Yemen – Mocha Khulani
Department and District: Khulani
Altitude: 1400-2500 MASL
Varietal: Audaini, Dawaeri & Tuffahi
Process: Sundried Natural dried on rooftops
Notes: Berries, lemon verbena, black tea, molasses, chocolate spiciness, and a bit floral
This is a super sweet coffee with tons of fruitiness and complexity. It dries the mouth as though drinking a black tea but all the less it is nothing short of an amazing coffee.
We are deviating a little from our norm which is ussualy washed coffees because of their cleanliness and complexity. But this coffee warants to mix up our menu for us to try a totally different experience. We are also offering this coffee in 10 ounces only as a limited coffee.
Yemeni coffees are very hard to produce and hard to export. The countries ongoing political problems and the difficulty of transporting is one of the reasons the price is steep. These coffees are very different from the usual, with tons of complexity you will not find in your typical naturals anywhere else. It is definitely something different to enjoy.
Fatoum Muslot, daughter of long-time Yemeni exporter Ali Hebah Muslot, opened her own coffee export business in 2015. Fatoum’s long-term goals are to improve the standard of living for her coffee-growing community while restoring Yemeni coffee cultivation to a standard close to the old days.
Coffee’s earliest migration can be traced back from the dense forests of Western Ethiopia across the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, specifically Yemen, in the 15th century. This is when & where coffee drinking culture began as we know it. Initially, it’s thought that the skin of the fruit was boiled in water yielding a tea-like elixir that allowed the Sufi Monks to pray through the night. It’s also commonly thought that one of the Sufi monks roasted raw coffees beans, ground and brewed in a clay vessel—the first cup of coffee in the Port of Mokha—sometime around 1400 AD. Ethiopia birthed it. Yemen raised it. After close to a century of exclusive cultivation European “explorers” smuggled coffee seeds from the country and began proliferating them across their colonized worlds hence the advent of large-scale plantation style production in India & Indonesia.
The coffee world has dramatically changed since these times as has Yemen. Political instability at the turn of the last decade has led to civil war. It’s thought that more than half of the country’s population is now without reliable sources of food and water. As much as 10% of the population is displaced entirely. Coffee production has plummeted from 65,000 tons in the 1950s to roughly 9,000 tons currently; from being on top of the coffee-producing world in the mid-20th century to being close to the bottom now. Yemen is in a rough situation.
Photos and text courtesy of Red Fox Coffee Merchants
|Dimensions||6.5 × 2 × 11.5 in|
Whole Bean, Espresso, Aeropress, Pour Over/ Drip, French Press