Position Open: Coffeehouse Manager – Americus

Written by nema on January 14, 2017 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino, Call to Action, POSTS FROM THE FIELD

Cafe Campesino CoffeehouseWe are looking for a great leader for our Americus coffeehouse team.
Learn more about this open position below. Qualified candidates should
apply by January 23, 2017.


Position: Coffeehouse Manager
Type: Full-Time
Compensation: Salary + Benefits
Job Location: Americus, Georgia

Job Description
Cafe Campesino is a group of coffee-loving professionals who believe they can make small steps to improve the world through ethical, meaningful trade relationships. A fair trade, organic coffee company that was founded in 1998 in Americus, Georgia, Cafe Campesino only sources coffee from farmer-owned cooperatives. This ensures small-scale farmers, who are often marginalized in their own countries, have a major role in the international sales and export of their coffees. These long-term, direct trade relationships- some of which have lasted more than 10 years – allow Cafe Campesino to partner with coffee farmers, connect consumers to producers, and encourage conscious consumption around the world.

The retail coffee house experience plays an integral part in Cafe Campesino’s mission. It is the “last-stop” in the supply chain for these intentionally sourced coffees, and it is often the “first-stop” for consumers to understand and engage in a fair-trade supply chain. Coffee drinks must be delicious, and the customer’s experience must be exceptional.

Inspiring and guiding staff, while cultivating and protecting a safe, engaging atmosphere for all customers will be tantamount to this position.

A successful Coffeehouse Manager will:

  • Maintain, inspire and guide a dynamic staff of baristas, including:

    • Offering feedback & constructive criticism where necessary
    • Identifying educational & career-building opportunities for staff
    • Developing shift schedules that create win-wins for employees and the cafe
    • Ensuring staff prepares quality espresso and coffee beverages
    • Ensuring equipment and tools are functioning, up-to-date, and easily accessible for staff
  • Offer an Exceptional Experience for Customers, including

    • Ensuring each customer is greeted with a smile and has his/her needs met
    • Serving well prepared, high quality beverages and food
    • Encouraging personalized experiences and conversations wherever appropriate
    • Ensuring the facility is safe, clean and inviting, meeting food and health safety codes
    • Addressing customer service issues in a prompt manner with kindness and sincerity
    • Answering coffee-related questions including sourcing or flavor profile questions
    • Facilitating special events on-site that help consumers better connect with CC’s mission
    • Keeping Menu Items & Prices in-line with local market capacity
    • Ensuring overall shop atmosphere reflects company mission and values
  • Manage Cafe Expenses and Sales for Profit, including

    • Reviewing menu prices for appropriate margins
    • Maintaining costs of goods at target percent of gross sales
    • Managing labor hours for anticipated volume
    • Positioning retail items for impulse purchases
    • Managing food, coffee, allied product and fair trade retail purchases
    • Identifying new potential customers and ways to market to them
  • Manage Community Relationships, including

    • Responding to donation requests
    • Overseeing First Friday events with extended hours
    • Making space hospitable and welcoming to locally based community groups
    • Positioning the coffee house as a destination for newcomers to Americus
    • Staying abreast of local events (City, County or State) that could boost sales
  • Collaborate with Cafe Campesino Roastery, including

    • Making space available to wholesale sales team & potential wholesale customers
    • Buying and selling allied products and key coffees promoted by the roastery
    • Working with Finance Department to report monthly expenses
    • Working with Marketing Department to promote cafe and (when appropriate) Americus
    • Identifying and communicating wholesale leads to the roastery

Successful Applicants for this position will:

  • Have 1-2 years management experience
  • Have a passion for coffee and preferably experience working in a coffee shop
  • Be genuinely energized about having a role in a sustainable, intentional supply chain
  • Be naturally empathetic and understanding of others
  • Be Capable of performing disciplinary actions
  • Be Able to see both big picture as well as day-to-day details
  • Be Capable of delegating responsibilities and continually checking-in on progress
  • Have a strong work-ethic
  • Have a reservoir of internal professionalism, optimism and kindness from which he/she can draw
  • Be humble enough to do dishes, mop floors and jump-in to help staff wherever necessary
  • Be physically capable of walking and standing for 5+ hours and carrying at least 20 pounds
  • Be Capable of identifying his or her own areas for personal growth and professional development

Applicants are required to submit a Resume, Cover Letter and three references.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017

Submit Applications to: coffeehouse@cafecampesino.com with “Manager Application” in subject heading.

