Yemen was the first country in the world to export coffee from the port city of Mokka in the 17th century and produces some of the world's finest and most sought-after coffees.
The coffee trees grow in the high, dry, sunlit mountains in gorges and on terraces where the scarce water collects. The coffees are natural coffees that are grown in microlots, where each variety and field is kept separate. Artificial fertilizers and pesticides are not used.
In good cooperation with Yemen Journey, we have imported two of the unique quality coffees to Denmark. They contribute to income and jobs in Yemen, where over 20 million people are dependent on aid after years of conflict. Both men and women participate in growing, sorting, packing, processing and exporting.
The two coffees are both delivered in 250 g whole beans roasted and packed from Coffee Collective .
Ja'adi coffee (DKK 199)
A very unique quality coffee from Yemen with a very high cupping score (87.25). A microlot coffee of the Jadii variety. Notes of flowers, berries, rose and cream. The lead barrista at Coffee Collective calls it "absolutely wild". The coffee comes from the Assalaf region in the eastern Haraz mountains in Yemen.
The coffee and coffee berries are grown and hand-picked at an altitude of 2,280 meters. The coffee is dried on nets in the sun for three days and in the shade for 40 days, after which it rests for 30 days before it is dehulled and hand-sorted to the highest special quality.
Khawlani coffee (DKK 109)
A coffee from Khawlani, Sa'ada in northern Yemen, which has been very badly affected by the war. Clean and full-bodied with low acidity. Notes of cocoa, hazelnuts and floral honey.
The coffee is grown by the two brothers Ali and Faisal Marwan, who with their families have the farms Jalat Al-Enab and Al-Masa'arah. The families hand-pick the coffee berries and dry them under the sun so that they are naturally processed post-harvest.
Our partner, Yemen Journey, has supplied nets stretched on frames for the drying, and is working with the families to improve the quality. The import therefore contributes to the development of coffee production in the remote and very poor area. It is the one of our coffees that makes the biggest difference.
Read the blog post On a coffee trip which describes the first visit to the families in Sa'ada.