Arabian Mocha Sanani

17 Review(s)

Item No. ARB-M

Available: Peet's Store

Flavor Notes

Lush and spicy like wine, with hints of cocoa and dates. Complex, pungent aroma.

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About this coffee


Coffee Story

Distinctive in both flavor and appearance, Arabian Mocha Sanani grows under harsh, primitive conditions in the arid mountains of Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula. The mocha variety of coffee favors a terrain of low bushes on barely cultivated land, and these plants sprout miraculously from spring water oases and rock-hewn terraces — where they have to struggle to produce every single coffee cherry.

The centuries-old method for rendering the beans is equally arduous. When most of the cherries are ripe, the farmers pick them all at once and dry them on rooftops and hardened-earth patios. These dried coffee cherries are then hand-milled through traditional stone wheels to remove the hulls and release the two beans inside. This timeless, organic process is what accounts for the rare and naturally wild flavors characteristic of Arabian Mocha Sanani coffee.

Although the unusually small, rounded beans are irregular in form, size, and color, they brew one of the finest cups of coffee on earth. The flavor is reminiscent of a spicy wine, with a full body and pungent, exceedingly complex aroma. Excellent on its own or blended, the unique taste is a perfect complement to almost any other coffee — especially in the classic blend with Java.

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  • East-Slope Charlie , drinking Peet's since The R 8/29/16
  • NE-Central Nevada, NV

THE finest coffee I've ever had in my entire life, and it's been a good long life so far. Not my everyday coffee - that's The Major now, but the coffee I drink when I have company, feel like I need pampering, or when the cold winds howl through the Basins and Ranges in the near to sub 0°F winter days and nights. It's a sippin' coffee, not a drinkin' coffee.

  • Steve , drinking Peet's since 1995 8/25/16
  • Menlo Park, CA

Strong, robust and distinctive - I've been drinking this coffee for over 20 years, since returning to Menlo Park, alternating with other coffees but always coming back. Now we have a subscription to Peet's, which always delivers us Arabian Mocha Sanani and something else. No matter how good those other coffees are, it's always great to return to my favorite, which I always make in an Italian stovetop espresso maker.

  • Karen , drinking Peet's since 1980 8/17/16
  • Bend, OR

This is my staple coffee. I like to keep it on hand, even when my husband and I try other African roasts. It is similar to the coffee I drank at work, while living in Saudi Arabia.
AMS is a very smooth, rich coffee with a deep chocolate aroma. We have this coffee shipped to us in Bend, as Peet's has not yet opened a store in Central Oregon.
Ground 30 seconds before placing in a pre-heated press pot with 98C, non-chlorinated water, AMS makes a truly superb cup of coffee

  • Neal , drinking Peet's since 2008 8/17/16
  • Pasadena, CA

My sister, who lives in Oakland, introduced me to this coffee and I was hooked! I love a darker roast and richer bean. This coffee is just fantastic.

  • Zoran , drinking Peet's since . 4/14/16

We first started drinking Sanani when the Starbucks still had it. Then they discontinued it and I found it at Peet's. It's the only coffe that makes perfect crema on our little Gaggia espresso machine. The flavor is absolutely fantastic. Full bodied, reminiscent of chocolate and cocoa. A delight.

  • Teapot , drinking Peet's since . 4/13/16

One of if not THE best coffee I have yet to try! For background, I love espresso but typically hate coffee served black. I discovered I love this one black! It is like the boldest snappiest Italian roast on steroids, and then some. It's got a rich full body I want to describe as super dark fruity chocolate, not too acidic at all, bound together with a beautiful wisp of smoke. Perfect. Now this is what I'll be brewing to have with a cigar.

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  • Vincent Dagnese , drinking Peet's since 2010 5/13/16
  • Call Center
  • Emeryville
  • Walnut Creek, CA

An exquisite cup that requires the most appreciation of those who drink it. This natural processed coffee needs no introduction once poured, it simply implies greatness.

  • William J. Heinze , drinking Peet's since 1966 2/26/15
  • Barista
  • Fountains in Roseville, CA
  • Lincoln, CA

Of all the Peet's coffees, I like this the best. It has an excellent nutty roast flavor with an excellent mouth feel. If I did not know it was from Yemen, I would swear it was an Indo Pacific coffee. It is quite full bodied and not bright, two things I look for in my coffees. I would highly recommend this to any Peet's coffee drinker.

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