Some form of husk-tea, an infusion of the dried outer layer of the cherry (now called qishr in Yemen and cascara elsewhere), was popular long before coffee as we know it emerged. MA: 90% of the coffee in the world derives genetically from Yemen. People are excited. I really started to annoy [Sprudgie Award winner & former Blue Bottle green buyer] Stephen Vick. This is especially true for the coffees of Yemen. For nearly two centuries, beginning in the 1500s, all of the coffee consumed anywhere in the world was grown in Yemen. From Djibouti, they have to be smuggled on a boat to one of the ports of Yemen (if they’re open) and then driven from that boat on dangerous roads through airstrikes. We can’t control that. Bordering the western and southern edge are the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Written on a little card, you’ll find your coffee… Come see all the best Yemen coffee, products, beverages, videos, and more. Would I have ever thought that I would escape Yemen on a boat, and then a year later see my coffee land in Oakland, or that Blue Bottle would be launching it the way they are? I worked here as a community organizer and coffee was this amazing intersection of something that could fuel social impact, a delicious drink, and a way to do something that helped my family’s homeland. Happy first birthday to our sweet Sansome cafe! The war hasn’t ended yet, but I’m very stubborn. Read more Noah Sanders on Sprudge. A post shared by Blue Bottle Coffee (@bluebottle) on Jun 17, 2016 at … Alkhanshali, a Yemeni-American coffee importer who grew up in the Bay Area, had been thrust into the public eye in March of 2015, when, after a series of bombings in Yemen, he escaped through the historic Port of Mocha on a 20-foot boat. Yemeni coffee is now famously expensive; when Blue Bottle partnered with Port of Mokha, it made headlines for the $16 cups. And when coffee reached Europe, it went by many disparaging monikers, like “bitter Mohammedan gruel,” aimed at dissuading the curious. Yemen is remarkably mountainous, with highlands that exceed 3,500 meters in elevation. This year’s release of their coffee coincides with Dave Eggers’ publication of The Monk of Mokha, which not only chronicles the adventures of Port of Mokha Founder, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, but also tells the larger history of coffee. More so, how does it help the way we in the West understand Yemen as a country? Blue Bottle’s Yemeni coffees may be the most expensive cup the Bay Area has ever seen, but only by a dollar or two. James Freeman: The first single-origin coffee I sold was actually from Yemen. Famished, he tried berries hanging on a nearby branch. Noah Sanders (@sandersnoah) is a Sprudge.com staff writer based in San Francisco, and a contributor to SF Weekly, Side One Track One, and The Bold Italic. But, of course, the militia that was controlling the airport at the time wanted to know what these Moisture Analyzers were. Coffee took well to Yemen’s arid land: Despite mere inches of rain each year, the coffee trees that migrated north from Ethiopia’s lush forests adapted by producing countless drought-resistant mutations. I spoke with Freeman and Alkhanshari prior to the launch about what brought them together, the miracle of coffee export, and just how difficult it is to produce delicious coffee in today's troubled Yemen. But coffee's frequent presence in literature acknowledges the profound shift it had on not just one's mood, but on the ways that people socialized. With the emergence of global trade, Yemeni merchants tried to hold onto their monopoly by preventing coffee seedlings, or fertile seeds, from leaving. I tell my story of escaping Yemen on a boat with two briefcases of coffee and people always ask me, “Where can I get it?” And now I can say, “At Blue Bottle.”