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A History of Tradition, Culture, and Sustainability

The Yemeni Coffee

Yemeni coffee is significantly different from almost any other coffee in the world. But what makes this coffee so special?

Yemen is the oldest coffee growing country: the famous arabica beans appeared in South Sudan, but they were farmed for the first time in Yemen. It was also the first country to turn it into a drink. Thus, there is a significant heritage in Yemen and it is not uncommon to find farmers who have been growing coffee for seven generations!

Moreover, Yemeni coffee is well-known throughout the world, and has been for many centuries, for its interesting and unique taste much wilder, intense and earthy, as well as for its high quality. This can be explained by the fact that all farmers pick and dry their coffee themselves, without washing the berries (as water is precious in Yemen).

What we have seen lately is a renewed interest in coffee growing. Besides, the demand for coffee continues to rise sharply. Thus, coffee growing represents a great opportunity that can revive the Yemeni economic sector. It is also one of the most feasible options to help the local population in a sustainable and long-term way, by relying on a know-how acquired over centuries.


Discovering the Richness of Yemeni Coffee: A Journey Through Tradition and

History of Yemeni coffee

Yemeni coffee is one of the oldest coffees in the world, with its cultivation dating back to the 15th century in Yemen. The Yemeni city of Mocha was famous as a major port for exporting coffee to the world, and Yemeni coffee gained wide fame for its high quality and unique flavor.

Naming the Coffee “Mocha”?

The port of Mocha was the first port to export Yemeni coffee to the world. The name Mocha was derived from the word ‘Mocha’, and thus ‘Mocha’ has become the global word for the finest coffee, which is Yemeni coffee. The Yamani coffee dominated global trade absolutely for two centuries, from 1960s to 1980s.

Y30’s contribution to preserving the coffee tree

Recognizing the importance of Yemeni coffee as a cultural and historical heritage, the Y30 distributed 260,291 high-quality coffee seedlings to farmers across Yemen. The distribution process is ongoing, and Y30 aims to distribute even more coffee seedlings.