A new coffea arabica genetic strain has been discovered and will finally be on the market soon. Yemenia or the “Yemeni mother” represents many years of work by Oima Coffee. Oima is a Yemeni coffee exporter. They worked together with coffee geneticist Christophe Montagnon.
Yemenia may be an answer to the very real lack of diversity among the genetics of arabica coffee. It also has the added benefit of tasting good. Oima called the cup quality “exceptional.”
Alliance for Coffee Excellence will hold a private collection auction that focuses on Yemeni coffee. This will be the first place Yemenia will be available on the market.
Montagnon and Oima were on the chase for several years and genetically fingerprinted 137 different coffee samples. They traveled some 25k kilometers to do it.
Many believe this to be a very significant finding and are comparing it the centuries old discovery of Typica/Bourbon and SL arabica strains. These are the groups that gave way to the world’s other arabica coffees.
Let’s talk types of coffee. From a variety standpoint, there are basically only two main categories: Robusta and Arabica.
Arabica has a more delicate flavor and lower acidity than Robusta. It is grown in higher altitudes and is more costly to grow and more difficult to grow, so they have a lower yield that makes it cost more. Robusta has higher amounts of caffeine but can grow in hot, low altitudes, and with less moisture. Most commercial beans are this variety.
Coffee beans are green so they must be roasted. They range in roast from light brown to very dark brown and are broken into three roast levels: Light, Medium, and Dark.
Light roast is considered most delicate but also has higher acidity. You get more of the original coffee bean flavor. Medium roast have a chocolate color, less acidity than the lighter roast, and a toasty flavor. The Dark roast beans are roasted until they caramelize and oils come out of the bean. They may look oily. They have a strong flavor. Blends will combine two or more of these roasting levels.
Not on your life! Jody‘s crew found out that most decaf coffees contain up to 3% caffeine. That might not sound like a lot but depending on what types of beans, that can vary. We found a great article about it and you can read more about this at FoxNews.com. It will explain how Arabica beans have less caffeine than Robusto and some other interesting information.
In other news, would you drink coffee knowing the beans were eaten by elephants and then extracted from their dung. Made in Thailand by a company called Black Ivory Coffee, you can purchase the equivalent of 30 espresso cups worth for a mere $275! We talked about it in an earlier post but you can find out some new info from Forbes.com.
If you don’t get enough of the Duck Dynasty gang on TV, now you can bring them home to breakfast in the form of their coffee. They are teaming up with Mello Joy, a Lafayette-based company in LA. They will offer 2 gourmet coffees to be sold in 12-oz bags and in single serve cups starting in August, and be nation-wide by September. They will have a dark roast and medium roast with 100% Arabica beans. There will also be Duck Commander hot chocolate and cappuccino.
Mello Joy competed with several other companies but the Duck Commander group decided to team with them. The blend will be from Brazilian and Central American coffee beans with no aftertaste. Mello Joy is well known across Lafayette. Mello Joy was founded in 1936 as the Original Cajun Coffee.