A ribbon cutting at GSW with Cafe Campesino

Georgia Southwestern State University, Aramark Corp. and Cafe Campesino officially announce Cafe Campesino’s arrival to GSW’s dining hall.


AMERICUS, GA, October 25, 2018– Students looking for locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee at Georgia Southwestern State University can now find Café Campesino on campus in Americus, Ga.

Sold by-the-cup inside the dining hall at the Marshall Student Center, Café Campesino is available for purchase during the location’s standard operating hours.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to partner with Café Campesino and bring their great coffee right here on to our campus,” said GSW President Neal Weaver during a ribbon-cutting event at the university.

Café Campesino CEO Tripp Pomeroy echoed Dr. Weaver’s enthusiasm. “We really do strive to be a community-based coffee company,” Mr. Pomeroy said. “GSW plays no small role in our ability to connect farmers to coffee drinkers.”
Since its founding in 1998, Café Campesino has been focused on building a sustainable supply chain- where small-scale coffee farmers receive some of the best terms of trade in the coffee industry and coffee-drinkers receive some of the highest quality, most ethically sourced coffee available.

“The way they do their business, the way they source their coffee and the way they treat their customers …. should be an inspiration to all of us,” Dr. Weaver said during the event.

Tripp Pomeroy talks to a crowd while GSW President Neal Weaver listens.

Cafe Campesino CEO Tripp Pomeroy addresses an audience at GSW as university president Neal Weaver listens.

Café Campesino sells fair trade, organic coffees by-the-pound to universities, hospitals, grocers, coffee houses and individuals across the country. It also redistributes sustainable food-service products to complement a robust coffee menu, including organic syrups, compostable to-go wares and fair-trade and organic teas.

Recently, the company expanded its product-line to include fractional packs of coffee that are pre-measured for easy brewing, which is well suited for food-service institutions like GSW. “We are expanding the reach of ethical, fairly trade coffee into traditional food service,” Mr. Pomeroy said.

The company’s emphasis on fair trade and community inspired a local network of supporters that helped get Café Campesino’s coffee into GSW. “This is all the result of strong, local relationships- with GSW and the people at Aramark who wanted to make it happen,” Mr. Pomeroy said.

In addition to the GSW campus, Americus coffee drinkers can also find cups of Café Campesino at Little Brothers Bistro, Rosemary and Thyme restaurant and inside the company’s restaurant and coffee house located at 134 West Lamar Street in downtown Americus.

More about Café Campesino
Café Campesino has been selling exclusively fair trade, organic coffees for more than 20 years. It sources all of its coffees through the green coffee importer it helped to found- Cooperative Coffees- which only purchases from small-scale coffee farmers and makes its coffee contracts available online. A leader in sustainable coffee sourcing, Café Campesino is a certified B Corp- Georgia’s first outside of metro-Atlanta. The company also operates a Specialty Coffee Association Premier Training Center in Americus, Ga. Learn more at: www.cafecampesino.com

About Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the South.

For more information about Georgia Southwestern State University, visit www.gsw.edu.


Hannah Mercer is an Authorized Specialty Coffee Trainer with Cafe Campesino. She is teaching at the SCA Global Expo in Seattle April 19 and 20 2018.

Americus, Georgia – April 18, 2018 – Cafe Campesino’s Hannah Mercer will be teaching professional coffee classes at the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Coffee Expo held in Seattle this week.

An Authorized Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Trainer, Hannah will be the lead instructor for a Barista Foundations class offered during the expo on Friday, April 20.  In this class, she will teach some 40 students best practices for pulling espresso shots and steaming milk – the foundational skills needed to build espresso-based beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos.

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Bill Harris Jr. and his family

Bill Harris Jr. (third from left) poses with his parents Bill Harris Sr. (left), Ann Harris and his brother Lee after receiving the Sparky Reeves Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Award Dinner on March 19, 2018.

Americus, Georgia- March 20, 2018-  The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce honored Café Campesino Co-founder Bill Harris Jr. with the Sparky Reeves Sumter Trustee Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, March 19.  The award was presented during the chamber’s 98th annual awards dinner and celebration.

