Yemen Mufaddal Ghalib Single Farm Nanolot
About Yemen Mufaddal Ghalib Single Farm Nanolot
Yemen Single Farmer Mufaddal Ghalib Ali al Me'qabi nanolot, arrived late 2021, new crop, in Grainpro.
An incredible opportunity to try a Yemeni Haraaz Red grown on a single small farm meticulously focused on quality in the mountainous region of Sharqi Haraaz in the village of Akamet al Me'qaab. Grown by Mufaddal Ghalib Ali al Me'qabi this tiny two bag nanolot represents the best output of his 2.5 hectare farms' yearly production.
Mufaddal's farm is located in the Sarawat Mountain Range in Western Yemen. Coffee is grown between 6,500 and 8,000 feet in a relatively arid environment that depends entirely on rainfall for irrigation. Unlike many coffee groves throughout the world, trees are planted individually and retain their distinct tree or shrub like appearance throughout the steeply terraced hillsides. Mufaddal Ghalib also owns a garment shop in the capital Saan'a but spends a majority of his time on the coffee farm. He frequently visits his farms throughout the year to supervise over different agricultural activities and returns to tend to his shop. We recently offered another coffee from a neighbor in the same village, Rajeh Hussein, which has sold out. Both coffees were acquired at the same time.
Coffee origins are deeply rooted in Yemen given its geographic proximity to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. There are heirloom varietals that are found nowhere else on Earth and this amazing coffee is a perfect example. Although given the Haraaz Red designation this particular coffee is comprised of two unique heirloom varieties, Jadi and Jufaini. You have the unique opportunity to taste one of coffee's oldest and most distinct lineage with the purchase of this Yemeni coffee.
- Country: Yemen
- Region: Haraaz
- Producer: Mufaddal Ghalib Ali al Me'qabi
- Farm size: 2.5 hectare
- Notable geography: Sarawat Mountain Range
- Elevation: 2,000 - 2,450 meter / 6,500 - 8,000 feet
- Varietals: Jadi andJufaini (heirloom)
- Processing: Natural (Dry)
- Drying: On raised beds for 21 to 28 days
Cherry was harvested in late 2020 and early 2021 before it was sun dried on African drying beds. As with all Yemeni coffee's this lot is considered natural which means it was dried in the husk without fermentation and then milled. Mufaddal works with our notable exporter and this coffee goes through an arduous and transparent process that rewards the producer with the bulk of money raised from its sale.
Cupping Characteristics: Vanilla and cherry like cherry Coca-Cola. Flavors of toffee, tamarind, tobacco with earth tones. Some savory notes. There is a hint of incense on the back of the palate. Complex and refined. Highly concentrated flavors resulting, in part, from the extreme growing elevation.
Roasting Notes: Natural process coffees roast a bit quicker than washed. This, like some other naturals, produces considerable chaff when roasting so be aware of that. If your roaster controls allow for it, apply considerable heat heading into first crack in order to fully expand the beans and release their flavors. Immediately after first crack gets underway, reduce heat and stretch out development time. We like this coffee roasted to full city, preferring to pull the roast just as it begins second crack. However, taking it a little further into second crack will provide deeper tones, albeit at the expense of some floral notes. Roasting this coffee too light will deprive you of its potentially smooth body and some of the exotic flavors notes.
Yemen coffee facts:
Population (2006): 21.4 million People
Coffee Production: 50,000 bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg
Domestic Consumption: practically none
Coffee Export: 50,000 bags (60 kg)
Cultivated Area: About 7700 hectares (19,000 acres)
Arabica Introduced: Around the 6th century from Ethiopia.
Specialty Coffee Regions: Bani Mattar (Mattari), Haraz (Harazi), Bani Ismail (Ismaili), San'ani
Farms: About 300,000 very small family owned farms.
Botanical Varietals: Ismaili, Typica, Matari, Bourbon, numerous ancient heirloom species.
Yemen was the first county to cultivate coffee. The legendary Omar and Kaldi ascribed the power of Yemen coffee as life affirming. Mocha itself is shrouded in myth and has become synonymous with coffee. All Yemen coffees are naturals meaning the coffee is dried in its husk without fermentation, then milled. While not certified as organic, Yemen coffee is grown as it has been for hundreds of years, without man-made fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Yemen produces truly world class coffee.