Sweet Unity Farms Coffee

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David Robinson was born in 1952 as the youngest child of legendary Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel

David's Story

David Robinson was born in 1952 as the youngest child of legendary Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel. Growing up during the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and in the Robinson home where such issues were at the core of everyday life, David Robinson has spent the last 40 years involved in the development of racial and human opportunity. David serves on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation — an organization that his mother, Rachel Robinson, founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements.​

Since 1983, David has been involved in the economic development of Africa through sustainable agriculture. David is the founder and managing director of Higher Ground Development, an organization that works directly with coffee cooperatives. In 1998, David also founded Up-Country International Products Inc., the sole distributor and marketer of Sweet Unity Farms Coffee. 

​David is the father of ten children, and resides in Tanzania with his wife and younger children. He and his family spend their time between the coffee farm in Mbeya and their home in the coastal city of 
Dar es Salaam. ​

David's story has recently been featured on ESPN. Click to watch the short film by Spike Lee.


Our Farm

For thousands of years, men and women have farmed crops to produce food to sustain themselves and their families. For hundreds of years, they have cultivated plants to produce commodities to enhance the enjoyment of life and earn a cash income. ​

The history of one such commodity, coffee, is complex, often brutal and rarely equitable for all parties involved. This is the story of one effort, one effort among many, to attempt to change the global coffee industry. ​

The driving desire behind Sweet Unity Farms is to turn the international coffee industry into a vehicle that improves the lives of the coffee farming families who nurture the land, till the soil and harvest the crops. This is the story of Sweet Unity. Welcome.