Much to our surprise and pleasure, we were notified by our green coffee importer that a lot of top quality Yemeni coffee would be available from this war torn country. After months at sea it has finally arrived. This Arabian Mocha Sanani coffee is true to its origin. Its flavors are unique and distinct, characteristic of coffee grown at high elevations in this dry, harsh environment. The cup has deep rustic flavors reminiscent of dried fruit and spiced wine. A thick bold finish keeps the flavors lingering long after the finish.
Mocha, sometimes spelled Mocca, Moka, Al-Muckha, does not refer to chocolate or the flavored espresso based drink bearing the same name. It is a port in present day Yemen that has been exporting Arabica coffee longer than any other city. Arab traders brought coffee from Africa, across the Arabian Sea as early as the mid-15th century. Little has changed in the agricultural practices during the last half of a millennium. The unique flavor profile stems from heirloom cultivars only found on the peninsula, arid growing conditions, and centuries-old natural pulped, sun-dried techniques. Plants grow on naturally spring-fed terraces at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 ft. Organic practices dominate including natural composting and stone mulching to save scarce water.