Bait Alal Community
|Roaster Location:||London, England|
|Coffee Origin:||Al Hayma District, Sana’a Governorate, Yemen|
|Est. Price:||£25.00/8 18-gram pouches|
|Review Date:||October 2021|
Blind Assessment: Sweetly bright, intense, perfumy. Passionfruit, banana, chocolate fudge, cedar, lily in aroma and cup. Juicy and lactic tangy-sweet in structure; creamy-smooth in mouthfeel. The sweet but gently drying finish consolidates to suggestions of chocolate, fruit and lily.
Notes: Produced by smallholding farmers of the Bait Alal community entirely from trees representing a newly identified genetic cluster of Coffea arabica unique to Yemen that Qima Coffee has labeled Yemenia. Processed by what Qima calls its Alchemy process, which involves fermenting the whole coffee fruit in three stages before it is dried, including a stage in which the fruit is sealed in pressurized tanks (a variation of the so-called “anaerobic” process). Qima Coffee specializes exclusively in importing coffees from Yemen, which it both sells green and roasts under its own label in London. Visit https://www.qimacoffee.com/ for more information.
The Bottom Line: A chocolate-toned, fruit-driven cup complicated by undertones of rich florals and aromatic wood notes.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2021 tasting report: Yemen Coffees: Variations on the World's Oldest Cup Profile