The Geographical Indications Registry has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee.
A GI tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation by virtue of their geographical association. The tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the geographical origin of the product. The owner of the GI tag has exclusive rights over the product.
The GI was granted on March 1.
According to the GI application, Coorg Arabica Coffee is grown specifically in Kodagu district in Karnataka.
“Coffee cultivation is an integral part of the lives of the people of Kodagu district and forms the backbone of the economy of the district till today……the district has a unique biotic and abiotic conditions which provides uniqueness to the Coffee grown in it. The terrain provided for coffee by the broader landscape provides it a unique aroma and flavour notes to the coffee when roasted,” it said.