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Position Open: Barista – Americus

Written by nema on January 14, 2017 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino, Call to Action

Cafe Campesino CoffeehouseWe are looking for a barista for our Americus coffeehouse team. Learn more about this open position below. Qualified candidates should apply by January 23, 2017.

Café Campesino, Inc. – Job Description
Position: Barista
Type: Part-time
Compensation: Hourly

The Barista has an above-average energy level, a “can-do” attitude, a happy, positive outlook on life, a commitment to environmental stewardship and a burning interest in making the world a better place… along with a genuine love of great coffee. The Barista is disciplined and able to focus, despite frequent interruptions, which are characteristic of the working environment. The Barista is constantly moving- either working with customers, cleaning the coffee house or participating in any one of the many responsibilities listed below, while maintaining a kind and positive demeanor with colleagues and customers. Above all, the Barista is a trusted member of the coffee house team who exemplifies Cafe Campesino’s Core Values, while working to support coffee house management and the broader operations of the company. The Barista reports to and works with the coffeehouse management team, which includes a manager, an assistant manager and shift leads.

Barista Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Greeting Customers with a smile and audible “Welcome”
  • Listening to Customer Preferences & Helping them Navigate through the Menu
  • Brewing and Serving Excellent Espresso Beverages
  • Developing “Drinks of the Month”
  • Brewing Excellent Drip Coffee
  • Monitoring Brewed Coffee Levels & Freshness
  • Entering & Processing Orders through Square Register
  • Learning facts about at least one Small-Farmer Cooperative
  • Attending Cuppings
  • Packing and Selling Coffee by-the-pound
  • Answering Phones
  • Taking To-go Orders
  • Taking Coffee-by-the-Pound Orders
  • Call-in 10-2 Orders
  • Brewing French Press & Pour-Overs
  • Brewing & Selling Hot Tea, Iced Tea & Tea Boxes
  • Never-ending curiosity and pursuit of more coffee knowledge
  • Above-average understanding of coffee supply chain
  • Deep understanding of Cafe Campesino history
  • Being Supportive of and Working well with colleagues

Food-Related Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Preparing Breakfast Bagels, Oatmeal, Snacks & Fruit & Yogurt
  • Stocking & Displaying Baked Goods
  • Baking as-needed
  • Ringing up Orders
  • Ensuring Customer Orders are accurately communicated to Person Preparing them
  • 10 Steps of Lunch Service (including bussing tables & filling drinks)

Daily Non-Coffee Shift Responsibilities will Include:

  • Receiving and Stocking Products
  • Breaking Down Boxes
  • Checking & Preparing Sanitizers
  • Washing Dishes
  • Putting away Dishes
  • Checking Stock Levels on All product
  • Checking Dates on all products
  • Brewing Tea and Toddy Cold Brew
  • Preparing Chocolate Sauce
  • Wiping Down Tables, Brushing Crumbs off Seats, making sure space looks neat & orderly
  • Cleaning & Restocking Condiment Station
  • Completing Daily Deep Clean Checklist
  • Counting Money & Monitoring Tips

Additional information

-This position requires a background check prior to hire.

-The first 180 calendar days after the date of hire are considered to be an introductory period and as such, a probationary period during which the new employee’s supervisor and management have an opportunity to evaluate the ability of the employee to perform her/his job.

