Recommended, good bean to try
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.
- Country: Yemen
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.