100% Colombian coffee & Panela, raw, unrefined cane sugar, in a cube.
Jiva Coffee Cubes is an Artisan coffee start-up that focuses on delicious Colombian coffee and spreading the use of Panela brown sugar! We really think instant coffee is the new frontier of Coffee innovation and we are proud to introduce the first cup of Coffee in a Cube. Jiva cubes are special because they allow you to take hand crafted, gourmet, Colombian coffee with you anywhere, anytime and feel good about the coffee and sugar you are consuming.
We began working on Jiva over a year ago when we found a rough design of an amazing little product. It was a tiny cube of Coffee and Panela that was a novel idea but lacked a correct strength or quality of Coffee we wanted for the cube. The cubes also came bunched together in a thin, plastic seal that once broken began to harm the freshness of every cube.
So we got to work. It took meetings, (many, many meetings) in cities and farms across Colombia, but soon we found the perfect manufacturer and met some of the Farmers that produce Coffee and Panela. We adjusted the products strength, producing a larger cube and also sweetened it with Panela. We also created individual blister packaging that made Jiva uniquely portable.
With a year of development, Jiva cubes is finally perfected and ready for the world! We have funded Jiva all on our own waitressing through college and now we need a kickstart to make Jiva the future of instant coffee.
THE PROBLEM IS: We have been selling Jiva locally and have had success from which we have been able to fund our website and prepare legal paperwork for Jiva Cubes. After getting our website up we have had interests in Jiva from all around the WORLD! Now that we finally have everything setup for Jiva our supply has almost run dry, and we don't have enough waitress cash to get our next shipment in. We've gotten to the point where all of our stock and even our samples are gone! :( With such a limited supply, we haven't been able to expand to stores or attend Farmers Markets. That's where fellow Kickstarter come in...
How do you make a cup of coffee with Jiva?
Jiva cubes come individually wrapped to ensure freshness and mobility to every cube. You simply choose a 6-8 Oz mug of water or milk and decide if you want a hot or cold coffee drink. (Yes, our cubes can make iced coffee too!) If you want a hot beverage heat your milk or water. Drop one or two cubes in depending on your desired strength and sweetness. Wait 30 seconds. Stir. Enjoy!
*Cold drinks may require an extra cube to enjoy the same bold taste.
Why is Jiva Coffee Better?
◘ Jiva Coffee Cubes are always made of 100% Colombian coffee. We never mix or dilute our coffee with beans from other countries.
◘ We are very proud of the direct connection we have to our manufacturer, and the farms where the coffee and Panela is grown.
◘ Our Jiva Cubes contain NO chemical additives, preservatives, Colorants or artifical flavorants
◘ Our coffee beans are hand picked from the famous Santander growing region in Colombia.
◘ Our sweetener, Panela, is minimally processed, chemical-free and is never bleached. It is gently heated and cleansed naturally making Panela one of the healthiest alternative sweeteners available.
Why are "100% Colombian Beans" special?
We use Colombian beans because they are known to have better overall care given to the plants throughout the entire growing process. Colombian coffee is known around the world for producing higher-quality Arabica beans that are non-acidic, with caramel tones that are fruity and intensely aromatic. This is due to;
◘ The altitude difference (the higher altitudes of the Colombian mountains promote cleaner tones without the bitter and unpleasant after tastes common to lower altitude coffee beans).
◘ It is shade grown, which means banana trees grow over the coffee plants protecting them from the sun, diseases, and pests.
◘ Colombian coffee beans are hand picked to ensure that they are ONLY picked when they are ripe (red).
◘ Hand picking coffee beans also ensures that the beans are not exposed to any pollutants like Diesel and metals from picking machines and processing.
◘ Colombian Farms are also small family owned farms, never large plantations. So the support not only ensures fair practices but they also support families and small farm businesses.
What is this Panela Stuff?
Jiva Coffee Cubes come sweetened so you have all of the ingredients for a cup of delicious coffee. Panela sugar is not widely used in the U.S. but it is the sweetener of choice in many countries and it has a string of names to prove it.
It has a mild, caramel like flavor and is unbleached and unrefined, always produced with a 100% chemical-free process. The minimal heating and lack of chemicals allows Panela to maintain most of sugar cane's natural benefits; for example, Panela contains 5 times more minerals than brown sugar and 50 times more than traditional white sugar. This is because the molasses (and the majority of nutrients) is NOT removed.