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TDF13 Spotlight: Richland Rum

Written by nema on October 20, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino


Richland Distilling Company is located in Richland, GA. The owners Erik and Karin Vonk and master distiller Jay McCain are helping put Richland on the map by making authentic, quality products. Garden and Gun calls Richland Rum “the smooth amber liquid that had brought new life to this town.” (Find the whole article here.) It is a family-owned business and makes Richland Rum exclusively.

Richland Distilling Company will be one of our stops on Saturday, Nov. 9 during the Southwest GA Tour de Farm 2013 bike ride. We will get the opportunity to taste Richland Rum and to take a tour. Tickets for Tour de Farm are on sale now! Register today to ensure your spot in the ride.

Richland Rum is made by hand and is done so day-by-day all in one area. They grow their own cane sugar at Vennebroek Estate there in Richland and distill, age, and bottle their Rum all in the same place. The process of making their Rum involves fermenting, distilling, and aging in oak barrels, where it is matured for at least one year with some longer.

Richland Rum only contains two ingredients! Those ingredients are either sugar cane juice or premium sugar cane syrup and water. This means that it is all natural and contains no preservatives, artificial aromas, coloring, additives, or chemical enhancements. The fermentation recipe used to make Richland Rum also plays an important role in contributing to the all natural taste of the quality Rum.

To learn more about Richland Distilling Company and Richland Rum, check out these articles:

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution April 2, 2013

From Southern View Magazine

Also, check out this YouTube video about Richland Rum.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out Richland Rum’s website.


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TDF13 Spotlight: White Oak Pastures

Written by Cafe Campesino on September 29, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino

white oak

We believe White Oak Pastures is a gem in Southwest Georgia, and we are so thrilled to have them featured on this year’s Southwest Georgia Tour de Farm. Primarily a livestock farm and processing facility, White Oak stands out nationally for its sustainable farming practices and commitment to land stewardship, animal husbandry and organics. Plus, the folks who work there are just so darn innovative, creative and committed to doing the right thing for their community, the land they live on and the animals that feed them.

We promise a fantastic tour and exceptional supper on Friday, Nov. 8, where the food will literally be born, raised, processed, prepared and consumed on-site. (Thank you so much, White Oak!)

Supper-only tickets are available for $30 online at http://tdf2013.eventbrite.com/. or at Cafe Campesino Coffee House and Roastery in Americus. Full event tickets include the Meat & Greet Supper, as well as two days of food-and-farm-oriented cycling in Southwest Georgia. The entire event is a fundraiser for non-profits Georgia Organics and Sumter Cycling. Learn more about Tour de Farm and purchase tickets online. Read more about White Oak below!

Just why is White Oak Pastures so cool? Here’s some stuff that stands out for us:

-Forty percent of the energy needs of White Oak’s on-site processing facilities COMES FROM THE SUN! (yeah, there’s a big solar panel on that farm)

-White Oak makes bio-diesel on-site to power its farm tractors

-On-site commercial meat processing hardly ever happens on farms. In fact, only 2 farms do this in the U.S. White Oak Pastures is one of them.

-Nothing goes to waste- blood, bones and viscera are all broken down to make compost.

-In 2011, White Oak complemented its red-meat processing facility by opening up a USDA-inspected poultry abattoir and now raise and slaughter chicken, ducks, geese, guineas, and turkeys on-site.

-There’s a certified organic vegetable farm that produces food for CSA customers across Southwest Georgia.

Still Curious? Keep reading at some of the links below:

From The Local Palate in June, July 2013

From Modern Farmer Fall 2013

From the Atlanta Magazine in February 2011

Check out their website to find out even more great things about White Oak Pastures.

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Guatemala February 2014: Sign-Up Now

Written by Cafe Campesino on September 10, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino

We invite you to join Café Campesino and our sister company Sweetwater Organic Coffee, along with local birding enthusiasts for a ten day trip to Guatemala from Feb 7 to Feb 16, 2014. Our Coffee and Culture Tours focus on understanding coffee production in the countries where coffee is grown. We introduce participants to more than just how coffee is produced, but also to the positive impact that fair trade and organics bring to small scale farmers and their family economic development. As we meet farmers and their families, we understand customs, culture, geography, economics, language and family life in the country visited.

