Super Hard Grade and European Process
Strictly Hard Bean (SHB)
Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) usually refers to coffee grown at altitudes higher than about 4,500 feet above sea level. Beans grown at high altitudes mature more slowly and grow to be harder and denser than beans grown at lower elevations. The inherent consistency and taste attributes of high grown beans makes them more desirable, and generally more expensive, than coffees grown at lower elevations.
European Process (EP)
European Process (EP) indicates that there should be no more than 4 defects per 1,000 coffee beans. The beans are hand-sorted to ensure that your coffee has no defective beans. This is labor-intensive process and generally equates to a higher priced coffee.