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Monday 22 November 2010

Patricia Covarrubia

Time for a coffee? The next Brazilian DO

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Last Friday, Nov 19, the coffee producers in the Cerrado Mineiro submitted an application form to the Brazilian Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industriale (INPI) to obtain Designation of Origin (DO) for their coffee. The coffee Cerrado Mineiro enjoys indication of source (IS) already -- granted by INPI back in 2005.

Both IS and DO are variations of Geographical Indication. However, DO is more complex and as such more valuable since it requires proof that the quality of the product comes from natural or human factors.

The Federation of Coffee Growers of Savannah, brings together more than 2,500 producers, and the Cerrado Mineiro annually produces five million bags of coffee (70% sold abroad).

On August this year, INPI granted the first Denomination of Origin to a Brazilian product. There is also another DO application pending for a national product: ‘Vale dos Vinhedos’(reported here).

Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia