Albert Darboven, CEO
Dr. Stephan Hinrichs
Gateway to the World, home of coffee enjoyment.
Hamburg and J.J.Darboven go hand in hand just like coffee and enjoyment. Here in Hamburg, company founder Johann Joachim Darboven took his first step as a self-employed coffee retailer in 1866. The company now has more than 900 employees and operates in ten European countries. But that hasn’t had any effect on its ties to Hamburg and for good reason: on the one hand, the Port of Hamburg is Europe’s largest location for the delivery of green coffee and, on the other, J.J.Darboven has always set great store by traditional Hamburg values: reliability, consistency and partnerships based on trust. And, of course, there’s a whole district that’s inextricably linked to coffee culture: the historical Speicherstadt in Hamburg.
Hamburg merchants were able to store their goods, including large volumes of coffee, duty-free in the Speicherstadt. Brooks Bridge, which since 1888 has connected the old town with the Kehrwieder port island, was once the main source of access to this huge warehouse complex.
Albert Darboven had to cross Brooks Bridge on his way to the headquarters in Billbrook every day. The symbolic character of the structure prompted the head of the company to adopt the bridge in 2003, financing the reconstruction of the four bronze sculptures that adorn Brooks Bridge. These figures symbolise the significance of the bridge for the city of Hamburg: the city’s patroness Hammonia and Europa, who represents the ties with European neighbours, adorn the northern end of the bridge, whilst Apostle of the North Saint Ansgar and Frederick I, who paved the way for free trade in the Hanseatic city, stand watch over the southern end of the bridge.