Ali Zaid


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Impressions: tangerine, white mulberry, nougat, vanilla
Roast degree: 2/6

Country: Yemen
Farmer: Ali Zaid
Governate: Ibb
Region: Alqafr
Village: Hisn Mokhtar
Varietal: SL-34
Process: Natural

Partner importer: Qima Coffee

Our commitment to farmer Ali Zaid continues as for the second year as we bring you 100% of his production. Last harvest was a low yield year across the region, and Ali only produced 30kg of coffee. This year, we have 51kg of it.

It's easier for farmer to keep all of their production for exports if they know they have a committed partner in Qima, and a committed buyer in Rabbit Hole. When the uncertainty of finding a good price and a committed group of buyers is gone, famers like Ali can focus on their crop and farm management so they can produce more, and better coffee.

It has all that we love in a classic Yemeni coffee: character, body, ripe berries and an approachable complexity.
With his family's help on the farm, they produce an incredibly clean and sweet profile.

We have committed to buy his full production for the foreseeable future.
This is only the first of 4 Yemenis drops of the most recent harvest, so stay tuned for a lot of amazing coffees from our favourite origin, including lots from the Best of Yemen Auction!

We love coffees that feel complex, yet also instantly feel like a classic! We can drink this Yemeni lot all day, every day. Approachable complexity is what makes our favourite coffee origin so unique.

It offers so much depth that each cup feels different if you feel like exploring. It can also be brewed in so many different ways.

The coffee is bright but balanced, and the acidity reminds us of tangerine. It also felt (at least for David ;-) ) that the coffee was full of a very specific berry: white mulberry, which is incredibly sweet.

The finish is dessert like, thanks to the nougat and vanilla aftertaste.

We also had hints of tropical fruits, pistachio and roasted almonds. You can definitely have fun while drinking this coffee! 

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 18 g 2.3:1 26-30 sec
Espresso with milk 18g 2:1 32-36 sec
Americano 18 g 2.3:1 28-32 sec


20 g 17:1 3:15-3:45 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 16.5:1 4:30-5:30 min

 French Press

18-25 g 15.5:1 3:15 min steep time

Farmer: Ali Zaid
Importer & Exporter: Qima Coffee

Price paid by us to Qima: 50USD/kg (add 7USD/kg for shipping)

FOB price: 43USD/kg. This is the price Qima paid up until the coffee was safely inside the cargo, ready to ship to the UK.

Farmgate price: 24USD/kg. The price Qima paid directly to Ali Zaid.

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