Arabia, The Original Coffee Culture.
Yemen is the origin of Coffea Arabica, which takes its name from Qahwa Arabiya (Arabic coffee). For centuries, Yemen was the world’s only source of coffee which was exported from the port of Al-Makha, Arabic for Mocha.
In Yemen, the community is concentrated in the capital, Sana’a and spread across the villages along the stepped terraces of the rural mountains of Haraaz. While coffee has proved lucrative for some business ventures, many farmers have not been able to live on coffee alone.
Returning To Agri-Cultural Roots
A World Health Organization classified Qat as a drug of abuse that had stifled the economic and social development of Yemen for decades. An arduous practice of Qat chewing was deeply embedded into Yemeni society. In recent years, almost 300,000 trees of Qat (catha edulis) were uprooted through awareness campaigns targeted to local farmers with the help of foreign volunteers .
Many customers are unaware of the long process it takes to make a cup. The beans used to make their coffee can only begin to be harvested five years after being planted at 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above sea level, a unique climate for coffee growing.
Yemen, holds the ideal climate with a perfect balance of the warmth and shade needed to create good coffee.
Maisi (generational coffee farmer) rotates among the trees approximately three times a month, choosing only the cherries that are at the peak of ripeness.
Naturally Dry Processed Under the Sun
After harvesting, the cherries are cleaned and then placed in the sun to dry up to four weeks. Finally, he removes the last layers of dry skin.
Experience the taste that made significant coffee history
Ancestor seedlings of Haraaz coffee were the first cultivated coffee in the world, grown on high stone sloped terraces at elevations between 1,500 and 3,000 meters above sea level. Unique taste characteristics of roasted beans create a bountiful flavor burst of ancient, exotic spices, a hint of dried fruit, predominately raisin, ending with a bottom note of date nuts.