In the world of coffee, Tarrazu is the most well-known region of Costa Rica. The Zona de los Santos is an area where mostly SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) coffee is grown on at an altitude of between 1300 and 1700 meters. Besides Tarrazu, the Central and West Valley are important regions for the production of coffee.
The terms Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) en Hard Bean (HB) are used to indicate at what altitude the coffee is grown. Coffee grown above 1300 meters grows slower, resulting in a firmer and more compact coffee bean.