Rock Stars Spotlight: Café Campesino

We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule. For most of us, it triggers memories of our elementary school days, but for Bill Harris Jr., co-founder and president of Café Campesino in Sumter County, it’s the rule he lives by.

In 1997, Bill traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a coffee farmer. After witnessing firsthand how unfairly coffee farmers are compensated for their crops, Bill decided to bring the effort of cooperative farmers and Fair Trade advocates to Americus, Georgia.

Café Campesino has been providing the local community with one-of-a-kind green coffee from cooperative roasters ever since.

Café Campesino, member of Georgia Organics and the peer-reviewed national Fair Trade Federation, exports coffee nationwide with trading partners in Bolivia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Sumatra and Uganda.

Stay tuned for the next feature from our bi-weekly series highlighting the 2013 Small Business Rock Stars.

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