But in recent years, changing weather patterns have helped farmers revive an industry that actually began more than 100 years ago.
While South African coffee barely features in global markets, farmers are hoping their hard work pays off.
Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller reports from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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