Coffee is about people, and it's about community and how we sustain and support one another. Coffee has the power to change lives- from the growers to the roasters, and to the baristas who honor the hands of everyone involved. Its journey is an excellent adventure. It crosses borders, crosses cultures, crosses boundaries and unfortunately sometimes-messy politics. It is a miracle in your cup that unites the whole world. This story is about one of those miracles.
Join Equator and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, founder of the Port of Mokha. Mohktar will share the story of how he went from coffee enthusiast to a leader in the Yemeni coffee trade. Along with Mokhtar, our panel discussion will include Equator Coffees co-founder, Helen Russell and Equator's Director of Coffee, Ted Stachura. They will take the audience on a behind the scenes journey of the coffee supply chain followed by a Q&A.
This coffee is the improbable journey of a Yemeni-American kid from San Francisco who fell in love with coffee, went back to the homeland of his parents to befriend farmers, and inspired them to improve their crops. The story of an unlikely tale of survival and revival. Of old traditions, new techniques, guardian angels, narrow escapes and years of toil to cultivate the world’s very best coffee beans at their source. The story of a brother-and-sisterhood of people from war-torn lands getting their mojo back. And of the moment you get to experience the purest expression of coffee, come to fruition.
Mokhtar works with Yemeni farmers to improve their crops and processing techniques, enabling them to receive a premium price for their coffee--the highest price in the world--to secure a decent livelihood for their families. The results have been astonishing. These coffees have been rated as one of the highest scoring coffees in blind tastings by industry experts. As the BBC puts it "it's the most expensive and critically acclaimed coffee in America, maybe the world."
For this special evening, guests will be able to purchase a 4 oz bag of the coffee, or a ticket to redeem and enjoy this brewed coffee at an Equator Cafe.
This is the Port of Mokha story.