Baba Java Roaster & Cafe

Yemen Matari

Location: Hoover, Alabama

Origin: Bani Matar growing region, Yemen

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $28.00/8 ounces

Review Date: May 2019

Agtron: 49/66

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet, richly perfumed, wood-framed. Pipe-tobacco, lychee fruit, spice box, freesia-like flowers, amber and musk in aroma and cup. Richly, densely composed structure, crisply tart acidity. Impressively syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates pleasantly into a slightly drying though rich-toned, spicy tobacco.


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 may owe its striking aromatics to ancient tree varieties, but its clean elegance is most likely owing to the efforts of exporter Rayyan Mill in the capital of Sana’a, which has worked with farmers to improve picturesque but often haphazard harvesting and drying procedures. Baba Java is a specialty roaster and cafe retailer located in Hoover Alabama, who strives to provide the best coffee experience at every step. Visit www.babajavacoffee.com or call 205-777-5984 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A complex and engaging rendition of the characteristically richly spicy, tobacco-toned, floral-fruity Yemen profile.

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