Yemen Coffee: Rediscovering Mocha

Social historian, coffee farmer, community organizer,  Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up between the green mountain top terraces of Yemen, the inner city hustle of Brooklyn, and the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

He journeyed back to his family’s homeland Yemen and began working on the ground with farmers along every single step of the coffee value chain. He focused on building infrastructure, providing them with state-of-the-art equipment, infusing best practices without disrupting their farming traditions and introducing them to modern techniques and international markets. His coffee has been rated as one of the world’s most expensive and critically acclaimed coffee and can be found in specialty coffee shops across The U.S, Europe and Asia.

Mokhtar made international news in March 2015 when he escaped war-torn Yemen by crossing the Red Sea on a fishing boat. In 2015 he was awarded the courage award by the Counsel on American Islamic relations and followed that with a certificate of special recognition from the U.S house of congress for his work with helping Yemeni coffee farmers and advocating for American citizens stuck in Yemen.

January 27 @ 13:00

1:00 pm

– 2:00 pm


Classroom 4

Mokhtar Alkhanshali

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