TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JEAN-MARC MOJONA worker sorts on February 22, 2011 coffee beans according to quality at a factory in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Kenyan coffee producers are hoping that soaring global prices will end years of neglect, that saw output drop fourfold, and herald a new golden age for what was once the country's top export. The arabica that grows in the volcanic soils of Kenya's highlands is sought worldwide as a high quality bean used in the blends that fill the cups of the ever-growing global army of espresso connoisseurs yet production has dwindled steadily in recent years to hit 36,000 tons last year, down from 130,000 tons in 1997. Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world after oil, but Kenyan growers are also among the poorest and many of those who enjoyed the coffee heyday of the '70s have since uprooted their trees and diversified. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)