Keeping You Posted
We’re overdue for an update, and we’ve got a few tasty little tidbits to share (no, your machine hasn’t shipped yet). Without further ado...
Vote early, vote often
We’ve entered a small-business competition to win 20 Samsung tablets and a year of free Box, a secure online file storage and sharing system that would seriously help us coordinate with our various collaborators, and with you! We’d really love to win, but we need your help!
We know, we know: everyone and their mom asks you to vote for them in some online contest every day. Why should you care about this? Well, since this is an open-source project, you guys are really part of our team, aren’t you? So you need Samsung tablets (almost) as much as we do, right? If we win, we’ll be giving away some of our fancy newfangled tablets to you - our backers!
You’re allowed to vote once a day, every day until the end of the contest, and you don’t have to register to vote! All you have to do is go here and click the green “Vote for this Story” button once a day until March 8th. If we win, you win, so vote vote vote!
Setting up shop
You guys have already ordered machines, but we know you’ve been talking to your friends, family and customers non-stop about the project, and they’re dying to get their hands on a machine. Now you can direct them to the brand new ZPM Webstore! But don’t worry - you’ll still get your order before your annoying brother-in-law does. We won’t ship these machines until after we’ve fulfilled all our Kickstarter obligations. You guys will always be our favorites!
And the store can do good things for you, too! A lot of you mentioned wanting to add items to your pledge. We’ll be posting those swag items on the webstore soon, along with some pretty publicity shots, and you’ll be able to add them to your Kickstarter pledge. When we post them, we’ll also give you all a promo code (through a backer-only update) for free shipping, which you can use if you want your additional items to ship in the same package as your machine or other reward items.
The progress hasn’t been all digital. Since our last update we’ve gotten a few exciting new parts in, the most exciting being the new 1200W heating element! This guy is bigger and feels nicer than the wimpy 800W element we were using before. Now that we have the 1200W element, we can mill a new thermoblock (the 1200W element is a little bigger and a different shape from our original 800W element), put this bad boy together and get it up and running. This coming prototype will be close to the ultimate machine, and the next step will be programming the GUI.
We also got portafilter, tamper and steam wand samples (pictured). Fun story about the steam wands: they don’t sell steam wands with any specifications, so we just had to order and see. These commercial-sized wands are all too tall for our machine. Total bummer. But, we still might be able to jerry-rig a steam setup so we can do some steam test function. We’ve also ordered more wands that should fit.
Vote on a tamper!
We can’t decide which we like better. Gleb and Rachel like the wood-handled tamper; Igor and Janet like the all-stainless. So, we thought we’d let you vote! Both are 57mm tampers with stainless steel bases. You can vote on the forum or on Facebook, or both if you feel really strongly. Everyone will be getting the same tamper, so if you love one, feel free to argue for it on the forum.
We ordered t-shirts and they look like this:
We think they’re pretty sweet. We hope you do, too!CoffeeFest or bust!
We’ll be in the Big Apple (full disclosure: we’re staying in New Providence, NJ - the Manhattan of the outer New Jersey suburbs) from March 9th to the 11th for CoffeeFest NYC! We’ll have a real booth and everything. CoffeeFest has a bunch of classes, talks, new coffee products, latte art competitions and all manner of coffee-related fun, and as exhibitors we get discount coupons for our customers (more on that later). So come out and see us!
For those of you who don’t want to shell out the $30 entry fee, we’re also making an appeal to our NYC-area backers. If anyone has a space, or knows someone who has a space, and would be willing to host us, we’d love to have a get-together where backers can meet the machine.
Corrections to your survey
As some of you have already discovered, you can’t make changes to your Kickstarter form once it has been submitted. If at any point (now, or in the distant future) you want to make changes to your survey, you can do so through our ZPM Survey Correction Form. When filling out this form, please make sure that your name/username, email address and mailing address match the information attached to your Kickstarter account and the mailing address you included in your original survey. We’ll use your email and mailing addresses to confirm that you are indeed the account holder, so if they don’t match we won’t be able to make changes to the account.
Anyone who hasn’t received a survey, or doesn’t want to fill out the Kickstarter survey, can go to our ZPM Espresso Customer Information Form (where we were able to make some questions optional, yay!) to provide their order preferences. If you have already submitted a survey, please only make changes through the Survey Correction form. Submitting multiple surveys could cause inaccuracies in (and consequently delays in the delivery of) your reward. No one wants that!
