Yemeni Mocha Harazi Qahwa is Coffee Sheikh’s signature coffee. ‘Qahwa’ is simply Arabic for coffee, but also implies a unique method of brewing it with various spices. In parts of the Middle East, it is almost daily where Qahwa is served after a long day of work to rejuvenate everyone, stimulate conversation, and strengthen family bonds. Due to affordability, many have now adopted brands which use Brazilian coffee, which although is inexpensive, is also very bitter. True Arabic coffee was developed several centuries ago with the rise of Yemeni and Ethiopian coffees, which have a syrupy mouthfeel and strong chocolatey notes. In fact, the word ‘Mocha’ came from the Port of Mokha in Yemen, the center of coffee trade in the 18th century.
Modern-day awareness of Yemeni origin coffee has been restricted to the inner circles of experienced specialty coffee drinkers who are willing to pay a serious buck for this hard-to-obtain coffee. However, Coffee Sheikh has met with real Yemeni farmers who have brought the coffee to neighboring countries on small boats. Through this roundabout system, Coffee Sheikh is able to provide Authentic Yemeni coffee at a modest price for our customers.