From the best-selling author of The Circle, the 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--and his riveting tale of escape.Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a US citizen--following the most American of dreams....
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The Monk of Mokha Reviews
Dave Eggers has struck gold once again with the extraordinary story of the Yemeni-American entrepreneur Mokhtar Alkhanshali, "a poor kid from [San Francisco's] Tenderloin who now has found some significant success as a coffee importer." But that description barely scratches the surface. Mokhtar is the man who introduced now-highly-praised coffee from Yemen to the American market. And he did so after surviving an odyssey through war-torn territory worthy of Ulysses himself.
A civil war few outside ...more
I had the chance to see Dave & Mokhtar speak when the book was released. You could tell from their chemistry and mutual respect that the story was going to be well told. Not only is it an inspiring story about chasing the American Dream, it highlights integrity and mutual benefit (above exploitation) in that dream. This book also has an interesting perspective on the pricey specialty coffee sold in cities like San Francisco. I highly recommend the book, it was a great read and I’m glad that ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book! It very much reminded me of "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What", which I also enjoyed! This book is the story of Mokhtar, a Yemeni American man who wants to export coffee from Yemen to the U.S., specifically the Bay Area. It's a pretty amazing story, and the reader learns a lot about coffee along the way. And Yemen too! It also helped that I live in the Bay Area, so I really connected with the location and I've been to Blue Bottle! Now I want to try his coffee! W ...more
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
This 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 more 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 to ...more
From zero to hero.
This is not a novel. This is Dave Eggers’ account of how a young Yemeni American went from humble beginnings to realising the great American dream via the unlikely path of speciality coffee.
[Sidebar: Mokhtar Alkhanshali was raised in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, a rough and ready neighbourhood that we learn acquired its name from the bribes handed out to the local policemen enabling them to indulge in the finest cuts of steak. A nice little snippet of folklore - th ...more
Mokhtar Alkhanshali groeit op in achterstandswijken van San Francisco, wisselend van studie en een baantje als portier, dromend van echt wat willen bereiken. Zijn Jemenitische afkomst verloochent hij niet en springt in op de zogenaamde 3e golf aan koffiebranders en -verkopers die schakels in de lange keten tussen boeren en consumenten verwijderen, een eerlijke vergoeding aan de telers bieden en aan de consument koffie als belevenis, specialty brand, willen geven in het soort koffietenten die ver ...more
Endlessly fascinating and engrossing read. It tells a story of the difficulties and dedication it takes to be a successful entrepreneur; it offers advice and inspiration to college students (or any person really) who is unsure about where their passions lie and what career path to pursue (spoiler: it's okay to fail a few times); it tells the rich history of the humble coffee bean. I was expecting this book to be fiction, but was nonplussed to find it is actually nonfiction and essentially a biog ...more
Terrific story (nonfiction) of a young man who found his calling reviving coffee trade in Yemen. In addition to its strong literary and narrative qualities, it's an excellent business book!