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Strange Matter Coffee is opening a scratch bakery featuring craft doughnuts with vegan and gluten free options!
Strange Matter Coffee is opening a scratch bakery featuring craft doughnuts with vegan and gluten free options!
Strange Matter Coffee is opening a scratch bakery featuring craft doughnuts with vegan and gluten free options!
403 backers pledged $42,311 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all of your awesome love and support we have reached 100% with over 48 hours until the end of our campaign! We are adding on a stretch goal! If we reach 50k before this Sunday, 11am, any backer above $10 will receive your choice of either a logo t-shirt or Eastside t-shirt for free!

Please continue to share our campaign on social media so we reach our stretch goal and can give all backers above $10 free t-shirts!

We’re Strange Matter Coffee; a multi-roaster pour-over and espresso bar in Lansing, Michigan. We originally opened as a coffee stand in the Eastside’s Allen Street Farmers Market by owner, Cara Nader.

Our small shop opened in 2014 with only four employees and twenty seats. Since then, we’ve grown to twelve employees and increased seating for up to thirty people. Everyday we reach capacity. Our tiny space simply can't keep up with our popularity in the community, and neither can our air conditioner.

Original photos from @strangematterco Instagram. Photo credit: Debbie Carlos, Charlie Szur, Priscilla Perez
Original photos from @strangematterco Instagram. Photo credit: Debbie Carlos, Charlie Szur, Priscilla Perez

 

Strange Matter Coffee is a team effort. Without the continued support and dedication of the awesome staff, we wouldn't be where we are today! This isn't just a job to us. Coffee is our passion and we want nothing more than to be able to share it with our customers.

OG employees, Peter and Rachel!
OG employees, Peter and Rachel!

 

In 2017, Strange Matter is moving locations, directly across the street into a brand new building. Here, we’ll have two times our current square footage, over double our current seating capacity, an efficient heating and air conditioning system, a ceiling that doesn’t leak when it rains, and a much larger tap system for more cold brew and nitro options. 

The most exciting change, and the thing we need the most help with, is our bakery. Strange Matter is taking on doughnuts! 

Our new space will include a scratch bakery featuring craft doughnuts and other morning pastries with vegan and gluten free options. We are going to have all sorts of exciting flavors, made only from the best ingredients. Our bakery will make doughnuts from classic vanilla bean to adventurous cereal doughnuts daily.

As exciting as this is, it costs a lot of money, more money than we have. We try to keep our end product prices low for our customers and make an effort to pay our staff a livable wage. We also have bootstrapped since the beginning. This means we haven’t taken on loans from big or small banks.

We are asking for $40k, which sounds like a lot, because it is. We need to buy all the equipment for running a bakery, like tables, proofers, ovens, dishwashers, fryers, refrigerators, and even the whole darn kitchen sink.

Doughnuts made by Strange Matter Coffee. Original photo by Eat Pomegranate.
Doughnuts made by Strange Matter Coffee. Original photo by Eat Pomegranate.

 

What about rewards?

While you will get a new, larger Strange Matter to hang out in that will make delicious doughnuts and pastries everyday, we know it's not just about the coffee and warm fuzzy feelings you'll get from helping us achieve our goal. A Kickstarter campaign wouldn't be complete without sweet rewards!

Below is a list of rewards. You only receive the rewards and we only get funded if we reach our goal, so if you can't contribute, please share our campaign on social media!

 

You'll receive a card valid for 1 dozen doughnuts, which can be redeemed as soon as we open the bakery. The card never expires! Mmmmm.

Ceramic mug with our circular logo on one side and flying cups on the other.

12oz bag of our special Strange Matter Coffee Blend, roasted by Populace Coffee and packaged in our super sweet SMC Moon coffee bag! 

Full color 12x12 print of "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" by local illustrator Jonathan J. Griffith! Only 100 available. Prints are numbered and signed by the artist.

 Custom designed shirt featuring the "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" print in white ink on a black t-shirt, printed locally in Lansing by The Printing King, on a unisex American Appeal Tee.

Black hoodie with white SMC logo on front and flying cups on back. American Apparel unisex hoodie features a modern fit, hood, front zip, and kangaroo pocket. Only available through our Kickstarter campaign!

