Yemen

Haraaz Red

Red Licorice. Orange. Nutmeg.
$20.00 / 8oz
Clear
Body: Rich & Jammy
Acidity: Juicy & Sweet-tart
Producer: Small holder farmers from Al Mashtal ul Burhani
Varietal(s): Jaadi and various heirloom varieties
Growing Elevation: 1900-2440 Meters
Processing: Natural
Region: Al Mashtal ul Burhani

The arid and difficult growing climate in Yemen coupled with extreme political/humanitarian strife as of late have presented this struggling country with enormous challenges. Despite this, the specialty coffee market in Yemen has experienced significant growth in recent years and quality-focused producers have emerged to put Yemen on the map as a specialty coffee producer. Yemen is one of the oldest coffee-producing countries in the world and coffee production is deeply rooted in tradition. This particular coffee is the result of a partnership between Cafe Imports and Al Ezzi Industries owner Shabbir Ezzi. A few years ago, Cafe Imports’ head of sourcing, Jason Long, was on a long hunt for spectacular Yemen coffees—the kind the coffee-history books are literally written about. He finally found some in the mid-2010s, when he met Shabbir Ezzi. Shabbir’s goal is to make high-quality coffee a viable, sustainable, and empowering pursuit for farmers in and around the coffee region of Haraaz. With the help of our friends at Café Imports, Al-Ezzi improved processing and buying strategies in order to maximize quality, increase return to the farmers based on quality, and increase traceability. Where dried coffee cherries were traditionally sold at market, Al-Ezzi purchases fresh, ripe red cherries (a new and somewhat radical notion in Yemen) so that he can control the drying process (a crucial step in ensuring high quality coffee.) This particular lot is a Haraaz Red-meaning fresh coffee cherries were purchased directly from producers immediately after harvest and were then dried uniformly on raised beds. This lot is comprised of fresh coffee cherries collected at Mashtal ul Burhani Drying station, a privately owned collection center in Haraaz that collaborates with Al-Ezzi in the collection and tracing of high-quality coffee cherry from farmers in the area.

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