Established in 2006, Bonanza could be deemed as one of the 'originals' in popularising speciality coffee, least mention their gravitas within their home Berlin speciality coffee scene. Bonanza coffee doesn't have to taste the way it does, but it does. It's not your typical, it's unnecessarily good. But, maybe that's because they're unnecessarily driven...
Bonanza's coffee is not average; it’s not standard; or normal. From the moment coffee is planted until it is served, their coffee has gone through the hands of countless individuals who are all remarkable within their field. All critical efforts along the journey result in coffees that are a sum of choices made with the single goal in mind: how does the final product taste in your cup.
Yemen is home to a very unique microclimate, incredibly high altitudes and a wide of range of varieties rarely seen in European roasteries.
Bonanza are honored to share this fantastic coffee from the first ever National Yemen Coffee Auction.
As opposed to the private Yemeni auctions of the past few years, the National Auction aimed to allow farmers and exporters to directly submit their coffees to undergo blind tastings to choose the coffees to be placed into the auction, meaning the winnings go directly to the farmer.
Although coffee's birthplace was Ethiopia, it was first cultivated in Yemen. The uniqueness of Yemen coffee can be attributed to the uniqueness of Yemen itself - Yemen coffee developed through the centuries isolated from the offspring of those smuggled beans that gave birth to coffee in the rest of the world. In Yemen, coffee is traditionally grown at high elevations in harsh environments receiving little rainfall. As a result, the varietals that developed in Yemen had to survive a harsh climate. They are the result of centuries of adaptation to these unique conditions - thus the varietals themselves are unique to Yemen. In addition, the added stress of these conditions on the plants increases the number of nutrients and sugars pushed to the cherries which ultimately increases cup complexity.
Nashi Pear / Strawberry / Coconut Jam
This particular lot is grown at 2300masl and is processed as a sun-dried natural lot. Due to the lack of rainfall, Yemen coffee has always been sun-dried natural, further increasing the sweetness of the cup. Ultimately, Yemen coffee and its history are much like Yemen itself: mysterious, intriguing and complex.