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A bridge to connect with a global market

The National Yemen Coffee Auction is a collaboration between the Union of Yemeni Coffee Farmer cooperatives, Yemen’s Unity of Coffee Organization, Yemeni Coffee Exporters Association and the Mokha Institute. It represents the only auction in Yemen that has unanimous support from Yemen’s coffee community.

About the organizer

Yemen coffee at the pinnacle of quality.

The National Yemen Coffee Auction (NYCA) is a flagship program created by the Mokha Institute,an America and Yemen based non-profit institute that focuses economic development in Yemen primarily through its coffee sector.

Through NYCA, they aim to have immediate ecomomic impact through providing Yemen’s coffee sector with direct access, for the first time in history, to the global specialty coffee market.

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"This is the first time in Yemen’s 600 year coffee history that its farmers will have direct access to the global coffee market."

Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Founder & President, The Mokha Institute

Founders of the NYCA

Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Founder, The Mokha Institute and CEO, Port of Mokha

“What makes specialty coffee special is one simple quality: excellence. Excellence from the moment a seedling is planted to the moment those marvelous flavor prof iles flood every millimeter of your palate. Every human being who touches this coffee—from the nursery, to the farm, to the mill, to the sorting station, to the warehouse, to the roastery, to the cafe—is called upon to achieve this excellence. And each of those human beings is of equal value. This auction is a step toward achieving that equality and a step toward living up to the excellence we are called to.”

Muhammad Hassan

President, the Union of Yemeni Coffee Farmers

“The first National Yemen Coffee Auction represents a real opportunity for coffee farmers and a source of hope to alleviate their suffering by creating a commercial bridge with the outside world. The National Yemen Coffee Auction is a link between the memory of our past and our future as well as a gift of one of our treasures to the world.”

Muhammad al Qassemi

President, the Unity o f Coffee Organization

“In a time in Yemen when there is great suffering and dire conditions that our people are enduring, in this year, the best Yemeni coffee is going out into the world. Despite all of the challenges and divisions, we came together. We built infrastructure, held conferences, trained new coffee professionals, and much more. All of this to present these gems to the world.”

Rasheed Ahmad

President, Coffee Exporters Association

“The national auction is the most important outlet and effective means of sharing the pearls of Yemeni coffee with coffee lovers around the world—and an exceptional opportunity to learn about Yemen’s diverse coffee heritage with micro lots produced from throughout its different regions and terrains. We can’t wait for you to experience Yemen through these delicious coffees.”

Willem Boot

Co-Founder, The Mokha Institute

“Over the years, I have fallen in love with the flavors of Yemeni coffee. Rightfully, Yemen is considered as one of the true origins of the Arabica bean. This is the place where the commercial cultivation of Arabica coffee started. NYCA is an excellent opportunity to facilitate long-lasting relationships between farmers located in the remote regions of Yemen and roasters/retailers around the world. Coffee is intricately connected with the legacy of Yemen, and I sincerely hope that this auction will be the beginning of a campaign that revitalizes the coffee sector in this amazing country.”