Yemen Mokha Matari Limited Edition Black Label
cinnamon • chocolate • dried apricot
- roasted & shipped the same day
- In stock, ready to ship
This is our second Yemen offering, and after the success of our first, we knew we had to get more from this region. From the first cupping, we were blown away by the richness and rustic appeal. This dark roast coffee has the perfect contrast of a smooth full-body and bold, complex taste. The warm flavor of cinnamon spice pairs perfectly with the bittersweetness of chocolate. A fruited finish, reminiscent of dried apricots, adds a balanced sweetness to the brew, providing a unique and memorable drinking experience.
Flavor Notes: cinnamon • chocolate • dried apricot
bold • complex • earthy
Varietal: heirloom cultivars
Recommended Brew Method:
french press • drip • espresso
Matari is one of the few coffees from the growing regions surrounding the high-altitudes of Sana'a that was traditionally kept separate. All others were mixed to form "Sana'ani coffee" with decidedly mixed outcomes. But coffee in Bani Matari is a bit different, tall old-growth trees that appear like a fruit orchard than a typical coffee farm (well, NO coffee production in Yemen looks like a coffee farm anywhere else!). This lot was secured through Fatoum Muslot, who took over the family coffee business started by her father back in the 1950s. They've long exported Yemeni coffee, and since Fatoum has started managing the group, she has worked to implement practices such as more stringent hand sorting and using Ecotact storage bags in order to directly affect their coffee's overall quality. We're quite pleased with the physical condition of both coffees we bought from Fatoum this year, the lack of underripe coffee and shipping in Ecotact liners has really benefitted the resulting cup quality. During their long history in the coffee trade they've forged longstanding connections with farming groups in several growing regions, and because of these connections, are able to buy coffee in a more direct way. This lot is made up of coffee from roughly 100 farmers in Bani Matari, who on average have 1000 trees planted on less than 1/2 hectare of land. Altitude is extremely high, starting around 2000 meters and stretching upwards of 2400 meters above sea level. It's been a few years now since we've picked up Yemeni coffee, not necessarily by choice, but mainly due to the difficulties exporting from a country at war. The situation there is still quite dire, and I'm amazed that anything is making it out of the country.
On-Demand Roasting Explained
I'm sure that you've seen notes on our website about how 'We don't roast until you want it." or "Roasted Fresh After You Order", but have you thought about why and how we setup our business to do that?