Speaking of Coffee: Son of Famed Baseball Great Jackie Robinson to Speak at Kent State

Kent State becomes the first in U.S.to sell distinguished coffee brand on campus

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies will host a public discussion with David Robinson, son of famed baseball great Jackie Robinson, on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 250.  In his talk titled “Speaking of Coffee,” Robinson will discuss coffee cooperatives in Tanzania and their impact on Kent State. This event is free and open to the public. 

Kent State faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to meet and greet Robinson and participate in free coffee tasting and giveaways starting at 5 p.m. in the first floor foyer of Ritchie Hall outside the newly branded Moyo Cafe (formerly known as Jazzman’s Cafe), courtesy of Kent State’s Dining Services and Claiborne Consulting Company Ltd.

Robinson started Sweet Unity Farms Coffee in Tanzania almost 30 years ago. Kent State is the first college in the nation to sell the hand-harvested coffee to its campus population.

Robinson will visit the university from Sept. 19-21 to promote his coffee. During his visit, he will participate in various activities such as the Taste of Kent, live interviews with student media on Black Squirrel Radio and a featured interview for the The Kent Stater. Sweet Unity Farms’ gourmet coffee is a 100-percent Tanzanian blend of the finest Arabica coffee beans that originate from the southern highlands of Tanzania. Sweet Unity Farm’s present-day status is a resounding 300-strong, family-owned group of coffee farmers organized into coffee cooperatives. To learn more about Sweet Unity Farms, visit www.sweetunityfarmscoffee.com.

Claiborne Consulting Company Ltd., an international consulting company owned and operated by CEO and Kent State alumnus Marcus Butler, MBA, ‘03, originally introduced Kent State’s Director of Procurement Tim Konczal and Director of Dining Services Richard Roldan to the possibility of incorporating Robinson’s coffee at various venues on campus. Bags of Sweet Unity Farms coffee will be available at three on-campus markets, as well as at the Kent Student Center. Claiborne Consulting Company Ltd. is responsible for implementing the sale of Robinson’s Sweet Unity Farms gourmet coffee at the Smithsonian Institute’s recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture located on the mall in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Pan-African Studies, housed in Ritchie Hall, is located at 225 Terrace Drive on the Kent Campus.

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For more information about this and upcoming events, contact Cinnamon Small at 330-672-0035 or csmall@kent.edu.