Jemen Haraaz Sana’a Special Reserve Double Anaerobic Coffee Beans


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Microlot coffee beans from Yemen: the first country to cultivate coffee beans.

Haraaz is a mountainous area in Sana'a Governorate with an area of 1276 km2. Its highest point is 3000 meters above sea level. A total of 140,000 people live in Haraaz, of whom at least 1,500 families are financially dependent on coffee cultivation.

Yemen coffee beans are known for their sweet mocha flavor with hints of honey, cherries, ripe raspberries and a nutty finish like marzipan. This microlot is produced by 26 smallholder farmers who carefully hand-pick fresh coffee berries, and who receive honest compensation from Qima Coffee. Qima Coffee then processes them naturally on drying beds for about 38 days before further distributing the batch vacuum packed, to Evermore in Rotterdam, among others.

Process: double anaerobic fermentation

Yemen Haraaz Sana'a is double fermented without oxygen and sun dried. These beans of the Yemenia cultivar (native to Yemen) were first dried for 5 days, then had 3 days of anaerobic fermentation, followed by 1 day of sun drying and another 4 days of anaerobic fermentation, before being finally dried for 25 days.

Evermore roasts the green coffee beans to order, thus guaranteeing a perfectly fresh cup of coffee. We roast them 'medium' so the coffee's floral and sweet tones are preserved.

Flavor: balanced sweetness, ripe rasperries, cinnamon, walnuts. A real, truly unique taste experience.

Variety: Yemenia (Arabica)
Process: anaerobic double fermentation
Origin: Haraaz, Sana’a, Yemen
Height: 1800 – 2200 meters above sea level
Roast: medium. Perfect for espresso, filter, cold drip.

Yemen Bani Ofair is freshly roasted upon request in our micro roastery in Rotterdam-West


About Qima Coffee

Qima Coffee was established in 2016 and is Yemen's first accredited specialty coffee producer. By presenting a range of refined and rare specialty coffees to the world, Qima hopes to restore Yemen's glorious reputation as a praised coffee exporter, as well as the living conditions in the war-torn, drought-stricken country.

Qima cooperates directly with small-scale farmers in central and northern Yemen and guarantees a traceable, transparent trade chain. On average, Qima pays double the market price and donates 10% of yearly profits to the Qima foundation, thus supporting educational and agricultural projects in Yemen.

Qima Coffee's Faris Sheibani talked to NRC about coffee traceability and Yemen's exceptional circumstances.

Yemen Coffee Culture

Until the beginning of the 18th century, Yemen was the world's only coffee producer and exporter. It is said that the drink was originally consumed by Sufi mystics who drank it to stay awake for nightly meditations.

Yemen coffee beans are very small and compact as they grow at great heights. This results in a highly concentrated flavor. Farmers cultivate the coffee berry according to traditional methods. They eschew pesticides and fertilizer. The coffee is usually dried in the skin. The pulp is removed by using a traditional millstone.