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Yemen Hayma Kharijiya Aljidan XI – Blue Bottle

Andrew Pautler

Yemen Hayma Kharijiya Aljidan XI – Blue Bottle

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Yemen Hayma Kharijiya Aljidan XI
  • Roaster
    Blue Bottle
  • Roaster Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Estimated Price
    $100 / 100g
  • Flavor Notes
    Tamarind, black cherry, vanilla
  • Process
  • Varieties
  • Country
  • Region
    Hayma Kharijiya
  • Elevation
    2300 MASL
  • Producer
  • Roast
  • Review Brew Method
    Orea, Flower
  • Roast Date
    February 24, 2022
  • Review Date
    March 12, 2022

Coffee Scoring

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  • Complex flavor profile
  • Syrupy mouthfeel

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Yemen coffee is always special and with Blue Bottle’s recent Exceedingly Rare coffee, they paired the special and exotic Yemen origin with both a rare cultivate and unique processing method. Yemen Hayma Kharijiya Aljidan XI is a Yemenia variety, which is a unique variety to Yemen that has evolved over years of growing in Yemen. In addition to the rare variety, the coffee has undergone an experimental process the producer, Qima, calls “Alchemy,” which is a combination of pressure, temperature control, gas regulation, and meticulously managed slow-drying. The result is fascinating for sure.

The coffee begins with a very strong & intoxicating fragrance that was sweet, fruity, and rich. The flavor was a bit boozy & funky with notes of black cherry, spices, chocolate, pomegranate, and cognac—yes, it was that complex. It had a full & syrupy body with a liquor cherry sweetness. It had a thick, mouth-coating finish that was the perfect exclamation point on every sip. The coffee was incredibly unique with so many evolving flavors. The roast was light-medium and I’d love to see how the coffee developed with a lighter roast, but that is likely more of a personal preference.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve only ever had Blue Bottle blends or single origins, a coffee like this will literally rock your socks off and taste like nothing you’ve ever had before. It is incredibly unique with some astounding complexity.

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