Guatemala is a delight for birders. As we travel to the places where shade grown coffee is produced, and even to the market cities where coffee beans are processed, travelers are in the midst of a range of micro climates that support a wide variety of bird habitat. Our balanced itinerary allows us time to focus very specifically on coffee on certain days and birds on other days. At certain times we may incorporate both in a day’s activity. We may also find certain days when the birders hike in one direction while the coffee hounds head in another. Some of the birds that we are likely to encounter are unique to Guatemala while others are migratory birds that you may see in North America in a certain season and in Guatemala in the colder temps of a North American winter. The value of shade grown crops, a rainforest canopy and organic methods are a boon to the health of all birds and this will be demonstrated.

Please join us. The dates are February 7th to 16th and you may choose to extend for other birding, language school, or other Guatemala tourism. Extending is at your own separate expense. The cost is $75 per day plus your air ticket and travel insurance. So the ten day trip is $750 plus airfare (which you will coordinate on your own). This includes in-country transportation, meals, snacks and water each day, and accommodations (based on shared rooms). Single supplements will not always be available and will have an added cost.

Interested in Registering? Call us or email.

Call: 888-532-4728
Email: nema@cafecampesino.com

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Cafe Campesino receives “Rock Star” Accolades from State Econ Dev.Groups

Written by nema on August 22, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino

RockStar Award

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.

“It’s important to honor companies whose best practices help set the state apart as a nurturing environment for small business,” said Mike Pennington, president of GEDA, which collaborated with the GDEcD to host this first-time event that highlighted innovative entreprenuers across the state.
“Entrepreneurs find where there’s a need and work to fill that need,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who spoke at the Aug. 19 luncheon at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel that honored the winners.

A local need for sustainably sourced, high quality, organic coffee prompted Bill Harris to start Café Campesino in 1998. Mr. Harris accepted the award for Café Campesino on Monday and highlighted its work to honor small farmers “who work harder than any of us here” as the driving force behind his business. He also noted that the company’s simple business philosophy – to “treat others as you would like to be treated” was at that heart of everything Café Campesino does.

“We are a company that measures its success based on its relationship with the three P’s– profits, people and the planet,” Mr. Harris said to the more than 100 public officials and econonomic developers attending the luncheon, who included newly appointed Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, as well as Lt. Gov. Cagle.

Deeply committed to developing small business in the Americus and Sumter County region, Mr. Harris expressed his gratitude to the state and local entities that have provided Cafe Campesino with support along the way. He cited the Department of Community Affairs, the Americus-Sumter Co. Chamber of Commerce, the Americus Sumter Payroll Development Authority, South Georgia Technical College, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the City of Americus as being strong supporters of Café Campesino.

Café Campesino also underscored the importance of these entities and the tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurship it sees in small towns across Georgia during the Aug. 14-16 Georgia Downtown Association conference it attended in Savannah where it served on a panel that highlighted craft industry and agritourism in Georgia downtowns. Pladd Dott, a Statesboro-based music company and guitar manufacturer and the Savannah Bee Co., a retailer and wholesaler of sustainably sourced honey and skin-care products, were also on the GDA craft industry panel.

Other “Small Business RockStars” winners included Laurie Jo’s Southern Style Canning, located near Moultrie; FactoryMation of Canton; Azalea Health of Valdosta; Restaurant Interiors of Jasper and Atlanta Light Bulbs of Tucker.

Nema Etheridge of Café Campesino, Angela Westra, director of chamber development, Americus Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Harris Sr. accompanied Mr. Harris to the award luncheon.

Small Business RockStars is a collaboration between GEDA and the GDEcD to recognize outstanding, unique and impactful businesses with fewer than 50 employees across the state.

