producer: Abdo Alqadah
altitude: 2300 MASL
Abdo Alqadah Natural Yemenia
Orange Blossom, Dried Strawberry, Vanilla
Regular price $99.00
producer: Abdo Alqadah
*IF YOUR ORDER CONTAINS OTHER NON-LIMITED COFFEE, THE ENTIRE ORDER WILL ROAST & SHIP TOGETHER ACCORDING TO THE ROAST DATE LISTED ABOVE.
Yemen produces some of the most idiosyncratic coffee grown in the world. Its long history of coffee production, unique terroir, and almost singular use of the natural drying process results in a cup profile rarely found outside of Yemen's borders. This is why we were so excited to participate in the 2020 Yemen Coffee Auction, a collaborative effort between Qima Coffee and the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (founders of the Cup of Excellence.) Our cuppers evaluated all 20 lots from the auction and selected this one, a natural process lot of the Yemenia variety produced by Abdo Alqadah, as their favorite. Featuring floral and fruity qualities that carry through the aroma to the flavor of the cup, we find notes of orange blossom, dried strawberry, and tropical fruits. Vanilla-like sweetness is supported by a juicy acidity and enveloped in a creamy body. The range and balance of florals, dried and fresh fruits, and deep sweetness makes for a drinking experience unlike any other. Residing at a staggering 2300 meters above sea level, Abdo Alqadah's farm is located near the Bait Alal village in the Hayma Kharijiya region in western Yemen. The care and attention put into the farm is best described by Abdo himself: "I have been growing coffee for 60 years. Growing coffee was never a personal struggle. I am healthy and nothing has stopped me from planting and taking care of my own trees. Our coffee is unique because it is grown in a special place, the lands are up high in the mountain and the care we give to each tree is unconditional." The Yemania variety growing on Abdo's farm was only recently identified and classified as a new mother population within the species of Coffea arabica. Arabica was brought to Yemen from Ethiopia at least 600 years ago and since then has been grown as a cultivated crop. Through the years, the genetics of coffee growing in Yemen have changed through domestication, natural selection, and genetic drift, resulting in a variety different from its Ethiopian ancestry. The identification of Yemenia offers unexplored genetics and the potential development of new varieties. Abdo Alqadah’s Natural Yemenia represents the opportunity to try this exciting new variety at the highest quality Yemen has to offer.