Mexico Altura, High Grown, European Prep, Washed Arabica: High grown (HG) Mexican coffees mean coffees grown at elevations from 1,200 – 1,600 meters above sea level. The word “Altura” means “the heights” in Spanish. European of course for Europe, and “Prep” for Preparation, as opposed to “American Prep” are green coffees that have been more strictly graded for export to France, Spain, and Italy where sellers traditionally received higher prices than from US roasters, and where European roasters are more particular as to the grades and finish they will accept in arriving lots. However, this system (EP vs. AP) was more prevalent when Europe was the world’s main espresso bean market and the US was the world’s main roasted and ground filter coffee market. Hence, American roasters didn’t need perfect beans since everything was eventually going into roasted and ground coffees for the grocery store shelves. Today this dynamic has largely blurred since the growth of espresso consumption in the US. Nevertheless, central and South American green coffee producers still use the term “EP” for their better graded coffees.