Yemen Mocca Hawari


Starting at $12.50 / lb
As low as $11.25 / lb
raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

The best traditional dry-processed coffees of Yemen and Harrar have attained a near-mythical status among older generations of specialty buyers. Mythical for the recalled quality as much as the fact that, for the most part these days, they are nearly impossible to find. War, drought, and the passing of several key players has relegated these coffees to the dustbin of history, to be sniffed at and disregarded by those currently in the know, or so we are told. And yet, even amidst upheaval, coffee continues to be produced. And while much of it isn’t anything special anymore, there is the odd lot which arrives so resplendent with the dark fruits and spices of yesteryear that to not sing its praises would be to disrespect nearly everything that has come before us.

Our recent arrival of Yemen Hawari is such a coffee. Practically exploding with blueberry, black cherry, fig and date, this is natural processing as it was meant to be. This is desert coffee, dried in such low humidity conditions that fermented, acetic flavors never have the chance to develop in the first place. A light that shines in the dark. Milled and exported by a woman, Fatoum Muslot, from a country in which women are too often marginalized, this fruited gem is the kind of retro-futurism I want to be a part of.

Cupping Notes:It is a lovely, soft and sweet coffee with grape/blueberry fruit notes.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryYemen
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessNatural
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1900 – 2500 meters
  • Brightness:6
  • Body:4
  • Aroma:5
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:3
  • Sweetness:6
  • Spicy:light bean
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:light bean
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:light bean
  • RegionAl Qafr, Ibb, Yemen
  • VarietyHawari
  • HarvestNovember - February
  • DryingFull natural and dried on rooftops

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by on June 24, 2021

I'm a lover of rich complex coffees. Yemen Hawari is a great example of what mocca is all about. The small beans roast into a marvelous, chocolatey yet fruity cup of coffee. When I share a pot of this silky stuff with friends who are new to Yemen coffee they are amazed that this is COFFEE. A full roast brings smiles to their faces and to mine as well. What a joy!

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by on June 18, 2021

The coffee from Yemen is an amazing treat and has been my favorite for many years. It roasts nicely- but it finishes quickly! Truly an amazing cup of coffee! My personal favorite.

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by on June 6, 2021

Yemen is one of the best coffee that we've had

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by on May 31, 2021

Awesome cup of coffee. Chocolate, raspberry. Roasted it on my ikawa home roaster using a yirgachefe recipe and it worked a charm. Bought another 5lbs whilst it’s available. My arc of favorites that stretches from Zambia through Burundi and Rwanda and into Ethiopia now extends across the Red Sea

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by on May 7, 2021

This bean is one of my all time favorites! It has a very unique palate of flavors, most notably the chocolate highlights as its name implies. I prefer roasting just past the first crack for an expanded range of tastes. Some take the roast to the second crack, or beyond, for the maximum Mocca experience. But, some of the subtle nuances of a lighter roast are lost with extended roasting times in my experience. You will never regret spending a little more for this bean as its flavor experience is so worth the premium expense!

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by on January 3, 2021

Interestingly delicious! Definitely fruity up front, mostly grape, with a mellow chocolate body. Towards the end there”s some kind of funkiness that I can’t explain but pleasant, almost like a spice note. Then in the aftertaste, just a little hint of blueberry. My first roast with these beans came out to city+/full city. Roasted on Behmoor 2000 AB Plus. Used P3, C and added time. From start of 1st crack to 2nd crack was 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Stopped the roast as soon as I heard 2nd crack and quickly opened the door (not recommended for Behmoor) so the roast wouldn’t progress. Next roast gonna try a little lighter to see what other flavor comes out.

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by on November 24, 2020

Thank you for taking me back to my grandpa's roof, where we both dried coffee beans and enjoyed them in the mornings! He grew coffee in Hawar and always made sure we had a steady supply no matter where we are in the world. I haven't had any since he passed so this was such a treat. Thank you!

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by on November 14, 2020

Rich and complex and ripe. Deep and earthy with that "blueberry waffles with maple syrup and bananas" Yemen sweet smell. Yea!

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by on August 12, 2020

Mindblowing beans! This is my first YEMEN beans and currently my fave! I roasted this beans light-medium and the aroma is intoxicating especially after grinding... The blueberries aroma was sooo strong... After brewing with Yasukiyo dripper the taste notes was outstanding! Notes: Berries, fruity, grapes, winey and smoky like fine tobacco.

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by on June 14, 2020

Distinctive and different from what you would expect from Yemen. The body and mouthfeel are a bit lighter than typical, but the fruit is ultra-concentrated with an intense fragrance and wet aroma of fresh blueberries! A mildly vegetal hibiscus acidity balances the heavier notes well, meaning that this wouldn't need to be blended and might even be run past Full City and still stay balanced.

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by on June 7, 2020

Mysterious and nuanced it is hard to find language to describe this coffee. Clearly it is not from a moist climate, the roast is fast! It tastes like a memory. Dark fruit combines with just a hint of the terroir found in African coffee. I roast it on the light side, just past cinnamon. It can be roasted farther to tone down the sharp winey front end and enhance the chocolate blueberry notes. It is worth every penny. My bag was spilled inside the shipping box due to the faulty zip lock seal on the bag but I salvaged every single bean.

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by on May 28, 2020

Like a chocolate bar with freeze dried blueberries. It is light on the palate but has a solid body. Low acidity. I pan roasted it a couple ways. I enjoyed it full city as well as lighter.

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by on April 10, 2020

This is a great Yemen bean. I definitely get the dark fruit, such as fig and even a smidge of leathery notes. There's a softness to it, but deep and rewarding flavor. The natural process mean plenty of chaff, which can be a little messy and smokey depending on the home roasting method used. Since I wasn't roasting for anyone but my Covid19-quarantined self this time, I roasted in my tried and true Breadman bread machine and heat gun. This coffee is well worth the money!

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