|Grade||EP: European Preparation|
|Screen size / Grade:||SHB Strictly Hard Bean Arabica- Screen 16-17|
|Grown at Altitude:||1350-1500mtrs above sea level|
|Harvest:||March – June|
|Process:||Hand Picked – Wet Processed|
|Taste:||The flavour is uniquely sweet and satisfying. Rich yet soft with fig/raisin notes.|
|Acidity:||Medium, Lively with Citrus|
A beautiful Guatemalan, uniquely sweet and satisfying
So you are probably thinking what do all the acronyms stand for with this coffee. Here is a quick run down about this remarkable coffee:
RFA – Rainforest Alliance certified; The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
SHB – Strictly Hard Bean; specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1350 meters. This term is also synonymous with SHG/Strictly High Grown; this classification is higher than HB.
EP – European Preparation; this specifies that the raw beans are all hand sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.
Guatemala produces many different types of the world’s finest and most distinctive coffees. The country has many unique coffee producing regions that has gained a positive and well known reputation in the industry. Coffee is Guatemala’s number one export contributing to the country’s growing economic status.
This coffee is grown in the country’s northern and central highlands at an attitude of above 1350 metres. This is the ideal height for gourmet coffee, allowing the country to rank 2nd in the world in the amount of high grade coffee it produces. It has the highest percentage of its crop classified as high quality. SHB coffees exhibit unique qualities like citrus acidity and its complex combination of fruit and smooth chocolate notes. This coffee type represents the classic, clean, Central American cup.
See our blog post for more information about the difference between Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance.