Kent State University becomes first in the nation to sell distinguished coffee brand

David Robinson, son of legendary baseball great, to speak about coffee cooperatives in Tanzania

DavidRobinsonSweetUnityFarmsMoyoCafeKent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies will host a public discussion with David Robinson, son of famed baseball great Jackie Robinson, on September 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. in room 250 Oscar Ritchie Hall.  In his talk titled “Speaking of Coffee,” Mr. Robinson will discuss coffee cooperatives in Tanzania and their impact on Kent State University.  KSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to meet and greet David Robinson and participate in a free coffee tasting and giveaways, starting at 5 p.m. in the first floor foyer of Oscar Ritchie Hall outside of the newly branded “Moyo Cafe” (formerly known as “Jazzman’s Cafe”), courtesy of KSU Dining Services and Claiborne Consulting Company, Ltd.  Robinson started Sweet Unity Farms Coffee in Tanzania almost thirty years ago. Kent State University is the first College in the nation to sell the hand-harvested coffee to its campus population.  This event is free and open to the public. 

David Robinson will visit the university September 19-September 21, 2016 to personally 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 Daily Kent Stater.  Sweet Unity Farms’ gourmet coffee is a 100% Tanzanian blend of the finest Arabica coffee beans that originate from the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.  Its present day status is a resounding 300-strong, family-owned coffee farmers organized into coffee cooperatives.  To learn more about Sweet Unity Farms visit their website at

Claiborne Consulting Company, Ltd., an international consulting company owned and operated by CEO Marcus Butler (Kent 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 the 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 Oscar Ritchie Hall, has been a thriving department for 40 years.  Please visit our website at The department is located at 225 Terrace Drive, Kent, OH 44242. For more information about this and upcoming events, please contact Cinnamon Small at 330-672-0035 or

POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:25pm