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  • Readers will never take coffee for granted or overlook the struggles of Yemen after ingesting Eggers's phenomenally well-written, juggernaut tale of an intrepid and irresistible entrepreneur on a complex and meaningful mission, a highly caffeinated adventure story

    Booklist
  • A most improbable and uplifting success story... Eggers offers an appealing hybrid: a biography of a charming, industrious Muslim man who has more ambition than direction; a capsule history of coffee and its origins, growth, and development as a mass commodity and then as a niche product; the story of Blue Bottle, the elite coffee chain in San Francisco that some suspect (and some fear) could turn into the next Starbucks; an adventure story of civil war in a foreign country... It is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee

    Kirkus
  • The remarkable true story of a Yemeni coffee farmer... A vibrant depiction of courage and passion, interwoven with a detailed history of Yemeni coffee and a timely exploration of Muslim American identity

    Entertainment Weekly
  • Works as both a heart-warming success story with a winning central character and an account of real-life adventures that read with the vividness of fiction

    Publishers Weekly
  • It'll open your eyes - very wide - to the singular origins of your single origin

    Esquire (UK)
  • Definitely one for book club

    Elle (UK)
  • Eggers's narrative is guaranteed to be every bit as compelling as that of any novel

    The Observer
  • Dave Eggers returns to his "factional" mode with The Monk Of Mokha, in which a Yemeni immigrant to the US discovers an obsession with coffee, returns home, and is caught in a war. Given his previous form with What Is The What and Zeitoun I have high hopes of this book

    The Scostman
  • This is a book that celebrates ethnic diversity and the exuberance of the human spirit

    Mail on Sunday
  • [Dave Eggers] is on a mission to use the platform he has created as a writer/activist to give direct voice to the marginalised or unheard... No story is more urgent

    Observer

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