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After Trade


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After Trade


AFTER TRADE is a new form of sourcing that moves beyond the trade of coffee and toward reconciliation between farmers, roasters, coffee, and the land, through practices of solidarity and sustainability.

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Coffee


Ours is a context where coffee is presented at it’s sexiest.

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Ours is a context where coffee is presented at it’s sexiest.

In such places, coffee is foremost about aesthetics before ever becoming a matter of ethics. In the West, coffee has served as a respite — a break in the day or a beverage consumed in leisure — but for the third world has meant hard, unjust labor. Despite being one of the most traded commodities in the world, the 125 million farmers, laborers, and families who are dependent upon this industry for their only subsistence are hardly surviving. To deny that attempts have been made toward justice in the coffee industry would be foolish, however these attempts do not go far enough. Fair Trade and Direct Trade have, at the very least, made movement toward social change. But these market-driven approaches can hardly be considered "just" in any meaningful sense of the term. While professing to be about justice, pioneers of this movement partner with farmers on the premise that high quality coffee is being produced, rather than on who the farmers are and what their needs are as human beings. As one may imagine, those partnered with are already the more established farmers who have the means necessary to reinvest in their farm to produce these high quality beans being demanded.

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Tanzania


Meanwhile, thousands of small-holder farmers remain unnoticed.

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Tanzania


Meanwhile, thousands of small-holder farmers remain unnoticed.

After Trade denotes that first priority is not on the beans involved in the trade but rather, on what remains after the trade: people. By reversing the priorities of how business is usually conducted within the coffee industry, After Trade is committed to having genuine relationships with farmers and their families. That is, to commit to a farm and its people, to invest in them, to develop a relationship of trust, and to take necessary measures to work toward improving their farm and as a result, improving the quality of beans produced. The goal of After Trade is to confront the unethical social relations that have become established through capitalism by joining farmers in solidarity as if to be a single community and to work toward the common good, but to do so in such a way that enables farmers and laborers to realize their own dignity as persons. From this perspective, the survival and livelihood of the coffee buyer, roaster, or barista, is no more important than the survival and livelihoods of those who cultivate the land that yields coffee.

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About Us


The dreamers and creators behind the concept of After Trade:

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About Us


The dreamers and creators behind the concept of After Trade:

Steven + Stephanie Berbec Moshi, Tanzania

Steven + Stephanie Berbec
Moshi, Tanzania

Our story as a couple is quite literally intertwined with both Tanzania and the development of After Trade. We began dreaming about our future together while simultaneously dreaming about our hope for the work we wanted to be part of in the coffee industry. For us, theology and praxis are deeply related. We believe that our theology shapes all that we do, even the way we think about coffee. We just celebrated our fifth year of marriage, and as one may imagine, we thoroughly enjoy a good cup of coffee.

We use this space to introduce ourselves, in part to make something as abstract as a concept become more tangible, more relational. However, our hope is that this website, this praxis, along with your curiosity and support, will have less to do with who we are, and more to do with the work itself, and the people it affects. We show our faces and introduce ourselves now with an acknowledgement that there will be many faces and introductions forthcoming. Which is to emphasize once more, After Trade is not about us individually, but about the greater "we." It is about people and relationships, and a narrowing of the gap between "us" and "them," producers and consumers, coffee farmers and coffee roasters.

our team

Cocaya Hearch Shayo Founder of Shirikisha Moshi, Tanzania

Cocaya Hearch Shayo
Founder of Shirikisha
Moshi, Tanzania

Janet Maro Founder of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) Morogoro, Tanzania

Janet Maro
Founder of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
Morogoro, Tanzania

Rudolf Scheffer + Shamshad Rehmatullah Advisor / consultant for human rights + gender The Hague, Netherlands / Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

Rudolf Scheffer + Shamshad Rehmatullah
Advisor / consultant for human rights + gender
The Hague, Netherlands / Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

Zachariah Massawe Swahili instructor / translator Moshi, Tanzania

Zachariah Massawe
Swahili instructor / translator
Moshi, Tanzania

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workshops


Our life and work here extends beyond coffee;
we live and work intentionally with the land and people
in our local
community.

