Last week we visited the Ngorongoro Crater region of Tanzania. This week we move up the coast of Africa across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Unlike its richer neighbours on the peninsula the country of Yemen does not have oil. But it does have coffee.
The coffees of Yemen have a long and complex history. The ancient port of Mocha (nothing to do with ‘chocolate’) is historically the starting point for the introduction of coffee to the western world.
Like it’s history the Mocha Mattari is complex. This starts with the processing and follows right through to the cup. Mattari is a dry-processed coffee that is still stone milled.
In the cup the flavour is also complex. The usual cocoa, but maybe more ‘dark’, dried fruit and dare I say tobacco – fresh not smoked!? The texture is relatively thick. On the velvety side.
Enjoy! I am!