Haraazi coffees cup is clean, sweetly fruited, and potent. The dry fragrance intense rustic sweet spice notes, layered with fruit noted of natural dried apricot, peach and almond.
The light roast cups towards dried fruit notes with a hint of raisin emerge. The finish has a tobacco aspect and there is a dusting of cocoa.
Source: Hale Coffee roasters
Grade of coffee
Yemen Haraaz Special Red Grade A+
Vivid with complex, shifting fruit and floral notes. Vanilla, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, hints of spearmint and violet in aroma and cup. Balanced but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Deeply sweet, flavor-saturated finish, very slightly though richly drying in the long.
This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 22 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015. A dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Haraz (also Haraaz, other spellings) is a celebrated coffee growing region in north-central Yemen, west of the capital of San’a. This is a particularly refined example of the type.