Episode 28 on Monday the 25th of May 2009 Yemen Mocha Matari 2009-2010 Crop

Authentic Mocha coffee is from Yemen, and Matari is perhaps the best known. It is from the Bani Mattar Region, located west of the capital city of Sana'a. This is very high altitude coffee, grown 6500 to 7000 feet, resulting in small, concentrated beans.

Not much has changed over the centuries in terms of how Yemeni coffee is processed. In the manner of all natural coffees the fruit pulp and skin is left to dry whilst still attached to the beans. Once dried the husk is removed using a millstone. The varietals used in growing this coffee are ancient heirloom species. The most widely known type is Ismaili but there are also many less familiar names.

Dark roasts, which often mask delicate flavours and floral notes in most other coffees, bring out hidden depths in this one.

Population (2006): 21.4 million People Coffee Production: 50,000 bags (60 kg) Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg Domestic Consumption: practically none Coffee Export: 50,000 bags (60 kg) Cultivated Area: About 7700 hectares (19,000 acres)

This Yemen has the typical winey flavours, sharp acidity, yet smoothness of character, with chocolate overtones and a heavy body. I don't like acidity in espresso, but this is divine. This coffee is also good in the French press.


  • 27 May 2009, 5:11 am

    SlowRain says:

    Great information about the region, altitude, and plant stock. This must be a special coffee!

  • 28 May 2009, 3:11 pm

    Phil South says:

    Nice show, and like the cutaway on camera 2, very nice and breaks the show up. One of the tips I would have given you. And lighting much better and closer to the camera on the main shot which gives less echo.

    Coffee sounds amazing too, I love the dark chocolatey styles. Will certainly be trying this.

  • 30 May 2009, 8:31 pm

    James says:

    Please concentrate on the coffee and not the football! (not all of us are footy fans :) ). Great show though!

  • 12 June 2009, 2:02 am


    I really enjoy the depth you went into with this coffees terroir, and the previous Yemen you had in the past.

    It’d be interesting to hear what coffees will stereotypically be like… for those who aren’t super familiar with different regions and different countries particularly.

    excellent as always!

    keep up the great work!!


  • 14 June 2009, 5:38 pm

    Twenty hundred? :)

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