Chain stores don't exist in the wild, so coffee snobs suffer. No more! My 4oz barista grinds fresh coffee bliss. Volatile aromatics FTW
Backcountry Barista is the inaugural product in the launch of a new backcountry outfitter, trailZing:
The tagline is "Backcountry luxury with minimal compromise." I have grown tired of waiting for gear manufacturers to solve the issues that impede my enjoyment and well being in the outdoors. I have designed several prototype products that are creative, functional, and fun. Honestly, Backcountry Barista is not the best idea in the TrailZing hopper, but it is the easiest to pull off without overpromising. I'm excited to share these product ideas and prototypes with the community. Thus far I've gone solo... web development, marketing, product development, and product testing. I hope my ideas are ready to breathe in the real world now. Your support, questions, ideas, and enthusiasm are the reason why I'm here.
Backcountry Barista solves a persistent problem that plagues hikers, cyclists, and other outdoors people: it is hard to get an excellent cup of coffee in the wild. The options -- cowboy coffee, french presses, portable grinders, teabags, coffee concentrate -- are heavy, expensive, or sawdusty. These hard choices irk ultralighters with refined taste buds.
Say you're a coffee snob, but not the outdoors type. In that case, have you ever needed a cup of brew only to be faced with a ratty old drip machine and instant coffee crystals? Or worse, a rickety vending machine which spews out molten -- yet watery -- coffee substitute? Imagine reaching into your bag and pulling out your own beloved coffee beans and grinding them on the spot. All you need is hot water.
This 4 oz riff on disposable spice grinders is designed to create an outstanding cup of trail coffee. The durable polycarbonate base contains an adjustable grinder, which is ideal for releasing volatile aromatics without singeing the beans. A tightly sealed (but refillable) body prevents the degradation of coffee bean oils. With dual grind adjustment you can go coarse or semi-coarse.
I've been working with a spice grinder manufacturer in Africa but need to refine the prototypes (which work great!). At the very least, eligible backers will receive a lightweight, trail-worthy grinder. It takes four minutes or so of grinding to get a strong cup, but the slow pace is actually somewhat relaxing. Nevertheless, I hope to develop lightweight mechanisms to speed it up. Aside from purchasing materials, that is primarily what the money is going towards: prototyping costs.
In the event that the Backcountry Barista surpasses its goal, I will use the additional funds to prototype other products for TrailZing (which backers will have access to view in advance.)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $4,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 30, 2012.
Jun 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
Barista's Blessing! Public thanks, and access to exclusive "trailZing Trailblazers" email list with first-look announcements and inside info.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $12 or more
Bare Bones Barista... A branded, but otherwise unadorned, grinder tested on whole coffee beans by both the manufacturer and me. It provides a great grind but is labor intensive. TrailZing Trailblazer access.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $26 or more
Backcountry Barista! A trail-ready coffee grinder with upgrades which reduce grinding time and effort (important when you are stumbling out of a tent into the frosty morning air.) Backers will be credited as field testers on the trailZing website. Includes trailZing rolltop stuff sack kit and other goodies.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Bonus Backcountry Barista !! Two grinders, field test credit, stuffsack kit, and whole gourmet coffee beans. TrailZing Trailblazer access plus secret url for pre-launch view of trailZing.com.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $125 or more
Backcountry Barista Bed and Breakfast Bundle. Two grinders, field tester credit, stuff sack kit, two ultralight mugs, secret preview url, gourmet coffee gift pack, backcountry breakfast for two, and mints for your pillow.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Barista Bearhug!!! Charter Member credit on trailZing.com, handwritten invite to the trailZing launch party, framed thank you, and Backcountry Barista Bed and Breakfast Bundle.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012