Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami
Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami

Yemen - Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami

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apricot, dried dates, cola, black cherry

Roast Profile

Producer: Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami / Sheba Coffee
Farm: Al Suhami
Location: Bait Al Qanees, Haraz
Variety: Jadi
Process: Natural Anaerobic
Altitude: 2,000 masl

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Constantly beset by challenges beyond their control — from socio-economic upheavals to environmental constraints — Yemen's coffee-farming families persevere in perpetuating their forefathers' agricultural heritage.

They resiliently tend to coffee trees that grow across terraces clinging to the steep and arid yet fertile highland terrains, like in the picturesque Haraz region in the Sana'a Governorate. Their cherries capture singularly extraordinary, sweet, and nuanced notes not found elsewhere, and coffee is their primary, if not only, source of livelihood.

Haraz, at the forefront of Yemeni specialty coffee production, is known for its peerless landscapes. It is endearingly referred to as "the land above the clouds" because of its high elevation amid the Sarat mountain range, which is home to Jabal An-Nabi Shu’ayb, the highest mountain in the peninsula, and the critically endangered Arabian Leopard.

Apart from the high altitudes, its location — some 150 km inland from the Red Sea’s primary port of Al-Hudaydah, parallel to the eastern coast of the Red Sea and with the Gulf of Aiden to the south — also contributes to the beneficial microclimates of the region.

Due to its arduous topography, Haraz has remained beyond the reach of nonconstructive outside influences. As such, their people have been able to preserve their unique, indigenous culture — most evident in the architecture dating back to the Sulajhid dynasty in the 11th century — as well as their ancient cultivation traditions.

Situated in the town of Bait Al Qanees at 2,000 masl, 46-year-old Mohamed Ali Moh. Al Suhami’s farm has the distinction of being among the highest in the area. While coffee is the primary crop, the farm also grows a selection of vegetables for their household’s consumption.

Owing to the beneficial microclimatic conditions and the dedicated involvement of his family, Mohamed is able to produce private auction-quality coffees that express unique flavor profiles reflecting their terroir, while also continuing his career as a teacher.

Recognizing the value of their coffee, not only as a means of livelihood but as a vessel for the continuity of their forefathers’ heritage, Mohamed’s older teenage children accompany him in the hard work of ensuring the well-being of their farm and the vitality of their coffee trees, to improve yields and encourage the optimum health of their crops. Integral to their labor-intensive activities are an ox and two cows that plow the land and provide a ready supply of organic fertilizer.

To bring recognition and better opportunities to coffee farmers like Mohamed, Sheba Coffee was founded in 2019 by members of the Yemeni diaspora committed to harnessing their resources and connections to foster a stable and flourishing Yemeni coffee sector. Their ultimate aim is to help bring ease to Yemeni farmers’ lives and establish unshakeable roots of stability by strengthening their capacity to sustainably produce excellent coffees, whose value is highly regarded and materially rewarded by specialty coffee connoisseurs worldwide.

Jadi is one of the numerous vernacular names used to identify Yemeni coffee varieties. It is associated with coffee trees in the Sana’a Governorate, with wavy leaves and whose cherries are clustered closely together. It is lesser known than the most widely recognized Udaini variety, prominently associated with coffees from the Ibb Governorate. The discrete identity and specific attributes of coffees referred to as Jadi, along with the array of Yemeni varieities, have yet to be determined according to a recent 2022 MDPI Agronomy study.

In the experience of Sheba Coffee working with Haraz-grown cherries, Jadi flavor profiles are inclined toward complex acidity and high sweetness, rich berry, and dried fruit nuances, accompanied by a winey character.

For this nano-lot, Mohamed and his family selectively hand-picked the reddest cherries, passing each tree multiple times every week during the harvest season to make sure the cherries are picked only at the desired ripeness level. They plucked the cherries off the trees gently and with utmost care to ensure the quality of each cherry was not compromised and that the coffee plants remained unharmed in order to protect its potential yield in subsequent seasons.

These perfectly ripe cherries were then transported to Sheba’s processing center, where they were cleaned and sorted, by way of flotation, before they being taken further into the post-harvest processing steps of fermentation and drying.

In this case, fermentation was done first by placing the cherries in hermetic bags for a brief duration and then interrupting the anaerobic fermentation by taking the cherries out of the bags and transferring them to a greenhouse for a similar amount of time. By suspending the anaerobic fermentation in this way, Sheba Coffee was able to enhance the coffee’s distinct cup profile.

The cherries were then placed back into the hermetic bags for another short duration to continue the anaerobic fermentation. After that, they were returned to the greenhouse — already twice fermented — in order to slow-dry before finally being taken to raised beds to dry directly under the sun.

During the two to three-week drying phase, the cherries were regularly turned to stabilize moisture and ensure consistent ventilation, leading to even drying and consequently only desirable sensorial attributes in the cup.

brewing guide

- Ready your brewing tools ahead.
- Keep your coffee gear and containers clean.
- Decide and adjust your grind size based on:
— Your coffee’s roast date
— Your brewing method
- Be consistent with water quality and measuring weight, ratios, and time.
- Remember!
— Let your palate help you personalize the best recipe for you.
— Brew often and have fun!

More about Brewing here.


  • COFFEE GRIND SIZE: Medium fine
  • (like table salt; 21-28 clicks in Comandante MK4 and 14-18 clicks in Timemore C2)
  • COFFEE AGE: 7-14 days, ideally
  • COFFEE DOSE: 17 grams
  • WATER WEIGHT: 255 mL
  • TARGET BREW TIME: 02:30 - 03:00

1. Heat water to 90°C-93°C

2. Arrange your brewing set-up.

— Place your dripper on the carafe & filter paper in the dripper.

— Rinse the filter paper with hot water & remove the rinsing water from the carafe.

3. Switch on your scale.

4. Measure out 17 g of coffee & grind to Medium Fine.

5. Place the carafe and dripper with the rinsed filter paper onto the scale, & tare.

6. Transfer the ground coffee to the dripper; then, tare.

7. Start the timer!

First pour to bloom, 55ml for 30 seconds.

Second pour, 100 ml at 00:30.

Third pour, the final 100ml at 01:15

8. Target to finish the brew within 02:30 to 03:00 minutes.

9. Serve & enjoy!