Throughout history, there have been those who were so passionate, driven and innovative that they changed the course of culture. Some can be seen as more than just a man—they are a Van. As a master coffee roaster, Albert-Louis Van Houtte is a member of this extremely exclusive club. Today, we explore the life of another Van who was also a master of his craft: Vincent van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland, on March 30, 1853. Most remember him for a certain incident with his ear, but did you know he was also one of the most brilliant painters of his time? Well over a century after his passing, his paintings are still celebrated as true mastery. What Van Gogh and Van Houtte share in common is they both had a singular vision that changed the world and people’s perceptions of quality and craftsmanship forever—all in a relatively short time period.