Arabian Mocha Sanani

Harsh, dry mountain terrain and primitive farming give this full-bodied desert miracle a distinctive wildness.
$24.95 / lb.
  • Flavor Notes
    Lush and full bodied with hints of cocoa and dates, and a complex, pungent aroma.
  • Flavor Category
    Spicy / Complex
  • Roast Level
  • Origin
    Africa & Arabia
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About this coffee

Roast Level

Arabian Mocha Sanani
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Brewing Methods

  • Drip
  • Press Pot
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How It Tastes

Lush and full bodied with hints of cocoa and dates, and a complex, pungent aroma.


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.

Worth Noting

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.
Perfecting the process

Coffee, 50 Years in the Making

We've learned a lot in 50 years. From tasting coffee three times before the beans even arrive at our roastery, to waking up at 4am to deep-roast each bean by hand, to personally testing every order before it ships —everything we do is committed to bringing you the freshest, fullest flavor in every cup.

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  • Roasted to Order

    Once you place an order, we wake up at 4am to roast your beans in small batches

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Reviews (34)
Average rating:
from San Antonio, TX on 5/29/2019. Drinking Peet's since 2017.

It would be a mistake to draw comparisons to Arabian Mocha-Java just because they share the same Flavor Category and similar name. They're entirely different. Instead of the toasty, sweet spice of Java, Sanani has a heavy dry wine profile with the bite of cacao. It brought back memories of Red Mocha Haraaz, which also has that rare taste of wine.

Mitchell K.G.
from Okinawa , AP on 5/25/2019. Drinking Peet's since 1980.

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...My other Peet’s favorites include Ethiopian Supernatural and Aged Sumatra.

Mitchell K.G.
from Okinawa , AP on 5/20/2019. Drinking Peet's since 1980’.

Swiss Milk chocolate, freshly ground Indonesian nutmeg, kangaroo leather, European dry cedar, Okinawa dragon fruit, and well-humidified Nicaraguan tobacco. Seriously, I have purchased every roast Peet’s offers and Arabian Mocha Sanani consistently provides the most satisfying cup of coffee whether I drip with my Chemex, press with my Bodum Stainless, or extract with my espresso machine.
My other Peet’s favorites include Ethiopian

from Arizona, AZ on 3/7/2019. Drinking Peet's since Janua.

It’s my favorite coffee now, I’ve tried all kinds but now peets coffe is the best

Sandy Smith
from Leonardtown, MD on 2/21/2019. Drinking Peet's since 2015.

I love so many of the Peet's coffees but Arabian Mocha Sanani is my absolute favorite. I have been drinking it for years using a press pot. The smooth slight chocolate flavor is out of this world! I keep it on subscription.