|Roaster Location:||Hong Kong, China|
|Coffee Origin:||Al Hayma growing region, Al Kharijiyah District, Sana’a Governorate, Yemen|
|Est. Price:||$60.00/100 grams|
|Review Date:||November 2019|
Blind Assessment: Deeply sweet, complex, vibrantly rich. Dark chocolate, deep fruit notes (guava, raspberry jam, pineapple), aromatic orchid, frankincense, cedar-toned tobacco in aroma and cup. The acidity, while not bright, is enveloped in an elaborate and balanced structure with deep composure; mouthfeel is full and very syrupy. The short finish is chocolaty and sweet, with floral hints and a fine tobacco note resonating through to the long.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 8 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2019. 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 Yemen 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. This particular Yemen was produced by smallholding farmers in the village of Al Hayma and processed by exporter Port of Mokha, which has worked closely with farmers to improve harvesting and drying procedures. Plat Coffee is a specialty roaster and café in Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.platcoffee.com.
The Bottom Line: An immense, engaging coffee: classically Yemen with cocoa, fruit and tobacco and a deep, quiet elegance.