Third Culture Coffee and Oatly teamed up to host a night with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, founder of Port of Mokha and Yemeni coffee pioneer, to talk about his journey to bring Yemeni coffee to the specialty market and the upcoming release of the book The Monk of Mokha.
BY ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ
BARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE
Photos by Julie Rings
On December 1, Third Culture Coffee and Oatly hosted a night of snacks, coffee, and conversation with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, founder of Port of Mokha based in Oakland, Calif. The event took place at Third Culture in Bellevue, Wash., and focused on coffee across cultures and the future of sustainability.
Mohktar’s story is well-documented: After working with farmers in Yemen for three years, he packed up samples ready to taste for the SCA Global Expo in 2015. On the eve of his departure, civil war broke out in Yemen, and he escaped on a fishing boat from the Port of Mokha to Djibouti. His coffees would go on later to score 90+ from leading coffee professionals. His story received major news coverage, and he’s the subject of Barista Magazine’s Master Q&A in the current issue, which you can read here. He’s also the subject of Dave Eggers’ biography The Monk of Mokha, which is slated to hit bookstores in January 2018.
Below are some photos of the event, where folks gathered and listened to Mokhtar give a few remarks, as well as mingled with him and other coffee professionals.