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By Matt Gillan
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About this project

Over the course of 16 years, Red Roaster has become a Brighton institution. It was one of the first specialty coffee houses in the country and is Brighton's oldest roastery.

In 2016 we took over the business, with a view to bringing Red Roaster back to the forefront of people's minds whilst retaining the connection to the community. At the same time we wanted to give it a new lease of life and make it feel as though you hadn't stepped back in time.

Rob at the Roastery
Rob at the Roastery

Although we have acquired the site and business, we have had to delay a portion of our project. 

We are looking to raise funds to help us with Phase 2: The Garden and Roastery

Behind Red Roaster we have a great space and are also looking to secure the garden space next door, that runs behind the retail units on St James's Street.

Our vision for the garden is to create a focal point at the back of Red Roaster with an area that merges indoors and outdoors. An indoor garden/outdoor restaurant. All contained within a beautiful atrium/conservatory. 

The Garden
The Garden

 

By purchasing the additional garden space, it will enable us to create an unprecedented outdoor area within the city. At one end will be the restaurant area, leading into a kitchen garden. This will be used to add interest to the dinner offer at Pike & Pine. We would also look to put a preparation kitchen in the space, which would serve the 'secret garden' bar and dining area. We want to create a magical outdoor space in the heart of Kemptown.

Lots more garden space!!
Lots more garden space!!

The funds won't cover the whole cost of the project but will enable us to start the process of acquiring and purchasing the additional garden space and starting work in our existing garden.

our original vision
our original vision

Secondly, there is our Roastery, which is located 1 mile away from the cafe, further up the road in Kemptown. Much like the cafe, it is in need of modernisation and refurbishment. This has come to light recently as we are having to turn away possible customers due to having reached our limits with what we are able to supply due to equipment needs and storage space solutions. 

We would look to use some of the funds to invest in an automated bagging machine. This will allow us to speed up the whole process of bagging our coffee. We currently roast between 150-200kg of coffee per week, which is a lot of coffee to bag. 

Wholesale bags, ready to go
Wholesale bags, ready to go

With the time saved by not bagging, we are able to roast closer to our capacity and look to distribute our coffee further a field.

We are also looking to redevelop our roastery space. We want to, not only create a more usable space for our roastery operation, but we want to create an environment where people can come to our roastery and spend time with us. Learning about the coffee in a comfortable place.

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The Hearder Short story
The Hearder Short story

 

 

Coffee lovers pack
Coffee lovers pack

 

The problematic floor
The problematic floor

 

The drill destroying safe wall
The drill destroying safe wall

 

'The Counter'
'The Counter'

 

What I do 'Beetroot/egg'
What I do 'Beetroot/egg'

 

What I do 'salmon/cucumber'
What I do 'salmon/cucumber'

 

Risks and challenges

With the first phase of our build project, we've encountered all sorts of issues. Consequently, this has had an impact on our reopening time and elements of the project, like the garden.
Although this won't affect our ability to open, the garden is a large part of the reinvention of Red Roaster.
Our greatest risk is not achieving our target and not being able to complete the vision we set out with. It reduces our ability to offer our product to the number of people we budgeted for, meaning that the work so far, may all be in vein.
The amount we are looking to raise may not be enough for us to complete the project on it's own. This kickstarter project is to help us with the legal side of the work we need to do for the garden project and will give us a good head start in funding the rest of the project

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    Personal thankyou from MG

    A personalised and signed card from Matt

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    Meet the Punk

    Botanical Punk is one of our house blend coffees Roasted,
    and securely housed within our beautiful unique tube packaging, it's a lovely show off piece for your kitchen and perfectly suited for milk based coffee or as a richer brew. It also makes a great gift and it's one of our favourites

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    A video message from Matt

    Pledge for this reward and Matt will record a personal message of your choice and we will post it to you on a social media platform of your choice. If no message is requested, you will receive an smiley thankyou.
    RULES!!! Keep it clean and friendly (banter welcome)

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    The Hearder

    The story book that accompanied Matt's winning main course on Great British Menu. The book will be personalised and signed by Matt

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    Coffee Lovers Pack

    This reward features three coffees. Our organic Glasshouse blend, Our Botanical Punk house blend and a single origin of your choosing (depending on what is in season and in our store)
    We can grind the beans to your liking or leave them whole
    This makes a great gift and will look amazing in the kitchen.

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    Pike & Pine apron

    A bespoke apron designed and worn by Matt Gillan and the kitchen team.
    These are not available for retail anywhere!!

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    Brunch for 2

    Enjoy brunch for 2 at Red Roaster,

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    Invite to the Garden Launch

    If we are successful in achieving our target, you will be invited to the launch of our additional garden project, once it's built of course.
    The evening will be hosted by Matt Gillan, and accompanied by bubbles and canapes from the team.

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    Red Roaster Package

    This includes Breakfast/Brunch or Lunch for 2 people and our coffee lovers set of our house blend Botanical Punk, Our organic Glasshouse and a season single origin of your choice

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    Sparkling brunch for 2

    Enjoy a special brunch for 2 at The Counter, our 8 metre long marble feature. This looks on to the kitchen and will feature a special menu accompanied by a bottle of Ridgview Bloomsbury or Fitzrovia

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    The Glasshouse experience

    Come and enjoy our Melbourne inspired breakfast and coffee before heading up the road to our roastery, to spend the morning with our head roaster. Learn about the roasting process before breaking for a light lunch. . After Lunch, there will be a cupping of several coffees to highlight key tastes, flavours and aromas of coffee.
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    Dinner for 2 @ Pike & Pine

    Dinner in the dining room for 2 including extras

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    The Sanctuary experience (per person)

    Come and enjoy our Melbourne inspired breakfast and coffee before heading up the road to our roastery, to spend the morning with our head roaster. Learn about the roasting process before breaking for a light lunch. After Lunch, there will be a cupping of several coffees to highlight key tastes, flavours and aromas of coffee.
    Use the afternoon to freshen up, before returning to Pike & Pine for an 8 course dinner
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    Sparkling brunch for 4

    Enjoy a special brunch for 4 at The Counter, our 8 metre long marble feature.

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    Pike & Pine Package

    This package includes a signed Herder book, Pike and Pine apron and an 8 course dinner for 2

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    Dinner for 2 @ The Counter, Pike & Pine

    Dinner for 2 at our feature marble counter, includes a 10 course menu and extras
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    Dinner for 4 @ Pike & Pine

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    The full package

    This package includes:
    Dinner for 2 at The Counter
    2 Pike & Pine aprons
    2 Signed Herder Books
    1 coffee lovers pack

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    Create a dish

    Over a morning coffee, Matt will explain how he develops his ideas. You will then create a dish on paper and then set to work on making it reality, with Matt's guidance. The day will involve the cooking of the dish, tasting and tweaking it along the way until a masterpiece is created.

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    Create a dish 2

    Over a morning coffee, Matt will explain how he develops his ideas. You will then create a dish on paper and then set to work on making it reality, with Matt's guidance.
    You will then join us for dinner in the Dining room with a friend, where your dish will form part of your menu

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    Pike & Pine (up to 30 people)

    Perfect if you're looking for a space to entertain a medium sized group (Up to 30 people). This is a complete package and includes hire, food and all the other bits
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    Pike & Pine (for up to 60 people)

    Perfect if you're looking for a space to entertain a large group. This is a complete package and includes hire, food and all the other bits
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    Exclusive use Christmas party

    Have Pike & Pine all to yourselves for your staff Christmas party.
    6 course menu and extras
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    Up to 40 people

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Funding period

- (30 days)