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Limited Edition Roasters Choice #1 Yemen 

Only six sacks of this fantastic organic lot from Yemen have landed in the U.K. and we have all six! With notes of sweet milk chocolate and a creamy custard body, it won’t last long! Grab it before it’s gone… (NOW SHIPPING)

Roasters Choice is our pick of the best coffees. Often award winners, micro-lots and limited runs.

100% arabica, seriously high quality coffee beans
• Resealable & recyclable bag, to stay fresher for longer 
• Next day delivery with same day dispatch


What you need to know:

• Notes of Sweet Milk Chocolate & Creamy Custard Body
Perfect for all brewing methods
Strength 3/5
Body - Medium Full
Acidity - Medium
Sustainable - we plant a tree for every single order - over 2,000 planted so far!

ALTITUDE GROWN 1700-2100 meters above sea level

LOCATION – Harazi, Yemen 

PROCESS – Natural

VARIETY Jaadi

SCA SCORE - 86 - regarded as "Excellent"

Coffee is grown in Yemen in mountainous areas up high on plateau’s and in valleys that are between 1600 – 2100 masl in altitude. It is known for being the first place to cultivate coffee after it was brought to the region in the 15th Century by Sufi Monks, from here it grew, with coffee being exported from the 16th Century port of Al-Makha which gave birth to the name of the Mocha drink known around the world today. In the 19th Century exports of coffee reached more than 57,000 MT at its peak which is a very different story to today with less than 20,000 MT. The coffee is produced on small, terraced farms in high mountains in very simple ways. All coffee is hand-picked, grown with the use of natural organic fertilizers and dried and dried on raised beds or roof tops. 

These coffees have been sourced through Mocha Mill one of the first specialty coffee exporters in Yemen. Mocha Mill embarked on its journey into Specialty coffee in Yemen in 2014 when they decided to do a feasibility studies in producing and exporting specialty coffee. They were able to get coffees out to the USA in the first season to be cupped and graded to help them understand the quality they had. Unfortunately, at this time the country broke out into civil war in 2014 but this did not stop them continuing their journey and over the years has led them to establish supply chains in 6 different regions in Yemen. Within this time, they have also built a dry mill in 2017 in Samat where they also have invested in a colour sorter as well and state of the art milling equipment and building warehouses for drying experimental coffees. In 2021 they have produced and exported in total about 10 containers of 80 + Specialty coffee around the World to Japan, Australia, Middle East, UK And Europe.

Mocha Mill have focused on working with farmers throughout Yemen making them the focus of their work. They have been educating them on best agricultural practices to improve the yield and quality of the coffee produced from their trees. A key part of their strategy is to empower the farmers and especially the women as they make up about 75% of the farmers in Yemen. They work with full transparency with their farmers to build long lasting relationships. The farmers are paid on delivery of the cherry to the buying point in each of the regions that Mocha Mill have established.
This incorporates striving to implement the highest coffee quality control standards, specifications and protocols to improve the lives of all Yemenis involved in the coffee supply chain.

Traditionally farmers in Yemen they work on small plots from 60 – 70 trees to 400 – 500 trees. The variety mainly is Jaadi /Udhini which is a large tree known for its good production. On average famers will produce around 1500kg of cherry which equates to about 3 bags of 60kg exportable coffee. Across all the farmers the average price paid for cherry was $2.47/kg of cherry for those who work with Mocha Mill. Famers mainly earn income from coffee but some also grow Qat (Khat) which as a strong legal internal market within Yemen. It is also chewed daily by 90% of the population.
As part of their focus they are placing sustainability at the center of their business practises. Yemen is a country facing drought and water shortages. Mocha Mill are implementing innovative irrigation and dry processing techniques to address water scarcity and reduce impact on the communities and their access to such a precious source.
The 11 lots we have sourced this season come from Ismaili, Harazi and Howari located in the central or south west of the country. Mocha Mill highlighted one area called Wadhi Almaa in the Harazi district for experimental processing. Here they worked directly with farmers buying cherry for experimental anaerobic lots where their team in the harvest worked alongside the famers implementing a harvest plan. These lots were fermented in barrels for 120 hours before then being slow dried for nearly 50 days.

