I've been looking forward to sharing this coffee treasure with you for the last two weeks. Our friend and partner in rare coffee buying, Scott Richardson at Herkimer, got his hands on a Yemen microlot, one of coffee’s holy grails.
Hands down, this is the best Yemen coffee we’ve ever tasted. Upon opening a bag, you’ll enjoy a spicy aroma of cinnamon and cardamom. The taste is sweet and sparkly, with notes of strawberry hard candy and cinnamon apple. As it cools, the flavors mellow into a rich, smooth finish like chocolate milk. Decadent, exotic, delicious, and unique, this is a romantic sip of coffee's history... and its future!
What makes Yemen coffee special? As it stands today, only 0.1% of coffee comes from the historical home and birthplace of coffee trade. The port of Mocha, once the center of coffee trade, is now synonymous with our favorite coffee-and-chocolate combo. Like parts of neighboring Ethiopia, Yemen's arid climate and scarce water supply encourages natural processing; for centuries, Yemen coffee has been spread out under the sky for three sun-baked days of drying. This results in a cup of sparkly fruit and rich spice, a unique and sought-after profile unlike any other.
Until recently, Yemen coffee has been unavailable in the U.S. due to conflict in the region and difficulties with export. Lucky for us, Scott has a relationship with Rayyan Mill, a group founded in 2011 with the mission of reintroducing fine Yemen coffee to the world. This one-of-a-kind batch is a testament to their efforts in supporting the hard-working farmers of the former coffee capitol of the world.
We feel incredibly fortunate to share this rare coffee treasure and piece of coffee history with you. Treat yourself or someone special to a fresh batch.