Yemen: Edition 22.053


  • Flavour profile Toffee, cocoa nibs, mace
  • Process Natural
  • Varietal Peaberry
  • Roast Dark


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  • This lot represents a traditional Yemeni coffee. It's a really typical thing for Yemeni coffee producers - most of whom have only a very small number of coffee trees - to harvest their cherries and dry them themselves, often done on their rooftops. Whilst this is really traditional, it's not very well controlled and in other places often causes lots of issues with quality.

    Here though, Yemen's dry climate helps create a fairly quick and even drying without mould being the kind of risk it would be in wetter countries. The end result - along with generations of processing coffee this way - is that you can get excellent coffees out of this method.

    Because each producer is small, they sell there dried coffee cherries to exporters or intermediaries, who combined them together to producer larger, more practical lots.

    This particular lot was bought in this way from small coffee producers by Qima. Qima are one of a handful of businesses trying to revolutionise the Yemeni market and bring modern methods, insight and techniques into coffee production. In this case, that means having a network of dry mills which purchase coffee from producers and careful quality control and assessment systems.

    This lot was separated from a larger lot during this process because it's a peaberry. The peaberries - the result of only one seed developing in a coffee cherry rather than two - have a more round cross section and therefore fit through smaller holes than they would have if they were normal beans. During the dry millng, the beans go through screens (basically large flat colanders which shake) with different size holes in them. This lot therefore got pulled out as smaller than the sizes that are normally selected, whilst not being tiny and not broken.

    This coffee immediately hits you with a heavy, gloopy body of dark toffee and cocoa nibs. A hint of raisin comes through too, followed by a spice note of mace on the finish.

    • Country: Yemen
    • Region: Khawlan
    • Governorate: Sada'a
    • Exporter: Qima
    • Altitude: 1,600 - 2,100 m.a.s.l.
    • Varietal: Peaberry
    • Processing: Natural
  • Toffee, cocoa nibs, mace

    • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
    • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
    • Acidity: (1–8): 6
    • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
    • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
    • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
    • Balance: (1–8): 6
    • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
    • Correction:(+36): +36
    • Total (max. 100): 86

    Roast Information
    Dark - Traditionally processed Yemeni coffee is very difficult to roast! Visually, it tends to look very dark even before first crack. It also often makes very little noise during crack. Despite this, you need to take the coffee through first and through the gap to the edge of second crack. It's likely to go hotter than normal by a bit - be careful!

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