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2019 Best Coffees - Staff Picks 1

We’ve all got our favorites. And yes, even at Cafe Camp HQ (where we love each little bean equally), staffers have their preferences. Here’s what an informal survey of staff turned up this December when we asked, “What coffee are you loving right now?”

2019 Best Coffee – Staff Picks- Blends

Mocha Java – Viennese Roast

Long-time coffee house barista Karen Montano responded first. “Mocha Java!!!” (note multiple exclamation points). An all-around great coffee, Mocha Java balances acidity and body. It’s a blend of coffees from the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union of Ethiopia and Permata Gayo of Sumatra, Indonesia. Known for its earthiness and body, the Sumatran coffee helps balance the bright acidities of the Sidama coffee. There is no question why Karen loves this coffee.

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Easygoing Espresso

“I’m loving the Easygoing Espresso as a drip coffee,” says Cori Lyman-Barner, location manager at Cafe Campesino roastery. “It’s just a solid cup of coffee. I actually like all our espressos as drip, but the Easygoing is my favorite.” A blend designed for coffee shop espressos, Easygoing is similar to Mocha Java in that it blends brightly acidic coffees with the heavy, earthy body of Sumatra. This blend, though, incorporates some of SCFCU’s naturally processed (unwashed) coffee, which imparts berry-like notes to the cup. With berry aromas and a sweet, deep flavor, Easygoing Espresso is both delicious and interesting. For beer or wine-drinkers who like to identify flavor notes in their cup, this coffee is a great morning match. They can apply those same sensory skills to coffee.

Good Morning Americus

A hometown favorite, Good Morning Americus is a medium-roast blend of Colombia, Nicaragua and Sumatra coffees. It’s our financial manager’s favorite coffee. “It has a smooth, balanced taste,” Marcia Dupree says, adding with a laugh, “It is also one that my husband and I can agree on.” It is a favorite at our Americus coffee house, too. Plus the coffee packaging incorporates artwork from Americus-based artist, Jeff Williams, whose work has been on display at the Louvre in Paris. (yep. we’re THAT fancy.) Learn more about Good Morning Americus here.

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Finance Manager Marcia Dupree drinks Good Morning Americus, a home-town favorite, and a coffee she and her husband agree on.

Holiday Blend

Marketing Director Nema Etheridge’s favorite coffee right now is the Holiday Blend. A pre-roast blend of Guatemala, Peru and Colombia, the holiday blend showcases the bright acidities of Fondo Paez’s coffee, while also offering roasty, nutty flavors and a medium body from Peru’s Pangoa cooperative. Well balanced and easy-to-drink, the Holiday Blend is a cozy go-to for this holiday season.

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Marketing Director Nema Etheridge loves the Holiday Blend right now. Because the green beans are blended before roasting, the bean sizes are more even, which offers a consistent extraction in the cup, she says.

Atlanta Audubon Society

Lee Harris, Chief Operating Officer and trained chef, is loving the Atlanta Audubon Society blend coffee. Using the same origins as the Holiday Blend, the Atlanta Audubon Society coffee is a lighter roast profile. The fruit-like acidities from Guatamala and Colombia shine in this blend, and the Pangoa coffee from Peru anchors the coffee with rich body. A blend created in collaboration with Atlanta Audubon more than 5 years ago, this coffee generates an annual donation for the Atlanta Audubon. Ten percent of every online sale of this coffee goes back to the organization, which educates the public about the importance of forest-like habitats for preserving bird species.

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Preferred by COO Lee Harris, the Atlanta Audubon Society Blend showcases bright acidity from Colombia and Guatemala. Plus, 10% of every retail sale goes back to the Atlanta Audubon Audubon Society.

2019 Best Coffee – Staff Picks -Single Origin

Colombia Medium Roast by Fondo Paez

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Coffee House Manager Ifah Hathcock loves Colombia Medium Roast coffee, produced by small-scale farmers of the Fondo Paez co-op. This coffee shows up in blends such as the Holiday Blend and Atlanta Audubon Society, but it stands alone just fine.

Fondo Paez of the Cauca region of Colombia just keeps getting better and better.

About three years ago, the cooperative started training farmers how to roast and cup (professionally taste) their own coffees so that they could better understand preferences of the specialty coffee consumer.

Their work has paid off. We roast this coffee at a medium roast level, which allows its bright, juicy, mango-like flavors to shine. When you first start to brew this coffee, a sweet, caramel-like aroma is one of its mouth-watering hallmarks.