 

 

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Video Production: Kate Gille
Carpenter/Space Rendering: Nathan Shaver Design
Illustrator: Jonathan J. Griffith
Screen Printing: The Printing King
Architect: Swanson Design Studios
Photography: Eat Pomegranate (project image)
Easter Egg Video: Used with permission from the excellent @emeddyy
Voices of Reason (the SMC staff): Kate, Priscilla, Brady, Peter, Rachel, Pam, Travess, Emma, Santino, Iris, and Charlie - I couldn't have done any of this without your help. 

Plus The Eastside neighborhood, and everyone who has supported, encouraged us along the way!

 

Risks and challenges

We have already signed the lease and finalized the layout. Time is one of our only challenges. We have no control over how quickly our building is built. There are many factors that stand in the way of our timeline being on schedule, such as, weather, permit approval, inspections and equipment installation.

All of these factors are unfortunately in the hands of building owners, construction workers, and mother nature.

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    Space Cat with Doughnuts Wallpaper!

    Digital download of the "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" wallpaper for desktops and mobile devices!

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    Heartfelt Thank You!

    The staff and I will remain 100% sober and write you a personalized thank you note! We can't promise they will be creative or witty, but they will be heartfelt. You'll also receive a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker.

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    Drunk Heartfelt Thank You!

    The staff and I will get really intoxicated and hand draw a personalized thank you card just for you! You'll also receive a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker.

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    "Thank You for Being a Friend"

    A free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice. You'll also receive a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker.
    *we can't ship doughnuts or coffee, but will send a card to use for your first visit*

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    Nom Noms

    1 dozen doughnuts of your choice once we open our bakery. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

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    Just Love Us!

    We will send you a 12oz bag of our Strange Matter Coffee Blend roasted by Populace Coffee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

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    Craft & Mason Reward Pack

    Our friends from Craft & Mason Coffee Roasters in Lansing have provided a special reward pack which includes:
    (1) 12oz bag of coffee to be selected based on seasonality
    (1) Craft & Mason ceramic coffee mugs

    You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

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    Limited 2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey Print

    Full color 12x12 print of "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" by local illustrator Jonathan J. Griffin! Only 100 available. Prints are numbered and signed by the artist. Also includes 1 dozen doughnuts of your choice once we open our bakery, a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *we can't ship doughnuts or coffee, but will send a card to use for your first visit*

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    Ceramic Mug + Beans!

    Ceramic logo mug and a 12oz bag of our Strange Matter Coffee Blend roasted by Populace Coffee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *we can't ship doughnuts or coffee, but will send a card to use for your first visit*

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    Ceramic Mug + Beans!

    Ceramic logo mug and a 12oz bag of our Strange Matter Coffee Blend roasted by Populace Coffee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *we can't ship doughnuts or coffee, but will send a card to use for your first visit*

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    "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" T-Shirt

    Custom designed shirt by local illustrator Jonathan J. Griffith, printed locally in Lansing by The Printing King, on unisex American Appeal Tee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *we can't ship doughnuts or coffee, but will send a card to use for your first visit*

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    Four Barrel or Die

    Show your love for one of our favorite guest roasters with a Four Barrel Coffee tote bag, “We Still Got It” diner mug from their “Aging Rocker Series”, and a 12oz bag of single origin Four Barrel Coffee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker, and your name on our founders page!

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    Anodyne Loves Donuts!

    Our friends from Anodyne Coffee Roasters have provided a special reward box which includes a 12oz bag of Donut's Friend Blend, Anodyne Cuppow Wide Mouth Mason Jar Glass Travel Mug, Anodyne logo t-shirt, and Anodyne sticker! You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker, and your name on our founders page!

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    T-Shirt + Mug + Beans

    Everything in Tier 6 including the "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" T-Shirt!
    This includes: Ceramic logo mug and a 12oz bag of our Strange Matter Coffee Blend roasted by Populace Coffee. You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
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    Moosejaw Reward Box

    The awesome folks at Moosejaw in East Lansing have provided a special reward box which includes:
    (1) 18oz Yeti Rambler Bottle
    (1) SmartWool Mountaineer Socks
    (1) Moosejaw Beanie
    (1) Moosejaw Tee (mens size medium and large available but they can be exchanged in store for any size)
    You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

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    Cafe Grumpy Reward Box!

