Royal shopping: Purveyor to the Royal Court of Belgium: Coffee F. Rombouts

In 1896, Frans Rombouts founded a coffee brewing company to make his own
coffee. It would be the start of a remarkable successful story.

On the occasion of the World Exposition of 1958, Rombouts invented the
coffee filter. This became a commercial success in 1964.

Rombouts Coffee Belgium  - own picture taken in 2017

The triumph of the company was followed by the Royal Court of Belgium. In
1966, Rombouts was appointed as purveyor to the Belgian Royal Court.

Rombouts Coffee - purveyor to the Belgian Royal Court


In 1968 the company enlarged by buying the French Firm Malongo. Since 1989
Rombouts Coffee's headquarters are located in Aartselaar in the province of
Antwerp.

Queen Fabiola and King Baudouin of Belgium

Nowadays the firm has branches in 35 countries. It employs 150 employees and
has a revenue of 155 million euros. It is being led by Xavier Rombouts,
great-grandson of founder Frans Rombouts.

In Belgium, not only cookie maker Delacre produces tin cans. Rombouts coffees
also had some.

On this tin can, the link between the Belgian Royal Family and Rombouts coffee was
shown clearly, with lovely pictures of King Baudouin of Belgium and his wife Queen
Fabiola.

Queen Fabiola and King Baudouin of Belgium

Royal Destination - Columbus Monument in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

On 12 October 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Caribbean.
So, October can be called Columbus' month.

One of the most beautiful monuments to remember his first voyage can be
found in Barcelona, at the end of the Ramblas
and the beginning of the harbor.

Columbus monument - Barcelona  own picture taken in 2016

The monument serves as reminder that Christopher Columbus came to Barcelona
to report King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile about his first
voyage.

King Fernando and Queen Isabella - Source picture: Wikipedia

The monument is a column of 40 meters height.
It was said that Christopher Columbus 
was looking to the new world.

royal shield on the Columbus Monument - own picture taken in 2016
However it is more likely that Christopher Columbus was looking to the sea to 
undertake a new adventure.

Columbus monument - Barcelona - own picture taken in 2016

The idea of a monument arose in 1856 from Antoni Fages i Ferrer. He proposed
that the construction of the Columbus Column should be entirely Catalan. 

Finally in 1881, the city of Barcelona agreed to build the monument, a contest
was held for Spanish artists. Most of the money was raised privately, only 12%
came from public sources. 

The construction started in 1882 and was finished in 1888.