Green Yemeni Coffee

Yemeni Origin

Try you hand at home roasting our Yemeni coffee. While we specialize in selling roasted coffee we are happy to share some of our stock with those of you that like the sound of first crack (and maybe second crack) at home.


Our Yemeni is our flagship coffee sourced for consistency from year to year
    • Heirloom varietals from Yemen's western highlands, 1900 - 2600 meters altitude.
    • Small-holder farmers
    • Naturally processed

Our Al Ghayoul microlot comes from a small community in the mountains of the Hajja Governorate. (annual production 6 - 7 tons)

  • The tribesmen in this community are not keen on change but over the last three years our coffee supplier has earned their respect and trust by dealing with them fairly and honestly. The farmers receive upwards of $7/lb for their coffee, which reflects the quality and care of their work. Last year, a few farmers indicated they would like to implement pruning methods new to them as well as raised beds for drying. Your purchase supports this.
    Heirloom coffee plants from old stock mean mean these beans are small but bursting with flavor.

    From the coffee mill: "We buy Al-Ghayoul in dried cherry for $5.46-5.57 USD per Kg directly from the farmers who grow it. The exportable yield on it is around 35% which means that before we pay employees, bills or even the cost of bringing it from their mountain to the mill we are paying $15.60-15.91 USD per Kg to the farmers. While having this information does not make our coffees any less expensive, I think understanding the "why" of our pricing is helpful - especially as you market the coffees."

Our Al-Wudiyan microlot comes from a large, remote valley in the Hajja Governorate. (annual production 15 tons). We cupped this new lot with the mill owner a month ago and received this shipment July, 2017.

  • From the coffee mill: "We began sourcing this lot from a very large, remote valley in the Hajja mountains this year. We have heard of this valley for two years now but it is quite difficult to access. This year one of the farmers from Al-Ghayoul whose wife is originally from this valley introduced us to their relatives who also farm coffee. Clearly we are just beginning our relationship with the communities in this valley but hope that one day they too will be open to new pruning, harvesting and drying methods. Given the size of the valley and the quality of the coffee throughout, we expect to see production of over 15 tons and hope to break this down into smaller lots in the future. It is the most balanced special lot we offer and we drink it often as a pourover at the mill."

Our Asrar Haraz microlot comes from a few small communities connected to one another in the famous Haraz mountains. (annual production ~12 tons)

This coffee was scored a 92 by Coffee Review. The coffee mill has since sold out, but we fortunately have one bag in GrainPro to share with you.

      • From the coffee mill: "This special lot is sourced from a few small communities connected to one another in the famed Haraz mountains. We found this gem last year but late in the season. Seeing the potential in this coffee we remained in contact with the producers and the quality this year is excellent. Plans for the next few years are to teach pruning, harvesting and drying methods (raised beds) that will not only increase the cup quality but also the income for each farmer who participates. Production is about 12 tons per year and we hope to break this up into even smaller lots upon implementing drying beds. At the mill our favorite prep method for Asrar is the V60 as it really brings out the body."

      Our Malala Ismaeli microlot comes from the small Malala valley in the larger and famous Ismaeli coffee region. (annual production 3 - 5 tons)

        • From the coffee mill: "This small valley in the well-known Bani Ismail region offers a very unique Yemen coffee. One of the reasons for its uniqueness is the rarity of the predominate varietal in the Malala Valley. It is a sub-varietal of one of the traditional Yemen varieties but throughout the centuries it has adapted to the harsh land and climate of Bani Ismail - and currently it is cultivated exclusively in the Bani Ismail area. At Rayyan we love this coffee not just for its uniqueness and what it offers in the cup but also because we have been exporting Malala since our first year in operation! Annual production is three to five tons."

      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.

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