Sana'a, Yemen's capital city, was devastated by bombing in 2014/15, and throughout the civil war, the logistics of exporting coffee has at times seemed impossible.
Complex & Sweet
Without a doubt, it's one of the most complex coffees we've ever tasted, with a rich body reminiscent of maple syrup, delicate floral notes of bergamot in the background, and a pomegranate-like tanginess that lingers long after the final sip.
The natural process requires skill and attention to get right. The ripe coffee cherry is picked and left out to ferment in the sun, turned regularly so that no mould grows. The enzymatic reactions that occur here sink right into the seed (or bean), and leave you with a coffee that's full of funkiness and complexity.
The process historically was common in places with less water available, but you'll see it all over the world these days, in producer's quests to find wild results in their lots.
Naturally processed coffees have a boozy funkiness that might not be your traditional idea of intense, but they're powerful nonetheless. Howari has so much to offer, and it's a treat to experience how the flavours change as this coffee cools.
YEMEN - HOWARI
20g coffee, 320ml water. Total brew time = 2:30-3:00min.
1:16 ratio, steeped for 4 minutes and left to settle. No plunger needed!
YEMENI SPECIALTY COFFEE
Despite its rich history, Yemeni coffee has not seen the spotlight in the specialty world until recently, largely due to the nation's ongoing civil war. Sana'a was devastated by bombing in 2014/15, and throughout the civil war, the logistics of exporting coffee has at times seemed impossible.
None of this has stopped Mocha Mill from producing incredible specialty coffees, and we're grateful to have been able to secure this extremely limited lot. This will be the first of our Limited Release series, and we can't think of anywhere better to start it than where coffee originated...
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