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Dragonfly Coffee Roasters

Yemen Haraaz Red A+

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Origin: Haraz (also spelled Haraaz) growing region, north-central Yemen

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.00/8 ounces

Review Date: June 2015

Agtron: 54/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Vivid with complex, shifting fruit and floral notes. Vanilla, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, hints of spearmint and violet in aroma and cup. Balanced but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Deeply sweet, flavor-saturated finish, very slightly though richly drying in the long.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 22 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015.  A dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Haraz (also Haraaz, other spellings) is a celebrated coffee growing region in north-central Yemen, west of the capital of San’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 cultivars and sun-dried, usually on the roofs of stone houses. This is a particularly refined example of the type. Dragonfly Coffee is a Boulder, Colorado-based micro-roaster that produces high-quality coffees and supports worthy causes. Visit www.dragonflycoffeeroasters.com or call 303-579-2154 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Buy it both for the exotic origin and the exotic cup. The finest example of a Yemen to reach us in some time. Giddy, almost disconcertingly sweet complexity supported by a solid structure.

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