The Monk of Mokha
This New York Times Bestseller is a memoir and travelogue that tells that story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a twenty-four-year-old doorman who founded Bay Area coffee company Port of Mokha with the goal of revitalizing Yemen’s declining coffee economy. His work brings excellent coffee to the US and enriches Yemen with farmer support, education, infrastructure, and interest-free microloans.
Dave Eggers is one of the co-founders of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in SF’s Mission District with sister centers around the world. 826 Valencia and Dandelion are long-time friends and collaborators.