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Considered one of the best in the world, “Café Tarrazú,” produced in the Saints zone cantons, is protected in 180 countries.
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Published Friday, May 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Considered one of the best in the world, “Café Tarrazú,” produced in the Saints zone cantons, is protected in 180 countries, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The Saints zone is made up of the cantons of Tarrazú, Dota and León Cortés Castro located in the northwest zone of San José Province, famous for its coffee crops.

WIPO, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is one of 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations created to promote and protect intellectual property (IP) across the world by cooperating with countries as well as international organizations.

The certificate of protection of intellectual property was recently sent to the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin of Tarrazú Coffee. The document indicates that its name and its emblem can only be used with the respective approval of the Council.

“This document declares the name ‘Café Tarrazú’ protected in around 180 countries that have signed the agreement of the World Intellectual Property Organization," said Roque Mata, president of the Council. "This gives security to the producers of the brand and is protected internationally. "

To obtain the certificate of authenticity, the Rural Development Institute paid about $13,700 to cover the studies, research, and analysis that were required to be carried out to comply with the regulations.

In addition, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, registration was carried out in the European Union, a process following the Paris agreement that protects against unfair competition or misleading information.

Additionally, a building was built where four laboratories will be installed for research, training in coffee production. The building cost approximately $1,236,000 of which about $792,792 was completed with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Since 1903, coffee has been cultivated in Los Santos. 85.28% of the hectares planted with coffee in the Los Santos area corresponds to "Strictly Hard Bean" type coffee, which is grown between 1,200 and 1,650 meters of altitude and is characterized by its hardness bean.

This is the second certificate that coffee producers in the area have received to protect the authenticity of their products. In 2019, the government granted recognition to the origin and quality of coffee.
That recognition of the origin and quality of the coffee produced in the three cantons provides legal security and protection to producers, so the brand can't be used by third parties without authorization.

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