|Roaster Location:||Topeka, Kansas|
|Coffee Origin:||Haraz growing region, north-central Yemen|
|Est. Price:||$27.50/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2017|
Blind Assessment: Engaging, richly sweet-savory. Caramelized fig, earthy pipe tobacco, aged rum, hibiscus, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The long finish consolidates to cinnamon and caramelized fig, with a hint of aged rum.
Notes: Haraz (also Haraaz, other spellings) is a celebrated coffee growing region in north-central Yemen, west of the capital of Sana’a. Although Ethiopia is the botanical home of Coffea Arabica, Yemen introduced the beverage to the rest of the world in the 16th and 17th centuries, and Yemeni coffee is still grown from ancient heirloom cultivars of arabica on stone-walled terraces ringing fortress-like mountaintop villages. All Yemen coffees are natural-processed, or dried in the whole fruit. Roasted at PT’s Coffee, where the motto is “without the love, it’s just coffee.” Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An attractively idiosyncratic cup from one of coffee’s ancient homelands: mildly fermenty, richly fruity-toned, with hints of earth and tobacco.