Coffee Expeditions with Ben Aventurero: Journey to the Birthplace of Arabica Coffee in Yemen

Coffee Expeditions with Ben Aventurero: Journey to the Birthplace of Arabica Coffee in Yemen

Welcome to the fourth installment of "Coffee Expeditions with Ben Aventurero"! This week, Ben takes us to the historic land of Yemen, the birthplace of Arabica coffee. Join Ben as he explores the ancient terraced farms and learns about the traditional methods that have been passed down through generations, shaping the world of coffee as we know it.

The Journey to Yemen

Ben's journey begins in the bustling city of Sana'a, where the rich aroma of coffee fills the air. The city's vibrant markets offer a glimpse into Yemen's deep-rooted coffee culture. Ben is eager to delve deeper into the history and traditions that make Yemeni coffee so unique.

Exploring the Terraced Farms

 Ben travels to the highlands of Haraz, where he is greeted by breathtaking terraced farms that cascade down the mountainsides. These ancient terraces, built over centuries, are a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of Yemeni farmers. Ben meets with local farmers who share stories of their ancestors and the meticulous care required to cultivate coffee in such a challenging environment.

Traditional Coffee Processing

One of the highlights of Ben's visit is learning about the traditional methods of coffee processing unique to Yemen. The farmers demonstrate the sun-drying process, where coffee cherries are spread out on rooftops to dry under the intense sun. This natural drying method imparts a distinctive flavor to the coffee, characterized by its rich, complex notes.

Experiencing Yemeni Coffee Culture

Ben is invited to a traditional Yemeni home to experience the country's renowned hospitality. He participates in a coffee ceremony where freshly roasted beans are ground and brewed using a simple yet effective method. The resulting coffee, known as "qishr," is spiced with ginger and cardamom, offering a unique and flavorful experience. Ben savors each sip, appreciating the deep connection between the people and their coffee.

Tasting Notes

Yemeni coffee is known for its distinctive flavor profile, with bright acidity and complex fruity and floral notes. Ben finds the coffee to be bold and full-bodied, with a lingering sweetness that reflects the rich cultural heritage of the region.


Ben's adventure in Yemen has been nothing short of enlightening. From the ancient terraces to the unique processing methods, every aspect of Yemeni coffee culture offers a new perspective on this beloved beverage. Join us next time as Ben continues his coffee expeditions, uncovering more stories and flavors from around the world.

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