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


Hannah trains Richland Rum co-owner Karin Vonk on Chemex preparation.

Hannah trains Richland Rum co-owner Karin Vonk on Chemex preparation.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the SCA and provide this much-needed resource for Southern coffee professionals who are looking for training,” said Hannah Mercer, an Authorized Specialty Coffee Association Trainer (AST) working with Café Campesino. Mercer led the company’s efforts to open the training lab in part because she had to travel across the country to get her own training. She will serve as its instructor.

The Americus location joins a U.S. network of training centers that includes sites at Allegro Coffee Co. in Thornton, Colo.; Bunn-O-Matic Corp. in Springfield, Ill.; Wilbur Curtis Co. in Montebello, Calif. and Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury, Vt., among some 30 other locations.

More than 150 training sites exist outside of the U.S. including locations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Peru, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The SCA Campus Program exists to promote SCA’s mission to recognize, promote and develop specialty coffee.

About Café Campesino
Café Campesino is a fair trade, organic coffee company that is a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, a green coffee importing cooperative of roasters. Since it opened in 1998, it has sourced exclusively fair trade, organic coffees from farmer-owned cooperatives, returning year after year to work with the same farmer groups. Learn more at

About the SCA
The SCA is an international association of coffee businesses and professionals that formed this year when the Specialty Coffee Association of America merged with Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. Students currently pursuing an SCAA Pathways certification are encouraged to complete their training before the curriculum changes at the end of the year. Learn more at:


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