From my early days roasting, I have always wanted to source and profile a coffee from Yemen. Given its storied history, unique varieties, and soaring altitudes there is an obvious appeal. However, the logistics of exporting from Yemen are challenging to say the least. For this particular lot, I worked with Aleco at Red Fox and Fatoum Muslot.
She is the daughter of long time Yemeni exporter Ali Hebah Muslot. Please read this really great interview with Fatoum on Sweet Marias. She outlines the historic, moral, and financial importance of coffee to Yemen, especially amidst the country's ongoing civil war. As she so succinctly states, "We wonder who deserves assistance more than us in Yemen, because our country is ravaged by economic crises and crushed by conflicts, in addition our country has the largest stock and genetic diversity of coffee from which the world can benefit from and is in desperate need of assistance in order to be able to preserve it".FLAVOUR:
Allow me to quote Aleco’s first message to me about Mochi Hiwari: “utterly immaculate red fruit character so flawless it almost leans into a washed Ethiopia grade one style of profile”. The cup is absolutely loaded with fresh cut strawberry and cream notes that float perfectly over the jammy fig and date flavours. It is clean, big, sweet, and - for me - well worth the wait!
Fresh Figs, Strawberry Shortcake & Red Plum.
Al Qafr, Ibb.
Hiwari & Tuffahii.
Red Fox Merchants.