About Café Campesino
Cafe Campesino is a fair trade, organic coffee company that is based in Americus, Georgia. It was founded in 1998 after Americus resident Bill Harris traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity. Today, Café Campesino sources coffee from small-scale farmer living in more than 10 countries around the world and sells freshly roasted coffee to customers across Georgia and the United States. It is headquartered in Americus where it operates a roasting facility and coffee shop. www.cafecampesino.com

About GEDA
Celebrating 50 years of service excellence, the Georgia Economic Developers Association is the leading professional organization advancing Georgia’s economic vitality. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit www.geda.org.

About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit www.georgia.org.

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SAVE THE DATE: Tour de Farm Southwest Georgia: Nov. 8-10, 2013

Written by nema on April 30, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino

save the date


Join us for another weekend of cycling through beautiful Southwest Georgia!

This year we will return to Koinonia Farm and spend an evening at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga.

This is a NOT TO BE MISSED event for food-lovers, organics enthusiasts and people who like exploring the world on bikes.

Check our Facebook page this summer for ticket information.

See pics from last year to convince you that you want to attend this year’s ride 😉


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4/30/13: Film Screening + Garden Launch in Americus

Written by nema on April 24, 2013 in BLOG, Cafe Campesino


chris and jenny

Chris and Jenny Jackson of Jenny-Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain, Ga., that is featured in the documentary, “GROW!” that is screening at Cafe Campesino in Americus, Ga., on April 30. Photo Credit: Anthony-Masterson.


AMERICUS, Ga.- Café Campesino joins a series of locations around the world screening the critically acclaimed documentary, “GROW!” that showcases the work and enthusiasm of 20 young farmers across Georgia who are energizing the local food movement.  Film-makers Owen Masterson and Christine Anthony will be on-site for the Tuesday, April 30th screening in Americus that will take place in Café Campesino’s newly established community garden- the first of its kind in Sumter County.

The public is encouraged to attend this free event and bring a picnic, blankets and a general curiosity about community gardens, organics and Georgia’s local food movement.  Garden gates open at 6:30 p.m. Mingling and information-sharing begins at 7 p.m. and an outdoor screening of “GROW!” will begin at sunset, about 8:15 p.m.

A 60 minute documentary, “GROW!” shares the stories of young people across Georgia who have chosen the unlikely but energizing career paths of becoming small-scale farmers.  “GROW!” highlights young farmers living in Atlanta, Blairsville, Chattahoochee Hill Country, Mansfield, Ranger, Savannah, Winterville, Pine Mountain and other locations across the state.  Released in 2011, “GROW!” has received worldwide critical acclaim including 2011 Best American Documentary at the Rome International Film Festival, 2011 Official Selection at the Savannah Film Festival, 2012 Best Feature at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, 2012 Official Selection at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival of New Zealand and the 2013 Earth Award of the Cinema Verde Film Festival.

The film screening will be the first held in Café Campesino’s newly established Community Garden that offers 14 raised-bed plots to individuals in Americus who either do not have access to land or sunlight to grow their own food.  Though still in its nascent stages, the Café Campesino Community Garden is meant to be a gathering spot for gardeners of all skill-levels and backgrounds who are eager to learn more about organic farming and local food.    During Tuesday’s 7-8 p.m. information-sharing hour, local experts on composting, beekeeping, organic gardening, chickens and heritage-breed livestock will be in attendance to answer questions, promote discussion and share their knowledge with the general public.

Join us at 725 Spring Street in Americus, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 30, or call with questions in advance: 229-924-2468.  Watch the trailer or learn about “GROW!” at growmovie.net

CONTACT: Nema Etheridge
Work: 229-924-2468
Cell: 404-558-6221

raised bed

A group from Emory University’s alternative spring break program visited Cafe Campesino in Americus in March to help build raised beds for the Community Garden. The Cafe Campesino Community Garden is the first of its kind in Sumter County, Ga., and currently offers 14 raised beds to local residents.


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