Coffeehouse Manager Ifah Hathcock & Chief Executive Officer Tripp Pomeroy both love this coffee, and it’s easy to see why.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Fondo Paez’s general manager, Yuri Pilliume, came to visit Americus last year and those memories are still fresh in our minds. The first female manager of the Fondo Paez cooperative, Yuri came to Americus to celebrate 20 years of Cafe Campesino, and she brought us all hand-made gifts, weaved by members of the Fondo Paez cooperative. It was pretty special.

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Yuri Pilliume of Colombia’s Fondo Paez cooperative presents hand-woven belts to Cafe Campesino CEO Tripp Pomeroy & staff. Esperanza Dionisio Castillo of Peru’s CAC Pangoa cooperative listens.

Yuri was joined by Esperanza Dionisio Castillo of Peru’s CAC Pangoa cooperative and Carlos Reynoso of Guatemala’s Manos Campesinas, a secondary level exporter of the APECAFORM cooperative we’ve sourced from for more than 18 years. Learn more about their visit here.

2020 Best Coffees- What Will Staff Pick next year?

And so there you have it. Our favorites as of December 2019.

But coffee is an agricultural product, and each season’s harvest is a little different. Producers in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras are in the middle of harvest season right now. And the consistency and post-harvest processing methods of cooperatives like Guatemala’s APECAFORM or CHAJUL have gotten better and better over the years. Honduras’s COMSA cooperative also consistently produces beautiful, high-scoring coffees.

So, there is no telling where staff’s selection will be this time next year. (Or how close our staff’s preferences align with YOUR preferences). But we do know that the there are a lot of great coffees in store for all of us in 2020. So, cheers to 2019!

Get those mugs warm for some even better ones in 2020. (Speaking of mugs… check this puppy out.)

A bag of Cafe Campesino holiday blend coffee with a cup of coffee next to it and christmas ornaments and coffee beans sprinkled across the background.

If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your clients, look no further than the Cafe Campesino Holiday Blend. We’re convinced this mighty little coffee will make your life easier and leave your customers feeling valued and appreciated. Here’s why:

Why our Coffee is the Perfect Corporate Gift Idea

  1. It’s easy to gift.
    Packaged in 8 oz. bags with a festive Holiday Blend label on the front, this coffee is ready to be gifted as soon as it arrives. The only decisions you have to make are whether the coffee is whole bean or ground (your customers will likely want it ground) and when you’re going to call to place your order. Gifting. Made. Easy.
  2. It tastes delicious.
    A blend of Latin American Arabica coffees, including coffee from Peru’s Central Amazon region and Colombia’s Cauca region, our Holiday Blend has a great body with a rounded sweetness and delicate acidity. Plus, it will be freshly roasted, which, in terms of coffee flavor, means everything.
  3. The supply chain is spot-on.
    As a certified B Corp that maintains long-term trading relationships with farmer-owned cooperatives, we can ensure that the coffee you’re gifting has come through a well-vetted, sustainable supply chain. All of our coffees are certified organic and fair trade and because they are sourced through co-ops, their production helps to develop coffee-farming communities worldwide. Learn more about our business transparency efforts and our collaboration with coffee farmer co-ops in our 2018 Impact Report.
  4. We have a fast turn-around time.
    We process orders within two business days. Place your order by Friday, and it will ship by Tuesday.
  5. It will stay fresh throughout the holiday season.
    Because your coffee is packaged in sealed, air-tight bags, it will remain fresh through the holidays. Whole-bean coffee can retain freshness for up to three months and ground coffee for up to one month in sealed bags. Because you will be ordering directly from our roasting facility, you can be sure that you’re getting our most freshly roasted coffee available.
  6. It communicates a meaningful story.
    The name “Cafe Campesino,” loosely translates from Spanish into “coffee of the small farmer.” Founded in Americus, Georgia, Cafe Campesino was born after a small-scale coffee farmer communicated the inequity of the coffee supply chain to Habitat for Humanity volunteers working in Guatemala. After that interaction, Bill Harris Jr. returned home to Americus to source coffee directly from farmers. Direct sourcing meant fewer actors in the supply chain and a greater percentage of the coffee’s retail value would get back to the farmers. Since that interaction in 1997, Cafe Campesino has steadily worked with coffee farmers to improve the terms-of-trade for producers. It collaborates with like-minded coffee companies around the world, while investing in its hometown in rural Southwest Georgia. In many ways, the Cafe Campesino story is about the value of investing in your own community.

Pricing and Minimum Orders

Eight-ounce bags of Holiday Blend are $5.95 each.

A minimum order is 20 bags.

Contact Cori Lyman-Barner for pricing and minimum quantities for larger bag sizes.