    Our friends from Cafe Grumpy in NYC have provided a special reward box which includes:
    (1) Grumpy Mug
    (1) Grumpy enamel pin
    (1) Tote
    (1) Snapback
    (1) 12oz bag of coffee to be selected based on seasonality!
    You will also receive a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, a Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker, and your name on our founders page!

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    First Taste! Party Like It's 1999

    Invite for 2 to our private soft opening party. Free doughnuts and beverages included. This will be a party to remember. Also includes 2x: "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" T-Shirt, Strange Matter Coffee sticker free coffee drink and doughnut card, and your name on our founders page.

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    Goodbye Party: SMC 1.0

    Invite for 2 to our private Goodbye Original SMC 1.0 party! Free beverages, snacks, and live music included. This will be a party to remember. Also includes 2x: "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" T-Shirt, Strange Matter Coffee sticker, free coffee drink and doughnut card, and your name on our founders page.

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    Limited Edition Hoodie + Mug

    Logo American Apparel unisex hoodie features a modern fit, hood, front zip, and kangaroo pocket. You will also receive a ceramic logo mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

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    Populace Coffee Cupping/Sensory Lab

    Attend a private cupping at the new Strange Matter Coffee location hosted by Populace Coffee! Have the opportunity to learn and to taste a number of coffees! You’ll go home with a sample pack of all of the coffees you tasted, a card for a free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page!

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    Both Parties!

    Invite for 2 to our private soft opening party at our new location and an invite for 2 to our Goodbye Original SMC 1.0 party! See the above individual party rewards for individual party details! Also includes 2x: "2001: Cat Doughnut Odyssey" T-Shirt, Strange Matter Coffee sticker, free coffee drink and doughnut card, and your name on our founders page.

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    Office Party!

    3 dozen doughnuts of your choice once we open our bakery and 3 boxes of fresh brewed coffee! (serves 30-35) and your name on our founders page.
    Delivery in the greater Lansing area only.

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    Choose Your Own Adventure (Workshop)

    Choose from a private coffee brewing workshop or doughnut making workshop at Strange Matter for 2 people! We'll teach you how to make coffee at home on up to 4 different brewing devices of your choosing, or you can choose to learn how to make homemade raised doughnuts!
    Everyone will take home a vinyl logo sticker, t-shirt, brewing/doughnut recipes and a 12oz bag of coffee or doughnuts depending on your path, and your name on our founders page.

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    Make Your Own Doughnut

    Help us create a special doughnut for the menu. You'll help us decide the flavor and you'll pick the name. Once it's tested and delicious it will be featured for a minimum of one month! Vegan or gluten free available.

    You will also receive a t-shirt, ceramic mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *doughnut names must be approved by us and not offensive. <3

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    Make Your Own Latte!

    Help us create a special latte for the menu. You'll help us decide the flavor and you'll pick the name. Once it's tested and delicious it will be featured for a minimum of one month!

    You will also receive a t-shirt, ceramic mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

    *beverage names must be approved by us and not offensive. <3

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    Nathan Shaver Design Table

    Local woodworker, Nathan Shaver Design, original coffee table (20"W 70"L 16"H)! You choose from a selection of colors for the base and wood selections for the top before finishing. You will also receive the limited edition flying cups hoodie, ceramic logo mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.
    *Local pick-up only - no shipping*

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    Best Year Ever!

    Have the best year ever with 365x doughnuts and 365x cups of auto-drip coffee (1 per day for a year).
    You will also receive 2 tickets to our private soft opening party, a t-shirt, ceramic logo mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

    **This only includes filter/auto-drip coffee and not coffee that is pour-over, espresso based or iced.

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    Strange Matter for Life!

    Have the best life ever! Choose either a lifetime of free auto-drip coffee or free doughnuts (1 per day for life).
    You will also receive 2 tickets to our private soft opening party, a t-shirt, ceramic logo mug, free coffee drink and doughnut of your choice card, Strange Matter Coffee logo sticker and your name on our founders page.

    **This only includes filter/auto-drip coffee and not coffee that is pour-over, espresso based or iced.

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Funding period

- (30 days)