Blueberries, wild honey, black tea, floral. Sweet & jammy, with a smooth texture
Region: Hayma Kharijiya
Altitude: 2300 masl
SCA score: 88-89
Yemenia is a new mother population within the species of Coffea arabica that is found exclusively in Yemen. It represents an ocean of unexplored genetics and future varieties that have the potential to reshape the world of arabica for centuries to come.
To assess the cup quality of Yemen, Qima Coffee, in collaboration with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, put together an independent jury panel of 35 cuppers from 24 leading global coffee companies across 14 countries. The exceptional cup quality made the coffees ranked as amongst the best in the world.
About the Region
Farmers of Bait Alal consider coffee trees as a symbol of pride. The farmers believe that coffee trees originated from their land. Some of them have inherited ownership documents of lands and coffee trees dated a few hundred years back. The community is home to 300 farming families.
Farmers in Bait Alal have been growing coffee for 600 years. Altitudes in Bait Alal can reach up to 2,400 masl, which contributes to producing the highest scoring coffees in the world. On average, coffees from Bait Alal score 87-89, while some lots reached 90+ points in the recent auction. The harsh climate might be one of the reasons for the low yield, but no matter how small the harvest is, these farmers have never abandoned their coffee trees.
The governorate of Sanaa is Yemen's largest coffee producing area and is considered the heart of Yemen's coffee lands.