Geographical indications for colombian coffee

Two types of Geographical Indications apply to Colombian Coffee:

The Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO)

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The Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which is further distinguished by the European Union seal that ratifies said recognition.

Depending on the legislation in certain jurisdictions, Colombian Coffee is also protected by certification marks.

To obtain this recognition and protection in various countries and continents, it is necessary to demonstrate that Colombian Coffee has the institutional capacity and quality control structures, to ensure that the product sold to consumers around the world as Colombian coffee has a superior quality.
One of the most significant steps Colombian coffee has achieved is having complied with all the controls and evaluations associated with European standards for geographical indications. In October 2007, after more than two years of evaluation of the files by the European Commission in Brussels, Colombian Coffee became the first agri-food product from a country other than those that form the European Union, to receive recognition as PDO. In addition to the countries of the European Union, the Café de Colombia’s PDO is recognized in the member countries of the Andean Community (CAN).

Having this type of protection implies that the coffee described as Colombian or that suggests being Colombian, must meet all the necessary requirements that accredit the PGI, PDO or the Certification Marks, depending on the country where said coffee is traded.