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  • Where's my Yemen?

    For those of you who are wondering why Yemen beans are becoming as rare as rocking horse poo, this article gives some background on the conflicted region.

    The bad news is that there appears to be no end to the conflict in sight. Unless Andy can smuggle another consignment our way, we just have to continue gazing longingly at the "Sold Out" sign on the Yemen tile in Bean Bay.

    Yes, yes, until it appears, it isn't there but one can hope that because Andy hasn't removed the tile, we might see the beans make another appearance. In the meantime, I will try to make my last bag last.
    Last edited by flynnaus; 15 September 2019, 08:03 AM.

  • #2
    Yep, very tough living in Yemen these days.
    Lots of ordinary folk getting caught up in the mayhem.



    • #3
      It was the next on my list to try, I think it was at some point available roasted too .

      Very sad indeed to see pointless hostilities ruining lives and putting Yemen on the map for all the wrong reasons. :-(


      • #4
        Savour your remaining beans, we have none on the way at the moment.

        The last landed Ismaili was $35k a tonne, with just the USD difference (all the freight and bean purchase is done in USD) the next would be over $40k and possibly $45k depending on the freight route we have to take. Worse still, it's a coin-toss if it even gets here and no one will insure the shipment from a war-torn area. To make maters worse, Ahmed doesn't have any confidence in the banking system at the moment and might not get paid.

        Farmers are growing, picking, drying but can't get it to market and what does get to market is very hard to move around.

        Some noise in the media last night about Yemen drone strikes on Saudi Arabia, by this morning they are saying it might be Iran but that whole area is full of complexities that outsiders rarely understand. The poor farmer (literally) is the one who can't make an honest living and would have even less understanding of what's going on.

        Sadly, some of the best coffee is grown in some of the worst places on the planet.