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Yemen – Al-Haimi

Tasting Notes:

Rose/ Red Velvet / Silky

 

£14.95

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More about Al-Haimi:

Farmer: Mohammed Ali Abdullah Al-Haimi

Farm – Al-Haimi Farm

Region – West Haraz

Variety- Heirloom Yemen Odaini

Processing – Natural

Altitude – 1800 – 2100 masl

Weight : 220g of roasted coffee

Is said that whilst the coffee tree has its roots in Ethiopia, coffee was first consumed in Yemen in 1450. In the early 1700s started to export coffee around the world being the only supplier. By 1800 was producing 6% of the worlds coffee and nowadays is just 0.1%. This happened due to the demand on quantity and low costs, which made the farmers to switch over to other plantations as they were more profitable. Also , the fact that Yemen has been immersed in a civil war since 2014, has not helped, in the last few years this has lead to catastrophic humanitarian crisis in the country.

This coffee is brought by Warfair a organisation that operates in war or conflict areas shopping to support families and local business to contribute to the progress and peace. In this particular case they work closely with Yemen Journey which ultimately works with the farmers.

Al-Haimi is a coffee produced in a farm with the same name in the western of the Haraz region. The Heirloom Yemen Odaini ( these local varieties are among the oldest genotypes in the world) are grown at 1800- 2100 masl and are naturally processed. These two combined result in a complex coffee with floral notes, lots of sweetness and heavy body.

The Camel:

The camel has a single hump;
The dromedary two;
Or else the other way around.
I’m never sure. Are you?
― Ogden Nash

The camel was an obvious choice for our Yemen origin. A unique and majestic creature the dromedary has historically been linked with the transport of coffee in Yemen from the mountains where it is grown to the port of Mocha. The Yemen Journey, who support the farmers and shipped the coffee to us, use a camel in their logo and it seemed right to honour that in our wonderful, winged creature. Tales of winged camel’s have existed for centuries with images of them found on metalwork from as early as the 8th century so we embraced that for our creation with it’s powerful wings and poise. With humps that store fat, oval bloodcells to protect from dehydration, spreadable toes and closeable nostrils there is plenty of natures magic going on with this ship of the desert so adding a little of our own didn’t seem too far fetched. And finally, the word Camel is derived from the word for beauty in Arabic. We hope you enjoy this beautiful coffee!

Yemen Journey : http://yemenjourney.com

Wairfair : https://warfair.org/en