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workshops


Our life and work here extends beyond coffee;
we live and work intentionally with the land and people
in our local
community.

We are all too aware of the effects Westernization has had on all people, not just among coffee farmers. We spent the entirety of our first year in Tanzania becoming acquainted with the language, the land, and the people who inhabit it. What we have learned and what has come out of this first year for us are things that were previously unforeseen. As we began to live and work intentionally with the land and people in our local community, we came to realize that our work here must extend beyond coffee. We are learning from our Tanzanian neighbours what it means to tend to a land we do not own; to depend on the land for sustenance and to experience loss associated with this very dependency; to have need of water, and none available. We have come to understand that we must work together to heal the land so that it in turn might feed and heal us, a wisdom and practice that is being increasingly forgotten.

We are permaculturalists, but this means little outside of the context of a community where such wisdom can be freely shared. We believe in a holistic integration of land, people, plants, and animals. And we believe that innate within us all is both the capacity and the call to be farmers and healers. While this is part of our work among coffee farmers specifically, in an attempt to more intentionally root ourselves within our local community, we'll be hosting occasional workshops covering topics on organic gardening, composting, rainwater harvesting, integrated pest management, creating micro-climates, herbal medicine-making, seed-saving, etc. Much like our work with After Trade, this sort of wisdom-sharing is less about introducing new information, and more about working together to remember and return to our ancient agrarian roots. Our hope is one of reciprocity, that we may glean as much as we may share.

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Donate


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
—African Proverb

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Donate


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
—African Proverb

Our work with After Trade is made possible with your help and we are truly grateful for your generosity. Thank you for believing in us and this work.

We have a goal of raising $2,000 in pledges for monthly support.
We are 40% away from meeting our goal.

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This money is used for:
• Personal expenses so that we may live and work in Tanzania
• Raw materials and resources for our work among coffee
farmers and workshops in our local community

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a note on giving

we're in the middle of a transition from our affiliation with eitanzania
as we embark on establishing after trade as a legal entity
in tanzania and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in the states

what does this mean?

EITanzania will continue to assist with our donations until we have
officially acquired 501(c)(3) status in the States.

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(1)

If you want to give a one-time donation or become a monthly supporter and wish to
receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution, you must
give through EITanzania via the options below:

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(2)

If wish to offer your donation as a gift, and not receive a tax-deductible receipt you
may donate directly and securely through this website via the options below:

*all donations received directly through this site will not be tax-deductible at this time; 
however, this will change upon acquiring 501(c)(3) status.

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Gratitudes


These are our gratitudes.

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Gratitudes


These are our gratitudes.

The faces below are the ones who believe in and financially support our work with After Trade, without whom none of this would be possible.

Lj + Diana Gay • graphic designer / costume designer • Augusta, GA  

Lj + Diana Gay • graphic designer / costume designer • Augusta, GA
 

Jonathan Polster • educator • Athens, OH  

Jonathan Polster • educator • Athens, OH

 

Rachel Hester • student / activist • Durham, NC  

Rachel Hester • student / activist • Durham, NC
 

George + Lidia Iovescu • retired • Chicago, IL  

George + Lidia Iovescu • retired • Chicago, IL
 

Bobby Griffin • educator • Apopka, FL  

Bobby Griffin • educator • Apopka, FL
 

Margurette Awad • marketing manager / writer • Arlington, VA

Margurette Awad • marketing manager / writer • Arlington, VA

Mark + Dara Ricketson • Charlotte, NC  

Mark + Dara Ricketson • Charlotte, NC
 

Charlie + Erin Pike • barista • Stone Mountain, GA

Charlie + Erin Pike • barista • Stone Mountain, GA

Jacob + Ashlyn Oren • educators • West Columbia, SC  

Jacob + Ashlyn Oren • educators • West Columbia, SC
 

Gene Branaman • writer • Marysville, CA  

Gene Branaman • writer • Marysville, CA

 

