Yemen Al-Jabal Port of Mokha
*Wednesday Only Roast- This coffee only roasts on Wednesdays and will ship out that day.
Two dollars from every bag sold will be donated to Mercy Corps to further their humanitarian work in Yemen.
We are pleased to present, for the third year in a row, a coffee that was brought to us through our friends at Port of Mokha, an up-and-coming coffee importer focused on specialty coffee from Yemen. Several years ago, Equator was introduced to Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Bay Area based, Yemeni-American coffee entrepreneur who was actively working with coffee farmers in Yemen. His goal is to educate coffee producers so that they can improve quality and help establish connections between farmers and roasters.
This year we are featuring a single-farmer micro-lot from Al-Jabal, an area within the Sana’a growing region. Sana'a has been involved in coffee cultivation longer than anywhere else on earth, and with growing altitudes from 7,100 to 7,900 feet above sea level, Al-Jabal produces some of the highest grown coffees to be found. Our friends at Port of Mokha have been working in the Al-Jabal region for many years and it shows in the quality of the cup. Refined flavors, consistent quality and an ongoing commitment by the farmers to strive for excellence.
In the past, we found that offers from Yemen often showed flavors of dry wood, which can be an indication that the green coffee is old. Many coffee producers in Yemen hold on to their coffee as a form of currency, only selling when cash is needed. This practice and the tradition of blending many small lots together to form exportable quantities, leads to inconsistency within given lots. At its best, coffee from Yemen can be like this micro-lot -- sweet, fruit-forward, exhibiting the classic winey flavor the origin is known for.