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$11,906
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 19 2016 1:01 AM UTC +00:00
$11,906
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 19 2016 1:01 AM UTC +00:00

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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

Have you ever found yourself struggling to carry multiple drinks in your car or to your destination? How about when you have a few drinks in a flimsy cardboard holder on your front seat and suddenly have to slam on the brakes…oops!! Over the years custom coffee and drink orders have become very popular but nothing has ever been done to help you transport them. We have been using the same unreliable cardboard holders forever and I’m sure each and every one of you have had an unfortunate accident with them at some point. Whether it was a drip, spill, tip over or (as they say on the ski slopes) a major yard sale, The Coffee Caddie was designed just for you.
 
  

How The Coffee Caddie came to life

Recently my beautiful wife began a sales job that frequently requires her to bring multiple coffees/drinks to offices. After I noticed a few stains in our new car, she informed me that it is impossible to carry 6 to 10 drinks in her car and into offices without something spilling. Challenge accepted!! Originally, I thought this was the perfect way for me to do some free advertising. If I could design a mini piece of furniture that could carry multiple drinks branded with my logo, surely I would land some new furniture business? Well, it turned out that everyone was more interested in wanting The Coffee Caddie instead. My wife gets stopped constantly with people asking where she got it, where they could get one, and if they can take a picture of it. It started to scare me a little bit (in a good way), so I decided to speak with a patent attorney. As of recent The Coffee Caddie is officially patent pending. The Coffee Caddie was also designed to have a high quality look and feel. Let's face it, image does matter. No one wants to walk around in business attire holding on to a cardboard box with an unreliable handle or no handle at all. Whether it's the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the purse you carry or even the sunglasses that protect your eyes, we all want nice things to carry ourselves with confidence. This is exactly why The Coffee Caddie has gotten so much attention. 

The original Coffee Caddie that was designed for my wife, and she continues to carry it everyday. After two years, it still looks and operates like new!
The original Coffee Caddie that was designed for my wife, and she continues to carry it everyday. After two years, it still looks and operates like new!

Specifications

I have spent many hours building different prototypes to design a caddie with the perfect dimensions to hold multiple sized cups without them wiggling around or spilling. I landed on this design and since my wife has been using it, I no longer see spill stains in our car (only French fries under the seat). 
The Coffee Caddie is made of solid walnut with continuous grain box joints around the corners. The detail has been proven to stop people in their tracks!
The Coffee Caddie is made of solid walnut with continuous grain box joints around the corners. The detail has been proven to stop people in their tracks!

 

The white aluminum bottom not only brings out the rich aesthetics of the walnut, but it is lightweight and extremely easy to clean.
The white aluminum bottom not only brings out the rich aesthetics of the walnut, but it is lightweight and extremely easy to clean.

 

The handmade curved walnut handle is shaped for comfort and stability.
The handmade curved walnut handle is shaped for comfort and stability.

More detail is added with the 3/8" metal dowel rod going through the handle. It allows the comfortable handle to retract so you can carry your drinks with ease.
More detail is added with the 3/8" metal dowel rod going through the handle. It allows the comfortable handle to retract so you can carry your drinks with ease.

 

'The Coffee Caddie' is the name that stuck, but it can be used to tote around all your favorites. Whether it is coffee, water, soda, sports drinks, adult beverages, or even full wine bottles for a gathering, The Coffee Caddie will take care of you.
'The Coffee Caddie' is the name that stuck, but it can be used to tote around all your favorites. Whether it is coffee, water, soda, sports drinks, adult beverages, or even full wine bottles for a gathering, The Coffee Caddie will take care of you.

It is finished with danish oil to enhance the beauty of the walnut and is very easy to maintain.
It is finished with danish oil to enhance the beauty of the walnut and is very easy to maintain.

 

It can be stored in the trunk, on the floor board of your car, or even on the seat for a worry free ride to your destination.
It can be stored in the trunk, on the floor board of your car, or even on the seat for a worry free ride to your destination.


Customize your Coffee Caddie

Your help will allow us to get a CNC machine to personalize every Coffee Caddie to each individual.
Whether you want to add a business logo, family name, or even a favorite quote, with your help it will all be possible!
Whether you want to add a business logo, family name, or even a favorite quote, with your help it will all be possible!

