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For the Love of Mokha: A Celebration of Coffee, Conversation and the Yemen

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Date(s) - 02/14/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Yale


$16.95 – $30 USD
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Sanctuary Kitchen at CitySeed



For the Love of Mokha: A Delicious Celebration of Coffee, Conversation and Yemen with Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and few things are as beloved to us as coffee! Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a special Valentine’s night with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the founder and CEO of Port of Mokha, in conversation with journalist and 2017 Yale World Fellow Abdul-Rehman Malik. Growing up between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Yemen, Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to where the world’s first coffee was cultivated over five centuries ago.

In 2013 Mokhtar 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, Mokhtar has helped to reverse the declining quality of Yemeni coffee and re-establish it as the one of industries most treasured origins. Best-selling author Dave Eggers’ “The Monk of Mokha” traces Mokhtar’s journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war torn Yemen with his first coffee samples. Mokhtar strives to empower coffee farmers with the knowledge and tools to bring about radical improvements in the quality of their coffees and lives.

Guests will have the unique opportunity to sample the award-winning coffee, as well as traditional Yemeni cuisine prepared by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs.

Copies of The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers can be pre-ordered with your ticket purchase, and will also be for sale at the event.

Profits from this event will be donated to support families in Yemen impacted by the current famine and ongoing war. To learn more about the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, please see

Special thanks to our event partners: Office of International Students & Scholars at Yale, Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies, Muslim Life Program – Yale Chaplain’s Office, Yale Muslim Students Association, Muslim Leadership Lab at Dwight Hall at Yale.

For more information about Port of Mokha, visit For inquiries, please email

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