Jose Enrique Souto, heir to the Rowland Coffee fortune, built his dream house.
In 1961, Jose Enrique Souto informally entered his family’s coffee business. Having emigrated from Cuba a year earlier, he found that “there wasn’t a lot of money to start the business here, and we had to do it in a very humble way,” Souto says. “I helped my dad sell door to door.”
After graduating from the university of Miami in 1965, he worked in other industries and then rejoined the business, Rowland Coffee Roasters, in 1973. Over the years, Souto, his father, and two brothers grew the company, which included the brands Cafe Bustelo and Cafe Pilon, into a company whose sales surpassed $110 million in 2010.
In 2011, Souto and his siblings sold the brands and company operations to J.M. Smucker Co. for $360 million. “A few months later,” Souto says, “was when I decided to look for a house.”