If you are looking for complexity and wildness, then this is the coffee for you!
The aromatics of exotic spice, dry cinnamon, cardamom, and dates are amazing. The acidity is nice and winey, and flavor notes of dark chocolate, caramel, dates, Turkish apricots, and strawberry are apparent.
The mouth feel is surprisingly smooth with notes of earthiness, dark cherry, and tobacco.
Darker roasts will accentuate the rich chocolate tones and muddled fruit
Lighter roasts will accentuate the spice, wildness, and more vibrant fruit notes.
In the end, we are pleased and fortunate to have such a wonderful Yemen offering and hope you will give it a try!
Roast Level / Profile Notes:
We love the complexity of Yemen coffees, so we actually prefer a light City Roast
for our Yemen Mocha Matari.
If a City Roast is a bit light for your taste, then our second choice is Full City
. It mellows things a bit while still yielding plenty of complexity!
*** Please note that light and medium roasted Yemen coffee will have a very uneven bean surface, mottled and irregular. This is due to the processing and drying methods. ***
- City Roast - For the most complexity, fruit, and brighter acidity, this is the best choice.
- Full City Roast - Subdues things a bit by rounding the body, bringing out the red fruits, and mellow chocolate tones.
- Full City (+) Roast - Will definitely focus on the dark chocolate and wine while providing a deeper body; very smooth.
- Vienna Roast - Roast characteristics will begin to take over here. Fruit notes will wane, but spice is retained. Body will smooth with notes of sharp chocolate.
- French Roast - Not recommended.
Un-roasted Yemen coffee beans are small, round, irregular and olive green to yellow in color.
The coffee is grown and processed in much the same way as it has been over the years with little to no improvisation.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it contributes greatly to what makes Yemeni coffee so wonderfully complex and intriguing.
The coffee is naturally processed (dried with the fruit still attached to the beans) and milling is done conventionally by millstone or other "primitive" methods (accounting for the rough and irregular beans).
- Origin: Yemen
- Region: Matari
- Processing: Natural and Dry Hulled
- Growing Altitude: 1,900 - 2,440 feet