Yemen Ismaili Sanani Region Traditional Yemen Mocha Processed Arabica Raw coffee beans
Bright acidity, silky smooth body, grapefruit, date, caramel, strawberry, sweet, malt, cocoa, lemon, dried fruits, complex with sweet rich finish.
Roasting Aroma: Spice, Sweet, brown sugar, sweet wine, caramel, chocolate, strawberry
Dry Aroma: Cherry, fruit, melon, very sweet
Brewed Aroma: Strawberry, caramel, spice, malt
Roast it light to medium plus a little. We would not roast beyond a City roast or you lose the Silky body which is not heavy enough to carry into darker roasts, also that wonderful berry essence and aroma that peaks at an American roast. City Roast will work nicely for Espresso though.
Region: Sanani; Subregion - Bani Ismaili
Farm: Small holder Farmers across the Ismaili subregion of Sanani
Varietals: Mocha. Coffee was brought to Yemen from Ethiopia some 1,500 years ago and for the most part those ancient Varietals have only changed with time and Nature on their own.
Altitude: 2500 Meters above sea level, This extreme Altitude lends to the sweetness and full rich flavor.
Processing: Traditional Natural (Dry) method. With Yemen coffees the Processing as well as the Varietal or even name of the coffee may be Mocha, or Mocca. The Traditional form of Yemen coffee processing is similar to the familiar Natural method except in the Yemen's case the coffee Cherries are left to dry on the tree. The people of Yemen prefer to make a drink known as Qishr from the nearly dried fruit (removing the seed which is the coffee bean we seek) of the coffee plant which is best produced from fruit dried on the tree. This unique style of coffee process gives us a coffee that is generously sweet, full of muddled fruit flavor, and heavy with body.
Note: Due to the Current Political turmoil in Yemen, these Coffees are becoming more difficult to acquire and when available at all in diminished quantities. We will Continue to search out and offer these fine Yemen Coffees when possible given the fine Cup Quality, but also to Support the hard working and often brave Coffee Producers of Yemen. It is our belief that fair trade among Nations fosters Peace among people.
Yemen is considered the First country to produce Coffee as a commercial crop after traveling with pilgrims from Ethiopia where it had been discovered by a Goat Heard. The supply of Yemen coffee is slowly shrinking due to aging varietals as well as socioeconomic conditions. Conversely however the flavors and thereby cupping scores of many Yemeni coffees we are able to get are improving, causing both demand and cost of these fine coffees to increase.