About Us

The attractions of ceramics lie partly in its contradictions. It is both difficult and easy, with an element beyond our control. It is both extremely fragile and durable. Like 'Sumi' ink painting, it does not lend itself to erasures and indecision.

The Birth of Mokha

Yemen

Located at the southern most corner of Asia and the Middle East, Yemen also known as the happy Yemen is one of the oldest living civilisations. For millennia it served as a major trading point between the far east and west through ports such as Aden, Hodeidah and Mokha. Coffee was among the most important trading commodities. Yemen’s fertile land and advanced irrigation system led to ancient Romans calling it Arabia Felix, which means Fortunate Arabia in Latin.

Coffee Roots

Coffee appeared on the world stage in 15th century Yemen. It was first brewed by Sufi monks to stay awake during night prayers. Yemen would go on to become the first country to cultivate coffee commercially and later on serve as the catalyst to many of the coffee regions and varieties we know and enjoy today. The coffee cultivating methods used centuries ago remain the same today. Farms are set high on terraced mountains and are mostly nourished by natural fertilisers. The remote nature of terrace farms adds to the already complex conditions of farming and sourcing that is all done by hand and traditionally produced.

Naturally Processed Coffee

The earliest method of processing coffee, known as dry or natural processing, remains the same today in Yemen. Coffee cherries are laid out on raised beds, dried under the sun, and turned over often before the coffee beans are extracted. Maintaining longer contact between the bean and fruit results in sweeter, fruitier, and more complex coffee. As dry-processing coffee doesn’t require any water like washed processing does, it is the environmentally friendly method.

What we stand for

Sustainability

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Tracebility

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Ethics

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You Can Play a Part in Supporting Yemen

5% of all proceeds are donated to
Qima Foundation.

Our Yemeni Offer