Hilary Ann Golden • assistant pastor • Quakertown, PA

Hilary Ann Golden • assistant pastor • Quakertown, PA

Bradley + Rebecca Willard • phillips-van heusen / educator • Yadkinville, NC

Bradley + Rebecca Willard • phillips-van heusen / educator • Yadkinville, NC

Moshe + Victoria Dolejsi • students • Chicago, IL  

Moshe + Victoria Dolejsi • students • Chicago, IL
 

Ro + Laura Latora • youth director / professor • Wading River, NY

Ro + Laura Latora • youth director / professor • Wading River, NY

Kyle + Lacy Ellman • web developer / author + spiritual director • Seattle, WA

Kyle + Lacy Ellman • web developer / author + spiritual director • Seattle, WA

Brenda Smith • professor • Newton, NC  

Brenda Smith • professor • Newton, NC
 

Sean + Lisa Williamson • counselor + financial aid • Royston, GA

Sean + Lisa Williamson • counselor + financial aid • Royston, GA

Joshua Grady • student • Kinston, NC  

Joshua Grady • student • Kinston, NC
 

Steph Olshanski • Greensboro, NC  

Steph Olshanski • Greensboro, NC

 

Taylor Burch • barista + jewelry maker • Shelby, NC  

Taylor Burch • barista + jewelry maker • Shelby, NC

 

Liz Adcock • therapist • Seattle, WA  

Liz Adcock • therapist • Seattle, WA
 

Will + Nikki Ritchie • Burlington, NC  

Will + Nikki Ritchie • Burlington, NC
 

John + Teresa Mato • Hamptonville, NC  

John + Teresa Mato • Hamptonville, NC
 

Doug + Mona Addington • Henderson, NC

Doug + Mona Addington • Henderson, NC

Yuuki Kamada • barista/owner of Kameleon Coffee • Akita, Japan

Yuuki Kamada • barista/owner of Kameleon Coffee • Akita, Japan

Madonna Fischer-Jones • Raleigh, NC  

Madonna Fischer-Jones • Raleigh, NC
 

Justin Leavitt Pearl • theologian • Pittsburgh, PA  

Justin Leavitt Pearl • theologian • Pittsburgh, PA
 

Graham Dickey • the Collection band • Mebane, NC

Graham Dickey • the Collection band • Mebane, NC

Kevin + Summer Sneed • missionaries • Eldoret, Kenya

Kevin + Summer Sneed • missionaries • Eldoret, Kenya

Doru + Daniela Berbec • Cornerstone Bakery • Hickory, NC  

Doru + Daniela Berbec • Cornerstone Bakery • Hickory, NC
 

Dalton + Sherina Roberts • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dalton + Sherina Roberts • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

John + Heather Branon • Yadkinville, NC  

John + Heather Branon • Yadkinville, NC
 

Brandon Schulz • Seattle, WA  

Brandon Schulz • Seattle, WA

 

Daniel + Hannah Addington • student / barista / travellers • Asheville, NC

Daniel + Hannah Addington • student / barista / travellers • Asheville, NC

Cameron Thompson • Las Vegas, NV

Cameron Thompson • Las Vegas, NV

Mary Beth Hale • Eden, NC

Mary Beth Hale • Eden, NC

Beth McCarty • therapist • Auburn, WA  

Beth McCarty • therapist • Auburn, WA

 

Dan + Christina Burgess • bankers • Charlotte, NC  

Dan + Christina Burgess • bankers • Charlotte, NC

 

