Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, presented a Constitutional Portugaleser Medal (Verfassungsportugaleser) in silver Monday to Albert Darboven, who has headed the company for many years, on the occasion of the company’s 150th anniversary. In an address given at a reception in the senate, Scholz noted: “Albert Darboven is the kind of entrepreneur that any city would wish for. He has successfully modernised his coffee trade and expanded the Darboven group and his wide-ranging involvement in the city is just as reliable.”
When presenting the medal, Scholz said: “In appreciation of the importance of your company for Hamburg’s economy and on the occasion of your (firm’s) 150th anniversary, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg dedicates a Constitutional Portugaleser Medal in silver to you.” “The Constitutional Portugaleser medal is a gift for unusual people and on extraordinary occasions”, he added.
Hamburg is traditionally a city of coffee
Every year, around 700,000 tons of coffees are imported and 400,000 tons exported via the port of Hamburg. Three thirds of all the coffee drank in Germany is processed in Hamburg where well-known coffee traders, coffee grinding plants and Europe’s most modern coffee warehouses are all present. Scholz pointed out: “Many jobs in Hamburg hinge on coffee – from the green coffee agent to the warehouse keeper, roasters and mechanical engineers as well as many small start-ups who are turning the cult surrounding personal (coffee) mixes, roasting and preparation processes into business ideas.” Albert Darboven expressed thanks for the honour and referred to the anniversary exhibition entitled “150 Years of Coffee Culture” which highlights milestones in the company’s long history.