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FREE READ ✓ The Monk of Mokha ✓ The Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man raised in San Francisco who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing historThe Monk of Mokha is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man raised in San Francisco who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war Mokhtar Alkhans. Wow By the end of “The Monk of Mokha” without a sip of coffee or tea for me in me I felt the stimulant of Dave Eggers non fiction book raising my energy This is one heck of an amazing rags to riches storyFrom DOORMANto CEO COFFEEMANour uplifting boost of energy comes from a guy name Mokhtar AlkhanshaliYemeni American Mokhtar grew up dirt poorin San Francisco’s most impoverished districts The Tenderloin District our older daughter once played the leading role in an indi film at age 12 in this district an area any mother would worry for her child “Mokhtar got used to the drug dealing which we stand out in the open air all day and all night He got used to the smells – – human feces urine weed To the howling of men and women and babies He got used to stepping over needles and vomit Older men and younger men having sex in the alley A women in her sisters shooting up A homeless family panhandling An elderly junkie standing in the middle of traffic”Mokhtar also knew just north of the Tenderloin neighborhood was Nob Hill One of the most expensive neighborhoods in United States home to the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins Hotels A few blocks away was Union Suare with its pricy shopping and cable cars Mokhtar was a creative semi trouble maker rascal as a kid He found solutions to some of his deprivations AND WETHE READERARE ROOTING FOR HIM ALL THE WAY He has an incredible ‘coming of age’ story to tell He has another story to tell when at age 24 he moves to Yemenwhere he learns the language culture and works in coffee farming He also got trapped in the violent civil warBut Mokhtar was drawn to the Yemeni Coffee their culture and industry And we follow Mokhtar’s master plan to bring Port of Mokhtar back to San Francisco Reading this book was a little like a roller coaster ride There were moments when your heart dropped to your feetwhen he had THE WORSE LUCKand had to climb back up and start with nothing and there were moments of celebrationwhere you wanted to stand up and cheer “Congrats To Mokhtar”Dave Eggers spent 3 years listening to Mokhtar talk and doing research before he wrote this book He did a great jobgot me interested and I don’t even drink coffee Two thingsthen you can stop reading my chatter if you haven’t already 1 It’s my belief that what contributed to Mokhtar separating himself from the other junkies where he lived is HE ALWAYS LOVED TO READ AS A KID He stole books sometimes but better books than cigarettes or alcohol Mokhtar was always smart and determined to live like the people on Nob Hill SMART DETERMINATION go along way 2 In June of 2016 Port of Mokhtarwas made available for the first time atBlue Bottle coffee shops around the United States It was the most expensive coffeeBlue Bottle had ever sold Complete with a cardamom cookie made from Mokhtar’s mother’s recipe it cost 16 a cup Mokhtar May have become richbut the rest of us poor if we drink his coffee too oftenbut Paul will love it SoI plan to take Paul to Blue Bottle in Oakland for his birthday He is normally a Peet’s or Philz’s coffee drinker

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The country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people. Truth is stranger than fiction but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’tMark TwainThis is one of those nonfiction books that seems so unbelievable that if it were fiction you’d think the author should have tried for something realistic But had the subject of this biographical novel Moktar Alkhanshali stuck to what was considered possible he wouldn’t have achieved all that he has and at such a young age Though maybe his youth and optimism with a touch of naïveté thrown in for good measure had something to do with it Moktar a Muslim Yemeni American who grew up in a tough neighborhood in San Francisco called The Tenderloin was a restless young man who knew how to survive in any situation but had a habit of cutting corners and cutting school and abandoning secure jobs and even losing money and opportunities to further his education But he was also intelligent and resourceful and he was driven to be an activist spurred on by his great pride in his Yemeni heritage His parents had sent him to live with his grandfather in Ibb for a year when he was in eighth grade hoping it would straighten him out It was there he learned the Arabic language and learned of Yemen’s struggle toward a democracy So years later something clicked when his close friend Miriam dismayed by all his screw ups and bad luck and all his talent going to waste with his inability to see something through to the end pointed to a famous statue across from the hotel where he was a doorman She hoped it would inspire him enough to have a goal and make something of himself The statue was of an