In 1616, its said that the cxffee plant was stolen from Africa at the Port of Mocha by two Dutch spies. though the Dutch ultimately failed to cultivate their stolen goods, they did spark a global colonization effort built on the back of black and indigenous slave labor. The coffee plant, a plant discovered by Africans and stolen by European Colonial powers, has grown into a 200 Billion dollar industry. Meanwhile the African diaspora still suffers from the effects of colonials and slavery. The 1616 collaboration series seeks to honor the African and indigenous peoples who cultivated coffee culture then and now, by bringing it to you as God intended, with no sugar, and no cream. Your support of this project puts creates opportunities for our hood to reconnect to the continent through coffee. This is positive collaboration across cultures.