Situated in the southern part of Minas Gerais in the Carmo region, Pedra Branca is situated Pedralva where it sits as part of the Carmo Coffees group. The surrounding area is blessed with unique terroir, high altitudes (1000-1540) masl), good sunlight and rainfall. The region is comprised of 7000 coffee growers with an annual output of 1 million bags. Working with Carmo Coffees we can access some of the best coffees to come out of this region. In 201l, Serra De Mantiquiera became the first region to obtain the Geographical Indication seal for coffee, which indicates that coffees produced in this region have unique qualities and features that are essentially attributed to their origin.
During the harvest the coffees are received form local farms in the region where the coffee has been mechanically harvested from the trees picking the coffees at the optimal time for ripeness to take the Pedra Branca mill. The ripe cherry will then be separated and sent for pulping to make pulped natural coffee. The unde ripe and over ripe are placed on drying patio where they are separated into depending on the level of development. From here the coffee is then dried for 7 -10 days (both pulped natural & natural) before being finished for 2-3 days with careful temperature monitoring to ensure the correct moisture content is reached. Once dry the coffee is then left to rest in large tulvas for up to 30 days before being milled ready for harvest. This mill has allowed Carmo the chance to experiment whilst acquiring coffee from farms in the surrounding areas.