Outside of being at coffee origin, there’s no better place from which we can share the importance of specialty coffee than Americus.
Our company ethos was born out of long-standing Americus and Sumter County institutions, and the work ethic and creativity of local entrepreneurs continue to inspire us. Below is a list of some key entities in our community that have inspired and shaped us over the years.
- Cooperative Coffees- A one-of-a-kind green coffee importing cooperative of roasters is based in Americus on Lamar Street. Cooperative Coffees grew out of Café Campesino founder Bill Harris’s desire to collaborate with like-minded coffee businesses who wanted to source fair trade, organic and shade grown coffee from small-scale farmers. Today, Cooperative Coffees has two offices and a staff that works around the globe. There are 20 roaster members across the U.S. and Canada. Visit: www.coopcoffees.com
- Habitat for Humanity- Our company was founded after Bill Harris traveled to Guatemala on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip where he met a coffee farmer in 1997. Habitat was founded in Americus by Millard Fuller who lived on Koinonia Farm for many years.
- Koinonia Farm- Founded in 1943, Koinonia is a Christian-based communal farm that made a local mark on the Civil Rights movement by welcoming all races equally. During the 1950's and 1960's Koinonia farm products were boycotted locally, so the farm was forced to start a mail-order business selling baked-goods and confections to earn money outside of the polarized South. That tradition lives on today, and the farm sources fair trade coffee and chocolates, often combining them with their farm-raised pecans. They also welcome groups and retreats. www.koininoiafarm.org
- Mobile Glass Blowing Studios- An Americus-born institution that is revolutionizing the art of glass-blowing with mobile furnaces for glass artists. Their "dragons" and "baby dragon" furnaces have have been sold to artists in Canada, Germany, India and more locations. Visit: http://www.mobileglassblowingstudios.com
- Tepuy Activewear- Vibrant, dynamic activewear, "Made in Americus" by Venezuelan-born designer Elena Carne. Visit: www.tepuyactivewar.com
- Historic Windsor Hotel- The crown jewel of Americus. This 125-year-old hotel underwent $5 million in renovations a few years ago, and it is the centerpiece of downtown.
- Historic Rylander Theatre- Come for coffee, stay for a show. Beautifully restored and centrally located in the heart of downtown Americus, the Rylander serves as a gathering spot for great music, masterfully directed plays and special occasions.
- President Jimmy Carter- Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn live down the road in Plains, Ga., (really!). We have a lot of great things to say about this former U.S. president, but if you have time to explore Plains, you can visit his boyhood home or school.