In general, coffee is best grown on steep mountainsides within certain altitudes and/or range to the equator. As a result the regions of its growth are not accommodating to plantation agriculture and mechanization, which limits coffee production primarily to small holder famers. Thus within the very bioeconomics of coffee—its natural habitat and the way in which it must be grown—uncovers the stark reality that this has been and continues to be a quintessential peasant crop.
In sum, this is a crop for the poor. Those with even minimal experience in farming know that steep mountainsides are far from ideal. This is the land that has, throughout history, been left for the "least of these." Such is the case for Tanzania, and more specifically, the coffee growing region on and surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro, pictured above. Four years ago we walked along this street with this view in sight and hoped that we would one day return. And now, four years later, After Trade is taking us back to make this our home.