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 unique and distinct, characteristic of coffee grown at high elevations in this dry, harsh environment. The cup is mesmerizing, with deep rustic flavors reminiscent of dried fruit and spicy wine. A thick bold finish keeps the flavors lingering long after you have finished this excellent cup. Mocha, sometimes spelled Mocca, Moka, Al-Muckha, does not refer to chocolate or the flavored espresso drink bearing the same name. It is a port in present day Yemen that has been exporting Arabica coffee longer than any other city. Hundreds of years ago, coffee was being cultivated and consumed on the Arabian Peninsula. 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 the fact that some of the cultivars grown were brought to the peninsula more than 1500 years ago. 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. Mocha Sanani coffee develops intense flavors from the arid growing conditions, and centuries-old natural pulped, sun-dried techniques.