Guatemala, Huehuetenango SHB
A nutty with hints of chocolate
High up in Huehuetenango, 2,000 meters above the ocean, lies a sheltered microclimate where Guatemala’s top coffee grows. A geographical quirk allows the hot, dry air from the Plains of Tehuantepic to mix with the fresh breezes of the Cuhumatanes Mountains, creating a protective bubble. Despite the nosebleed inducing altitude, the microclimate here protects coffee blossoms from the ravages of frost and allows for coffee to be grown at some of the highest altitudes in the world.
Master coffee roasters recognize that coffee berries that mature at high altitudes produce harder beans and a unique flavour profile that varies depending on the location. Within the industry, any coffee grown above 1,350 meters is given the nomenclature of SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) to indicate this character. The beans of Huehuetenango easily clear this bar.
To preserve the natural flavour of SHB coffee, the fruit of Huehuetenango are stripped of their pulp and washed quickly in the cold mountain waters to prevent fermentation. The beans are then dried in the arid sun. The result is a coffee with clear flavours of chocolate, caramel and a clean, fruity acidity in lighter roasts.
Cashews and a hint of red berries linger in the background
Strong cashew character. The aftertaste even leaves an astringent aftertaste like nuts. A light hint of chocolate is in there too.
Toasted cashew, hazelnut and a chocolate finish in a pleasantly round body and no acidity.
No Pre-Ground Beans?
Unfortunately no. We would love to make your experience as convenient as possible, and while grinding your own beans is firmly in the mildly to very annoying category, we simply can’t do this for you.
The reason being, the second you grind your beans, you expose every nook and cranny to delicious coffee’s nemesis: oxygen. Too much oxygen and your coffee can go stale before you receive it in the post.
As delicious tasting coffee is our most important product we can’t take the risk of sending you a convenient but bland ground beans. Our best advice would be for you to buy a grinder.