Guatemalan Antigua Acate Estate SHB Coffee Beans
The SHB refers to "Strictly Hard Bean" which are coffee beans grown over 4,500 feet, this allows the beans to mature slower and develop better flavour. Perfect. We love the coffee flavour!
This coffee is intense and fragrant. A strong flavour that is balanced and has a long, chocolate finish in the mouth.
One of my personal favourites. I love it as a filter coffee and prefer to let it cool in the cup.
There are eight different coffee growing regions in Guatemala. Our BUZZ comes from the Acate Estate in Antigua. Antigua Coffee® Rich volcanic soil, low humidity, lots of sun, and cool nights characterise the Antigua Coffee region.
The region produces some of the finest coffees in the country. The coffee is grown in the shade at 5,000 to 5,700 feet above sea level and collectively wet-milled and sun-dried by hand.
This valley is surrounded by three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. Occasionally, Fuego—one of Guatemala's three active volcanoes—adds a fresh dusting of mineral-rich ash to Antigua's soil.
Volcanic pumice in the soil retains moisture, which helps offset Antigua's low rainfall. In Antigua, shade is incredibly dense to protect the coffee plants from the region's occasional frost.
The rich volcanic soil and rainforest conditions produce a well-balanced Arabica coffee with a smooth finish.
Coffee has helped fuel Guatemala's economy for over a century. Today, an estimated 125,000 coffee manufacturers drive Guatemala's coffee market and coffee stays one of Guatemala's main export products, representing 40% of all farming export earnings.
Today, coffee is expanded in 20 of Guatemala's 22 regions, with around 270,000 hectares planted under coffee, mostly all of which (98%) is shade-grown. The country's production is practically exclusively Arabica and is most generally prepared using the washed method. However, all-natural and numerous semi-washed approaches are obtaining in popularity.