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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 first cultivated in Yemen and turned into a drink. Thus, coffee is a significant heritage in Yemen and it is not uncommon to find families of coffee farmers spanning seven generations!

For many centuries, Yemeni coffee has garnered global renown for its unique and intriguing taste—wild, intense, and earthy—and for its exceptional quality. This distinctiveness can be attributed to the traditional method used by Yemeni farmers, who handpick and naturally dry the coffee cherries without washing them, conserving precious water resources.

What we have seen lately is a renewed interest in coffee growing, coinciding with a sharp rise in global demand. coffee 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 manner, 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 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 city of Mocha, and thus ‘Mocha’ has become synonymous with the finest coffee, specifically Yemeni coffee. The Yamani coffee has dominated global trade for two decades, from 1960s to 1980s.

Y30’s contribution to preserving the coffee tree

Recognizing the importance of Yemeni coffee as a cultural and historical heritage, 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 in the future.