Authenticity. YemenYemen has a coffee culture like no other place, and perhaps some of what we enjoy in this cup is due to their old style of trade...: Technically,... ...more Specialty Coffees Ltd.’s coffees are all guaranteed 100% authentic Yemen, without possibility of adulteration by similar but lesser coffees from Africa. YSC obtains its coffees directly from tribal middlemen in the Yemen highlands, far from the southern port of Aden, the entry point for contraband African coffees.
Market names and growing regions. Over the centuries Yemenis have evolved hundreds of names for growing districts and types of coffee. Of these, Yemen Specialty Coffees makes available premium qualities of the following: Mattari. Originally from the Bani Mattar district west of capital city of Sana’a, Mattari today typically includes coffees from surrounding areas as well. Consequently, Mattaris differ in quality and character. Yemen Specialty Coffee’s Mattan’ is an outstanding example of this Yemen classic: acidy, winy, full-bodied, fragrant, gamey. Very high-grown with a very hard bean. Hirazi From the second high range of mountains one crosses on the road from Sana’a to the coast, Hirazi could be Yemen’s finest coffee. The wineyA taste term to describe a wine-like flavor with a similar perceived acidity and fruit, and some level of acetic acid. It is found most commonly in East... ...more acidityAcidity is a positive flavor attribute in coffee, also referred to as brightness or liveliness. It adds a brilliance to the cup, whereas low acid coffees can seem... ...more is high-toned, heady and powerful. The bodyAssociated with and sensed by mouthfeel, body is sense of weight and thickness of the brew, caused by the percentage of soluble solids in the cup, including all... ...more is perhaps slightly lighter than the body in most Mattaris, but still substantial. Dhamari From the mountains surrounding the provincial capital of Dhamari south of Sana’a, this a slightly softer coffee than Mattari or Hirazi. Still winy and acidy, but less assertive, more rounded, with excellent body. Also called Anisi. Other names. Yemen Specialty Coffees does not import coffee under the market name Sanani, since coffees so designated could originate from a number of different growing districts near the capital of Sana’a. We regularly cup other Yemen coffees, and will supply samples to those interested in exploring these origins, which are typically softer and less intense than Mattari or Hirazi.
Botanical varietals. Virtually all Yemen coffee comes from ancient, “heirloom” varieties of coffee arabicaArabica refers to Coffea Arabica, the taxonomic species name of the genus responsible for around 75% of the worlds commercial coffee crop.: Arabica refers to Coffea Arabica, the... ...more first naturalized hundreds of years ago. The two most famous are Ismaili, which produces small, round, pea-like beans, and Adeni or Mattari, which produces small, rounded, oval beans.
Growing elevations. All of YSC’s coffees are grown at elevations over 5,000 feet. Most are grown considerably higher.
Environment and health. Yemen coffee is grown almost exactly as it was hundreds of years ago: without use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Bean size. All traditional-variety Yemens are small-bean coffees. If a purported Yemen coffee displays consistently large beans, it is probably not a Yemen.
Appearance and roast. Yemen is husked by millstone and screened and cleaned by hand. Although YSC’s coffees all are double- or triple-hand-picked, bean size and color remain irregular. These irregularities do, not affect cup quality or character.
ProcessingThe removal of the cherry and parchment from the coffee seed.: Coffee is either wet-processed (also called washed or wet-milled) or dry-processed (also called wild, natural or natural... ...more method. All Yemen coffee is dry-processed. Ripe coffee cherries are dried in thin layers on rooftops, husked by millstone, and winnowed and cleaned by hand.
Cup profile. Yemen is one of the more distinctive-tasting coffees in the world. The acidity is bright and complexThe co-presence of many aroma and flavor attributes, with multiple layers. A general impression of a coffee, similar to judgments such as "balanced" or "structured" ...more, and the flavor alive with notes that range from candied fruit through wine to dark chocolateA general flavor or aroma term reminiscent of chocolate. But what type? Usually described with more specifics.: Chocolate is a broad, general flavor or aroma term reminiscent of... ...more. The body is medium to ftdl. The profile generally displays excellent range and dimension. Particularly in a darker roast the fragrance and aromaAroma refers to sensations perceived by the olfactory bulb and conveyed to the brain; whether through the nose or "retro-nasally": The aromatics of a coffee greatly influence its... ...more are intense and exhilarating. Yemen also displays a twist to the wine-fruit tones that some call “wild” or “gamey.” This flavor note is clearest in the aftertasteAftertaste refers to lingering residual sensations in the mouth after coffee has swallowed. It might be distinguished from "finish" which is the final sensations of the coffee while... ...more. Purists who judge all coffees against extremely clean, washed Central-American profiles may find this aftertaste objectionable, but Yemen’s many admirers (including William Ukers, Philippe Jobin, Kenneth DavidsA coffee writer and taster, he wrote the book on Home Coffee Roasting, literally, as well as other coffee subjects.: A coffee writer and taster, he wrote the... ...more, Kevin Knox and others) accept it as a minor distraction in the overall rich, complex Yemen package. Cup a sample and decide for yourself If you do, we suggest you try the coffee at both at a cuppingCupping is a method of tasting coffee by steeping grounds in separate cups for discrete amounts of ground coffee, to reveal good flavors and defects to their fullest.... ...more roast and at darker degrees of roast to understand the full range of its possibility.
Price– Yemen sells for more than most other coffees because it is extremely popular everywhere “Turkish” style coffee is drunk. Saudi-Arabians in particular love it and are willing to pay premium prices for even low-quality Yemen Mochas. This interest creates a floor under the price and prevents it from fluctuating to the same lows that affect other coffees.
Roast style recommendations. Degree of roastDegree of Roast simply means the roast level of a coffee, how dark it has been roasted.: Degree of Roast simply means the roast level of a coffee,... ...more has a particularly dramatic effect on the cup characteristics of Yemen Mocha. Its complexity and hard bean means its flavor profileFlavor Profile implies a graphical impression of a particular coffee, whether it be an artistic portrait or data graph of the perception of flavor compounds. In the case... ...more develops rather than fades at darker degrees of roast. Generally a darker style mutes Yemen Mocha’s wild or gamey notes while mellowing the wine and fruit tones and turning them increasingly richer and more chocolatey. Both aroma and body intensify at somewhat advanced degrees of roast. Yemen Mocha will maintain individuality even at concluding bean temperatures of 465 F (very dark brown, SCAA Color Tile #35). If you are considering carrying Yemen Mocha please take the time to cup it at a varietyHibrido de Timor abbreviated HdT is the interspecies hybrid of C. Arabica and C. Canephora (Robusta) that was found in Timor Leste in the 1940s. It has been... ...more of degrees of roast before determining where it can best fit into your product line.
Blending recommendations. Yemen Mocha is a big coffee in flavor and aroma, so a small percentage can make a major contribution to a blend. Roasters typically use between 25% to 50% Yemen Mocha in their Mocha-Java blends, increasing the percentage at darker degrees of roast and decreasing at lighter. The addition of 10% to 25% Yemen Mocha to an upscale espressoA small coffee beverage, about 20 ml, prepared on an espresso machine where pressurized hot water extracted through compressed coffee.: In its most stripped-down, basic form, this is... ...more blend will increase body and aroma significantly. The same modest percentage will strengthen and add character to an otherwise weak, thinnish “French Roast” blend.