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.
According to the GI application, Coorg Arabica Coffee is grown specifically in Kodagu district in Karnataka. Wayanad Robusta Coffee, the flora of Wayanad is characteristic of the Western Ghats and the plantation crops grown in the cool climate. Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee are both grown in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka which is also known as the birthplace of coffee in the country. Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee grown specifically in the birthplace of coffee in India and region is situated in the central portion of Chikmagalur district.
Chikmagalur district has a geographical area of 722075 hectares. An area of 43022 hectares is covered by forest and the total planted area of Arabica coffee in Chikmagalur region of Karnataka in the year 2016‐17 is17,699 hectares out of which the bearing area of Coffee was around 14890 hectares. Production of only Arabica Coffee in the year 2016‐17 was around 10426 MT,” said a description about Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee. Araku Valley Arabica Coffee, grown around Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh and Koraput district in Odisha, is light to medium in strength, has a pleasant acidity with a citrus note of grape fruit and a mild jaggery-like sweetness.