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ESB: Sumter Bank & Trust - Cafe Campesino

Café Campesino

Café Campesino

In August 2006 OneGeorgia awarded Sumter Bank & Trust of Americus a $25,000 loan guarantee through the Entrepreneur and Small Business Development Loan Guarantee Program for machinery and equipment in support of the purchase and expansion of Café Campesino. Café Campesino is a 10-year old existing coffee roaster and retailer/wholesaler of coffee products in Americus. The ESB loan allowed William Harris and Tripp Pomeroy to purchase the business, buy a new, larger roaster and expand the facilities. They buy raw coffee beans through a fair trade coffee cooperative, roast it on-site and sell both wholesale and retail.

In 2007, Café Campesino saw a 20% increase in roasting capacity and more than doubled employment to 7 full-time jobs. They saw a substantial increase in business utilizing technology via internet sales. Café Campesino’s producer partners are in Columbia, East Timor, Ethiopia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Sumatra & Nicaragua

In 2008: Due to local demand, Café Campesino opened a retail coffee shop adjacent to their roasting facility selling coffees and accessories in Americus as well as worldwide via the web. www.cafecampesino.com

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