Try your 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.
Need help deciding? The two Yemenis are a great intro. Do you want the very best? Get the Haraaz 1000. Looking to explore remarkable valleys or parts of Yemen? Get the microlots or Haraaz 10. Want to be an expert? Get one of each. Want to sample more Yemeni coffees than most professionals? Get one of each and keep coming back.
Our Yemeni is our flagship coffee sourced for consistency from year to year.
Our Yemeni Hayma is sourced from Yemen's Hayma region to the southwest of the capitol. It is similar to the Yemeni but is not mixed with lots from other regions. In the cup, it's remarkable for notes of melon and caramelized banana the first few days off roast.
Our Al Wudiyan comes from the Al Wudiyan valley in the Hajja governorate.
From the coffee mill: We began sourcing this lot from a very large, remote valley in the Hajja mountains two years ago. We had heard of this valley for some time but it is quite difficult to access. A few years ago 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 Al Dhi'm is named for the Al Dhi'm valley. It is located next to the Al Wudiyan valley.
Our Malala Ismaeli comes from the Malala valley in the Ismaeli region.
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.
Our Haraaz 10 and Haraaz 1000 (cooperative) coffee comes from a coffee cooperative in the famed Haraaz mountains.
In the cooperative farmers 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 co-op 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 from the Haraaz cooperative for decades.
From the cooperative: The Haraaz 10 is the coffee 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. On the other hand, ‘Haraaz-100 is coffee 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. Finally, Haraaz 1000 is sorted from good lots of Haraaz-100 that contain a major ratio of ripe red cherries, exhibiting its full potential of ripeness and syrupiness in the cup.
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 our coffee broker with exact quantity and your shipping address. Volume discount: 10% (10-20 lbs) & 20% (21 - 50 lbs). We will send you an invoice.
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