How to Order

Call Cori Lyman-Barner at the Cafe Campesino roastery at 229-924-2468, or email her at cori@cafecampesino.com.

Cafe Campesino Holiday Blend sticker on a kraft bag with the words "A Great Gift for: Clients, Friends & Family and Colleagues & Employees" on top.

Shopping with us Online

If you are curious about larger bags of our Holiday Blend or some of our other coffees, visit our web store.

We are offering a 20 percent discount on all coffees purchased online in November when you use the code: thanks20 at online checkout.

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Over the course of the year, we get to interact with some wonderful businesses that inspire us to keep fighting the good fight. Their products are the perfect addition to your Christmas gift-giving, especially for those do-gooders in your life.

Finding the Best Coffee Grinder for Home 8

People ask me all the time what’s one thing they can do to step up their coffee game in the morning. Once you go beyond buying high quality, fresh coffee, the answer is simple: buy your coffee whole bean and grind it fresh every morning. With that being said… there are hundreds of grinder options on the market, and choosing the right one for your lifestyle can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions, and suggestions, to help you find the right grinder for your morning brew.

  • How does it grind? Avoid getting a cheap blade grinder, which works a lot like a blender, and spend the money on a burr grinder. This type of grinder uses serrated metal discs to grind the coffee and produces more even grinds, helping to improve the flavor of your coffee. Beware though: an automatic burr grinder under $50 probably doesn’t have true metal burrs and could end up being just as bad as a blade grinder.
  • What’s your budget? The sky’s the limit when purchasing a grinder, but how much money are you willing to shell out? Manual grinders are a less pricey option, but they take more time to use. Expect to spend at least $40, which can seem like a lot, but for something that will greatly improve your coffee’s flavor, it’s worth it.
  • How geeky are you going to get? If you want a versatile grinder that can go from French Press to Turkish grind, be prepared to spend a little extra. The ability to fine-tune your grind will be worth it in the long run. If you just want to do a regular pot of coffee in the morning, you can stick to a more basic grinder without the bells and whistles and save some money.

Now for the suggestions… Like I mentioned, you don’t want to put money into a cheap burr grinder, which discounts most automatic grinders under $75. Below is a range of options for any price point. There are certainly more out there, but here are some of the best coffee grinders I’ve found.

Best Coffee Grinders

Hario Skerton Grinder – $40


  • Affordable and good quality
  • Replacement parts are easily available
  • Very compact, perfect for small kitchens or travel


  • Requires a good familiarity with how finely you want your coffee ground
  • If you are brewing more than a few cups it requires some time to grind
  • No hopper to store beans for a quick morning fix

Bodum Bistro Grinder – $70-$100 depending on outlet


  • Very affordable burr grinder from a trusted manufacturer
  • Able to do a variety of grinds with easy adjustments
  • Replacement parts are easily available
  • Comes in fun colors


  • Can be a little noisy
  • Grind quantity is set using a dial-timer function, so it can be easy to over-grind at first
  • Cleaning can be a little difficult

Baratza Encore – $130


  • 40 settings for any brew method
  • Quiet and fast with a small footprint
  • Extremely good grind consistency
  • Baratza offers great customer service and resources


  • Grinding compartment can be a little messy
  • Heavy, so not one to take on the road
  • Like the Bistro grinder, the Encore uses a dial-timer, so portioning takes practice

Baratza Vario – W – $560


  • High quality burrs ensure consistent grind over a long lifespan
  • Programmable dosing feature grinds the same amount every time
  • Hundreds of grinder settings for the true coffee geek at home


  • Not a cheap piece of machinery
  • Small hopper only holds 8 oz of coffee
  • Only displays weight in grams, so have your calculator and conversion charts handy

As always, we recommend using fair trade, organic coffee  for your coffee brewing.  Why not try coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia– grown by our friends at Fondo Paez?  Cheers & happy brewing!

Aeropress Vs. French Press: Which is better and how do I choose? 9

It seems in the coffee world there is the ever-present question: “Which brew method is better?”. Professionals and avid home users alike will all champion one as their favorite, swearing that it produces THE BEST cup of coffee, every time. But with so many brew methods out there, they can’t all be right, can they? Well… yes. They can.

The Aerobie Aeropress and the ever-popular French Press are two heavy-hitters in manual brewing and often get compared to one another (unfairly, if you ask me). While they have a lot of similarities (easy to use, minimal cleanup, both are full-immersion brewing methods, etc.), comparing the two is really an “apples-to-oranges” conversation. But since this question gets asked time-and-time again… let’s have that conversation.

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