“Al-Mokha” is a small port city on the Red Sea coast of Yemen. From the 15th century until the early 18th century, it was the only marketplace to export coffee worldwide.
“Bunn” in Arabic means the coffee cherry, coffee beans, or ground coffee. It was the first name by which coffee was known in the Arab culture for more than 800 years.
Mokha Bunn, founded by Mustafa, a proud Yemeni with great admiration for his country and a deep love for the lasting aroma of roasting coffee. In the last few years, as the political conflict had arisen in Yemen, it drew attention to the country but in a negative light. Mustafa yearned to bring back positivity and as he contemplated happier times, he recalled how the one thing that brought both tourists and natives together, and provided a sense of contentment, and enjoyment of Yemeni history, was coffee! This was a turning point in his life and what sparked his journey to create the Mokha Bunn brand.
And Jihad, a Yemeni Canadian woman living in Canada and an avid coffee drinker had difficulty finding genuine Yemini coffees in Canada. Much to her surprise, she learned that many others in Canada were looking for a better quality Yemeni coffee as well. Jihad had searched for Yemeni coffees but never found a true version, only ones that slightly resembled what she had grown up to love. As she researched further, with an interest in sharing this delightful brew with friends and loved ones, Jihad discovered a company that was focusing on selling the real deal! After many meetings, and the realization that they had the same goal of sharing Yemeni coffees with the world, Jihad and Mustafa became partners and today share their passion for everything relating to coffee from roasting, cupping, packaging, and delivering so that individuals everywhere can enjoy it too! Read more..
Mokha Bunn is the first company to establish a direct line between Yemeni coffee producers and South American consumers, thus guaranteeing direct and fair trade practices with producers. After our coffee scored first place in the Brewers Cup Championship in Chile in 2019, we decided to share our finest specialty coffee selection and expand to North America. We chose to come to Canada to be the first Yemeni roastery that works from farm to cup and gives Canadians easy access to unique coffees. We only import sustainable, exceptional, fully traceable, naturally processed, and organic micro-lot coffees, then roast them ourselves in Canada to ensure the best quality.
From farm to cup, we take care of every detail in the process. Due to the ancient varieties, the unique geographical conditions in Yemen, the dry climate, the elevation where coffee is grown, and the current situation, all of our coffees require special and professional treatment to deliver the farm’s quality. In Yemen, we supervise the harvest, control the drying process, hulling, hand sorting, packing, and exportation procedures. Once in Canada, we start profiling and roasting to get the most from our coffees.
Mokha Bunn is combining the tradition of Yemeni coffee culture with the innovation of specialty coffee.