On Monday 22nd July at 4.30pm, we’re hosting an industry cupping of all the Yemeni sample lots before bidding opens on the auction! This gives us, and other Melbourne-based roasters, an opportunity to taste many of the coffees before they’re auctioned off.

The auction, taking place on 23rd July, is hosted by ACE (Alliance for Coffee Excellence) in partnership with Qima Coffee & is set to be Yemen’s largest & most equitable coffee auction to date. With coffees sourced from over 1000 farmers throughout Yemen’s coffee belt. Together, ACE & Qima cupped through nearly 500 microlots in order to find the highest scoring producers & assembled a jury of professional sensory tasters to analyse the lots at their lab in Portland. More info about the lots/producers here: https://qimacoffee.com/ace-auction-lots

Qima works directly with Yemeni growers & smallholder farmers with a focus on farmer identified nano-lots. Founded in 2016 by Faris Sheibani, Qima Coffee’s goal is to rebuild Yemen’s specialty coffee industry & has pledged to donate 10% of its annual profits to education & agricultural projects through their foundation. In the same vein, Qima Coffee was established with the aim of improving the livelihood of the coffee growers. They implemented a profit-share scheme with the farmers in which a percent of the profits from each lot sold is shared back to the individual farmer who produced it. The scheme translates to growers receiving 60-70% of FOB price.

Due to limited samples, this cupping is unfortunately not open to the general public. Only Coffee Roasters interested in bidding in the auction should register. Tickets are $10 +gst – 100% of the ticket sales will be donated back to charities providing aid & food supplies to the Yemeni people.

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