White Camel Mattari, Yemen

White Camel Mattari, Yemen

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In the 1300’s Yemen was the first country in the world to grow coffee commercially. Today, most of the coffee grown in Yemen consists of ancient heiroom varietals of Arabica coffee that originally came from Ethiopia and which is not grown anywhere else in the world, creating coffees that are unique in taste profile to Yemen. Due to the lack of rain in this region the coffee plantations need to be irrigated but the dry air does have the benefit of creating a very small and extremely hard coffee bean. Sea Island has carefully sourced the very best Yemeni coffees produced under the famous White Camel brand by Ahmed Alhamdani. Mattari, is a term coined for coffee coming from the Bani Matter area, a high-altitude coffee growing region, west of Yemen’s capital Saan’a. This is the most renowned of Yemen coffees and the taste profile is a very fragrant, acidic and complex cup.
£7.50 per 125g
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Climate / Geography

Although it was the port of Al-Makha that gave birth to the coffee name Mocha, this was never where Yemeni coffee was grown. The coffee was and still is grown in the rough Yemeni mountains, such as the Haraz Mountains. At an altitude up to 3000 metres and with fertile soil and the terraces that the coffee grown on protected from the harsh sun by the mountains and receiving plenty of rainfall, it has made the conditions superb for coffee growing. The coffee, including the coffees produce by White Camel, are still cultivated the same way as they were 400 years ago, and the coffee grown in Yemen has a very distinct cup profile.

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Yemen and coffee has a long and significant history together, dating back to the 17th century when the tiny port of Al-Makha, in Yemen, was where coffee was introduced to the world. It all started with Portuguese sailors arriving at the Mocha port, fatigued and in need of a pick me up. They were offered a hot black beverage, which proved to be such a success that the sailors brought a few sacks of green coffee back to Europe. This lead to the port of Mocha becoming the exclusive port of shipping of coffee to Europe throughout the 17th and 18th Century, the town booming from being a small fishing port to the only commercial coffee trade port to Europe for 200 years.

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  • Grind fresh

    An investment in a small grinder will take your coffee pleasure up from a 7 to a 9 in a single swoop.  Many of coffee's richest and most delicious flavors are lost within less than a minute of grinding - escaped sensory pleasure that could have been yours. The simple act of grinding your beans fresh gives you the maximum ability to unlock what your coffee has to offer.

  • Keep it fresh

    Stale beans loses flavor. Keeping beans fresh is easier than you think. Once opened, store your bag of coffee in a cool dry place.  We recommend using a vacuum sealed storage container to maintain aroma and rich, full coffee flavor.

  • Engage your senses.

    Engage all your senses to get the most from your coffee - like excellent wine, coffee (at it's finest) is a multi-sensory joy.

  • Less is more

    To get the most from your coffee we suggest drinking from a small glass. By drinking your coffee in a small glass (we sometimes use brandy glasses) and interspersing your sips with a little water, you will experience huge flavours from every mouth full.

  • Water and oxygen bring coffee to life

    Saliva helps to liberate the volatile aromas in your mouth and a big breathe of oxygen helps to carry those aromas up through the mouth and into the nose for retronasal smelling to take effect.  Our Head Taster, Guy Wilmot is obsessive about hydration as being one of the secrets to his success in the cupping room.

  • Heat your cup, drink it now

    Steamed milk drinks like Cappuccino, Latte and Flat White are little daily pleasures we love. Be careful to not over heat beyond 70C as milk starts to burn and loses it's sweet deliciousness.  To avoid the temptation, use cold milk in a cold jug when steaming and make sure you have heated your porcelain cup.  Enjoy your drink as soon as it is prepared (they call it espresso for a reason) - it'll be the perfect temperature without being overheated!

  • Save Money and Time, whilst enjoying higher quality coffee.

    Why not pick up an Impress Brewer from our accessories section. The Impress Brewer is not only a coffee plunger but also doubles as a thermal travel mug.  You can therefore brew your coffee on the go and enjoy it on your commute instead of spending money on coffee at a coffee shop... This way you can select your favourite type of coffee and enjoy it on a daily basis.

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  • How do you take yours?

    Apparently, espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life.

  • Did you know?

    Coffee is actually a fruit. Well…the bean comes from a ripped berry that is hand-picked. Could this be considered as your 5-a-day? We’ll let you decide.