Coffee from Yemen
About coffee from Yemen
Coffee from Yemen has been world famous since the 17th century, when the country was the first to start exporting coffee through the port city of Mocca. Today, Yemen produces some of the world's most unique arabica coffee.
Coffee is still grown today in the same way as then almost 400 years ago. The coffee trees grow on smaller plots of land high up on mountain terraces and in narrow mountain valleys, where the natural cultivation methods and drying up in the hills produce small beans with special fruit aromas of apricot, berries, raisins and figs.
Since coffee has never been refined together, the original varieties of the arabica plant have evolved in the remote mountain pockets, where the local varieties are among the oldest in the world.
The quality, the high production costs, the water shortage, the small uses and the low yields make the coffee from Yemen one of the most expensive in the world. But coffee gives farmers an income and by far most of the production costs in Yemen go to the farmers.
Our partner, The Yemen Journey, buys the coffee directly from the family farm Jalat Al-Enab in Bani Bahr area of Sa'ada by our partner Yemen Journey. The coffee is grown at an altitude of 1900 meters in the dry and inaccessible mountains of Yemen. The area has been hit hard by the war.
The family picks the coffee berries by hand and dries them naturally in the sun on the roof of the yard. Only water and natural fertilizers are used, but there is not yet an organic certification scheme in Yemen. The coffee beans are peeled and then sorted by hand.
warfair Coffee from Yemen is sold in Denmark by Coffee Collective.
After decades of instability, since 2011 Yemen has experienced a devastating war in which tens of thousands have been killed and millions internally displaced.
About 24 million, out of a total population of just over 28 million, need emergency assistance and close to two-thirds of the population live in extreme poverty.
The cultivation of coffee and the trade in coffee create income and work, and this is badly needed. Coffee is also a good alternative to the harmful Khat production.
In more ways than one, therefore, coffee contributes to peace and prosperity in Yemen.