Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ospina Coffee - History - Part II

Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez returned to Colombia with his wife Enriqueta and their children on October of 1871. They relocated in the town of Fredonia, near the city of Medellin, province of Antioquia, where they continued their coffee business, enterprise and plantations.

In 1880, the National Press of Colombia published the first instructional manual for coffee growing, written by Don Mariano, titled "Cultivo del Cafe; Nociones elementales al alcance de todos los labradores" (Coffee Growing; Basic notions available to all farmers).

Don Mariano dedicated much of his efforts to educating others about coffee and coffee growing. In 1882, Don Mariano and his two sons, Mariano and Tulio, established their first of several large scale coffee plantations and organized their larger and industrial processing plants and facilities in the town of "El Cerro Bravo", municipality of Fredonia. The first mechanized pulpers and mills to be used in Colombia were introduced and operated in this plantation.

The operations of coffee growing, processing and exporting to Europe and the USA were all guided and directed by Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez until the day of his death, on January 11, 1885.

By 1888, the best known coffee were "Jonas" belonging to Don Mariano Ospina Vasquez, "El Amparo" belonging to Don Tulio Ospina Vasquez, "La Caraboya" belonging to their cousins Barrientos and, "Gualanday" belonging to the heirs of General Rafael Uribe. These four coffee plantations produced 48% of all the coffee grown in the province of Antioquia.

Yours most truly,

Mariano Ospina

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ospina Coffee - History - Part I

Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez established his first experimental plantation in 1835, in the mountains of the municipality of Fredonia, state of Antioquia, Colombia.

In 1862, Don Mariano and his brother Pastor escaped political persecution in Colombia and traveled to the Caribbean and Central America. They settled in Guatemala. Thanks to their ability to insert into that nation's political and economic activities, their entrepreneurial spirit, their access to international credit and their solid family alliances, they were able to distinguish themselves when coffee plantations were spreading out in this country.

Both Ospina brothers settled in the Pacific Piedmont region called "Costa Cuca". There they established the coffee plantation called "Las Mercedes", which became known throughout Central America as one of the largest, most productive and best managed.

Given the fact that the coffee industry became the platform and engine of economic development in Guatemala, which in turn promoted and advanced other sectors of the economy, such as the financial and banking industry, public works and the modernization of agriculture and manufacturing, the Ospina brothers were regarded as equals with the "Founding Fathers" of the Republic of Guatemala.

Yours most truly,

Mariano Ospina

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ospina Coffee Company

Ospina Coffee is the world's oldest family owned coffee company, established in Colombia by Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez in 1835. Don Mariano Ospina Rodriguez was one of the pioneers of coffee growing in Colombia and Guatemala.

His grandson Don Mariano Ospina Perez was one of the founders of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia. Five generations and more than 175 years of vast experience in the coffee industry have enabled the Company to produce the world's finest, most magnificent and extraordinary coffee.

Ospina Coffee only produces the rare and unique Arabica Typica coffee beans, grown in the rich and volcanic slopes of the Colombian Andes, at elevations between 5,000 and 7,000 feet above sea level, under the shade of undisturbed mountain tropical forest.

All products of Ospina Coffee Company are fair trade, organic, bird friendly and tropical forest cultivated. The coffee plantations where these amazing Arabica Typica coffee beans grow are protective of the natural environment and the forest, and especially friendly to birds and butterfly migration.

You may find additional information on our website at and at

Yours most truly,

Mariano Ospina