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Brazil, Beneficio Pedra Branca

Brazil, Beneficio Pedra Branca

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Brazil, Beneficio Pedra Branca

Farm: Beneficio Pedra Branca

Region: Pedralva, Carmo de Minas

Processing: Natural Process

Varietals: Yellow Bourbon

Flavour Notes: Prominent sweetness, Coffee cherry, Malt

The Mantiqueira microregion is home to over 2,000 smallholder coffee farmers potential for exceptional quality coffee. Carmo Coffees(the exporter of this coffee), recognized this potential and decided to build two strategically placed mills (called "beneficios") with washing and processing capabilities, strategically selected for their accessibility to the region's coffee growers. Beneficio Pedra Branca is nestled in the Pedra Branca mountainside in Pedralva City, and the other, Beneficio Presente do Sol, is located in the city of Heliodora—both beneficios were farms managed by their former owners before joining CarmoCoffees.

The proximity of the beneficios enables the region's quality potential with access to modern equipment for processing where there was otherwise a barrier to entry due to lack of knowledge, time, budget, infrastructure, and the price of labor involved with processing at a quality standard. The municipalities served by Pedra Branca are Pedralva, São José do Alegre, Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Pouso Alegre, Cristina, Careaçu, Jesuânia, Cachoeira de Minas, and Olímio Noronha, among others.

Beneficio Pedra Branca has eight mechanical dryers, covered patios, drying greenhouses, and three African drying beds, as well as a wet mill and washing and sorting machines. Pedra Branca serves about 600 producers currently but has the capacity to work with 2,000. The production of both beneficios is at 50,000 bags annually.