Notes: Sweet Lemon, Lychee, Blackcurrant, Blueberry
Variety: Arabica Yemenia
Picking method: Hand Picked
Processing method: Natural
Drying method: Raised Beds
Elevation: 2300 MASL
Region: Bait Alal
Crop period: 2022
Grower: Abdo Al Qabah
THE STORY BEHIND THE COFFEE
Abdo Alqadah has been growing coffee for 60 years. Growing coffee has never been a chore for him, he loves it and dedicates time to planting and taking care of his trees.
Abdo believes that his coffee’s unique flavour comes from the special place he grows it, high in the mountains, where the trees receive his unconditional love and care. Abdo is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Best of Yemen auction, especially after partaking in it last year too. For him, his coffee featuring in the Best of Yemen auction is proof that his coffee is delicious!
THE REGION OF HAYMA KHARIJIYA
Bait Alal is a village in the region of Hayma Kharijiya, on the west side of Sana’a City. Perched on a mountain top, it has an altitude of 2300 metres and is home to some 300 farming families. The farmers in Bait Alal see the coffee tree as a symbol of pride and they believe that coffee originated from this area. The land has been passed down through the generations, with some of the coffee trees dating back over three hundred years. Due to a harsh climate, the farmers face many growing difficulties, which is one of the reasons for low yields being produced. However, no matter how small the harvest is or how harsh the conditions, the farmers never abandon their coffee trees. Bait Alal is also home to Al Ruwad, Yemen’s largest and most established specialty coffee cooperative, serving 285 families – the equivalent of around 2000 people.
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