And if you haven’t done your survey yet? Go do it. Do it right now. We’ll wait.
(NOTE: If you’re at the $1 Reward or No Reward level, you don’t need to fill out any survey. If you don’t want to complete the survey, but do want your name/website/something to appear on our ‘Thank You’ page, shoot us a message/email with your preferred moniker.)
Igor, Gleb, Rachel and Janet
pledged of $20,000 goal
seconds to go
Dec 11, 2011 - Jan 20, 2012 (40 days)
Pledge $1 or more
And they say you can’t get good coffee for $1 anymore! But your $1 is getting us that much closer to great at-home espresso - we couldn’t do it without you! A hearty thanks, and we’ll put your name on our website. Every dollar counts!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Shot glasses are more than just cute miniature versions of regular glasses - they’re great for your espresso, for your liquor, for growing tiny plants in...With a $10 pledge you get shot glasses with our logo! Just use responsibly.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Coffee is great for warming you up on a chilly day, but sometimes you need to take it to the next level and put on some clothes. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally! - you like that?). Enjoy one of our cozy, and stylish, ZPM T-shirts. And the shot glasses are all yours, too.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Our machines do a lot of the work of making perfect espresso, but you’ve got to help out too. To show our gratitude, we’re making it as easy as possible by giving you the tools you require - namely, a fancy-schmancy tamper for all your tamping needs (probably just espresso, but who knows?). Add that to the t-shirt and shot glasses, and you’ll be sitting pretty.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $75 or more
There’s no better feeling than unwrapping a box of presents - except maybe the feeling of playing with a bunch of presents. Forgive us for spoiling the surprise, but here’s what you’ll be getting from us: a shot glass, a t-shirt, a tamper, and your very own bag of artisan coffee beans. With our box of gifts, it’ll feel like Christmas in...whatever month you get your box of gifts!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $200 or more
450 backers All gone!
For a $200 pledge, you’re pre-ordering one of our very first machines, a $400 retail value! It can be hard to be one of the first to brave new frontiers, but don’t worry - there’s no river-crossings or dysentery in store for you, just awesome home-brewed espresso.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $250 or more
450 backers All gone!
If you want to boldly brew as you’ve never brewed before, this is your level. For $250, you’ll receive everything you need to craft the perfect espresso - one of our first machines, a bag of artisan coffee beans, shot glasses, and a tamper. And you can savor it while wearing one of our t-shirts. A $470 value!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $300 or more
244 backers Limited (6 of 250 left)
So you didn't manage to snag one of our $200 reward level machines and now you're sitting around all bummed out. Well, buck up, my friend, because we're not going to abandon you. For $300, you can still pre-order a machine. And our later machines will incorporate any user feedback we get from the early birds - so sometimes it pays to wait.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $350 or more
114 backers Limited (136 of 250 left)
We know you were just dying to pledge at our $250 reward level, but, you know, a lot of stuff came up, what with the holidays and TV being so good lately, and you never got around to it...and now it's sold out! Fear not, dear backer. You can still pledge to get our machine and box of goodies that includes shot glasses, t-shirt, espresso tamper, and a bag of artisan roasted coffee beans; a $470 dollar retail value! They'll arrive a little later, but the anticipation is half the fun.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $675 or more
So you know you want our espresso machine - great! But you also know you'll have a hard time tamping whole beans. We're in the business of solving problems, so let us help you out. For $675, you get our machine AND a Baratza Vario grinder (a $869 value)! Grind away! (This is a 120V/US-shipping only reward level.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $725 or more
You're clearly in it to win it at this point, so you may as well spring for the deluxe edition. Our machine, a Baratza Vario grinder, a t-shirt, a tamper, shot glasses, and a bag of Batdorf & Bronson Dancing Goats coffee (a $939 retail value). That's right, we will meet all your fashion and beverage needs. You never need to leave the house again. (This is a 120V/US shipping-only reward level.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
10 backers All gone!
If you’ve always dreamed of being a self-sufficient one-man (or -lady) coffee shop, this is where you need to be. For $1000, we’ll custom build a machine to your specifications (!), send you all of our ZPM logo products, shot glasses, a tamper, a bag of artisanal coffee, and your very own grinder. Now all you need is a patch of good bean-growin’ land in Colombia, and you’ll be set for life.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012