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Yemen Mocca Matari Natural


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Coffee in Yemen is grown on mountainsides 1,500-2,900 meters above sea level. There are approximately 40 farmers with extremely small plots growing coffee in Raymah. Yemen has undergone a period of tragic violence and political unrest in recent years, placing its fragile coffee industry under dire threat. Top-quality lots of Yemeni coffee are extremely scarce, and we are fortunate to acquire a few bags of this exceptional offering. This spectacular lot is a minimally-processed, natural, and, like nearly all coffees from Yemen, among the most traditionally-produced coffees in the world. It exhibits the unmistakable profile that only Yemen can offer: dark chocolate, red fruit, velvety body, incredibly complex - like a fine port. Unique, delicious, and very special. We never know when the next opportunity will arise, but we're thrilled to be able to offer this coffee.

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Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryYemen
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessNatural
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)2,000-2,500
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:6
  • Aroma:7
  • Complexity:6
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:6
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:heavy bean
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:medium bean
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:-
  • RegionRaymah
  • VarietyTypica, Bourbon
  • DryingPatio dried

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by on July 31, 2010

OK, this one sure caught me by surprise... I take back all the things I thought about you when I first inspected the beans. This was my first experience with a Yemen and when I saw the very small and irregular looking beans I thought you sent me the "leftovers" from the bottom of the bag. I remembered "it's all about the cup" and decided to go ahead and roast some... WOW, this is a really good coffee! Maybe you should include a little about it's appearance in the description to prepare newbies for what to expect. Thanks for all the good service and coffees!

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by on April 18, 2018

If these beans are in stock I buy them every time I place an order. They are different from any other bean I have tried. My preference is a light roast. I hope the farmers in Yemen are well rewarded for their efforts, they certainly deserve to be.

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by on May 3, 2008

Exquisite! OMG this coffee is amazing. Sucha different flavor than any of the other MANY coffees I've tried from here. IO ground the first pot three days after roasting and it was very good but as time went on, it got better and better and better. So the second time i roasted a batch, i waited a full seven days before grinding the first pot. Give this coffee a try. Its very different. You'll love it.

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by on September 12, 2018

Hands down best coffee in circulation! City roast for best experience.

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by on June 10, 2018

One of the finest coffees I have ever tasted and worth every penny.

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by on May 27, 2018

Really smooth. Roasted dark brown. Love the rich flavor.

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by on November 18, 2018

In a Behmor 1600, I used the 1 pound/ P3/ B settings, and loaded 8 oz of green beans. Gives a potential 20 min roast. 1st crack comes with 4:30 to 5:00 left. It is very subtle (my theory: small bean = small sound) 2nd crack started with 2:30 to 2:15 left, and I immediately hit the cool button as soon as i heard the “rice crispies” just starting. Some small beans may get stuck in the mesh of the barrel. A tiny few may fall in the tray. Chaff is moderate. Makes a remarkable cup, taste is different but very refined. Amazing that it comes from such a war torn part of the world. So, I sipped - and prayed for the growers. A few salty tears in the coffee never hurt anything.

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by on September 8, 2018

These beans are very different in size and appearance but don't be fooled. They give a remarkable cup with wonderful flavors. A lighter roast yields a more earthy, spicy flavor while darker roasts give pronounced chocolate and red berry flavors. This is one of my favorites!

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by on September 6, 2018

I am suspecting that this is an acquired taste. Shocking at first but by the second cup I started enjoying it.

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by on August 23, 2018

The best of the best well worth the price.

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by on August 19, 2018

mixed 1 part mocha with 2 parts Indonesian java and we are very pleased with the deep rich flavor that resulted. After allowing it to breathe for 3 days, we have now this this our Sunday coffee go-to. I personally recommend roasting it from a full city-roast to almost a French roast. This tends to give it a lot more flavor.

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by on July 29, 2018

Yemeni beans have become harder and harder to find, particularly well handled beans, due mostly to the on-going war in Yemen. As a result, I've taken to keeping a Google alert for Yemen coffee beans, and every so often, some make it into the U.S. market, notwithstanding the U.S. condoned war there. I'm rarely disappointed for the wait. I'm a big lover of many types of African coffee beans, particularly Ethiopian. And I find Yemeni beans to be comparable and sometimes better than even some of the best Ethiopian beans. The five pounds I ordered here have lived up to my expectations. Although they were small and of different quality (which leads to a challenge in obtaining a consistent roast), the flavor of the beans (at a second crack dark or City roast) includes dark chocolate and fruit tones, with a smooth (not acidic) finish. If you've never tried Yemeni beans, but you like African coffees (or more particularly, Ethiopian coffees), take the plunge! You won't be disappointed!

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by on July 6, 2018

Does anyone have a behemor 1600 plus profile roast for this ? Very hard to hear first and second crack . Or any profile roast

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by on March 19, 2018

The Yemeni Mocca - matari is an excellent coffee. I buy different varieties of unroasted beans, both Arabica and Robusta for my morning cup. I roasted the moccaa - matari to a full city roast. The flavor is amazingly great, lingers on your tongue for a while. It has a good chocolaty , winey flavor. I strongly recommend this coffee to any coffee lover. As a matter of fact coffee bean corral has the lowest price per pound. I will buy this coffee again.

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by on September 24, 2011

Wow, this is good coffee. Well worth the price. Surely a favorite in my coffee selection. I must say, it is difficult to hear 2nd crack, so need to go by visual. Once I find the roasting sweet-spot, I think this will be awesome coffee. Enjoy!

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by on April 28, 2010

Balanced acidity brings out a wide range of flavors which could be summarized as a wild complex chocolate bomb when taken approx. 30 sec into 2nd crack. A fun exotic aromatic rich coffee. I really like it!

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by on March 22, 2010

I had this ysterday morning while reading the Sunday paper. Not the first time, but now I'm worried it will go away so I am ordering again. This is too good to now have some extra around!

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by on May 19, 2007

Russ, assuming this is from the same lot from which i purchased a short while ago, it's a winner. In addition to the "usual"..or unusual qualities in a Yemen, there was also a nice bottom end. I use it as a 15% component in my espresso blend as well. A reminder to those roasting this...let it rest at least 2 days...or 3...and it constantly changes as it ages! I like mine about 6 days after roast. I take mine just a couple of cracks into 2nd. Discard any ultra light beans, but keep the dark tan ones.
I don't think it's possible to say too much for personal preferences and your review exemplifies it - thank you.
TIP: learn what takes place at each phase of the roasting process (read "Roast Styles / Names" in the coffee school section) then roast your coffee the way you like it, to bring out the qualities you want - good job!!

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by on December 13, 2018

The definite classic small bean varietal which produced the expected intoxicating aroma arrived very promptly and adequately packed in plastic one lb. bags. As this is my first experience home roasting beans I have to experiment further with roasting variations in order to achieve the cup that I'm familiar with from pre-roasted Matari. As I believe I overroasted a small batch of Ismaili, producing what I imagine expresso roasted Ismaili would taste like, (a little burnt with an aftertaste of classic Ismaili med. roast in the upper palate), I may have overcompensated by not roasting the Matari enough, as I'm tasting primarily light bitterness without the expected caramel or other flavor components, even though the roasted beans smell fantastic. That nose dissipates very quickly from the brewed cup, however. Consequently, I will have to experiment with further roasts before I can comment on the finished product. The raw beans, however, appear clean and in good condition. I'm really hoping for the best because finding pre-roasted Ismaili at anything near this price is impossible.

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by on February 7, 2014

how do you roast this bean?

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