The Monk of Mokha

July’s selection was The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. Eggers tells the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American from San Francisco who makes it his mission to revive a coffee industry in Yemen that has been all but lost. When he finds himself in the middle of the ongoing Yemeni Civil War, he must find a way to get home alive – without giving up his dream.

 

Here is the Further Reading List, with books for those looking to learn more about Yemen or the coffee industry.

 

We tried to acquire some of Mokhtar’s coffee for our meeting, but due to a mix-up we nearly got green, un-roasted coffee berries before cancelling the order (so be careful when buying coffee, it can be complicated). Thankfully, John graciously donated some of his coffee from Guatemala (thank you again!). For anyone interested in buying the coffee, though, you can check out Port of Mokha’s website. There are also three Blue Bottle cafes around Boston.

 

If anyone is curious about the lawsuit against Mokhtar’s company, you can read about it here: http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/05/dave-eggers-monk-of-mokha-coffee-trader-sued-for-racketeering.html

 

For anyone looking to better understand the Yemen Conflict, there are great background guides from The BBC and Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Have any thoughts on the book or topic? Share below! And see you in August to discuss There Was and There Was Not by Meline Toumani.

 

 

 

 

One Reply to “The Monk of Mokha”

  1. The Monk of Mokha was a particularly enjoyable book for me. I think it was the combination of the personal story of Mokhtar and the descriptions and discussion of the regional conflict. Obviously Dave Eggers’s vivid writing was a factor.

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