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Handmade in the USA. An easier approach to pour over brewing.
Handmade in the USA. An easier approach to pour over brewing.
240 backers pledged $18,170 to help bring this project to life.

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"Thank you for supporting my dream to make beautiful, domestically produced, functional products designed to enhance everyday living. I created Constellation Supply Co. for people like you, in celebration of our most cherished rituals. There’s a sense of satisfaction and honesty that comes from walking away from the machine and creating something special with your own hands." -Evan Dohrmann

My name is Evan. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I started out as a barista at my local grocery store and five years later opened my own coffee shop. I have dedicated the past decade of my life studying coffee professionally and sharing that passion with others. 

Ease of use and self empowerment are missing from today’s coffee. I'm not here to tell you that you've been doing it all wrong. I simply believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy an amazing cup of coffee without all the fuss. I created an elegant and straightforward tool intended to make brewing a great cup of coffee the easiest and most satisfying thing you do all day.

What do most automatic coffee brewers, plastic pods, and overly complicated manual coffee brewing techniques all have in common? They don’t yield consistent results and often lead to mediocre, poor tasting coffee. 

The biggest problem with automatic coffee brewers is that they continuously fail to heat water hot enough, leading to under extracted coffee. And those expensive, ever-so-popular pod-based coffee machines rely on stale, low quality coffee. Let’s not forget that using pre-packaged pods is among the most environmentally toxic approaches to coffee; so much so that the inventor of this technology publicly proclaimed regret not only about the waste that results from these machines, but the cost of them as well. In considering the price per volume of coffee used, pre-packaged pods can cost upwards of $40 per pound and remember, that’s for some pretty rank coffee!

Most manual brewing devices were invented more than a half century ago, and are mass produced abroad. Though capable of yielding a delicious cup, today's coffee experts have adapted special techniques that complicate the manual brew process in an effort to achieve optimal results. More often than not, special (and hard to find) filters and additional equipment are used, thus rendering these devices inaccessible and intimidating to most coffee drinkers.

The Little Dripper was designed to change all that. Making a professional grade cup of coffee doesn’t get any easier. Simply insert a filter, measure a few tablespoons of fresh ground coffee, add hot boiling water, and sit back and watch as gravity takes care of the rest.

The Little Dripper is built for everyone. I wanted to create a domestically produced solution for brewing delicious coffee, easy enough to use for novices, and capable of achieving results that will please even the most discerning coffee professionals.

We'd like to begin by stating that we didn't set out to reinvent the wheel. The Little Dripper is a celebration of what we believe is already the best method for brewing delicious coffee, and a humble attempt to make it even better. More simple.

The Little Dripper highlights the best qualities of two of my favorite brewing styles: the sweetness and clarity of pour over filter brewing, and the full-bodied mouthfeel of immersion brewing. There's more to this coffee brewer than meets the eye...

Quality - Unlike many of the popular brewers on the market, the Little Dripper is a durable piece of ceramic serveware, handmade by artisans in the USA. The Little Dripper is built to be a cherished heirloom - just like your favorite cast iron skillet, or your grandmother’s wooden spoon, with proper care the Little Dripper will last a lifetime or more.

Sweetness - When it came to designing the Little Dripper, one of our first requirements was to design a flat bottom shape that fit both #2 and #4 size coffee filters. We believe that the flat bottom shape is more forgiving compared to conical pour over brewers which can sometimes produce bitter and over extracted coffee. The flat bottom filters we use for the Little Dripper are our personal favorites because they promote even extraction, accent sweetness, and highlight coffee’s more subtle characteristics. Aside from their technical proficiency, we also dig that we can find these filters EVERYWHERE. Don’t get us wrong, we love our Chemex, Hario V-60, Kalita Wave and Aeropress, but we tend not to travel with them because their special filters can be hard to source.

Air Flow - We're suckers for ruffles. Not like the kind you see on a puffy pirate shirt, more like the ones you see on Kalita Wave filters. Besides being cute and resembling cupcake wrappers, the fluted edges of these specialty coffee filters are functional because they help separate the filter from the edge of the brewer, promoting increased air flow. Because we love their accessibility, and are committed to the performance of the #2 and #4 paper filters, we modeled the Little Dripper’s interior walls to replicate the functionality of the Kalita Wave filters, with exaggerated “accordion-style” flutes. These ceramic grooved walls not only keep the filter from sticking to the sides, but they also provide improved temperature stability by insulating the brew with channels of warm air.

