Yemen Coffee - DNA Mapping in Order to Create a Market Segment for   Premium Third Wave Coffee Marketing - Background Paper 

“If Yemen had proprietary terms that are widely recognized—as Mocha once was—then it could have enormous value in the marketplace. In order to achieve this, the issue of varietals, their characterization, and their taxonomy must first be addressed. More than most countries, Yemen lends itself to differentiation based on unique flavors and corresponding agro-ecological zones.”  USAID Yemen Coffee Assessment 


"Hybrids vs Heirlooms – Kevin Knox in “Coffee Basics”, states that ---“As is the case with many domesticated agricultural products today, the issue of growing heirloom varieties versus modern varieties is a great concern to the specialty coffee industry. Older versions of the arabica plant are preferred by many specialty coffee buyers for their superior and distinctive taste qualities. Specialty coffee buyers concerned about flavor and the future existence of fine coffee encourage growers to continue cultivating heirloom plants. They are also willing to pay the higher price that support growers in doing so.”


The link above is to a recent study by Luis Fernando Samper on the Coffee Marketing Intangibles.  This multi-billion dollar market offers unique opportunities for Yemen's coffee sector. 


The following is a program description of a coffee marketing initiative in Yemen.  

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Potential is There

Yemen has progressive coffee exporters that are already developing their own certification and traceability program (e.g., Al-Ezzi Coffee Exporters, Al-Hamdani Coffee Company, Yemen Coffee Export Company, etc.).DNA Mapping could provide the type of independent certification that would provide the basis for establishing a product category of geographic and genetic origin. These coffee product categories could create an appellation framework for Yemeni coffee.