Direct Trade - High Social Impact Coffees from Colombia
BENJAMIN COFFEE BEANS
I chose Benjamin Coffee Beans to name this business as a tribute to my grandfather, one of the pioneers of the coffee industrialization in Colombia. There is not much that I know directly from his history since he had long passed away when I was born, but I am always delighted by the stories told by my father about the prosperous business my grandfather had established. I am always admired by his broad vision of a world-class business created in the rural Colombia of the 1950's.
In memory of Benjamin Jaramillo Botero (1899-1963) born in Filandia, Quindio, Colombia
Image of the first milling factory 1950's
Source: Fotos Antiguas de Manizales, Unknow author
One of the names that I had heard the most in my father’s stories is Tito Abbo, so I took the time to find in the Internet who he was, and finally found this:
“….At this point, the Abbo and Scholtz families became close business associates for many decades. Tito Abbo formed a Colombian coffee processing and exporting company, Abbo, Jarimillo & Cia, in the early 1950’s. They worked closely with Scholtz & Company in New York, facilitating orders to the large U.S. roasters. In January of 1953, right out of the army, Henry’s son, Andy, went to Colombia to help organize Tito’s company and learn the business. He returned in June of 1954 to work at Scholtz & Company. Andy became a partner in 1957, making the total four: Henry, Andy, Tito and Luis Abbo. In 1972, the partnership moved to 110 Wall Street to accommodate their larger size. I visited Scholtz & Company at 110 Wall Street while I was still in college in 1973. I imagine it looked much like it did in the early years. Only a little English was spoken among the back office clerks….”