Body - Combined with coffee grind size, brew holes dictate the rate at which water flows through the coffee bed and can also help prevent over extraction. The Little Dripper boasts two precisely measured brew holes which are slightly smaller than those found on other manual devices. The Little Dripper’s flat bottom design and smaller brew holes work to gradually pull water through the coffee bed, allowing for steady draining and permitting a coarser grind than most brew methods, both of which contribute to the forgiving nature of the device. A flat bottom and larger grind size minimizes turbulence, resulting in lower agitation, and thus contributing to a cup with rich, fuller body, more similar to immersion style brewing.

Ease of Use - We love a good digital scale as much as the next person, however there are times when it is impractical to use a scale, and not everyone has one. The Little Dripper is designed to work flawlessly without the need for scales or additional equipment, allowing coffee novices to quickly achieve professional results. The Dripper itself functions as a visual cue for water volume, and when filled to the top produces a perfect 10oz brew (300ml) brew. No overflow, no spills, and no scale required.

Aesthetic Design - Coffee is a labor of love. From seed to cup, an unbelievable amount of work goes into producing a good tasting cup. Coffee brewing is a celebration of everything that has already occurred throughout a coffee's life cycle, and a prelude to the pleasure that will ensue upon its consumption. As such, we wanted to steer clear of anything that felt mass produced and instead chose to work with artisan ceramicists to create a coffee brewer with honest character that pays homage to the farmers, growers, roasters and coffee lovers who take pride in their work. The result is a stylish, handcrafted, modern design deeply rooted in the belief that it's better to create something special with your own hands.

Just follow these simple instructions:

1. Set the Little Dripper atop your favorite mug or carafe, and insert a #2 or #4 coffee filter (these are the most widely available and affordable coffee filters on the market and can be found at any grocery store and most gas stations).

2. Measure 3 tablespoons of medium grind coffee (21 grams).

3. Pour a small amount of hot water over the coffee - just enough to fully immerse the coffee grounds, and wait 20-30 seconds. Continue to pour water slowly over the wet coffee grounds, and fill until the water line reaches the top edge of the Little Dripper. Allow coffee to brew, and enjoy!

Commercial Use - For the professional user, the Little Dripper is designed to fit into most brew racks and stands, and it also nests perfectly atop most mugs.

Home Use - The home user can take comfort in knowing the Little Dripper is fast, easy to use and designed to work with the most widely available paper coffee filters. Seriously, you can find them anywhere.

During the past year and a half I have worked with engineers and ceramicists to transform an idea into a dynamic physical product. Multiple iterations of architectural drawings, 3D printed prototypes, and eventually ceramic prototypes were subjected to a series of tests and evaluative criteria in effort to better understand how the design of the Little Dripper could achieve the cleanest, sweetest tasting cup profile, with the least amount of work for the user. The goal was to create something that was technically superior to anything on the market, and about as easy to use as boiling water.

Once the technical results were achieved, I began to work with an artist and ceramicist to develop the aesthetic appeal of the product in effort to create something truly beautiful. In the end, I’ve created a thoughtfully designed, domestically produced coffee brewer that is more convenient and versatile than anything else on the market; a modern, superior cup of coffee that can be made by anybody, anywhere, for well under $1 per cup.

Upon meeting the crowd funding goal I will be able to invest in the expensive tooling and mold making necessary to make the Little Dripper accessible and affordable to everyone. Finally, I will be able to fulfill your orders and reward your support of my project.

CONSTELLATION MISSION LAUNCH PATCH - We’ve designed a special badge in honor of our Kickstarter launch, inspired by the the mission patches worn by intrepid space explorers. Free domestic shipping.

COSMIC HOT CHOCOLATE MIX - Not everyone is a coffee drinker. Even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson prefers a cup of hot chocolate to coffee. For all you non-coffee drinkers who would like to support our launch we’ve developed an out of this world hot chocolate mix - a blend of premium Belgian cocoa powder, cane sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon and smoked salt. Free domestic shipping.

