Brazil Rancho Sao Benedito
In the valley of the Rio Verde, on the slopes of the Mantiqueira Mountains, the fertile soil and rugged terrain is home to the most prized farms in all of Brazil. Whereas most of the coffee production in Brazil is massive in scale, an industrialized monoculture geared toward high yields, the coffees of this fertile valley are handled with a personal care and attention to detail that shines through in the cup.
Rancho São Benedeto is located just outside the town of Dom Vicoso, a 30 minute drive south from Carmo de Minas. Marianna de Carvalho Junqueira inherited the farm from her parents in 1954, planted coffee in 1978, and her son Marcio currently manages the production. From the outset, Marianna was concerned with maintaining the health of the soil and water while producing coffees of exceptional quality. In the years that have followed, Rancho São Benedito has become one of the most celebrated farms in the world, receiving numerous awards in quality cupping competitions. Marianna and Marcio continue to reinvest in and improve upon their remarkable coffees.
Each varietal and lot from the farm is kept separate, cupped and scored for quality at the local cooperative in Carmo de Minas. We have been working with this cooperative for many years as they assist in processing and exporting our Brazilian coffee. This particular lot of pulped natural yellow bourbon stood out among the many coffees from the farm that we cupped this year, with excellent sweetness and a delicate vanilla aroma.