There are about 100 lbs. of Yemen Mocca Sanani left in my holy green bean room. I’m beginning to miss it like you miss a dear friend who is about to leave town for 4 months. Before we say our farewells, I’d like to share some information about one of my favorite coffees that causes me to claim, “The angels drink Yemen Mocca Sanani.”
Mocca (you say Mokha and I say Moka) was the main port for San’a, the capital of Yemen. Mokha was a famous port for coffee from the 15th to 17th centuries. Mocca Sanani also means from San’ai but originally was the name of the special arabica beans found in Yemen. Our Yemen Mocca Sanani has strong notes of chocolate which reminds us why many Americans order Cafe Mochas or Moccachino. These are often a combination of espresso, hot chocolate, and milk. Mocha used to be the port city of San’a, but they moved the city because of some sand bar issues. You should also know that there are some Ethiopian beans that are called Mocca Harrar because of their similar shape to the Mocca beans found in Yemen. It is believed that the Yemen coffee was brought over from Ethiopia Harrar region during the 6th century or earlier. Chocolate was never imported or exported in Mocha.
If you pay attention to what is happening in the world, Yemen and especially San’a are experiencing painful growing pains and the people are revolting in the city of San’a and elsewhere.