GLOW IN THE DARK CONSTELLATION STAR CHART (LIMIT 250) - Limited Edition 18x24 silk screen poster/star chart designed by Andy Morris of Chandelarrow Design Co. This one-of-a-kind poster celebrates our love of the cosmos. Free domestic shipping.

ONE LITTLE DRIPPER (EARLY BIRD - LIMIT 100) - Pick any glaze from our exclusive to Kickstarter Collection (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out color). Includes a custom Constellation embroidered patch. Welcome to the Mission Launch Team. Be the first to receive exclusive offers and early access to content and deals before anybody else. Includes your name on our website. This list will never be altered or added to once this campaign is over, making you a part of our founding family. Free domestic shipping.

ONE LITTLE DRIPPER - Pick any glaze from our exclusive to Kickstarter Collection (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out color). Includes a custom Constellation embroidered patch. Welcome to the Mission Launch Team. Be the first to receive exclusive offers and early access to content and deals before anybody else. Includes your name on our website. This list will never be altered or added to once this campaign is over, making you a part of our founding family. Free domestic shipping.

THE LITTLE DRIPPER + MUG - Pick any glaze from our exclusive to Kickstarter Collection (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out color). Includes a custom Constellation embroidered patch. Welcome to the Mission Launch Team. Be the first to receive exclusive offers and early access to content and deals before anybody else. Includes your name on our website. This list will never be altered or added to once this campaign is over, making you a part of our founding family. Free domestic shipping.

 THE LITTLE DRIPPER + TWO MUGS - Pick any glaze from our exclusive to Kickstarter Collection (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out color). Includes a custom Constellation embroidered patch. Welcome to the Mission Launch Team. Be the first to receive exclusive offers and early access to content and deals before anybody else. Includes your name on our website. This list will never be altered or added to once this campaign is over, making you a part of our founding family. Free domestic shipping.

THE COMMERCIAL PACKAGE - THREE LITTLE DRIPPERS - Elevate your shop’s coffee game with three Little Drippers. Pick any glaze from our exclusive to Kickstarter Collection (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to find out color). Includes a custom Constellation embroidered patch. Welcome to the Mission Launch Team. Be the first to receive exclusive offers and early access to content and deals before anybody else. Includes your name on our website. This list will never be altered or added to once this campaign is over, making you a part of our founding family. Free domestic shipping.

I’ve been working on this project for a long time, and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. From the moment the idea for the Little Dripper was conceived, I knew Kickstarter was the ideal community space for launching Constellation Supply Co., and the Little Dripper. Marketing and growing the brand will take significant time, energy, and money. The opportunity to pre-sell the initial product run, and to create a strong network of customers will help me take a big first step. It is my dream to be able to design and create beautiful tools that enhance our most cherished daily rituals. The gateway to this dream begins here, with your help. Please help launch this voyage by becoming a proud owner of the first product developed by Constellation Supply Co., the Little Dripper.

June through July - Kickstarter launch

August - Begin tooling and mold making

September - Pre-production: evaluate and certify for optimum quality

October - Begin production

November - Begin shipping rewards to backers

December - Continue shipping rewards and begin new product development

Instagram: @constellationsupply

Twitter: @Little_Dripper

Web: https://www.constellationsupply.com

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for your support:

Alfred Coffee, Andrew Crichton, Dinosaur Coffee, Chandelarrow Design Co., Jamie Dohrmann, Mark Dohrmann, Julie Durkheimer, Dan Eckstein, Mathew Foster, Keith Gehrke, Ali Jepson, Madeline Jepson, Sonny Jepson, Tara Jepson, Kickstarter, Ashlee Lawson, Joe Lengson, Eric Miller, Mudshark Studios, Andy Morris, Felice Moskowitz, Jenn Pan, RapidMade, Sonja Rasula, Alex Reed, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, James Thornton, T.I.N.I. (This Is Not Ikea), The Unique Space, Josh Zad

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We have labored long and hard to create an amazing product. Pre-established manufacturing relationships will allow us to deliver your rewards in a timely manner. Still, we recognize that unforeseen issues could impact our production timeline. With this in mind we are committed to operating with full transparency as we work to deliver your rewards. We will use our Kickstarter page and social media to keep all of our backers informed regarding the precise date when they can expect to receive their reward(s).

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    GLOW IN THE DARK CONSTELLATION STAR CHART (LIMIT 250)
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