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We have an excellent coffee from the Rayyan Mill in Sana'a, that is sourced from a small valley in the Hajjah Governorate. Available as a Light Roast and Light-Medium Roast. (12 oz bag)
Light Roast: Powerful, wood framed, vibrant grassy/apple acidity, with signature Yemeni rustic and fermented flavors nestled underneath. As it cools, all these flavors mellow out.
Light-Medium Roast: Red grape juiciness, rustic ferment, and flavors that linger everywhere in the mouth. Similar to the light roast, but less extreme flavors.
Additional tasting notes: The initial brightness has an unseen buttress of brown spice and leather notes. But you don't taste it; rather, if it were not there you would say something is missing. It's like good design: you don't see it so much as you perceive it. Overall, this coffee is difficult to shoe-horn into typical Yemeni tasting notes, and the brightness is shape-shifting and teasing.
We offer this coffee about once every-other year.
This coffee as described by the Rayyan Mill themselves:
Abu Al-Wudiyyan - From the mountains of Hajja, this lot is sourced from a single valley found way off the beaten path. We began working with this community several years ago after one of the farmers producing the Al-Ghayoul lot introduced us to his in-laws. All famers in Yemen plant heirloom varieties that have been developing independently of the rest of the coffee world since the 15th century. This lot is composed of varietals known locally as Dawairy and Udainy.
Most of our time is spent searching out the communities with the finest coffees Yemen has to offer and then working hard (at the farm level, in the mill and in the cupping lab) to develop them. Our Special Lots lots are the result. They are from very specific communities and each lot is as unique as the farmers who produce it. These coffees are very dear to us - or as we say in Yemen “Our very soul is in this coffee.”
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What's not to like in Al Wudiyan? As my first try at Yemen's coffee, it was definitely a convincing experience! The light roast combined a pleasant acidity with a great body, all that enhancing nicely the signature Yemeni flavours. I brewed it with either a French press or a steel mesh filter, and it shone each and every time! Anda was kind enough to let me try the light-medium roast and I think it was even better (slightly less acidic, more 'confident' flavours). No wonder it's his favorite! The rest of the 'experience'---from the speedy delivery (to the French Riviera!) to the nice handwritten (gasp) note---was also great. And of course, all that makes a strong argument for Yemeni coffee and what might indeed be a billion-dollar opportunity for the country!
I have tried Yemen coffee from other roasters but nothing comes close to the quality or taste your coffees have to offer. Anda is one of those rare roasters who truly knows his beans and his craft, he went above and beyond answering specific questions for brewing this micro-lot.
I have been buying coffee from Al Mokha for about 5 months. I am a coffee snob and this is the best coffee I have ever had. I am hooked!! The flavors are exceptional whether you are making lattes or expresso’s.