immediately we were ambushed by men with
assault rifles. I had never had someone point a
rifle to my face and it was very frightening. After
we passed I asked the driver what happened and
he said that they were looking for a rival tribe.
He then looked at me and said, “Luckily we
aren’t from that tribe today,” and laughed.
What was your scariest encounter? The last
third of the book deals with my attempts to
escape and my subsequent kidnapping and
what I had to endure. Being blindfolded and
hands tied behind my back. Waking up in the
middle of the night and seeing six men storm
into the room with their faces covered and all
pointing their rifles at me. Risking my life and
crossing the Red Sea on a small boat. There
are a lot of scary moments.
Tell us a bit about Port of Mokha. Our coffee
was rated the number one coffee of 2017 by
the Coffee Review. You will taste sweet jam,
tropical and floral notes and hints of cocoa. A
sweet lingering aftertaste, coffee that is pure
pleasure. We are lucky to work with some
incredible roasters that can expertly brew you
a cup of our coffee. In the Marin area we are
proud to partner with Equator Coffees & Teas.
[Equator’s] Helen Russell, Brooke McDonnell
and Maureen McHugh are three of my heroes.
On our website, we have our trilogy and
single boxes and we just launched our Mokha
Monthly subscription that to me is my favorite
thing. It’s $28 a month for your fancy weekend
coffee. I love what I do. Port of Mokha coffee is
a way for anyone reading this and who reads
Dave’s book to be a part of the story and bring
about real support [for growers and laborers].
As consumers we have so much more power
than we think; when we buy a cup of coffee, we
have the ability to uplift rather than exploit
and when we decide to go cheap, someone pays
the consequence for that. Coffee is an amazing way for us to build community and have
moments together. I believe the shortest distance between two people is a cup of coffee. m
While I was there I was able
to learn Arabic at an academic
level and spend time with my