Following the discovery of coffee in Ethiopia,the plant made its way to Yemen where it written about by the mystic Sufis, going as far back as the 15th century. As the cultivation of coffee increased in Yemen exporting began from the ancient port of Al-Makha (it is to this port the modern term “Mocha” traces its origin.) Yemen coffee developed through the centuries isolated from the offspring of those smuggled beans that gave birth to coffee in the rest of the world. Ultimately Yemen coffee and its history are much like Yemen itself: mysterious, intriguing and complex. But Yemen coffee has remained unique...
This Matari lot is sourced from the famed Bani Matar district of Sana’a grown by small holder farmers. Since Yemen is in the middle of a war right now this coffee has quite a story. The mill team tells us that the mill itself shakes from bomb blasts on a regular basis and that prior to export these bags were even moved to a few different locations depending on what area of town the air strikes were focused on! To top it all off the usual port of export was closed leaving the only available option.
Tasting Notes: Grape, tropical fruit, clean, earthy. Sweet with a creamy body and juicy citrus acidity
Roast Level: Medium
Variety: Matari, indigenous Heirloom
Altitude: 1775 - 1950 masl