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 have seen, delivering fruit flavors ranging from bright tangerine to sugary fig and date, and a familiar dry cocoa finish. Kona: Hibiscus aroma with passion fruit sweetness. Delicate, apricot finish.
About 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.
About Kona (half pound bag)
The region known as Kona on Hawaii's big island has been synonymous with superb coffee for more than 150 years. Steep volcanic hillsides and a microclimate of sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons create the perfect conditions for cultivating smooth, sweet-flavored beans. Follow the Old Mamalahoa Highway, and you'll see coffee growing on both sides of the road — but the best comes from the mauka, or mountain side. That's where the trees reach their natural willowy height, requiring harvesters to pull the ripe cherries closer with hooks. We think the refined flavors of these beans make them well worth the extra effort. That's why only the highest grown, highest quality Kona from a single estate on the mauka goes into this reserve. The taste is mild and mellow, with a hint of tropical sweetness; it's like Hawaiian hospitality in a cup.
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.