At Cafe Campesino, creating a caring global community starts at home. We strive not only to treat one another with dignity and respect, but also to promote teamwork, to celebrate each other's achievements, and, of course, to have fun.
Itzel Reyes: Purchasing Manager & Customer Service
Itzel is enthralled with the whole process of Fair Trade coffee production and how it involves so many different hands at so many different places. This Mexico native is indeed a coffee drinker herself and pays homage to her homeland by sticking with Mexico Full City Roast, which she loves for its nutty, chocolate notes. Itzel is responsible for managing our inventory of allied products and is constantly watching stock-levels to make sure we are adequately prepared to meet our customers' needs. She has a young son who has boundless energy and regularly travels to Mexico and California to visit family.
Esmeralda (Esme) Hernandez: Location Manager
Esmeralda Hernandez started working as a production assistant for Cafe Campesino in 2015. In that role, she helped roast, pack and ship our coffees. Now, she manages our daily work-loads and oversees coffee packing and shipping. Born in Mexico, Esme moved to Americus when she was 15 with her parents and her sister Yaneli, who has worked as a barista in our coffee house. She is the mom of two energetic young boys, loves to spend her free time eating dairy-free, coffee-flavored Ben & Jerry's ice cream, as well as watching movies with her husband Alex. Her favorite coffees? Mexico and Guatemala.
Lee Harris, Roastmaster
Lee’s made-from-scratch breads, baked goods and sandwiches have become an institution in the Americus lunch scene. A graduate of the New England Culinary School, Lee returned to his hometown of Americus after working at Elizabeth’s in Savannah, Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham and Cypress Restaurant in Tallahassee, where he was a part-owner. He opened Sweet Georgia Baking Co. in Americus in 2012, and it quickly became an adored lunch destination, making it to Explore Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love” and Trip Advisor’s top 10 list of Americus restaurants. When our coffee house merged with Sweet Georgia in 2017, he brought his popular lunch menu into the coffee house. Lee also served as our original roastmaster, helping brother Bill get Café Campesino’s roast profiles up and running in the early years.
Marcia Dupree: Financial Manager
Marcia exudes flair, class, and order to both colleagues and customers alike. She parlays her years spent in banking as a Controller and HR Supervisor to keep the accounts of Cafe Campesino organized and accurate.....and free of coffee spills. She relishes having all her family locally in Americus and recently celebrated the marriage of her youngest daughter. She counts her best vacation as a 2009 trip to Montana and Wyoming with her husband and one of her daughters and would love to take her grandkids to Disney World one day.
Bill Harris: CFO, and co-founder
Bill is equal parts pied piper and serial entrepreneur. An Americus native, his extremely frayed passport is proof of his frequent travels to visit our coffee producer partners. Bill's favorite color is actually the palette of colors on the Cafe Campesino label: orange, red, green, and brown since it reminds him of Africa and Central America. Amongst his many side ventures is growing organic blueberries (a superfood which he consumes daily!) on a family farm just outside Americus. His favorite TV show has always been "Gilligan's Island"; he was and is entranced with their resourcefulness and how many ways they used bamboo. On a serious side, Bill is an expert in the fair trade and coffee supply chain world, though he would be the last to admit it. Also, the staff concur that he has a brilliant financial mind, and everyone who works for him is a changed person....for the better! Through his leadership and example, Cafe Campesino has become part of a greater movement - with emphasis on social entrepreneurship, sustainability, & business by the Golden Rule.
Harlan (Tripp) Pomeroy: CEO
Tripp is the CEO of Cafe Campesino and Sweetwater Organic Coffee and currently serves on the boards of directors of Cooperative Coffees and Georgia Organics. With over 25 years of experience in international business and development, Tripp is deeply comitted to the cooperative business model, fair trade and supporting small-scale coffee farmers. He started his career in Americus, GA as Habitat for Humanity International’s PR coordinator for the 1990 Jimmy Carter Work Project in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California - an opportunity that would lead him to join brothers Bill and Lee Harris as a co-owner of Cafe Campesino in 2004. Tripp has lived and worked in South America and has worked on a variety of business ventures in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Tripp received a BA from Tufts University and an MA in International Development from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC.
Geoffrey Hennies: Webmaster
Geoffrey Hennies, AKA Peaceful Traveler, discovered Cafe Campesino while volunteering at nearby Koinonia Partners, our first, and one of our largest wholesale customers. Over the last 20 years, he has followed a path of simple living while offering service to communities and individuals across the country including spending 2-1/2 years helping groups with their rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Apart from helping with some of our outreach events, he is also offers tech support and is organizer of Cafe Campesino's web presence along with other social justice organizations with Lowthian Design Works. If you have a good project for him contact him on his website. Geoffrey currently lives in Guatemala, where he decided to move after traveling with Cafe Campesino to meet the Chajul cooperative in 2013. After that visit, Geoffrey helped launch the www.handsofguatemala.com website that commercializes hand-made textiles woven by the Chajul women's cooperative.