students in line at a unviersity coffee shope

Ribbon Cutting to be Held Thursday, Sept. 17


September 2, 2020

AMERICUS, GA – Fair Trade, organic coffee company Café Campesino has partnered with Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) to open its first branded coffee shop on the University campus.

Located in the Marshall Student Center at GSW, the new Café Campesino Coffee Shop carries the same specialty coffee beverages available at Café Campesino’s flagship shop, which is about 1.5 miles away at 134 W. Lamar Street in historic downtown Americus.

Customers already familiar with Café Campesino’s specialty coffee menu will find the same sustainably crafted lattes, cold brew, frappés and smoothies inside the new GSW location. The Americus community is invited to enjoy Café Campesino on GSW’s campus any time, as well as any of GSW’s dining services.

“Having their beverages available on campus makes it so much easier for me to grab my favorite coffee in between classes, when I’m studying, or whenever I need a quick pick-me-up!” said Jordan Brown, a senior very familiar with Café Campesino’s downtown location who is planning to graduate in December.

Bringing its signature beverages to the GSW campus is an opportunity for Café Campesino to thank a community that has supported its flagship coffee shop for more than 10 years.

“We’ve been so grateful to have GSW students and faculty support our in-town coffee shop all these years. We are thrilled to finally serve them directly on campus,” said company CEO Tripp Pomeroy.

Showcasing the Americus community and collaborating with local businesses has been a priority for GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D.

“Joining forces with local businesses such as Café Campesino is a positive thing for the University, the business and the community,” said Dr. Weaver. “The institutions that are going to become incredibly valuable to their local community are the ones who have great partnerships where the individuals and businesses are engaged and supporting the institution. We are so grateful to expand this partnership, and we look forward to the smell of locally roasted coffee in our hallways.”

GSW’s second annual Day of Giving, a 24-hour giving challenge, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10. Café Campesino’s downtown location will generously donate 10% of all sales that day during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to the University.

The two entities will celebrate the new GSW location with an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Sept. 17, just one week after the University’s Day of Giving. The community is invited to attend.

Founded in 1998, Café Campesino sources 100% of its coffee from small-scale, organic coffee farmers through one of the most sustainable supply chains in the specialty coffee industry. All of Café Campesino’s coffee is fair trade and organic, and the company purchases from the same groups of farmers year after year.

Café Campesino applies that same commitment to sustainability when sourcing ingredients for its beverages. It uses Holy Kakow for sustainable syrups; Rishi Tea for hot-and-iced teas and World Centric’s certified compostable products for its beverage to-go ware. It also supplies GSW with Georgia-based Montane Sparkling Spring Water that uses water from a natural spring in nearby Harris County.

The Cafe Campesino coffee house employs many of the same friendly faces who have worked at GSW for years, but operations are now managed by Aladdin Food Management Services. Aladdin began working with GSW in July.

In addition to its Americus locations, Café Campesino also sells freshly roasted coffee and allied products to restaurants, coffee shops and grocers across the United States. It also ships coffee directly to consumers via its website:

GSW Coffee Shop Hours

Visit the Café Campesino location inside the GSW Marshall Student Center. It is open: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-8 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays. It is closed Sept. 4-7 for the Labor Day holiday.


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Career Opportunity: Coffee Roaster 1

Cafe Campesino, Inc. is looking for a full-time Coffee Roaster for our Americus, Georgia coffee roastery. The Coffee Roaster is responsible for all aspects of coffee roasting and green coffee bean management, has an above-average energy level and “can-do” attitude, and enjoys drinking coffee. S/he is disciplined, detail-oriented, professional, skilled at time management, and highly focused. S/he enjoys people and being part of a team, and is always willing to support all functions of the company as needed. 

Cafe Campesino Inc. is Georgia’s first and only 100% fair trade, organic coffee company, a certified B Corporation, and a founding member of the fair trade green coffee bean purchasing organization Cooperative Coffees, from which we source all of our coffee. Cafe Campesino is also a long-standing member of the Fair Trade Federation and as such, is committed to long-term relationships with our trading partners (the small scale coffee farmers who grow our coffee), working with them to improve their quality of life, and paying them a fair price for the beautiful coffee they work so hard to farm for us year after year.  


  • Roast all coffee per established roast profiles and quality expectations.
  • Perform all preventative maintenance as scheduled, troubleshoot mechanical issues to prevent downtime, and manage any necessary repairs to roasting and related production equipment.
  • Ensure all safety practices are followed and that roaster safety is never compromised.
  • Roast sufficient coffee quantities to meet production requirements.
  • Receive, organize and store green coffee beans and other purchase orders.
  • Maintain an organized FIFO inventory of green and roasted coffee and ensure that the company’s freshness standards are met or exceeded.
  • Update and accurately maintain roast log and coffee records.
  • Improve the quality and efficiency of the location’s coffee program.
  • Assist fulfillment when needed and prioritize order of roast to increase efficiency.
  • Embrace the company’s Purpose, Core Values, BHAG, and Scaling Up initiative.
  • Establish and cultivate good working relationships with all of the company’s stakeholders.
  • Fulfill agreed-to KPI’s, Critical Numbers, Quarterly Priorities and/or other assigned objectives.
  • Consistently exhibit leadership in the creation of happy, satisfied, repeat customers.
  • Develop comprehensive coffee knowledge, from crop to cup.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the company’s business model and approach.


  • Ability to lift up to 75 lbs.
  • Ability to maneuver objects 75 lbs. or more with appropriate equipment and/or assistance.
  • Ability to operate a forklift.
  • Problem solving.
  • Mechanically inclined.
  • Computer literate (email, internet, word processing).
  • Proficient with Excel/Google Spreadsheets.


Hourly + Benefits

How to Apply All qualified applicants should send a confidential cover letter and resume to Cafe Campesino Inc. at Please put “Coffee Roaster Opportunity” in the subject line.

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:

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


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


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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 2

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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