growers have lost their livelihood and the starving citizenry subsists on foreign food aid. It is here that fair trade advocate Tadesse Meskela represents 70,000 coffee farmers on the brink of bankruptcy. Circumventing the middleman, he personally travels to western capitals in the hope of brokering deals with socially conscientious coffee companies. His goal is to see Ethiopian growers share in the profits of this valuable trading commodity, second only to oil on the world market. The Francis brothers follow Meskela on his quest. Along the way, they meet coffee drinkers, growers, pickers, auctioneers, sellers, tasters and baristas, serving up a lively and provocative brew of high stakes and low equality. Karen Tisch

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