Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Ospina Presidents - Mariano Ospina Rodríguez

Don Mariano Ospina Rodríguez was one of Colombia's earliest and most profoundly influential coffee pioneers and mavericks, with an outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, scientific knowledge and tenacity. His vision was to produce a coffee of unrivaled flavor and quality. His destiny was to make history.

In 1835 he began his quest in 18, seeking the best lands for growing coffee within the lush mountains of the province of Antioquia. In due time he successfully established his first coffee plantation on the rich and volcanic slopes of the town of Fredonia, where he pursued coffee growing with a scientific and macroeconomic approach.

A political leader and statesman, Don Mariano was one of the founders of the Conservative Party of Colombia. He became a Senator in 1849 and was elected President of Colombia in 1857.

With his vast knowledge and experience in the cultivation of coffee and agronomy, he devoted himself to promoting and teaching the growing of coffee to the farmers and peasants of Colombia. In 1880 he published his first textbook about coffee growing techniques and agro-industrial practices. The nation profited richly from Don Mariano's efforts and passion. His hard labor, vision and commitment substantially contributed to the development of coffee growing into Colombia's main export crop, forever transforming the nation's economy.

Yours most truly,

Mariano Ospina

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