Yemen Mokha Matari – My Friend’s Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Yemen Mokha Matari from My Friend's Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Yemen Mokha Matari
  • Roaster
    My Friend's Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Estimated Price
    $30 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Leather, pipe tobacco, dried fig
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Heirloom Yemeni varietals
  • Country
    Yemen
  • Region
    Bani Matar
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Flower, espresso
  • Review Date
    February 6, 2021

Coffee Scoring

9.2
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
9.5 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
8.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
10 / 10
Flexibility
9.5 / 10
Pros
  • Rustic, complex profile
  • Rich, full body

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

The coffees Gary is roasting over at My Friend’s Coffee have quickly become some of my favorite over the past few months. They are all unique, vibrant and excellent expressions of whatever origin, processing or style of coffee they represent. Coffee from Yemen is always a special treat, but this Mokha Matari was truly special. Its rustic, complex profile made this likely one of the most unique, yet delicious coffees I’ve had yet this year.

The coffee began with an earthy, chocolatey fragrance. The flavor was rich, complex and unique. It had a rustic earthiness to it that was incredibly unique and paired with notes of chocolate and dried fig. The acidity was balanced and steady and supported an incredibly rich and full body. There was an earthy sweetness to the cup that reminded me of raw sugar mixed with sweet pipe tobacco, which lingered into the aftertaste. This coffee was so complicated and eccentric; it really was “untamed.” I didn’t have a ton of the coffee to explore various brew methods, but I did brew it in a few different pour over brewers and pulled a few shots of espresso with it. The results were quite unique between the brew methods, but all equally delicious.

The Bottom Line

Exploring exotic coffees like this are one of the most fun things to do. Yemen Mokha Matari was so complex and layered and continued to evolve with every brew. I’ll be buying more of it as soon as it becomes available.

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