November 10, 2009
Carlos de Aldecoa, "the Coffee King," seems too young to be the head of the largest privately held coffee concern in America.
de Aldecoa family's Maximus Coffee Group has a long tradition. His grandfather Carlos started the family coffee business in Spain in the 1920s and fled to Mexico during the Spanish Civil War. His father, also named Carlos, started a decaffeination plant in Mexico. Young Carlos came to Houston to attend Strake Jesuit High School and earned an engineering degree at the University of Houston. In the late 1990s, the family bought the old Uncle Ben's Rice facility on Clinton Drive and turned it into a world-class coffee plant.
You can read more about this family plant here. Maximum Coffee Group is just as important to the industry as Starbucks of McCafe.