. We have all the latest coffee information, product reviews, customer ratings, and so much more. Political and spiritual leaders across the Middle East, and eventually in Europe, issued denouncements and outright bans against coffee. And Blue Bottle… If someone wants to order their $16 cup of coffee to go, they can do that. But this is more than just coffee in a paper cup, it’s a real experience. JF: What’s in the cup is so special and the story behind it is so special and the history is so special and the guy behind it all is so special—it’s just one thing after another really coming together. JF: No coffee company has worked more hours per kilogram for a coffee. One story credits a Yemeni Sufi traveling through Ethiopia who decided to try the berries that caused unusual liveliness in birds that ate them. With infatuation comes mystery, and myths abound (as they do in Ethiopia) as to the exact moment brewed coffee came into use. In 2013, at the Blue Bottle cafe in Mint Plaza, Al-Khanshali tried his first specialty coffee: the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelelektu. While Mokhtar Alkhanshali ’s celebrated coffee company Port of Mokha commands up to $16 a cup at cafes like Blue Bottle, Alkhanshali’s colleagues at his original coffee company, Mocha … The coffee—Yemen Hayma Hussein al-Haba—sells for $65 for six ounces online and in stores for $16 a cup, paired with an informational pamphlet and a sesame cardamom cookie inspired by one of Alkhanshari’s great-grandmother’s recipes. He attracted the attention of … We share these stories because we think the people who grow, select, process, ship, and make your coffee matter, and we share them because coffee is ultimately about people. How do you convince customers that this cup of coffee is worth $16? But it was the coffee's profile—chocolatey and full-bodied—that earned such a devoted following. According to William Ukers’ tome, All About Coffee, Mecca had coffeehouses in the late 1400s, and Cairo’s first coffeehouses were open at the turn of the sixteenth century—all serving coffee from Yemen, of course. They see if it's actually worth the money and tell you why this Yemeni coffee is so expensive. Mentions of coffee went beyond mystical experiences to exaltations of the effects it had on the very people who drank it: "It washes away the coarseness from a man's nature," one poet, Ahmad b. al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din wrote. There was a time when American coffee companies marketed all of their coffee, regardless of country of origin, as “Mocha," designating it as a coffee from Yemen shipped from the Port of Mokha. It’s very difficult to go in and out. Its borders and even its name have changed throughout the millennia—it is one of the longest-inhabited places on earth—but it has always occupied the southwest corner of the Arabian peninsula. And that’s our goal with James. Yemen Medium Roast (whole bean) 1.3 Al Kbous Yemeni Coffee. Cafe culture, after all, presented a novel opportunity for people to gather in non-religious spaces. It’s widely believed that Yemen’s Sufi Muslim community popularized the practice of drinking coffee. Yemen is historically famous for coffee production. ... Yemen. Yemen’s port towns have long been of strategic importance. Coffee's role in spiritual practice gave it a numinous quality, and it quickly became a favorite literary subject. Sprudge has written extensively about this connection before, but since the $16-a-cup Blue Bottle Coffee collaboration with Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s Port of Mokha last year, the demand for … Contents. There, as in Ethiopia, natural processing was the de facto method; wet processing had yet to be invented. Colin and Samir try Blue Bottle's $16 dollar coffee. I was born in the Bay Area and was exposed to specialty coffee the right way. It was a lot I purchased from Royal for a couple years, and it was really delicious. Those early bags had this thick, beautiful fruit and I developed a lot of affection for Yemeni coffee. So, I just told them they were carrot juicers. Winter Menu. 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Even coffee’s name bears the imprint of the Arabian Peninsula, coming from the word quawah, a metonym for wine. Find grinders, coffee makers, and Blue Bottle swag! We’re working on a cookie to go with the coffee, a sweet really, based on Mokhtar’s great-grandmother’s recipe. Blue Bottle put in an order, and before long, others came calling as well. MA: A good example is getting GrainPro bags into the country. Come by for a cookie, coffee in The Arch, and our special Yemen release. Our farmers are wonderful people and in all the pamphlets they’re smiling. That beverage—where the seed is removed, roasted, and boiled—did not happen until, it seems, Yemen's Sufi Muslim community discovered and sanctioned it for an aid during prayer. For a long time the ports in Yemen were closed, but because Yemen imports 90% of its goods, I knew that, eventually, the ports would have to open. This goal with this coffee, well, failure isn’t an option. 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