Try your hand at home roasting our Yemeni coffee.
Recommended coffees: The Collection Center Reserve is the best and most expensive. The Matari Mountain is intense and is Yemen's most famous region. The Pearls of Al Qafr make the best dark roast.
Your green coffee options:
If you want to learn more about these regions or these coffee mills (e.g. Haraaz Cooperative, Rayyan Mill, or Pearl of Tehama) visit our learn page.
Here is some random bonus reading:
#1 Collection Center Reserve, in the cooperative's own words:
"this coffee is purchased from farmers registered in our traceable coffee sourcing program that is collected in the form of freshly harvested coffee cherries and dried in our collection centers under supervised conditions."
#2 Farm Blend Reserve: The farmers are registered members of the Haraaz Cooperative, and at least 75% of the coffee is from the most recent crop year. In Yemen this is hard to come by, as farmers frequently store dried coffee cherries as a form of banking.
The Cooperative in their own words:
"the coffee is purchased as dried coffee cherries from farmers in Haraaz. This coffee is purchased from farmers registered in our traceable coffee sourcing program, assuring us the collection of current year crop. However, the coffee is dried by farmers and we have no control over the drying process."
More information on the Haraaz Cooperative:
The Haraaz Cooperative™ is the name we use at Al Mokha to describe the fantastic work of Shabbir Ezzi. He has been operating in Yemen since 2006, and we have worked with him since 2014.
He sources his coffee from a combination of about 800 registered farmers (reserve quality) and also from trusted collectors more generally (regular quality).
For the registered farmers, Shabbir provides them with an ID, so he can directly ensure that they are paid fair wages and their hard work is rewarded. He even has an incentive program in place, where the more coffee you produce, the more you earn per pound. These growing wages (better than linear!) prove a strong incentive to work together and build relationships for the long term.
These are good principals but there is far more than that. In the eastern Haraaz Mountains where the cooperative is based, the economics of coffee have improved so much that farmers have chosen to uproot qat—a cash crop and mild narcotic plant—and replace it with coffee. This change reflects how farmers can make more money and live a more dignified life producing coffee. In fact, Shabbir has been so successful, that all the qat has been uprooted.
General Info: As a green coffee, understand that Yemen's is not the typical lot of consistent beans that are identical from shipping container to shipping container. Rather, Yemen's coffee lacks such aesthetic uniformity and instead has a beauty of its own: the beans are smaller and varied in size. This showcases their authenticity, old-world cultivation, and natural processing of 10 - 20 days drying in the sun after harvest.
The magic of Yemen is not the volume of consistent coffee over time but rather the story that each batch and each harvest tells. In Yemen there are 100,000 farmers producing on average 115 kg of coffee annually per farmer. These are backyard, terraced gardens on Yemen's steep mountain slopes. When you roast and enjoy this coffee you will inevitably appreciate and understand the incredible process that brought this coffee from farmer to your cup.
Wholesale: For 10 - 50 lbs green call or email. Volume discount: 10% (10-20 lbs) to 15% (21 - 50 lbs).
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