As promised, we have great pleasure in bringing Brazil Jacu Bird and Yemen Haraz Mountains Mocha coffees to Europe.
About Jacu Bird:
The Camocim Estate, with just 50 hectares of land under coffee cultivation, is one of the smallest plantations in Brazil. Located in Pedra Azul, Espirito Santo, the estate is populated with a native South American bird called the Jacu. These indigenous birds are herbivores, inhabiting the forest (shade grown coffee areas) and feasting only on ripe coffee cherries produced in the most natural of environments. Once the Jacu bird has ingested the cherry, it goes through its digestive system and the local villagers collect the odourless droppings, composed of the coffee beans, and transport them to the drying areas where they are dried, cleaned and stored in their parchment for up to three months. The result is a sweet, full-bodied coffee more acidic than typically found in the region, along with a smoothness and lack of bitterness that characterise other animal coffees such as Kopi Luwak.
About the Haraz Mountains Mocha:
An integral part of the culture and the second in the word to cultivate coffee, Yemen is the origin of the term ‘Coffea Arabica’, which takes its name from Qahwa Arabiyah (Arabic Coffee). Indeed, the word ‘Mocha’ is a derivative of the name of Yemen’s Al-Makha port, through which coffee was exported to the world. This Mocha coffee hails from the rugged Haraz Mountain in the northwest Highlands of Yemen. Centuries-old stone steps are carved into the valleys where, at elevations of up to 3,000 meters above sea level, coffee thrives in rich volcanic soil. Produced by 500 farming families, the farms are small at just half a hectare a piece. Haraz Mocha is a lively coffee with a full body, overlays of raisins and a fruity acidity with a smooth chocolate finish.
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