24 Feb '18, 4pm

A #Coffee Person's Review of Monk of Mokha - via @BARISTAMAGAZINE

A #Coffee Person's Review of Monk of Mokha - via @BARISTAMAGAZINE

“I’m not the Monk of Mokha,” Mokhtar opens with at the beginning of his talk to a group of 40, sitting around a projected PowerPoint picture of Yemen, sipping coffee on a cold February night in Chicago. He tells the story about the actual Monk of Mokha, Ali Ibn Umar al-Shadhili, who is credited with brewing the first cup of what we now know to be coffee (previously, most folks chewed on the beans or made a weak tea out of them). I think knowing Mokhtar or seeing him speak makes this book more powerful. In some reviews, Eggers gets a lot of credit for the book—and it’s not always positive. Not that these criticisms aren’t without warrant, but they assume Mokhtar isn’t in the driver’s seat of his own story, and that Eggers simply picked up a vaguely compelling story to illustrate some universal truth about the American Dream through another overused (and potentially dangerou...

Full article: http://www.baristamagazine.com/review-monk-mokha/

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