Historian, community organizer, and coffee innovator, Mokhtar Alkhanshali envisions a world where industry empowers rather than exploits, uplifts rather than represses.
Growing up between Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Yemen, Alkhanshali comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb, Yemen, over five centuries ago.
In 2013, Alkhanshali began focusing on his family’s roots as coffee farmers in Yemen. Seeking to reverse Yemen’s nearly lost art of coffee cultivation, he founded Port of Mokha.
Combining his knowledge of specialty coffee production, progressive infrastructure strategy and community organizing, Alkhanshali has helped to reverse the declining quality of Yemeni coffee and re-establish it as one of the industry's most treasured origins. Best-selling author Dave Eggers’s The Monk of Mokha traces Alkhanshali's journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen with his first coffee samples. He strives to empower coffee farmers with the knowledge and tools to bring about radical improvements in the quality of their coffees and lives.