Arabic man drinking coffee positioned in a spot where the old Hills Bros coffee factory used to be Curious about the statue Moktar did some research into the origin of coffee tracing it back to Yemen and learning how it had evolved Long ago Yemen had been the only place where coffee had grown and it had been a crime punishable by death for anyone to sneak out even a seedling Though gradually people from other countries did just that and the French and the Dutch rose in prominence in the industry while Yemen lost ground A light bulb went off over Moktar’s head then He decided he wanted to restore the good name of Yemen by reviving the coffee industry there in the wake of the terrorism and drones they were known for exclusively now But this was easier said than done First off Moktar knew nothing about coffee or the industry and he had no money to invest in learning about it or to even buy a ticket to Yemen And should he find the money he needed the coffee produced in Yemen was now of inferior or varied uality because untrained farmers had lost the knowledge to grow it And no one from other countries wanted to risk their necks to do business there because of the war and having to deal with local tribes and marketeers who were intimidating Plus at a narcotic was profitable to grow there for local use so farmers would have to be convinced to gamble on planting coffee instead But obstacle courses were nothing new to Moktar And he had made up his mind He would resurrect Yemeni coffee by marketing it as a specialty coffee and reviving the ancient varieties There was still the little matter of finding a way to get the coffee out of war torn Yemen should it even be good enough to compete in uality But he would worry about that later when he got to that point Oh boy This was an adventure all right that any sane person shouldn’t have embarked on And if you read this book you'll learn exactly why that is when strapped to Moktar’s back every step of the way as he goes from a boyhood of aimlessness to being an idealistic and driven young man pursuing his dream while empowering Yemeni farmers You’ll also learn a lot about the coffee industry everything from how coffee is grown to how it’s graded for uality to how it’s stored roasted and sold And you’ll learn about the exploitation of many of its farmers worldwide and hopefully you’ll be inspired enough to look for only free trade coffee in the future In another author’s hands all those details might have been boring or bogged down the story at the book’s heart—the inspiring coming of age story of Moktar Because this book wasn’t just about the end result of him starting his own company It was also about how it all began But Dave Eggers did a great job presenting everything in an organized and conversational tone that had the book reading like an autobiography in which I imagined Moktar sitting down to tell me his own story The parts about his boyhood were extremely interesting and well written and they had me rooting for him to succeed from the start And the parts where he’s older and back in Yemen working with the farmers was very inspiring I did feel that the book went on a bit long and some of the less important details about the coffee industry could have been cut But overall Moktar’s story kept me riveted and turning the pages Should you read this book and find any of his story too incredible to be true know it has been verified by many people he came into contact with You might also find it incredible that six ounces of Yemeni coffee sold by Moktar’s company Port of Mokha costs 65 And even incredible a cup of his Yemeni coffee at The Blue Bottle up north in California costs 16 though it does come with a special cookie Read this inspiring book and find out why this amount is completely justified And have lots of fair trade coffee on hand because if you’re like me reading about all that coffee will make you crave it like mad Make coffee not warA slogan on one of Moktar’s t shirts

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The Monk of MokhaHali is twenty four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in. This book made me appreciate coffee This is the kind of book that keeps you on the edge of the seat while rooting for the main guy to get over the obstacles and attain the goals they need to get Mokhtar Alkhanshali was born and raised in California His parents are from Yemen He discovers while working as a door attendant in a large residential building that Yemen was a major exporter of coffee beans for centuries and had a monopoly over coffee trade through the port of Mokha He wants to revive the high uality of the Yemeni beans and goes back to Yemen to explore the situation but then 2011 and the Arab Spring changes everything in the region He goes back and forth between Yemen and some coffee businessmen in California he learns how to grade coffee he teaches Yemeni workers and farmers how to improve the farming harvesting of the beans and improve their life This book delivers on many levels it shows the real region it describes what people go through every day in a region plagued with war A must read for any person who enjoys coffee politics history and human stories