When a trader couple from Hamburg decided to buy coffee land in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.
The couple’s son, Juan Carlos Luttmann, was raised in Germany, until, following his graduation from university, he moved to New York City to trade on Wall Street.
In a turn of bad luck for traders, and, arguably, good luck for coffee lovers, the depression hit Wall Street like a bag of beans.
Don Juan packed up his belongings and moved to his parent’s property in Mexico to work and learn about the coffee trade.
Don Juan fell in love with the land, the people and the business of coffee. He purchased a farm from his father and, being the entrepreneurial sort, began purchasing other farms and expanding the business.
One day while in Mexico City, Don Juan met a woman named Enelda, who, coincidentally, grew up on the neighbouring San Ramon farm. Soon, the two fell in love and started a family—and as they got older, their daughter Mariana Luttmann began taking the reins on the Independencia farm.
Meanwhile, a young man in commercial textiles named Raymundo took notice of Mariana. He then took her hand in marriage, and before long, an interest in the business of coffee as well. He assisted Mariana with the Independencia farm, and when Mariana’s mother passed, he purchased the San Ramon farm from her estate. The two farms have operated as a unit ever since.
Years later, Raymundo discovered an abandoned farm in Oaxaca. An infrastructure that had all but receded back into the magical mountain range it was built upon. With a delicate and caring touch, Raymundo has grown it to it’s current state—the Aurora Finca—a victory in sustainability, progress and conservation all in one.
A love story. Love for each other, love for great coffee and love for the land in which we borrow it from.
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