Yemen Haraaz Red Cherry Natural 2017


Bean name Yemen Haraaz Red Cherry Natural 2017
Country Yemen
Region Haraaz
Other info Varietals: Tuffahi, Dawairi, Ismaili and Jaadi


One of the most ancient histories of coffee production belongs to Yemen, the small peninsular nation that juts into the Red Sea. Since roughly the late 16th century, coffee in Yemen has been produced and processed using traditional methods. The method typically used in Yemen is a “tree-dried natural” process, in which the coffee cherry is allowed to dry on the tree before it's picked, further dried on rooftops, husked and milled. This practice historically resulted in the classic Yemeni characteristics of muddled fruit and earthy, deep notes in the cup – but what would Yemeni coffee taste like if the cherry was picked ripe?

Yemen has been in the grips of a devastating civil war, and it’s unclear when we’ll have coffees from there again. As we’ve seen from other coffee-growing regions that are recovering from political or martial turmoil (such as Rwanda and Honduras), high-quality specialty coffee can be a positive and productive element of economic and social rebuilding. We hope the same will be true for the beautiful people and the marvelous coffee of Yemen.

As I mentioned earlier, Yemeni coffee is normally harvested from dried cherries picked straight from the tree. After the cherries are picked, they are spread on rooftops or on sheets, and they're allowed to dry even more over the next two to three weeks. When the coffee is ready to be exported, it is milled and sent away.

This coffee, however, is different. It has been bought as ripe cherries direct from the farmer – not as dried raisins. This way we know only the best and ripest cherries are selected. Next, the coffee has been dried on raised beds and not on the traditional rooftops; this difference allows for the perfect drying environment.

In the cup the first thing that hits you is a brandy snap followed by complex sweet spice (think allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg). There's a big chewy body and a slightly peppery finish.

Country: Yemen
Region: Haraaz
Farm: Independent smallholders
Varietals: Tuffahi, Dawairi, Ismaili and Jaadi
Altitude: 1,900–2,440 m.a.s.l.
Processing method: Natural – red ripe cherries dried on raised beds

Roasting Information
Medium dark – just up to the brink of second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Brandy snap, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, chewy, pepper.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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