Yemen Mocca Haimi - Pearl of Tehama

Yemen Mocca Haimi - Pearl of Tehama


Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, exotic spice, hints of caramelized fruit. Resonant and lingering complexity.

This exceptional selection from Al-Haymah, just southwest of the country’s capital city of Sana’a, comes to us from a company called Pearl of Tehama run by Fatoum Muslot. Mrs. Muslot is the daughter of Ali Hibah Muslot; Royal Coffee, our importer, has been buying coffee from the Muslot family now since 1984. 

The coffee farming community in Al-Haymah is tiny. This lot represents the work of about 23 farming families from 6 sub-districts who average 600 trees each, some have as many as 2000, some as few as 200. Mrs. Mouslot has worked tirelessly to improve practices and traceability for her coffees, down to providing the names of each of the individual farmers who grow each lot of coffee she has supplied this year.

Yemen’s contributions to the history and culture of coffee are impossible to understate. It is where the crop was first commercially cultivated. Sufi Imams would bring coffee into popular use during late night vigils in Yemen’s port of Aden in the mid 15th century, which served as the gateway to coffee for the rest of the world.

As with so many “discoveries” through the course of history, a confluence of serendipitous conditions precipitated its popularity. The world was globalizing and the Islamic world was unifying and emerging from a centuries-long cultural renaissance. 15th century Yemen had recently undertaken major agricultural developments under the Rasulid dynasty, including the introduction of irrigation technology; coffee could be cultivated with ease by independent local smallholders. The peninsula lent the species its name, Arabica, and established its own unique consumption trends including q’shir, a brew made from the dried coffee cherry skins and husks with spices. Innovations like roasting, grinding, and the ibrik (or cezve) coffee pot were soon to follow.

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