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VILLAGE :Bani Ofair
REGION : Ans
GOVERNORATE : Dhamar
Ghailan Saad belongs to Bani Ofair, a village in the Ans region of Dhamar. Coffee, to him, is the most important thing in his life, even beyond the dependency on income. He has been surrounded by coffee trees since he was born, and it was only natural that he took after his forefathers.
Being able to qualify for the auction deeply excites him, as does the prospect of showcasing his produce to the world. “I am very happy and proud to know that my coffee is being promoted around the world. It motivates me to keep investing in my coffee. My life has changed a lot since I got introduced to specialty coffee. Today, I know the buyers of my coffee, where they’re from, and have a relationship with them where they know me too.”
He narrates his story further: “Before, middlemen used to make us invisible, we never knew how much our coffee was worth and when they didn't want to pay us well they'd say that the market was not favourable. That led many farmers to leave coffee and sometimes their village to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
Today we feel comfortable to grow our production, last year our village alone planted 3000 new coffee trees. We shifted our focus from processing the coffee and chasing middlemen to simply planting, growing and caring for the trees. We should have been doing this years ago! We hope the world appreciates our coffee as we struggle to grow it but the reward for it is unique.”
Beyond coffee, Saad feels strongly about education. “Our students are still learning in a yard under trees. Some day, I would like to start a school for the kids of the village and the villages near Wadi Al Manshyiah in Bani Ofair.”
SL28 is a C. arabica variety related to the Bourbon-Typica genetic group, background and lineage leaning towards Bourbon-like genetics. Ideally suited to medium-to-high altitudes, SL28 have a ‘very high’ yield potential. The coffee tree itself is tall and produces large beans, like SL34. Known for its exceptional cup potential at high altitudes, SL28 is drought-resistant. Unfortunately, it is susceptible to major diseases that affect the coffee crop. It is found widely in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Deep fermentation refers to a variation of natural processing. The coffee cherries are slow dried, in which we aim for drying days of over 30 and then double the layer of cherries to imitate a semi-anaerobic drying environment. The cherries are carefully turned throughout the process. The result of the deep fermentation process is a flavourful, fruit-forward coffee.
Bani Ofair is a village in the Ans region of Yemen. It has rugged yet lush terrain. Due to its remote location, there are few roads leading to and from Bani Ofair. The village is fairly cut-off from the others, with limited infrastructure.
Ans is a region within the governorate of Dhamar. Coffee farming is widespread in the region and many families rely on it completely financially. There are around 60 farming families here growing coffee, corn, potatoes and qat. This region has been growing and cultivating various types of crops for over 7,000 years. There is a shortage of water in the region which impacts farmers and their families. It is often the women and children who must source the clean water, either bringing it back in barrels or using animals to help share the load.
Dhamar, Yemen's historic governorate, lies between Sana'a and Taiz. It boasts ancient civilizations dating back to 6,000 BC, with remarkable archaeological sites. Agriculture thrives here, with coffee being a standout crop. Renowned for its exceptional taste, Dhamar's coffee is grown in regions like Ans, Bani Fadhl, Magrib Ans, Automa, and Jabal Ash Sharq, benefiting from the diverse topography of plains and mountains.
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