Grown traditionally without chemicals (e.g., organic) in Yemen, Mocha is a wild, dry processed (natural) coffee, usually full-bodied with a rich, winey acidity. The dry processed and rather wild coffee with a full body, winey acidity and deep earthy tones. The musky fruitiness gives way to a wonderful chocolaty finish. This is a lively coffee with spice notes of cardamom and cinnamon as well as dry fruits such as raisins and pleasant sweet spice notes.
The flavor is often described as complex, very earthy and deep, and with a distinct pungency. Yemen Mocha may also exhibit a musky fruitiness, and a chocolaty aftertaste.
A Dark Roast brings out the hints of fruit and the rich notes of chocolate. Mocha coffee is typically either marketed as Mattari (known for its heavier body and chocolate notes) or Sanani (respected for its fruitiness and fine balance).
Yemen Mocha Coffees
Yemen Mocha coffee is described as lively, even a bit gamey. The pleasant wildness of Yemen Mocha has overlays of dry cinnamon, cardamom, and dry fruits (e.g., raisins) and occasional notes of tobacco, wood, roasted nuts, or sweet spice.
Rich chocolate tones and hints of fruit and wine are noticeable when the Mocha coffee beans are given a Dark Roast which also intensifies the taste and aroma as well as the coffee’s body.
Yemen Mocha Coffee Farming
Some of the finest Yemen Mocha is grown in northern Yemen just like it was a millennium ago on irrigated terraces on the region’s semiarid mountains where the water is channeled to the plants in rock-lined channels and rows of poplar trees shade the plants from the heat of the desert sun.
Marketing Mocha Coffees
Mocha Sanani coffee is known for its complexity and exotic pungency, while Mattari coffee (which is sometimes blended with Yemen Mocha coffee), is distinguished for its winey acidity.
Mocha Java Coffee
Of course Mocha coffee is most famous for the blend it creates with Indonesian Java Arabica coffee. Mocha Java is a traditional favorite with an interesting story.
Mocha coffee is one of the first coffees to be cultivated on Earth, and continues today to be a coffee bean that is highly valued by specialty coffee lovers. Yemen Mocha is also referred to as Arabian Mocha coffee.