When life gives you Yemens... make coffee! We're excited to feature this rare and special microlot from Yemen, one of coffee's true holy grails.
The country of Yemen lies at the heart of our modern relationship with coffee. The port of Mocha, once the historical 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 tart, 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 production and export. Lucky for us, Herkimer Coffee has a relationship with Rayyan Mill, a group founded in 2011 with the mission of reintroducing fine Yemen coffee to the world. This microlot represents their latest success.
Hands down, this is the best Yemen coffee we’ve ever tasted. Smooth, sparkly, rich, and piquant, this roast beautifully showcases what coffee from this region is all about. When brewing, you’ll enjoy a rich, spicy aroma of cinnamon and cardamom. Upfront, the cup tastes sweet and sparkly, with notes of strawberry candy and tart red 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!
Complex coffee highlighted by bright and sweet flavors of strawberry jam, red apple hard candy, and fresh vanilla bean. Subtle hints of cinnamon and milk chocolate come through on the finish. Sourced from Rayyan Mill, a tiny group with the intent of bringing this exotic and often volatile coffee to the world. Historically, microlots have not been available from Yemeni producers due to lack of interest. Rayaan is empowering these individual producers by forging relationships, processing their small lots, and exporting them independently. Elevation of 1675-1755 masl, heirloom typical varietals. Traditional natural patio drying followed by washing after depulping.