Beneficio Pedra Branca is nestled in the Pedra Branca mountainside in Pedralva City, and, as many farms are, is named after the wash station, or beneficio, that was built there in 2013.
The proximity of the beneficio 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.
Notes: Sweet, clean and tart with coffee cherry, cocoa and almond flavors.
Farm: Beneficio Pedra Branca
Varietals: 100% Yellow Bourbon
Region: Pedralva, Carmo de Minas
Elevation: 1,600 meters above sea level