Our name is born from the earliest undisputed 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, pre-dates the written text of Yemen. However, what is not in dispute is that Yemen was instrumental in bringing coffee to the world at large 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 the consumer. We provide our customers 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 consumer 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 secure exceptional coffees fairly on a consistent basis is to work closely with female farmers and to help them overcome the 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 farmers, Fatimah Khabeer in Yemen and Asnakech Thomas in Ethiopia. By supporting them establish exemplary standards, through close monitoring by our quality assurance teams and investment, we secure tremendous high quality coffee from harvest to export. We also create the foundation for long standing relationships that importantly help build vital amenities, such as fresh water and education for the communities that are involved.
Our motivation is to increase additional female cooperatives, from other locations that follow the equator, reflecting the finest coffee growing locations around the globe.