How It Tastes
Red Mocha Haraaz begins with the ripest coffee cherries, sun-dried for a cup of warmth and complexity that simply must be tasted to be believed. This year’s selection is one of the very best we’ve seen, delivering fruit flavors ranging from bright tangerine to sugary fig and date, and a familiar dry cocoa finish.
Red Mocha Haraaz—red for its origin abutting the Red Sea, mocha for the port of Al-Mahka—the birthplace of coffee as a trade, and Haraaz for the high mountain redoubt of Jabal Haraaz, where it grows on ancient, terraced steps. Amidst the turmoil in Yemen, our friend and coffee farmer, Shabbir Ezzi, pushes on—faithfully growing, collecting, and sun-drying ripe cherries. Each cup of Red Mocha Haraaz is a sweet, spicy draught of history. A bit of a miracle and an exquisite cup—perhaps the rarest and the richest of the year.
Red Mocha Haraaz is produced at an uncommon level of care. It is from a single crop, versus mixed-age Mocha. It is from a single place—Jabal Haraaz—versus mixed-region Mocha. And while most naturally processed coffees reflect the range of cherry ripeness, this coffee is processed purely from perfect, red fruit.