Our Forgotten Treasure.
It is said we have used coffee for so many centuries still, we don’t even know the exact period. The world was given the privilege of tasting Yemeni coffee when it was first imported from Yemen through MOCHA port in the 1700s.Yaffai coffee was over-looked due to their protective nature, although it is popular and favorable among most people in Yemen. The farmers were so conservative about their coffee trees that they produced small amounts and did intensive processes before shipping for the local needs and other countries, They want their strong coffee merit for themselves as it was a family heirloom, perhaps that’s the reason Yaffai coffee is forgotten.
At the very south of the Arabian peninsula with its intonated terraces and inveterate rich history Yaffa resides in Yemen.
” The name Yaffa ( Yafa’ ) descended from the ancient HIMYARTE tribe that was established in 110 B.C.E and denotes the geographical area inhabited as well.”
The mountain topography, moderate climate and natural fertile soil provides idealistic environment to cultivate coffee. This merits distinguishes Yaffa to produce an earthy, rich , wild and distinctive flavor that’s unique to its beans and continues to entice drinkers as one of the best coffees in Yemen.
Yaffai natives love their coffee trees as there is a saying among them that translates to ‘You must care for the coffee as you care for a child’. The early mornings fragrance of coffee trees is the reason why Yaffai people grow it close their fully grey homes in the mountain summits in their carved terraces carefully foster their coffee with an intimate delicacy handed down from generations past. Also for the enjoyment of the view from their windows. Coffee is the most important traditional beverage to them. They wake up to coffee aroma being brewed, drinking it after every meal, gatherings, ceremonies, celebrations and even funerals.
They admire the pneumatic fragrance of coffee flowers mostly smells like Jasmine, with anticipation of the blossoming season they welcome their green gold with weddings, women use the white coffee flowers to titivate the bride in the most substantial day of her life as a sign of happiness and pride.
Yaffai natives consumed their coffee after separating the beans from the husk, giving them a very delicate light roast, after that they add the desirable amounts of coffee beans and husk, boiling them to come up with the legendary drink everyone adored.. and still do, Coffee has a long rich history in Yaffa longer than anything one can find in history books. Drinking a cup of Yaffai coffee is special. A step back in time, and a culturally enlightening craft all at once.
The Legendary Bean Emersion.
Yemeni people believed that in 1450s Yaffai Sufis helped spreading coffee through their regular missionary trips. They packed coffee with them to Mecca, North Africa reaching Turkey, Ottoman Empire at that era. Ottomanies loved coffee so much that they added clove, cardamom, cinnamon and anise for a most spicy, energizing concoction to the aromatic, steaming beverage and opened the very first coffee house.
Growing it traditionally without any chemicals, Yemeni coffee was described as Rich, complex, chocolaty and Earthy taste. This Yemeni born mix has made the drink so Legendary. Coffee demand exploded very fast and coffee orders started to raise. Yemeni people in late 15th century connected with the world in trading through a small port in the red sea called MOCHA (Al – Makha), this is where the Legendary bean derived it’s name from. By the 1960s coffee shops opened in Europe, the demand raised even higher thus Yemeni farmers started to produce more coffee to meet the needs thus making Yemen control most of the worlds coffee.
Yemeni people tried to keep coffee monopoly discreet for their selves after realizing the importance of their green gold as they called it. In order to keep it that way, their laws forbid the export of fertile beans. Before they were exported, coffee beans were boiled to make them infertile by shedding the husk off to prevent clever smugglers from sneaking away with the precious goods. Eventually by the 1700s coffee monopoly was lost prior to the Dutch and the Indian Pilgrim heist of coffee seeds, coffee was grown in the East and West fading the glory of Yemeni coffee.