Café das Montanhas do Espírito Santo receives Geographical Indication registration

With registration, the region's coffee should gain more added value

04.05.2021 | 20:59 (UTC -3)

The striking and bright acidity, aroma of chocolate and sugarcane syrup are characteristics of the coffee produced in the mountains of the state of Espírito Santo. The edaphoclimatic conditions of the region allow the cultivation of this special coffee, which received the Geographical Indication (GI) registration, this Tuesday (04/05), which allows the use of the Denomination of Origin "Montanhas do Espírito Santo" for the product . 

Applicant for the registration request, the Association of Specialty Coffee Producers of the Espírito Santo Mountains (ACEMES) celebrates the certification. “This registration will allow adding value to the product, with greater recognition for producers and visibility of the product with guaranteed traceability. It is an excellent opportunity to enhance agritourism for special mountain coffee", declared producer Rodrigo Dias, who is also president of ACEMES.

ACEMES brings together 60 associates from 16 municipalities in Espírito Santo that maintain coffee production in the Espírito Santo Mountains with elements of secular heritage, predominance of small agricultural property, use of labor from family farming and work carried out in a mostly artisanal way.

The cultural miscegenation of the coffee producing family units, formed mainly by Portuguese, German and Italian descendants, with their respective knowledge, contributes as an element of differentiation of the region.

The area of ​​the GI Mountains of Espírito Santo covers the entire territory of the municipalities of Afonso Claudio, Alfredo Chaves, Brejetuba, Castelo, Conceição do Castelo, Domingos Martins, Iconha, Itaguaçu, Itarana, Marechal Floriano, Rio Novo do Sul, Santa Maria de Jetibá, Santa Teresa, Santa Leopoldina, Vargem Alta and Venda Nova do Imigrante.

For the federal superintendent of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply in Espírito Santo, Aureliano Nogueira da Costa, the official recognition of this GI is a reason for celebration not only for producers in the region, but also for the entities that contributed to this process, as well as for the entire production chain. “IG contributes to the promotion of the region and its special product in the country and even internationally. It is a tool that, when added to other factors, can contribute to greater rural development in the region."

The superintendent also highlighted the importance of the Origin Capixaba Forum, which brings together regional institutions to support GIs and collective brands in the state.

IG Montanhas do Espírito Santo is the second Denomination of Origin to obtain official recognition in Espírito Santo. The first was Caparaó, also for the coffee product, in February 2021. The state registers seven registered Geographical Indications, five of which are Indication of Origin (IP) and two Denominations of Origin (DO).

With this DO, Brazil now has 11 GIs registered for the coffee product, four DOs and seven IPs, distributed in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Paraná and Bahia.

Mapa's Coordination of Geographical Indication of Agricultural Products acts, together with the Divisions of Rural Development (DDR) of the Federal Superintendences of Agriculture in the states (SFAs) in promoting the use of GI and collective branding as tools for rural development in the country.

Mosaic Biosciences March 2024