Producer: Various Smallholder Farmers
Varietal(s): Tuffahi. Dawairi. Jaadi. Various Other Heirloom Varieties.
Growing Elevation: 1900-2440 Meters
Processing: Natural. Dried on Raised Beds.
Region: Haraaz, Yemen
Introducing JBC Coffee Roasters first-ever Yemen coffee. 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 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 comes from Al Ezzi Industries where owner Shabbir Ezzi’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 in the Haraaz region immediately after harvest and were then dried uniformly on raised beds and milled in Sana’a. For more information about this coffee and the history of coffee in Yemen, check out this video from our friends at Café Imports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyQs-zMIu0Q.