This is the real deal, straight from Yemen. We buy our coffee in 60 and 64 kg sacks. They're great for all sorts of projects, whether that's framed art, a Christmas tree skirt, or upholstery for a bench.
This is what you get:
- One cool coffee sack with English and Arabic commodity notations. Bag may have a ~12" - 24" slash on one side. That's how we get the green coffee out for roasting. (Trying to muscle an amorphous 140 lb sack upright aint good for the back.) You'll find random green beans in the bottom.
- A bonus, extremely basic burlap commodity sack with minimal notation. Only some coffee comes in super cool bags. Will probably also have a slash and a few green beans too.
- A GrainPro hermetic polymer bag or other liner bag. This keeps the microlots as fresh as possible. In the old days the burlap sack was enough. Now with fancier coffee it comes in what is essentially a huge ziplock bag or other sack to keep things tastier. In the second-to-last picture you can see our Roast Master cutting the zip tie off the GrainPro.
- Two roasted sample coffees and a note from Al Mokha's owner explaining how the roasted coffee either came out of the sacks or are otherwise directly related to them (final photo).
Any special requests shoot us an email or put them in the order notes.
Sacks pictured are examples but what you get depends ultimately on what we have available.
*See the "use no hooks" marking in the first and second photo. That microlot was in a grainpro plastic bag for moisture protection. We wouldn't want to puncture it. It's a tradeoff between ease of transport and manipulation versus locking in the freshness.
Here's another example note:
So, the cooler bag from Rayyan Mill has a busted front, a little more than a slash. That was a whole thing but it ended up not involving an insurance claim. Basically, 1116 pounds of green coffee was put on a pallet for shipping down to us two weeks ago. It was loaded, taped, protected, etc. And then it arrived at the roaster with the top bag torn…what you’re holding. Somewhere in the shipping process the coffee got repackaged by the freight company. It took a bit of detective work to figure this out, but basically the lack of branded strapping tape holding everything together gave it away. Now I didn’t file an insurance claim because the tear is relatively small and any green coffee that was lost was in the 0 – 10 lb range. As far as the repacking or adjusting of my coffee pallet, I don’t know much about that process. The BOL (Bill of Lading) gets cut and the truckers take over. But you can imagine moving around heavy, dense coffee in an 18 wheeler can involve some issues.
Beyond that sack, have a look at the grainpro bag. There’s a cut in the bottom corner. That’s so I can dump out the coffee for packaging into small green coffee units, which we also sell on the website.
The coffee samples provided are from this bag (or possibly from another bag of this same exact coffee offering) One of the samples is in a random looking bag. That’s where the remainders end up. After the packaging team puts the roasted coffee in 5 lb and retail bags, you’re gonna have a little bit left. That’s the Anda Greeney portion or in this case, the portion for you.
Finally, there’s another burlap bag, it’s pretty cool too."
I really like the design of this bag and the green ink. I may swap the coffee bag on my living room wall for one of these. It’s frame worthy. This coffee haves a funny story from yesterday. Basically, the owner of the company was here in the states for a week taking care of some corporate matters. He drove down to DC once he finished up that and we spent the afternoon together. (I’ll write about it more in an email this afternoon to the coffee list so read that too). But basically we ended up swinging by the Yemen embassy on a bit of a whim and late notice. Thankfully I have a good relationship with them so we were able to fit into their schedule. Plus the embassy is a huge supporter of efforts to promote Yemen’s coffee. While there we discussed the possibility of trying to get some Yemeni farmers into the USA for a big coffee conference in April. The difficulty is the Muslim ban. We were able to sit down with the Ambassador as well, and had a nice chat. So…this coffee has a pretty good story.
Inside of the sack is a liner sack. Watch out, the green beans are rolling around. And you can definitely roast them. I’ve purposefully left things “messy” so you can understand the process.
The coffee samples are from this coffee lot. We had three massive sacks of it before using it up very quickly. You have one of those sacks. The samples actually came from my bag of “remainders” that was left over after the 100 lb batch was packaged up in 5 lb and 12 oz bags. I’m always left with 0 – 11 ounces. (12 ounces would be an additional coffee bag.) In this case, the remainders bag was a bit bigger, hence two samples from the same one.
Finally, there’s another burlap bag, very basic.