Yemen has been at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia for thousands of years thanks to its position on the ancient spice routes and has a coffee culture like no other. Yemen coffees have an unmistakeable character, a depth and intensity in its fruit driven flavours and a rich, creamy body which few coffees can match. There is a certain wildness inherent in Matari coffee also, reminiscent of the early days of trade and exploration, the experience of coffee in a regional souk or street café.
Grown in the Mocca Matari Region, in the area surrounding Sana’a, Central Yemen, this coffee is produced by Ahmed Al-Hamdani, whose family have been in the mocha coffee business for over 130 years. The coffee is dry-processed due to the lack of water in the arid mountains, handpicked from semi-wild plantings and dried on the stone roofs of village houses.
This coffee is a direct descendant of one of the world’s first coffees. It has undergone an extensive sorting process and abounds with spice and dried black currant fruitiness.
All Yemeni coffees have a wild, untamed flavour that may seem a bit rustic at first if you are used to sweet, balanced Latin American coffees. This, however, is an acidy coffee, winey, full bodied and fragrant.
One of the world’s finest coffees that will quickly become one of your most prized coffees.