Strictly High Grown, usually abbreviated SHG, is defined as coffee grown above 4,000 feet. It shares meaning with Strictly Hard Bean which is abbreviated SHB. The altitude at which the coffee is grown contributes significantly to a coffee flavor profile. Coffee beans grown at higher elevations go through a slower bean development, resulting in more nutrients being delivered to the coffee and therefore a more nutrient-dense bean, which means more flavor! Grading coffee in each country is done through a different process, as to a Strictly High Grown (SHG), designation in Guatemala signifies coffee grown at or above 4500 feet.
In Mexico they apply the term Altura, which mean “high”, while Papua New Guinea uses “Mile High” to its mountain grown beans. Strictly High Grown (SHG) coffees are of superior quality. Due to their exceptional flavor and vibrancy, lower yield per coffee tree, and challenge to coffee farmers in remote mountainous areas who must produce and market their crops they demand a highest price. Ask us which of our beans are Strictly High Grown (SHG) or Strictly Hard Beans (SHB) so you can give them a try!
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