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Yemen Khulani 340 G


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Caliber Yemen Khulani Beans Bag/340 g

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/ Roast: Light / Notes: lemon / dark chocolate / vanilla / blueberry

This Yemen coffee is a traditional, natural coffee from the high mountains of Yemen’s northwestern Sa’adah Governorate, produced by 109 small legacy farmers organized around the Khulani Coffee Society for Agricultural Development, and exported by Fatoum Muslot’s company Pearl of Tehama.

The society brings together farmers from across the Sa’adah districts of Saqayn, Haydan, Ghamr, Razih, Monabbih, and Majz. Their objective is to encourage ambitious farm investments and better-quality standards in both harvest and post-harvest. Coffee sales and exports have increased since the group’s launch. Farmers meet regularly where they devise outreach campaigns to teach cultivation techniques and emphasize the economic potential of a well-run farm. Centralized aid has also been made available for select families in need. Coffee-growing families in this part of Yemen, like many others across the country, tend parcels of terraced land inherited through many generations. Coffee is the one crop that continues to endure, both for the income it provides as well as the strong social traditions that tie communities.

Khulani is a term of terroir distinction (such as Kona) that refers to high-quality heirloom coffee varieties produced in the unique climate and soil of Yemen’s northern ranges. Regarded as some of the best, all Khulani coffee is processed as a natural—hand-picked, sorted for consistency, and dried in a single layer in full sun on raised beds or rooftops. Yemen is the oldest territory on Earth to cultivate coffee. Its seed stock, originally transported from wild arabica landraces in Ethiopia, was used to create the world’s first ever coffee farms. This is where coffee would first be grown commercially for trade across the Arabian Peninsula and eventually mainland Europe. Arabica refers to the Arabian coffee supply that was first supplied to the West.

Maintaining coffee trees in a climate as high, dry, and uniquely challenging as Yemen’s western and northern ranges requires the kind of proven techniques that only generations of farming can bestow. Coffee farms are oddly terraced on arid and incredibly steep slopes. Bore holes are dug manually into the rock to access individual water reserves for each tree wherever rainfall is limited. Coffee trees are spaced generously, about 1,000 per hectare—compared to 4,000 to 6,000 trees common in Latin America—because of narrow terraces and better groundwater access as well as erosion control. Raising young coffee trees is a matter of toughening them for a lifetime of unfavourable elements and water scarcity. Older coffee trees become very expansive and tall—they often end up hanging their branches over the terrace edge known locally as hanging gardens. Canopy trees are carefully selected and positioned for how well they block water evaporation. As expected, productivity is very low in such conditions.

Despite this, over one million people work, from farm to export, in Yemen’s coffee trade. Pearl of Tehama, the miller and exporter of the society’s coffee, is a family business founded in 1970. For many years, all coffee was exported under the name of the family patriarch and founder, Ali Hiba Muslot. In 1980 his three sons continued using the family name until the business was split up in 2012. The coffee export business was reborn as Pearl of Tehama for Import/Export and is still owned by Ms. Fatoum Muslot, the late Muslot’s daughter. Fatoum’s eldest son, Yasser Al-Khaderi, is the company’s general manager. Our green broker has been working with the extended Muslot family since the 1980s.

Today, prolonged conflict in Yemen has resulted in considerable loss of life and has displaced over 3 million people. Two-thirds of the country need food or medical aid. Even so, Yemen’s ongoing civil war has not stopped the Muslot family and Pearl of Tehama from dutifully managing and exporting the coffee harvests of the farms and families they represent—something they can be very proud of given the conflict’s devastating effect on much of Yemen’s international trade. Subsequently, when new crop arrives, we pause to remember the great efforts needed to get this coffee.

Pearl of Tehama has also established a consultancy for other service providers in coffee. They aim to help expand the coffee-sector’s safety net and increase the coffee’s availability and competitiveness abroad. Consulting covers the management of traceable harvest information, preparing technical reports from the field, correspondence with farmers and customer relationship management, harvest and processing calibration, and more. The guiding mission is to increase potential at both ends of the profit chain—more available quality coffee from Yemen’s historic producing territories and greater buyer enthusiasm all over the world, thanks to expertly managed, traceable coffees being sold.

Our Roast Master decided on a light-roast profile for this exceptional coffee, and the taste is both delicate and complex—notes of bright lemon up-front lead into a creamy dark chocolate and vanilla body, followed by subtle hints of raspberry and blueberry juiciness.

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