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SHB Antigua Los Volcanes

The genuine Antigua Los Volcanes brand has been the standard of CAMEC coffee quality since its inception in 1952.

This brand represents the world renowned Antigua Guatemala coffee region, home to some of the world’s greatest coffees. It encompasses the best coffees from farms and small producers in the region of Antigua, Ciudad Vieja and the valley between the majestic volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, and strives to ensure the highest quality and uniformity in every bag.

These volcanoes were the inspiration for our brand name and are clearly visible from the patios at our wet mill in Antigua.

Cup profile

Well balanced with good acidity and body. Deep Chocolate notes

Altitude

Located at 5000 feet over sea level the coffee produced is of Strictly Hard Bean quality

Weather

The rainy season lasts for 6 months starting from May to October, and the dry season from November to April. From November to January the dry season is cool reaching temperatures of about 14° Celsius and from February to April the dry season is warm with a median of 24° Celsius. This unique climate produces this special coffee of the region. The annual rainfall is usually between 1200 and 1500 mm yearly

Soil

The soil is of volcanic origin, and very rich in minerals and nutrients, ideal for coffee production. It is believed that this region and the valley used to be a lake, and the sediments have remained to give this earth a very fertile and deep characteristic, which influences the unique coffee quality

Availability

Late January

Processing

The coffee undergoes a very careful wet milling process, separating the bean from its pulpy hull. It then undergoes a process of fermentation until the last of the mucilage is released and then it is thoroughly washed with fresh water. This coffee is 75% sun dried. Careful dry milling follows to meet client demands and to ensure consistent quality in every bag and from one crop to the next

Annual production

Around 5000 bags green coffee (69 kg each)

SHB Genuine Antigua Acate

At CAMEC our brands' quality is valued in equal parts geographical origin and cup profile.

This is why we came up with the Genuine Antigua Acate, a brand that takes all the Antigua coffees that do not present all the characteristics to become the more refined Genuine Antigua Los Volcanes, but still have a great cup profile and are grown in the Antigua Valley. This allows our customers to have access to the renown Antigua Guatemala coffee region, home to some of the world’s greatest coffees, at a slightly more affordable price.

Like it´s more polished brother, the Genuine Antigua Acate brand name is inspired by one of the areas surrounding volcanoes, in this case the majestic two-peaked Acatenango Volcano, which quietly oversees our wet-mill operation in Antigua.

Cup profile

Well rounded cup with defined acidity, good body. Hints of chocolate

Altitude

Located at 5000 feet over sea level the coffee produced is of Strictly Hard Bean quality

Weather

The climate of this region is mild, with a median of 22° year round. The valley of Antigua is protected from the north winds by the mountains and volcanoes that surround the area

Soil

The soil is of volcanic origin, and very rich in minerals and nutrients, ideal for coffee production. It is believed that this region and the valley used to be a lake, and the sediments have remained to give this earth a very fertile and deep characteristic, which influences the unique coffee quality

Availability

The crop is harvested from December through March. This quality green coffee is usually available starting in mid January.

Processing

The coffee undergoes a very careful wet milling process, separating the bean from its pulpy hull. It then undergoes a process of fermentation until the last of the mucilage is released and then it is thoroughly washed with fresh water. This coffee is 75% sun dried. Careful dry milling follows to meet client demands and to ensure consistent quality in every bag and from one crop to the next

Annual production

Around 8000 bags green coffee (69 kg each)

SHB Elena

Just east of Guatemala City we find the Fraijanes plateau, overlooking the Amatitlán lake and the active Pacaya volcano. This region's volcanic soil, contrasting weather and high altitudes help give the coffee that is produced there a very defined acidity and flavor.

CAMEC collects cherries from small and large producers in the town of Santa Elena Barillas, inspiring our brand name SHB Elena.

Cup profile

Fine acidity with good body. Floral and woody with hints of caramel

Altitude

Between 4,500 and 6,000 feet over sea level

Weather

Temperatures normally vary between 12°C and 26°C and rainfall is variable ranging from 1500 to 3000 mm yearly

Soil

Volcanic soil

Availability

Starting in February

Processing

Large farms usually have their own wet mills, small producers deliver in cherry to commercial mills

Annual production

Approximately 15,000 69kg bags

SHB Fátima

Deep in the cloud forests of Alta Verapaz, in northern Guatemala, we can find one of the country’s best and most unique coffee regions.

A cool and damp environment, frequently covered with a misty fog, this non-volcanic region is unlike any other, as is the coffee it produces, our mysterious SHB Fátima.

Cup profile

Very flavorful with good body and nice acidity. Spicey and sweet

Altitude

Between 4,000 and 4,700 feet over sea level

Weather

Temperatures normally vary between 10°C and 24°C and rainfall is plentiful, between 2500 to 3500 mm yearly

Soil

Limestone and Clay

Availability

January

Processing

Large farms usually have their own wet mills, small producers deliver in cherry to commercial mills

Annual production

Approximately 10,000 69kg bags

SHB Tres Marías Huehuetenango

From the secluded high mountains of the Sierra Madre, in the remote northwestern part of the country, comes our SHB Tres Marías Huehuetenango. A coffee as distinctive as the region it is produced in with its rough and broken terrain and its unique weather.

One of Guatemala´s renowned coffee regions, Huehuetenango is a non-volcanic territory with very high altitudes that gets warm winds blown in from Mexico and enables coffee to prosper where it usually should not.

Deep ravines and high mountains divide the plantations in this area and demand every farm, be it large or small, to process and dry their own coffee, giving it an artisan yet sophisticated quality.

SHB Tres Marías Huehuetenango embodies all that this region represents, and in true CAMEC fashion, delivers a high quality cup profile incomparable to any other in the country.

Cup profile

High acidity, full body, strong aroma, floral with pleasant fruit notes

Altitude

Between 4,500 and 6,000 feet over sea level

Weather

Temperatures normally vary between 13°C and 24°C and rainfall is in average 1000 to 1200 mm yearly

Soil

A non-volcanic region, rich in limestone, offers a very different composition than other coffee growing regions in the country

Availability

Starting second half February

Processing

This coffee is processed by each producer, be it a small or large farm, and it is mostly sun-dried

Annual production

Approximately 10,000 69kg bags

SHB Tres Marías Oriente

The SHB Tres Marias Oriente brand encompasses coffee from the largest geographical area of all our brands, starting with the traditional Barberena, to the highlands of Jutiapa and Chiquimula, near the border with El Salvador and Honduras. Its well rounded flavorful cup is consistent from one year to the next, representing the CAMEC quality philosophy to perfection.

Cup profile

Well balanced with medium body and good acidity with hints of chocolate

Altitude

Between 4000 and 5000 feet over sea level

Weather

Temperatures normally vary between 15°C and 24°C and rainfall is in average 1500 to 1800 mm yearly

Soil

Metamorphic former volcanic soil

Availability

Starting in January

Processing

Large farms usually have their own wet mills, small producers deliver in cherry to commercial mills

Annual production

Approximately 15,000 69kg bags

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