I wanted to share a video that shows the Coffee Highlands of Yemen. a few customers have asked if I could get some of this expensive and rare coffee. I sent for some samples of a few importers that had small amounts in stock. I hope to get enough customers to buy this coffee before it is gone! There are many reasons why this coffee is so expensive. War, drugs, small growing area to name a few. Depending on if I get a smaller amount or a full 132 pound sack of this fantastic coffee. Roasted this coffee could be $25-$30 a twelve oz. bag. This will depend on which one and how much that is purchased. But new crop Ethiopian Naturals should be in port soon! Sometimes I can trade coffee with other roasters, this way may cost a little more but purchasing huge amounts would not be needed. I have about 2.5 pounds of an older crop that I will be drinking soon. I hide small amounts of green coffee than forget about them.
After Ethiopia came Yemen – at least where coffee is concerned. Yemeni coffees are from one of the oldest sources of the bean in the world.
Note: Some Yemenis dispute Ethiopia being first, but we can say for certain that Yemen is one of the original two, and Yemenis do have the honor of being in the first blended coffee – Mokha-Java.
Coffees from Yemen are most distinct, and are highly praised by the connoisseur as being one of the best in the world.
Yemen coffees are the epitome of a “wild cup” and can border on scary at times because of their deep earthy, complex, pungency with overlays of dry fruit (think raisin), cardamom, dry cinnamon, and tobacco notes.
Yemen coffee has a great history that has ripple effects today. Mokha is not chocolate, no matter how many coffee shops insist on calling chocolate-flavored coffee drinks Mocha. Mokha is, in fact, the port city where Yemeni beans were loaded up into wooden hulled sailing ships manned by low-land sailors coming home from the island of Java, hence Mokha-Java blend.
In fact, this historical accident of a blend was a natural fit as the funky wildness of Mokha blends nicely with the brighter cleaner Javanese bean.
Yemen coffees are dry-processed wild coffees, raised traditionally without chemicals, that with a brave palate, you just might fall in love with. By all means, take a swig of this brew!