Yemen Mokha Matari
|Roaster Location:||Grove City, Pennsylvania|
|Coffee Origin:||Bani Matar, Sana’a Governorate, Yemen|
|Est. Price:||$10.00/4 ounces|
|Review Date:||October 2021|
Blind Assessment: Sweetly pungent, chocolate-driven, richly earth-toned. Dark chocolate, lavender, cedar, persimmon, sarsaparilla in aroma and cup. Balanced, pleasingly bittersweet structure with bright acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and sarsaparilla.
Notes: Produced by smallholding farmers in the Bani Matar District from trees of local landrace varieties of Arabica, and processed by the natural method (sun-dried in the whole fruit). Collage works with local artists to promote fine arts in its region and values serving its community. This coffee is available for purchase at the Collage store and cafe, 221 South Broad Street, Grove City, Pennsylvania.
The Bottom Line: An intriguing savory throughline akin to sarsaparilla (a plant that helps give real root beer its unique flavor) makes this chocolaty Yemen stand out — it’s also a relative bargain for top Yemens.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2021 tasting report: Yemen Coffees: Variations on the World's Oldest Cup Profile