Yemen – Ismaeli 2628: Natural
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Yemen – Ismaeli 2628: Natural


Notes of Marzipan, Dried Apricot  and Fig with Blackcurrant Cordial, Notes of Tamarind and a Smooth Silky Caramel Body.

Region: Bani Ismail, Manakha
Producer: Mocha Mill, Ismaeli 2628
Process: Natural
Cupping Notes: Notes of Marzipan, Dried Apricot  and Fig with Blackcurrant Cordial, Tamarind and a Smooth Silky Caramel Body.
Variety: Jaadi
Altitude: 1,700 – 2,000m

Suitable for: Outstanding with milk, smooth on its own.
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About the Coffee

Coffee is grown in Yemen in mountainous areas up high on plateau’s and in valleys that are between 1600 – 2100 masl in altitude. It is known for being the first place to cultivate coffee after it was brought to the region in the 15th Century by Sufi Monks. From here it grew with coffee being exported it the 16th Century from the port of Al-Makha which gave birth to the name of the Mocha drink known around the world today. In the 19th Century exports of coffee reached more than 57,000 MT at its peak, which is a very different story to today with less than 20,000 MT.

The coffee is produced on small, terraced farms in high mountains in very simple ways. All coffee is hand-picked, grown with the use of natural organic fertilizers and dried on raised beds or rooftops. These coffees have been sourced through Mocha Mill, one of the first specialty coffee exporters in Yemen.

Mocha Mill started in 2014 when they decided to do a feasibility studies in producing and exporting specialty coffee. They were able to get coffees out to the USA in the first season to be cupped and graded to help them understand the quality they had. Unfortunately, at this time the country broke out into civil war in 2014, but this did not stop them expanding. They have even managed to build a dry mill, colour sorter and state of the art milling equipment and warehouses for drying experimental coffees.

Mocha Mill have focused on working with farmers throughout Yemen making them the focus of their work. They have been educating them on best agricultural practices to improve the yield and quality of the coffee produced from their trees. A key part of their strategy is to empower the farmers and especially the women as they make up about 75% of the farmers in Yemen. They work with full transparency with their farmers to build long lasting relationships.

The farmers are paid on delivery of the cherry to the buying point in each of the regions that Mocha Mill have established. This incorporates striving to implement the highest coffee quality control standards, specifications and protocols to improve the lives of all Yemenis involved in the coffee supply chain.

Traditionally farmers in Yemen they work on small plots from 60 – 70 trees to 400 – 500 trees. The variety mainly is Jaadi /Udhini which is a large tree known for its good production. On average famers will produce around 1500kg of cherry which equates to about 3 bags of 60kg exportable coffee. Across all the farmers the average price paid for cherry was $2.47/kg of cherry for those who work with Mocha Mill.

Famers mainly earn income from coffee but some also grow Qat (Khat) which as a strong legal internal market within Yemen. It is also chewed daily by 90% of the population. As part of their focus they are placing sustainability at the center of their business practises.

Yemen is a country facing drought and water shortages. Mocha Mill are implementing innovative irrigation and dry processing techniques to address water scarcity and reduce impact on the communities and their access to such a precious source.


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