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.
"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."
"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."
"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!"