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The Monk of Mokha

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

  • Henk-Jan van der Klis

    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

  • MetroBookChat

    NEXT time you slurp a cup of coffee, spare a thought for the humble bean that produced it. In Dave Eggers' latest socially conscious non-fiction book, a bean's journey involves being trapped in a city pounded by Saudi bombs and twice being taken captive by armed militia, and escaping a war-torn country by fibre boat to make it to a cup.

    It's a detail in the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, an aimless twentysomething from San Francisco's Tenderloin district who decided almost on a whim to become a co
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  • Brian

    In a world filled with misery and pain, it's refreshing to read a well written, non-fiction story of a member of our race who overcomes all shades of adversity to succeed when every deck is stacked against him. Like his excellent Zeitoun, Eggers writes in an easily accessible narrative style that draws the reader into every facet of the story - whether it's the personal history of the protagonist or an encompassing background on the world of coffee, the prose is mesmerizing. I ended up playing h ...more

  • Jill Wittkopp

    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

  • Donald

    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

  • Brandon Forsyth

    Dave Eggers is back with another story of self-discovery and the American dream, and it's *almost* as good as WHAT IS THE WHAT or A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS. Mokhtar Alkhanshali comes wonderfully to life here, and Eggers draws out his irrepressible optimism and charming naïveté in full. Mokhtar's search for his calling in life, and his eventual success in the world of coffee entrepreneurship, is as unpredictable and heartwarming as it gets. It gave me a deeper appreciation for the ...more

  • Liza Fireman

    I will start by saying: this book is very very different than The Circle. And, it is mostly a book for coffee lovers, because it has a fair share of talking about coffee in addition to a beautiful drive and entrepreneurship.

    Mokhtar Alkhanshali's story is extremely interesting. At age twenty-four he works as a doorman, doesn't seem to be too passionate about anything much. And then, he finds the coffee. He is not an expert when he starts, not even a great enthusiastic, but he becomes one. And he
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  • Kasa Cotugno

    I love the way Dave Eggers tells a larger story through a personal lens. As with Valentino Dent (What is the What) and Abdulrahman Zeitoun, he has taken the life of Mokhtar Alkhanshali and crafted it into a book so readable and yet so informative and true it becomes a real page turner. His books are proof of his extraordinary empathy, and this one is no exception. Mokhtar is a young man of Yemeni heritage, who grew up on the mean streets of San Francisco's Tenderloin, but his family was supporti ...more