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.