Yemen- Haraaz Natural-12oz
Yemen- Haraaz Natural
Notes: Thick berries and chocolate with a boozy acidity.
Farm: Regional smallholder farmers
Variety: Tuffahi, Dawairi, Ismaili, Jaadi
Altitude: 1900–2440 masl
Yemen has been in the grips of a devastating civil war for several years, which of course makes coffee importing seem like the least-important issue, but being able to provide a continual source of income for farmers during times of political strife can have a significant impact on their livelihoods and, in some small way, make an impact on the country's agricultural sector as a whole.
A premium has been paid to the Yemeni coffee farmers for selective picking and quality of cup. There are hundreds of producers who contribute coffee to this lot, as coffee farming in Yemen is mostly done in "gardens" or at least garden-size plots, some producing no more than a few scant kilos of cherries per year. The political situation and a longstanding water crisis, as well as the bulk of the nation's agricultural resources being diverted to growing the stimulant plantqat, has caused a deep decline in the coffee production here, in what used to be the world's foremost and most sought-after coffee-growing nation.
However, as we’ve seen from other coffee-growing regions' recovery from political or martial turmoil—such as in Rwanda and Honduras—high-quality specialty coffee can be a positive and productive element of economic and social rebuilding.