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.
||★★★★★||★★★★★ This is coffee that tastes like the memory of a cookie from childhood. This wasn't a morning coffee for me, but an afternoon/evening movie with the animals watching bad movies in a bathrobe kind of coffee.|
Anthony J Beckesh
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Keeping this as simple as possible, the Yemen Al Ghayoul is one of the best coffees we have ever had! After the first taste we called my sister and told her to order some immediately! We will order more too. This coffee is worth every penny.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I tasted some fruitiness and a spiciness that is reminiscent of black pepper. I recommend Yemeni coffees if you can get them because they are unique and uncommon.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ One of the best that Beanbox has to offer. I've purchased several "top shelf" single origins and this was the first time I felt it was worthy of that distinction. Every tasting note comes through beautifully with my chemex.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Unfortunately, this was one of the most un-enjoyable coffees I've had in a long time. A little sweetness in the front, hint of spice but the dominating woodsy taste combined with some strange herbal notes really spoiled it for me. Brewed french press.|
KeithR in MV
||★★★★★||★★★★★ The nose is very earthy, with a bit of a fresh roast. The taste is smooth and mellow. The earthiness comes first, followed by very balanced coffee with a mild aftertaste that lingers for a few seconds. Overall, it stands out because an earthy coffee usually over powers everything. Not so here.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ A very interesting coffee, indeed! Has a subtle taste — not as smooth and sweet as the Guatemalans or Kenyans I've really been digging this year, at least as a pour-over, but has its own character for sure. I decided to try it as a cold brew using my Gina, and it's the best cold brew I've ever had!|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ cinnamon, cocoa, Cedar, Woodsy, and if the cup wasn't interesting enough some tart apple brightness. Brewed with chemex. 4 stars on taste and bean quality, 5 stars on rarity. It's a treat to have a coffee from Yemen!|