Mokhtar Alkhanshali talks about the impact of disease on coffee production and how the coffee plant’s past holds the key to its future. This talk was presented live in July 2017 at Bloom San Francisco, a unique event hosted by the Barista Guild of America.
Presenter: Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Founder, Port of Mokha
Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Yemen. Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb over five centuries ago. As a Yemeni-American, Mokhtar hopes to serve as a bridge between the farmers of the oldest, rarest and most unique coffees to coffee lovers the world over.
Mokhtar is the first licensed Q grader from Yemen and made international news in March 2015 when he escaped war-torn Yemen on a fishing boat with his 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.