Private Collection Auction with

Qima Coffee

Yemen Specialty Coffee

The auction is set for July 2019 – More information to come

This summer, ACE will be hosting a Private Collection Auction in partnership with Qima Coffee, who is solely focused on farmer identified nano lots from Yemen, for the benefit of the Yemen high quality smallholder famers.

Qima Coffee works directly with smallholder farmers across central and northern Yemen, creating equitable trade in cultivating and hand harvesting specialty coffee sourced from some of Yemen’s highest altitudes. Founded in 2016 by Faris Sheibani, Qima Coffee’s core purpose is to rebuild Yemen’s specialty coffee industry. Qima has pledged to donate 10% of its annual profits to education and agricultural projects through their Qima Foundation. Founder and CEO, Faris Sheibani states, “Qima Coffee’s partnership with ACE marks a momentous milestone in Yemen’s specialty coffee industry. Sourcing coffees from thousands of smallholder farmers across the country, including many previously untouched regions, we are excited to offer the widest and finest range of coffees ever to have left Yemen’s shores. The Yemen Coffee Revolution is well and truly here. We invite you to be a part of that revolution.”


Coffee Selection Process

ACE and Qima Coffee will work together on cupping through nearly 500 micro lots in order to find the highest scoring producers. ACE will assemble a jury of professional sensory tasters to analyze lots at our Portland, Oregon laboratory. Only the highest scoring lots above 85 will be auctioned off ACE’s online auction platform.

Lots will be directly exported from the United Kingdom and will be as small as 50 kg or 1 exportable bag. Each lot will be from individual small holders with information about the producer and their farm and lot processing.

Samples & Auction Registration


By pinpointing exceptional producers with the Private Collection program, ACE will curate auctions with organizations and farmers who best exemplify ACE’s standards with its Cup of Excellence programming and hopes to expand its reach with these curated auctions. 

To learn more about being on this Qima jury, membership and access to the Qima Private Collection auction, please reach out to ACE at [email protected]

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