Yemen Haraaz Special Red Grade A+
Cup Characteristics: Bold, striking, clean, exotic cupping. Lots of berries and citrus notes with dark chocolate resulting in a tongue coating mouthfeel. Racy, distinctly Yemeni Mocha flavor notes. No other coffee tastes quite like this one nor has its lingering mouthfeel.
$49.99 per pound
This Willoughby's Serious Select coffee will be roasted and shipped on Monday 4/6 only.
This is a very special, limited edition Haraaz Red Grade A+ from our source in Yemen. We have offered this coffee in past years and it really does stand head and shoulders above other coffee from Yemen. We have had a long relationship with an exporter who has redefined coffee excellence in Yemen, Shabbir El-Azzi. Shabbir has been instrumental in shifting agricultural production in this principal coffee growing region from Qat, an illegal but lucrative drug, to high quality, fully ripe coffee cherry. The tradition in Yemen had been to grow coffee and store it on the rooftops of homes, putting one year's crop atop another, then selling coffee as funds were needed. El-Azzi has changed all this by paying farmers premium prices upon the delivery of fully ripe, fresh cherry. The very best of these cherries are segregated for this special Red Grade A+ sorting and an unusual drying method that utilizes a specially designed pyramid to promote airflow while slowly drying the layers of cherry within. While many grades and sizes are produced, this particular one is the very highest. Haraaz Red is the result of painstaking care at every stage of the post harvesting process.
This attention to detail produces a distinct difference in flavor and clarity. The result is this one of a kind, very special coffee.
This coffee ships to the US in Grainpro bags which isolate the coffee from any taste and odor and also controls moisture. Our direct relationship is important because often when one buys coffee from Yemen they may get a variety of growing years all mixed together, or mixed screen sizes. The evenness employed in the grading system makes for more control during the roasting process.
Our shipper works with growers and you can be assured of new crop, evenly graded specialty coffee, the real deal. It's expensive but farmers are assured of much higher remuneration than they would typically receive as well as investment in social programs. This is 100% authentic Yemen Mocha from the single, quality producing Sharqi Haraaz region.
Yemen Harazi coffee comes only from the Haraz Mountains, an ancient coffee growing region in the isolated northwest highlands. Coffee is grown at very high altitudes and beans have a particularly hard density. Altitude of the agricultural land in the region ranges from 4500 feet to an astounding 9000 feet. Flavor is intense and characteristic of the very best Mocha coffee Yemen has to offer. This Haraaz coffee is markedly superior to other coffees from Yemen that we have recently cupped.
Coffee trees growing on steps carved into rock in Harazi
Coffee is produced in the Haraaz Mountains with ancient methods, resulting in natural, dry processed coffee. Steep, rocky terraces were carved in the rugged mountains centuries ago so it could be farmed. While not certified as such, Haraaz coffee uses no synthetic fertilizers nor pesticides, and all crops are rain fed. With almost no access to commercially available farming supplies, the coffee is grown in a natural environment, free of pollution. The growing methods have not changed for centuries.
Cherries, picked by hand are placed on straw mats and laid on village rooftops, to dry in the sun. The farmers take a lot of care to protect their coffee from contamination, mold and other negative conditions during the two week long drying period. Once dry, beans are collected by the exporter in all the villages throughout this mountainous region, and transported to a collection center in the village of Al-Hutaib. Finally, it is conveyed to processing facility in Sanani for milling, bagging and export to waiting international buyers.
Ancestral, heirloom varietals have been catalogued and include unfamiliar names such as Dawairi, Tufari and Udaini. Recently, two other varietals have been discovered, Shabriqi and Jadd'di. Some of these produce cherry year round while others produce on a yearly cycle. Still others yield cherry only every other year. Harvest is generally October and December, with other varietals harvesting in March and April.
In the last three decades of the twentieth century farmers turned away from traditional crops, including coffee, to grow Qat, a narcotic, and far more lucrative endeavor. Apart from the illegality and moral issues, Qat farming destroys the soil of its nutrients and area's scarce water supply. With the help and guidance of the 'Haraaz Project', as well as government incentives, many of the five hundred or so farmers in the Haraaz Mountains have turned their attention back to their traditional coffee roots.
Today, you will find Haraaz coffee to be one of the best. For Yemen Mocha fans, choose this coffee for a most pleasant surprise.
Haraaz Red drying pyramid construction
Detail of the bag from prior year