Overall Dimensions

  • 6 cup - 10"W x 13.5"L x 6.125"T - weight = 4 pounds
  • 8 cup - 10"W x 18"L x 6.125"T    - weight = 4.6 pounds

Additional Rewards

Spice up your coffee table with this set of 4 handmade walnut coasters
Spice up your coffee table with this set of 4 handmade walnut coasters

 

Table rings no more while enjoying your favorite drink
Table rings no more while enjoying your favorite drink

 

Put your favorite bottle of wine on display for that special occasion
Put your favorite bottle of wine on display for that special occasion

 

It is always fun to look inside the grain of walnut
It is always fun to look inside the grain of walnut

 

We will ship the rewards as fast as we can make them, but will also make sure that each Caddie is inspected for the highest approval before leaving the shop!
We will ship the rewards as fast as we can make them, but will also make sure that each Caddie is inspected for the highest approval before leaving the shop!

Meet the Team

Not much of a team at this point, but here is where it all started. Myself, my beautiful wife (Jenni) and our very lovable puppy (Packer).
Not much of a team at this point, but here is where it all started. Myself, my beautiful wife (Jenni) and our very lovable puppy (Packer).

Looking into the future

What you see is a completely functional prototype of The Coffee Caddie that is ready to go in to production. There are many expenses that go along with starting a production shop and this is why we need your help. 

 How we plan to make this all happen

 

Go ahead, get rid of it...it's a life changer!
Go ahead, get rid of it...it's a life changer!

 A HUGE THANKS!

We first want to thank all of you for reading through this campaign. There is no way this dream can happen without your support.

I also want to give a special thanks to my wife for her constant encouragement and believing in all of my ideas. To all of my family and friends that have given me nothing but support through this process, thank you!

Last but definitely not least, a big thanks to Adam Sear at http://adamsear.com/ for his amazing still shots and Christine Chen and her team at http://mothtoflamefilms.com/ for their continued patience and producing a fantastic video.

Risks and challenges

We are very confident that we can follow through with our timeline. We also understand there are always obstacles but our work ethic never quits. While the rewards are all handmade items, we have already taken care of some of the obstacles that can slow production down.

If we get an overwhelming amount of backers, there could possibly be some delays with shipping. However, we will make sure that every backer is kept in the loop on where we are throughout the process.

We are very grateful to each and every one of you and will make sure that you get the same respect that you have given us!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    A HUGE thank you!

    Every backer at all levels will get their name on a piece of scrap (I said scrap, not crap) that will turn into a piece of wall art for my office. I will never forget how important each and every one of you were from the beginning of this.

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    Now we are coasting!

    You will get your name on the scrap art and a set of 4 walnut coasters with my logo. You guys are truly helping me "coast" towards my goal.

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    Rocking and rolling!

    Something for everyone! Name on the scrap art, set of 4 coasters and your very own curved walnut wine bottle holder.

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    We have got a handle on it!

    (Early Bird special)
    Be one of the first to receive a limited edition 6 cup Coffee Caddie. The first 200 Caddies made will be marked with a Roman numeral of where they fell into production. I will also personally sign each of these Caddies. Oh and don't worry, your name will go on the scrap art too.
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    We still have a handle on it!

    Thank you so much for being a part of this journey. You will get your name on the scrap art along with a 6 cup Coffee Caddie.
    (MSRP = $300)

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    Get the cup outta here!

    (Early Bird special)
    With this donation, you will receive all rewards. Your name on the scrap art, 4 walnut coasters, a curved walnut wine bottle holder and one of the first 200 limited edition 6 cup Coffee Caddies signed by yours truly. Wow, a thank you is not even enough!
    (MSRP = $520)

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    How about all of this?

    Your pledge will get every reward: name on the scrap art, 4 walnut coasters, a curved walnut wine bottle holder and 6 cup Coffee Caddie. Here is what I think about all of this, THANK YOU!!!
    (MSRP = $500)

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    Corporate Special

    Here is your chance to save some bucks! You will receive eight 6 cup Coffee Caddies with a free custom logo on each caddie. You will also hold an honorary spot on the wall art. Thank you so much for believing in this dream!
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