Time Line of the National Yemen Coffee Auction

October 11, 2021

The Unity of Coffee announces The Mokha Institute to lead Yemen’s inaugural National Yemen Coffee Auction.

February 2, 2022

The Mokha Institute founder, Mokhtar al Khanshali, is interviewed on national Yemeni television, explaining the goals of the auction while inviting farmers and exporters to participate by submitting their coffees.

February 19, 2022

The newly formed independent oversight committee for the NYCA—consisting of coffee exporters, farmers, academics, and local authority representatives—holds its first meeting at NYCA headquarters.

March 13, 2022

Coffees begin pouring in from all over Yemen’s coffee-growing regions and filling our warehouse.

May 19, 2022

The top 50 lots identified by the National Yemen Cupping Team arrive in Mill Valley, California, for final evaluation and analysis.

November 14, 2021

Four hundred plus people attend a town hall meeting for all coffee farmers and exporters to discuss and have their questions answered regarding the NYCA. The event receives national media coverage.

February 3, 2022

Representatives from the Yemeni Coffee Exporters Association and the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce meet at NYCA headquarters to issue their official endorsement of the NYCA.

March 3–5, 2022

The inaugural Yemen Coffee Festival, organized by The Mokha Institute in collaboration with the local authorities in Sana’a, the Unity of Coffee Organization, the  Coffee Exporters Association, and the Union of Coffee Farmers, sees an estimated 50,000 attendees over the three-day festival.

December 12, 2021

A warehouse in Sana’a is secured to headquarter the NYCA.

February 15, 2022

Renovations at the NYCA headquarters begin nearing completion.

March 8–10, 2022

As part of the activities for the National Coffee Planting Day in Yemen, the Agricultural and Fisheries Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and The Mokha Institute in collaboration with Sana’a University hold Yemen’s first Academic Symposium for Yemeni Coffee. The three-day event features presentations from Yemen’s top scholars, scientists, and leading experts in various fields, with topics ranging from history, economics, and the role of women to coffee genetics, traditional and modern consumption of Yemeni coffee, and more.

March 21, 2022