YEMEN ZAMARRUD #1214
The unicorn coffee from Yemen
By Herkimer Coffee
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- Roasted by Herkimer Coffee
- Tastes: Vanilla, Spice, Strawberry
- Varietal(s): Heirloom
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 1500-2100m
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. This year's lot brings an exceptional body, smooth and creamy, like chocolate milk. While brewing, you'll smell a tangy aroma, almost cidery, infused with a deep spiciness of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. Notes of wild strawberry bring out a piquant sweetness, wine-like, with a finish that's earthy like sweet tobacco, and spicy like lemongrass and fresh cracked pepper. This coffee is really unlike all others — the candy-like fruit, the creamy body, the aromatic spice; when I sip it, I feel transported to a middle-eastern spice market, and I want to pair it with breakfast foods like shakshuka eggs, lamb sausage, or maple-drizzled french toast with extra cinnamon.
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 direct relationship with Rayyan Mill, a group founded in 2011 with the mission of reintroducing fine Yemen coffee to the world. They source their beans from small growers in the remote Hajja region; this blend is their Zamarrud Al-Yemen, "Emeralds of Yemen", a regional blend that's designed to showcase Yemen's traditional coffee profile.
This is Herkimer's 8th year buying Yemeni beans directly from Rayyan Mill. Every year, I eagerly await the news from Herkimer that this super-limited lot has arrived. Smooth, sweet, and spicy all at once, this unique and complex roast is a beautiful showcase of what coffee from this region is all about. Yemeni coffee is one of coffee's rare unicorns, nearly impossible to find, and once this small lot is gone, it'll be another year until the opportunity arises again. Don't hesitate! Reserve your bag of Herkimer's Yemen Zamarrud today, and don't miss your unique chance to experience a taste of one of the world's most unique, and romantic, coffee origins.
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