Samantha Albert • TAKK extraordinaire • Seattle, WA

Samantha Albert • TAKK extraordinaire • Seattle, WA

Jason + Anca Curescu • photographer / educator • Chicago, IL

Jason + Anca Curescu • photographer / educator • Chicago, IL

Michelle Hilliard • director of lavish love • Atlanta, GA  

Michelle Hilliard • director of lavish love • Atlanta, GA
 

Luke Winslow • student • Edmond, OK  

Luke Winslow • student • Edmond, OK
 

Anthony + Laura Barlich • photographer / educator • Chicago, IL

Anthony + Laura Barlich • photographer / educator • Chicago, IL

Megan Starbuck • nanny / tiny house builder • Lincolnton, GA

Megan Starbuck • nanny / tiny house builder • Lincolnton, GA

Mel Walbridge • artist / photographer • New York, NY  

Mel Walbridge • artist / photographer • New York, NY
 

Philip + Whitney Keller • educator / farmer / musicians • Greensboro, NC

Philip + Whitney Keller • educator / farmer / musicians • Greensboro, NC

Aaron Dell • educator • Newton, NC  

Aaron Dell • educator • Newton, NC
 

Laura Beach • pastor • Boone, NC  

Laura Beach • pastor • Boone, NC
 

Eric + Holli Brown • educators • Atlanta, GA  

Eric + Holli Brown • educators • Atlanta, GA
 

Ben + Yancy Burklow • educators • Hamptonville, NC

Ben + Yancy Burklow • educators • Hamptonville, NC

Jamie + Jessica Dunning • missionaries • Nairobi, Kenya  

Jamie + Jessica Dunning • missionaries • Nairobi, Kenya
 

Ryan + Cassie Snow • health professional + educator • Royston, GA

Ryan + Cassie Snow • health professional + educator • Royston, GA

Bobby + Brenda Hollyfield • retired • Carolina Shores, NC

Bobby + Brenda Hollyfield • retired • Carolina Shores, NC

James + Teresa Davis • Yadkinville, NC  

James + Teresa Davis • Yadkinville, NC
 

Wells + Susan Stewart • optometrist • Elkin, NC  

Wells + Susan Stewart • optometrist • Elkin, NC
 

Ashley Roby • Brooklyn, NY  

Ashley Roby • Brooklyn, NY

 

Taylor Radig • Christian Outreach at PETA • Denver, CO

Taylor Radig • Christian Outreach at PETA • Denver, CO

Justin Ciurdar • electrical engineer • Chicago, IL  

Justin Ciurdar • electrical engineer • Chicago, IL
 

Jessica Hamby • photographer • Los Angeles, CA

Jessica Hamby • photographer • Los Angeles, CA

Adam + Jenny Stanowick • New York, NY

Adam + Jenny Stanowick • New York, NY

Ron + Julia Sparks • eBay web designer / bicycle builder • Corvallis, OR

Ron + Julia Sparks • eBay web designer / bicycle builder • Corvallis, OR

Frank + Linda Groce • retired • Yadkinville, NC  

Frank + Linda Groce • retired • Yadkinville, NC
 

Andy DeHart • fight attendant • Washougal, WA  

Andy DeHart • fight attendant • Washougal, WA
 

Hope Baker • the Collection band • Greensboro, NC  

Hope Baker • the Collection band • Greensboro, NC
 

Glen Mathis • full-time grandpa • Hamptonville, NC  

Glen Mathis • full-time grandpa • Hamptonville, NC
 

Dean + Wanda Brown • Yadkinville, NC  

Dean + Wanda Brown • Yadkinville, NC
 

Maxime Villeneuve • friar • Chicago, IL

Maxime Villeneuve • friar • Chicago, IL

Amy Moret • barista • Winston-Salem, NC  

Amy Moret • barista • Winston-Salem, NC
 

Ryan + Michelle Tansey • homestead seattle • Seattle, WA  

Ryan + Michelle Tansey • homestead seattle • Seattle, WA
 

Patrick + Leah Conti • missionaries • Moshi, TZ  

Patrick + Leah Conti • missionaries • Moshi, TZ

 

Kevin + Kaitlyn Holmen • church admin + teacher • Highland, IL

Kevin + Kaitlyn Holmen • church admin + teacher • Highland, IL

Pat + Shannon Loughery • professor • Seattle, WA  

Pat + Shannon Loughery • professor • Seattle, WA

 

