Al Qafr is a large village, home to around 150,000 people, of which 20% grow coffee. Known for its mild climate all year round, Ibb has a shortage of water, limited workforce and lack of seedings which present the main challenges that coffee farmers face here.
This coffee was sourced through Qima coffee, who have done an incredible amount of research and work into preserving the coffee growing culture of Ibb by sperating individual lots of coffees, paying above a living wage for the coffee harvested and providing access to centralised processing stations. Previously in Yemen, Every farmer would process and dry their crop themselves, which created a lot of discrepancies and possible faults being included in the exported crops which in turn, did not allow them to get the most that they could for their crop. There was no investment in coffee production infrastructure from farmers, as most farmers produce very little crop and there was very little profit to invest into infrastructure.
This natural processed peaberry, processed and exported through Qima coffee, is a testament to the quality and history of Yemeni coffee.