In the beginning...
Arabic culture has a huge tradition of storytelling. Seated around campfires under the panoramic desert night, stories are carefully recited so that no detail is left unsaid. These stories are passed on from generation to generation, father to son, mother to daughter from voice to ears. The historic stories talk of legendary characters, unbridled passion, wild adventure and exotic locations.
One such story combines all these classic ingredients.
It began in Yemen at the ancient port of Mokha in 1450. For it is here the heart of coffee culture first started to beat and as this tale began to unfold, a tradition emerged that would forever change the World.
From seeking and securing rarefied single origin beans from the most gifted growers in the world; to roasting and pouring the ultimate cup; it is our obligation to ensure exemplary practices and the very finest coffee is served in any shape or form.
Mokha 1450 is the 'Heart of Coffee’. A place for serious coffee connoisseurs
We deliver the Heart of Coffee from Crop to Cup
We love the finest coffee and we regard our customers as connoisseurs.
Mokha 1450 is committed to serve exceptionally rare and superior specialty coffee that remains faithful to the very origin of coffee culture. We achieve this through our dedication to echo the sincere traditions of early coffee culture and build long-standing relationships to help support the communities involved.
From crop to cup we roast and make artisan coffee with no shortcuts on quality or trading standards. We actively nurture and cultivate long-term relationships that incorporate ethical, fair practices, which in turn empower our suppliers to consistently deliver exceptional coffee. We strive to build genuine friendships in the communities we help support.
Our fundamental aim is to unite the enjoyment of coffee through harmonizing its benefits for all involved from grower to connoisseur. This we believe reflects true love to what we do.
Mokha 1450 is the 'Heart of Coffee’.
Our name is born from the earliest appearance of coffee culture
Yemen and Ethiopia have long contended for the distinction of being the source of coffee. The first written text referring to coffee is believed to have come from Sufi monks in Yemen in southern Arabia but in Africa, the oral storytelling of Kaldi the Ethiopian goat herder, who fed his flock coffee and watched as they reacted to the beans before deciding to try it himself, long pre-dates the written text of Yemen. We believe Ethiopia to be the source of coffee; however, Yemen is recognized as being instrumental in bringing coffee to the World from their port of Mokha in the middle of the fifteenth century.
MOKHA 1450 goes back to the source focusing heavily on the twin origins of coffee; Ethiopia and Yemen to emphasize where all coffee comes from and where coffee begins its journey to its drinkers across the World. We provide our connoisseurs a strong link to the forgotten people; the coffee farmer; primarily women, living sometimes in poverty and doing the exceptionally hard and thankless work of providing coffee; one of the most globally consumed products in history.
Our philosophy is an attempt to do coffee the right way in providing a model where the end user and the farmer share more equitably in the burdens and rewards in producing an amazing cup of coffee. As most people are unaware of Yemen’s historical significance in bringing coffee to the world, so too are the present day drinkers of coffee unaware of the contribution from female farmers all over the world in producing coffee for global consumption. Women, who generally do most of the labor, represent and create 90% of the coffee value chain but constitute a woeful 5% ownership and management within the coffee supply industry.
We at Mokha 1450 aim to radically change this statistic. We have discovered that, to secure exceptional coffees fairly on a consistent basis is to pay a fair price that equitably compensates the famers for their hard work or embarking on a collaborative approach with the female farmers as the situation dictates to help them overcome some of the country specific burdens that have held them back in the past. We have started from the heart of coffee, ethically sourcing from women’s cooperatives such as our exceptionally driven female coffee farmer Fatimah Khabeer in Yemen.
In working with Fatimah Khabeer in Yemen we have establish exemplary standards and a level of consistency that is generally elusive to Yemeni coffee through training and working with our in country partners to assist with quality control as well as through providing investments where needed. The result of this collaboration is that we have secured tremendous high quality coffee that we have closely monitored from harvest to export.
Additionally, we have been lucky to source exceptional coffee from Ms. Asnakech Thomas in Ethiopia. An incredible one of a kind self made and entirely financially independent female coffee entrepreneur and farmer, Ms. Thomas single handedly created, developed, and manages the world renowned Amaro Gayo coffee brand in the Ethiopian farming region of her childhood where she also founded several important social organizations in support of the local community. Ms. Thomas intuitive and ingenious harvesting and processing methods and an obsessive focus on quality allows for one of the most prestigious coffees that have obtained ninety plus Specialty Coffee cupping scores.
Partnering with these incredible women as well as other female cooperative around the world creates the foundation for long standing relationships where we can contribute to their efforts towards paying a more equitable price that allows for the building of vital resources such as further employment and increased education opportunities for their communities.
Our motivation is to continuously source Specialty coffees from additional female cooperatives, in other coffee growing regions around the world.
Mokha 1450 currently has the world's very first batch of Ethiopian Geisha.
Ethiopian Geisha is an exceptional coffee of unique distinction. The Ethiopian Geisha is a follow up to the more famous Panamanian Geisha (derived from the Gesha Region in Ethiopia where the coffee originated but typically spelled Geisha). This is currently one of the worlds most expensive and sought after coffees, which is sold only through a privately held international auction.
Mokha 1450 successfully worked with the local Ethiopian team responsible for tracing the origin of the Panamanian Geisha back to Ethiopia to secure the first Ethiopian Geisha in the world.
We are incredibly proud to present this to our coffee followers as our launch coffee.
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Great Coffee can only be really delivered with great technique, which is why we have taken the time to perfect our skills and processes to create the perfect roast environment for our beans. That however, is only part of what is necessary to truly enjoy Mokha 1450 origins and blends at their peak. Our skilled barristers at Mokha 1450 Coffee Boutique have created these films to demonstrate the best ways our coffee can be prepared for your ultimate enjoyment.
Technique One - The Syphon
Technique Two - Gino
Technique Three - Chemex
Technique Three - French Press
Technique Three - AeroPress
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Shop #8, Aswaaq shopping development, Al Badaa, Al Wasel road. Dubai.
Telephone: 04 3216455