|Producer:||Ameen Ghaleb Al Duram / Sheba Coffee|
Yemen is an exciting new coffee region for us. There are many reasons why coffees from Yemen have rarely shown their full potential: Being a war zone with bad infrastructure being the most obvious. Through countless cuppings we have found a partner that is working closely with farmers in Yemen.
Our microlot comes from the Haraz Region at high elevation. The cup profile has flavours of black fruit, dried figs, maple syrup and cedar. We love those wonderful notes of sweet spices of this coffee.
Sheba - Yemen
Sheba is a Kingdom mentioned in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible. Sources believe that it covered regions from Southern Arabia, now Yemen, to the highlands of Ethiopia. Yemen was prosperous with an active international trade. They were the main exporters of coffee in the 17th century, turning the local crop into an international one. Through these routes, coffee spread across Europe and beyond to global popularity. The Moka variety most likely got its name from the Yemen´s main habour, the port of Al Mokha.
Access & Growing Regions
High elevation, conflicts and natural disasters are tough obstacles to build infrastructure and accessibility. Coffees were not processed well and traceability is an issue. Often times coffees are kept in the house over several seasons, sort of like a treasure box. In worst cases, next to a smokey kitchen. Leading to earthy, winey, cloudy cup profiles overshadowing the strong characters of Yemeni coffees.
Our Coffee Partner in Yemen
We were most impressed by the work of Sheba. Their systematic approach of building local processing centers, educating farmers and building close bonds with the local communities convinced us as much as the coffees they presented to us.
Sheba have a strong network of NGOs with many ongoing sustainability projects. Farmers are paid 3x the local market price and 70% of the FOB price goes back to them. High scoring, clean coffee from Yemen are rare and they come at a very high price point.
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