Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, the state of Huehuetenango produces some of the finest coffees of Central America. The beans may be among the hardest beans grown worldwide. Cultivated at an elevation of 5,000 feet and above, Huehuetenango is a coffee offering a crisp, bright acidity an a hint of nuttiness.
Cup Characteristics: These beans at our preferred medium roast show a nice raspberry/citric spicy nature. The dry grounds have an intense aroma of fresh gingerbread-like spice.
Where We Roast It: We like this classic Central American offering as a medium roast, allowing the fruity and spicy nature to be fully appreciated. Like many Guatemala hard beans, this bean can easily take a dark roast, which will bring in more chocolate tones. Upon request, we will roast this as a dark roast… just ask!
What does SHB mean? All of the production will be graded SHB (strictly hard bean), the best grade available, due to the careful attention given in the central processing facility and the excellent conditions for growing coffee in this area. SHB also infers that the bean was grown at a high enough elevation for the Specialized Coffee distinction.
What does EP mean? European and American Preparation refer to the hand process of removing defective beans and foreign matter (pebbles) from a given amount of green beans. European Preparation allows up to 8 defects per 300g of beans and American Preparation allows up to 23 defects per 300g of beans.