Since co-founding the fair trade, organic coffee company Cafe Campesino in 1998, Bill has helped the company grow to have an annual economic impact of $10 million on the Americus-Sumter County region. 

Bill also founded the Americus-based green coffee importer, Cooperative Coffees, in 2000.  A one-of-a-kind importer that is owned by roasters across the U.S. and Canada, Cooperative Coffees has imported more than 42 million pounds of certified organic, fair trade coffee since 2000, paying more than $75 million directly to small-scale farmer-owned cooperatives around the world.

This is the third time the chamber has delivered the lifetime achievement award during its annual dinner.  It was created in 2016 in honor of South Georgia Technical College’s outgoing president Gary Lamar “Sparky” Reeves, who had served the college for more than 40 years.

South Georgia Tech hosted the event, but the institution was also recognized alongside Georgia Southwestern State University for its work as a Community Partner.  Center Stage Market received the Small Business of the Year award, and Ted McMillan One Sumter’s Chairman received the One Sumter Visionary Award.

Learn more about Bill Harris’s contribution to Americus and Sumter County on our blog.

Professional Coffee Training & Certification


Americus, Georgia- November 20, 2017- Café Campesino joins an international network of coffee training facilities after the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) certified it as a Premier Training Campus- the first in Georgia. 

Café Campesino’s Coffee Training Lab opens this week after successfully demonstrating that it meets the SCA’s international standards and protocols for coffee brewing and barista instruction.

The site, which is adjacent to the company’s coffee roastery, offers both a classroom and hands-on setting for the general coffee consumer, as well as baristas, coffee shop owners and industry professionals who need brewing techniques and supply chain theory to successfully operate their businesses.

The company will offer its first of monthly industry classes in Americus staring Tuesday, Nov. 28. Monthly community classes will begin on Saturday, Nov. 25. Additional class schedules can be accessed via www.cafecampesino.com/training


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Hannah teaches Fondo Paez's cuppers about cold brew coffee preparation.


Americus, Georgia- Sept. 22, 2017- Café Campesino Coffee Education and Sales Person Hannah Mercer received an elite coffee trainer designation this summer that allows her to teach coffee classes according to internationally recognized industry specifications.

Mercer earned an Authorized Specialty Coffee Association Trainer (AST) license last month, which is the highest level of distinction in Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) instruction. The AST designation is a part of the SCA’s newly launched Coffee Skills Program, an internationally recognized curriculum that focuses training on five key areas: Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting and Sensory Skills.

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Cafe Campesino Supports Dreamers & the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program 1

September 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

Since our founding 20 years ago, Café Campesino has been a leader in the fair trade movement, advocating for social and economic justice on behalf of, and in partnership with, small-scale coffee farmers throughout the world. Our work as fair trade coffee roasters is driven by an unflagging commitment to doing business by the Golden Rule and a set of core values that frame the decisions we make and actions we take on a daily basis. Those core values include: Be Fair, Build Community, Celebrate People, and Do the Right Thing.

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Sweet Georgia Baking Company is now a part of Cafe Campesino.


Americus, Georgia – August 31, 2017 – Café Campesino invites the public for a celebration of its recent addition of Sweet Georgia Baking Co.’s lunch menu and fresh baked goods to its coffee house fare.  The event will take place at 134 West Lamar St. on Friday, Sept. 8, starting with a ribbon cutting at 4pm, followed by a reception.

Café Campesino’s decision to bring Sweet Georgia’s menu into the fair trade organic coffee roaster’s downtown Americus coffee house was, according to the companies’ owners, an ideal opportunity to bring the two, complementary food and beverage offerings under one roof.
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Cafe Campesino Small Business Rock Star Award 2013

AMERICUS (August 22, 2013) – Café Campesino is one of six companies that was recognized as a “Small Business Rock Star” in Atlanta on Monday by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Nearly 50 companies competed for the title, which lauded outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses in the state of Georgia.

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