Nick Arnold • cinematographer • Covington, LA  

Nick Arnold • cinematographer • Covington, LA
 

Dustin + Marlaina Harper • graphic designer / educator • Carnesville, GA

Dustin + Marlaina Harper • graphic designer / educator • Carnesville, GA

Zack + Perrie Tatum • graphic designer / writer • Buford, GA

Zack + Perrie Tatum • graphic designer / writer • Buford, GA

Derek + Tiffany Dunagan • designer / traveller • Dubai  

Derek + Tiffany Dunagan • designer / traveller • Dubai
 

Kristen Riordan • student • Seattle, WA  

Kristen Riordan • student • Seattle, WA
 

Katie VanBeek • student • Seattle, WA  

Katie VanBeek • student • Seattle, WA
 

Querida Brisbane • Atlanta, GA  

Querida Brisbane • Atlanta, GA
 

Christian + Ashley Lewis • musician / ballet instructor • Atlanta, GA  

Christian + Ashley Lewis • musician / ballet instructor • Atlanta, GA
 

Logan + Erin Potterf • photographer / educator • Eastanollee, GA  

Logan + Erin Potterf • photographer / educator • Eastanollee, GA
 

Ben + Maegan Cantrell • cinematographer / hair stylist • Augusta, GA

Ben + Maegan Cantrell • cinematographer / hair stylist • Augusta, GA

Adrienne Wall • phlebotomist • Kernersville, NC

Adrienne Wall • phlebotomist • Kernersville, NC

Chris + Audrey Lambert • auctioneer / photographer • Axton, VA

Chris + Audrey Lambert • auctioneer / photographer • Axton, VA

Matt + Tara Lyon • medical assistant / nurse • Boonville, NC

Matt + Tara Lyon • medical assistant / nurse • Boonville, NC

Viorel + Rodica Baban • adult caregivers • Bothell, WA  

Viorel + Rodica Baban • adult caregivers • Bothell, WA
 

farrah curescu • printmaker • Chicago, IL  

farrah curescu • printmaker • Chicago, IL
 

Rachel Berbec • student + barista • Raleigh, NC  

Rachel Berbec • student + barista • Raleigh, NC
 

Eric + Kirstin Naumann • youth pastor + therapist • Seattle, WA

Eric + Kirstin Naumann • youth pastor + therapist • Seattle, WA

Tony + Anna Barbara Feagin  

Tony + Anna Barbara Feagin
 

John + Sandra Wimbish • artist • Waxhaw, NC  

John + Sandra Wimbish • artist • Waxhaw, NC

 

Joshua + Persida Farkas • Davie, FL  

Joshua + Persida Farkas • Davie, FL
 

David + Lois Traxler • Southport, UK  

David + Lois Traxler • Southport, UK
 

Cody Britton + Keena Hutchens • Mocksville, NC  

Cody Britton + Keena Hutchens • Mocksville, NC
 

Jonathan Ranisau • student • Kitchener, Ontario

Jonathan Ranisau • student • Kitchener, Ontario

Collette Cain • social worker • Arizona  

Collette Cain • social worker • Arizona
 

Elaine + Beccie Anagnostou-Livermore • Jonesville, NC

Elaine + Beccie Anagnostou-Livermore • Jonesville, NC

David + Mira Wimbish • the Collection band • Greensboro, NC

David + Mira Wimbish • the Collection band • Greensboro, NC

Bobby + Jennifer Mathis • Hamptonville Car Care • Hamptonville, NC

Bobby + Jennifer Mathis • Hamptonville Car Care • Hamptonville, NC

The Winslows • Oklahoma  

The Winslows • Oklahoma


 

Beth Cockerham • Yadkinville, NC  

Beth Cockerham • Yadkinville, NC
 

Kent + Nancy Brown • Hamptonville, NC

Kent + Nancy Brown • Hamptonville, NC

Dan + Stacia Cumberland • sparkfly photography  • Seattle, WA

Dan + Stacia Cumberland • sparkfly photography  • Seattle, WA

D. Michael Louderback • psychotherapist • Seattle, WA  

D. Michael Louderback • psychotherapist • Seattle, WA
 

Terésa Franco • herbalist • Portland, OR  

Terésa Franco • herbalist • Portland, OR

 

Eric + Jen Griffin • Vancouver, WA

Eric + Jen Griffin • Vancouver, WA


The businesses + collectives below are the ones who believe in this work and have helped us along the way; which is to say, with their help we've been able to tell this story better and spread this work further.