Sugar sensitivities are also becoming more prevalent in our societies because of overly processed, refined foods. In traditional white sugar sulfur dioxide, lime, phosphoric acid and a plethora of bleaching and viscosity reducing agents are present. Synthetic sweeteners are linked to a wide range of health issues.
Panela is always 100% chemical-free, it is never touched by any chemicals like viscosity reducer or bleach. Visit our website to read more about why Panela is so special.
Yes, We Ship Internationally!
If you are interested in pledging to us but you live outside of the county, don't worry. We also ship internationally. Message us and we will give you a quick amount to add to your pledge for shipping. All domestic shipping is included pledge amounts.
Where Will The Money Go?
The Kickstarter campaign is to help bring in our first big shipment into the US, which would be a BIG help and exactly what we need to launch successfully. We will also use the money for the following:
- Customs and shipping fees (approved and ready by Customs)
- Refrigerated storage for our product
Anything over $15,000 will go to:
- Our current endeavors in certifying Jiva Cubes as a USDA Organic product.
- Attend a few local trade shows
- Developing the new flavors/products we have shelved. Because we are focused heavily on using only organic ingredients this tends to be a bit trickier and costly.
- Develop several box designs for upcoming new flavors.
For those new to Kickstarter!
First, we would like to thank you for your interest in our product. I mean come on, you made it all the way down here!
Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we are to get any of this help we need you to chip in to meet our pledge goal. Thank you again, we are looking forward to hearing from you and making our way into your hearts and homes!
The Pledge Gifts:
$15) 1 Box of Jiva Cubes- 24 Cubes, more than enough to fall in Love
$25) 2 Boxes of Jiva Cubes- 48 Cubes, a month's worth of Coffee. (Unless you drink coffee like Natalia)
$50) 4 Boxes of Jiva Cubes- 96 Cubes! That's two for you and two for your friend. (Wink, wink ;] Spread the word!)
$100) 10 Boxes of Jiva Cubes- 240 Cubes! That includes 8 boxes of our regular flavor and 2 boxes of our experimental Mocha flavor. Also, our Jiva Mug with Warmer set. Everything you need to make Jiva Cubes anywhere.
$500) 25 Boxes of Jiva Cubes- 600 Cubes! Any flavor combination you prefer. Our Jiva Mug with warmer set and a beautiful hand-carved wooden box to store your Jiva Cubes in, which support several indigenous tribes in Colombia. And you become an honorary member of the Jiva team. That means that whenever we are picking a new flavor we will send you a box for your feedback.
$1,000) 50 Boxes of Jiva Cubes- A LOT OF CUBES!! Any flavor combination you prefer and you get to help us pick our next flavor to go global. We have a few flavors on cue and we need help picking which one should come next. We will send you samples of several flavors planned and after taste-testing, your feedback will help pick which one. We will recognize you on that product's webpage as well. When that product is released you will also receive 5 boxes. And our Jiva Mug with warmer set and a beautiful hand-carved wooden box to store your Jiva Cubes in, which support several indigenous tribes in Colombia.
**** Note: You don't have to receive all of your pledge gift cubes at once. We build customer mini-profiles that allows us to remember what coffee cube flavor you like and when you want your coffee shipped. Tell us when you want your cubes and we will automatically ship them out, at any increment, until your gift amount runs out.****
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 18, 2012.
Mar 19, 2012 - Apr 18, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
A personalized thanks on our website. Every dollar counts!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Above + 1 box of 24 Jiva Coffee Cubes.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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2 boxes of Jiva Coffee Cubes + our deepest gratitude.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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4 boxes of Jiva Coffee Cubes + our deepest gratitude.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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8 boxes of Jiva Coffee Cubes and 2 boxes of our Experimental Mocha Flavor. Help us decide whether it should make the cut! Also, a coffee warmer gift set + our deepest gratitude.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $500 or more
25 boxes of Jiva Coffee Cubes, including 5 of our Experimental Mocha Flavor. Artisan, handcarved wooden box to store your Jiva Coffee Cubes. Also, a coffee warmer gift set + our deepest gratitude. Plus, you become an honorary member of the Jiva Team, so whenever we come out with a new product we automatically ship you a box for your feedback.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
50 boxes of Jiva Cubes (shipped at your discretion) And you will actually help us choose our next flavor! We will send you samples of our top secret proposed flavored coffees for your feedback. You decide which one youlike best. Then, you get 10 boxes of that flavor when its released! Also, a coffee warmer gift set and a beautiful hand carved wooden box to hold your Jiva Cubes in + our deepest gratitude.Estimated delivery: May 2012