MEXICO ORGANIC SHG EP
Taste Notes: Bittersweet Chocolate | Graham Cracker | Roasted Almond
Region: Soconusco, Chiapas
Variety: Bourbon | Caturra | Tipica | Catuai
Altitude: 1200 - 1750 masl
Farm: Various smallholder farmers
"Soconusco is a region in the southwest corner of Chiapas along the border of Guatemala. With its rich volcanic soil and plentiful rainfall, the region is ideal for coffee growing. The economy is driven largely by agriculture and coffee is the main cash crop.
Harvest in Chiapas is generally December through March. Most Chiapas farmers are smallholders who hand-pick coffee cherry to ensure quality. Coffee is then brought in parchment to be dry-milled, sorted for quality and prepared for export."
SHG - Strictly High Grown, a quality and altitude spec from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama, meaning that the coffee was grown above 1,200 meters above sea level (MASL) and connoting a denser, higher-quality bean than the HG (High Grown) classification.
EP - Abbreviation for "European Prep," which indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand, though increasingly via optical sorters.