All the coffees once stable are then taken to the Mocha Mill warehouse in Sana’a where they are stored in ecotact and then cupped and assorted according to quality. From here they are then milled, colour sorted and then hand-picked before being bagged in 30kgs in preparation for export.


Harazi coffee:
 
In the districts of Sana'a governorate, located to the southwest of the governorate, the total area is about 1276 square kilometers. The population is estimated at 100,000 people. The area consists of high mountains, plateaus and valleys, that reach an altitude of about 1700-2100 m above sea level. There are a variety of crops, and the cultivation of coffee beans is the most famous of these. In total there are about 2000 farmers in this region.

There are 9 collection stations in this region and approximately farmers will deliver coffees every 3 – 4 days in the season. Mocha Mill have been working here for 4 years and the same farmers building relationships who they have trained on how to produce high quality coffee.

Here the in the harvest all the coffee is hand picked and dried on roof tops in the sun for approximately 6-12 days

This coffee is well balanced and this makes it perfect for your coffee with milk or without!

Once opened, consume within 3 - 4 weeks for best results and before best before date.

Best kept in cool dry environment.

POSTAGE COST

For U.K. mainland we operate a free shipping service for all orders over £15, £1.95 for orders under £15. For international shipping please email us for a quote - hello@wbroast.co.uk.

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE DISPATCHED?

We work on all orders in the order that we receive them. Normally we dispatch parcels either the same or next working day. However during very busy periods it may take an extra day or two for your parcel to be dispatched.

All our parcels are sent using First Class Royal Mail or DPD delivery service. If you are out when the parcel arrives, it can be collected from your local Royal Mail depot. 

Please contact hello@wbroast.co.uk for any returns. Returns can be made for any unsatisfactory products and full refund given. Please contact us within 5 business days of receiving your purchase to allows us to look into your query.

If your order becomes damaged in transit, we ask for you to provide photo evidence so we can process the refund through Royal Mail. 

 

Customer Reviews

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John Marriott (Newbury, GB)
Black Gold - First time

First time I’ve ordered Black Gold. Excellent tasting coffee. As always excellent service

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Alan Roderick (Weedon Bec, GB)
Black Gold - Best so Far

I have used four out of five of WBR's beans (not gymBREW) and enjoyed all of them greatly. WBR just seem to select and roast to my (current) preferences - about one year into my coffee journey.

Black Gold is my definite preference, and I do still order some of the all the others I have tried. I find it very smooth, with good body and low acidity.

LeLit Elizabeth, Niche grinder 16.5 to 17.0, 16g in for 34-36g out in 36 sec including 6 sec water pre-infusion

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T WESTERMAN (Newbury, GB)
Great bold full flavoured rich coffee

This was my favourite out of the Signature, Italian and Black Gold. Will be buying more!

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Karl Hayes (Croydon, GB)
Great new taste

The Black Gold brand is a really rich but smooth blend. With hints of orange it really hits the spot. My new favourite

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Graeme Fancourt (Swindon, GB)
Black Gold

Fantastic coffee, and love the chocolate orange flavours. This is definitely my go-to coffee

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Pam Rixon (Stranraer, GB)
Amazing

This coffee is truly amazing. I will be ordering it again!

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Piotr Kepa (Canterbury, GB)
Great coffee

Great coffee

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Jonathan Griffiths (Hunsdon, GB)
Great coffee

Great fresh local coffee delivered direct to your door.

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Ravers (Olney, GB)
Dark and rich

If you like it dark/ rich - this is for you!

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Kev H (Bristol, GB)
Too Dark for me!

While I really like the Rich Italian blend, this one was so dark that the batch I had was a tad bitter.

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