Pinot Noir, Violet Gum, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Tobacco

As origins go, there's no place like Yemen. Its coffees are infinitely complex, with flavors that resist characterization and aromatics more saturated than an iPhone camera filter. A good Yemeni coffee curls its drinker like Rodin's Thinker; you don't just sip it, you consider it. Yemeni coffees are the darlings of the specialty world, but they're also notoriously difficult to source, so we're particularly excited to be able to offer one of this caliber.

This is one of those French Pinot coffees, a head-spinning brew with single malt complexity (two alcoholic metaphors in one sentence is surely a literary misstep, but oh well). It comes from the Haraaz mountains, one of the world's highest, most breathtaking growing regions, and it's a Red grade coffee, the premier class in the Yemeni system. The cup stands as one of the most enigmatic we've encountered. Listing all of its flavor notes would require a leather-bound book—the most prominent of them are pinot noir, violet gum, dark chocolate, and sweet tobacco—but the best Yemens aren't about any individual note; they're about the gestalt. Complexity is the point, and mystification is the reward. This one delivers in spades.

  • Process - Dry (Natural)
  • Region - Haraaz
  • Varietal - Tuffahi, Dawairi, Jaadi, Various Other Heirloom Varieties
  • Altitude - 1900–2440 MASL

Best for:

  • Pour Over
  • French Press
  • Aeropress
  • Wild Single Origin Espresso