Coffee from the Caparaó region is recognized as a Geographical Indication

The product is grown in ten municipalities in Espírito Santo and six in Minas Gerais

02.02.2021 | 20:59 (UTC -3)

The kind of coffee Coffea arabica from the Caparaó region, located on the border of the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, received Geographical Indication (GI) registrationThe National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) recognized last Tuesday (2/2) the product as GI, in the Denomination of Origin (DO) species.

The geographic area involves ten municipalities in Espírito Santo and six in Minas Gerais. In total, there are 16 municipalities: Dores do Rio Preto, Divino de São Lourenço, Guaçuí, Alegre, Muniz Freire, Ibitirama, Iúna, Irupi, Ibatiba and São José do Calçado, in Espírito Santo; Espera Feliz, Caparaó, Alto Caparaó, Manhumirim, Alto Jequitibá and Martins Soares, in Minas Gerais.

“Recognition is an achievement for producers and a possibility of adding value to the product and the region, promoting rural development and sustainability”, highlights the coordinator of Geographical Indication of Agricultural Products at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Map ), Débora Gomide Santiago.

The work of structuring the GI for registration included the participation of several institutions and, mainly, the engagement of producers. Mapa was responsible for issuing the Official Instrument, one of the documents requested by INPI for registration. Furthermore, since 2015, he has been working on structuring the IG.

For the coordinator, the Denomination of Origin (DO) proves that the product has unique characteristics that are due to the geographic environment where it is produced, including natural and human factors.

Today, there are ten geographical indications of coffee registered in Brazil, seven of which are Indications of Origin (IP) and three of Denominations of Origin (DO).

Brazilian Geographical Indications

Geographical Indication (GI) is an instrument for recognizing the geographic origin of a product or service. Therefore, it is given to products or services that are characteristic of their place of origin, which have intrinsic value and their own identity, which distinguishes them from similar products available on the market.

To date, Brazil has 76 registered national Geographical Indications, 61 of which are Indications of Origin (IP) and 15 are Denomination of Origin (DO).

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