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) With notes of evergreen, this is our recommended holiday microlot (if you are looking for just one).

  • 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 Haraaz 1000 microlot comes from a coffee cooperative in the Haraz mountains. Farmers in the cooperative are paid fair wages, and have to a great extent ripped up their qat plants (a mild narcotic) and replaced them with coffee. This reflects the changing economy of coffee production. Whereas qat is a cash crop, with the right incentives coffee is a much better option. In this coop the farmers and exporter work closely together. Based on this relationship built on trust, continuing training / support, and better wages, these farmers have made an economic decision that coffee is a better crop for their livelihood. We look forward to sourcing the Haraaz 1000 for decades.

This coffee in particular is the highest grade available from the cooperative. The crop is grown locally with well-trained farmers. Then to further improve quality, the cherries are gathered at a central facility. There the ripest cherries are carefully selected to further boost quality. Finally, the culled best-of-the-best cherries are sun-dried on raised beds.

 

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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