Yemen Red Haaraz - Jarmah Natural Peaberry - Micro-Lot

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Yemen Red Haaraz - Jarmah Natural Peaberry - Micro-Lot

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Limited Roast - PRE-ORDER ONLY - Roasting Sept. 25th - Shipping Sept. 27th

Please Note: Your entire order will ship once this Yemen Jarmah is roasted. If you need your other coffees shipped sooner, please check out twice. Thanks!

We’ve found our second amazing traceable Yemen peaberry this year! There are no better stories in coffee. Since humans began cultivating coffee Yemen has been a key player in its storyline, and continues to be to this very day.

  • The nations best roasters are scrambling to bring coffee in from Yemen and White Pine Coffee has got our hands on some of the rarest of the rare, a farm-level traceable Yemen peaberry. A trifecta of flavors, mild berries, floral highlights, with a light chocolate base will have you savoring every sip. Yemen coffees are an experience unto themselves.

  • This lot comprises fresh coffee cherries collected at Al-Emadi, a privately owned collection center in Haraaz, managed by Jalal Yahya Jarmah, a farmer and businessman in the area who collaborates with Al-Ezzi in the collection and tracing of high-quality coffee cherry from farmers in the area.

  • Haraaz Traceable- Dried cherries purchased directly from producers who hold Al-Ezzi–issued producer ID cards in order to allow for both proper distribution of funds and full traceability.

Scroll down to watch a video about this groundbreaking program and to learn more about this amazing offering from Yemen!

Tasting Notes: Sweet with nice fruit acidity and a smooth mouthfeel; cocoa, berry and chocolate flavors.

Roast Profile: Medium Roast

Origin: Yemen

Region: Haaraz

Farm: Jalal Yahya Jarmah

Variety: Tuffahi, Dawairi, Jaadi, various other heirloom varieties

Processing: Natural

Altitude: 1,900 to 2,440 masl - 6,230 to 8,000 ft.

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There's every reason to believe that Yemen is going to be the coffee-producing country everyone is talking about—and it's about time, since it is the second-oldest coffee culture in the world, and possibly the origin of the beverage we know, recognize, and love as true coffee. Yemen has been cultivating coffee plants since at least the 16th century, if not earlier, but coffee hasn't always been the first thing to come to mind with mention of the place: The country has been in the midst of a brutal civil war since 2015, and its other seemingly most-newsworthy characteristics are its water impoverishment, increasing dependence on the narcotic plant khat, and appearance on the U.S.A.'s recent "Travel Ban."

A few years ago, Cafe Imports' head of sourcing, Jason Long, was on a long hunt for spectacular Yemen coffees—the kind the coffee-history books are literally written about—and he finally found some in the mid-2010s, when he met Shabbir Ezzi, an entrepreneur and the owner of exporting company Al-Ezzi Industries. Shabbir has invested not just money, time, and energy, but also his life by relocating to Yemen in order to make high-quality coffee a viable, sustainable, and empowering pursuit for the farmers in and around the coffee region of Haraaz.Shabbir had the passion for improving Yemeni coffee, but not necessarily the background in quality development: Jason requested that Al-Ezzi focus on buying fresh (not dried) cherries from producers, and to dry the cherries evenly on raised beds rather than the traditional patios and rooftops. Shabbir agreed, and the collaboration has had remarkable results. Al-Ezzi still works with producers in the traditional way as well, and is able through their efforts in sourcing and sorting to buy coffee at different levels of quality and traceability from producers in Yemen.

The ways that Al-Ezzi does business in Yemen's coffee market is substantially different from the norm. Here are the main points that make their model appealing to us.

  • Farmers are paid a high base price for bringing their coffee to Al-Ezzi's own or participating receiving stations, and are given premiums for coffees that meet certain standards of moisture, quantity, and quality selection.

  • Coffee farmers are voluntarily issued ID cards, which are used not only as a point of pride and respect but also to keep track of their deliveries and ensure proper, timely payment.

  • Each farmer's individual contributions are meticulously recorded, which means the coffees are traceable down to individuals—highly unusual in a country where the average farmer produces less than 100 kilos of cherry.

  • Fresh, ripe red cherries earn an additional premium over dried cherries (how coffee is traditionally sold at market), as buying fresh cherries allows Al-Ezzi to ensure ripeness and quality before drying, and to control the drying process for evenness.

Because of this alternative way of doing business with coffee farmers in Yemen, Al-Ezzi is able to offer different "tiers" of product from these growers, who are paid according to their quality and volume.