Part of a journey of self discovery featuring escaping on a small boat across the Red Sea evacuating civil war in Yemen, carrying a small suitcase of green coffee samples of some of the worlds most treasured coffee.. to bring to SCAA Seattle conference in 2015.
Last year I read Mokhtar Alkhansali’s story @themonkofmokha . It’s an incredible account and I wholly recommend it.
Mokhtar - a San Francisco native wanted to revitalise the coffee in his family’s country of origin.
90% of coffees trace their origins back to Yemen.
While origins of the bean are rooted in Ethiopia, coffee as we know it today was cultivated in Yemen. A vast coffee trading empire Port of Mokha, found it’s way into markets through the Middle East to Europe in the 16th & 17th centuries; before spreading further to the west via Dutch East India Company - you get the picture.
I’m so excited to finally be sipping on the coffee from the stories via Mokhtar’s @portofmokha . Knowing now that this is where the coffee we know today has derived.
I’ve got this bag from the Al-Jabal region, in the province of Sana’a (one of the oldest places in the world to cultivate coffee) located 2200m above sea level (also one of the highest grown coffees in the world) with no roads and can only be reached by donkey or on foot.
Notes of berry fruit, super-smooth.
A very special bag (and a very pretty box I might add..)
I urge to you both read the story and pick up a bag of this incredibly rare and beautiful coffee.