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Detroits first specialty coffee roaster is building a new home to share their coffee with the community.
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We're Anthology Coffee. Our mission is to source, roast and serve the best coffee we can with uncompromising quality. Our process encompasses more than craft and passion. We never stop challenging ourselves to produce coffee that is distinct, while constantly seeking improvement in all that we do. We approach coffee modestly as students rather than as masters. That’s not to say we don’t know what we are doing, often applying knowledge to information and then experimenting. Using strict standards we source the best small-lot seasonal coffees we can find; we’re not afraid to buy coffees that question norms. Each coffee is uniquely developed to show intrinsic characteristics of the fruit during roast. Mistakes are made along the way, but we learn from them and in the end we always find pleasure in the cup. We then test each batch for quality using both traditional skills and contemporary tools.Through these methods we’ve created something unique. We don’t think of Anthology as being “craft coffee”, or specialty coffee, or third wave . . . we really don’t like boxes or definitions and would prefer that people experience our coffees and our cafe space for themselves, and realize that all the different aspects that go into making our coffee what it is are designed to keep us forward-moving, relevant, and above all always representing each coffee in the way that best uniquely fits it. 

Our goal is to consistently roast good coffee and make it the most satisfying it can be. We try to understand that there isn’t a one size fits all method to roasting, so we treat individual coffees differently to showcase their unique qualities. This gives us the freedom and the room to try new methods, learn from mistakes and continually grow. 

We started in May of 2011 with $3000 and quite literal blood sweat and tears. In our first year we focused on pop ups and developing wholesale partnerships. In August of 2012 we moved in to our current home at Pony Ride. Over several years we built tested and rebuilt our cafe to dial in our service model and test drink ideas, food options, sourcing relationships and of course built some very meaningful relationships with many of you. Pony Ride sort of became a long term pop up of sorts. 

When we first launched we had no partners in Detroit and we're proud to have helped build a specialty coffee community in Detroit along with our OG friends over at Astro Coffee. Today a majority of our wholesale partnerships are here in the city. Through this growth we have reached capacity for production at Pony Ride, that along with their plans to move has inspired us to spread our wings and venture out of the startup community at Pony Ride. 

We are a small team focused on equity for our partners both at origin and at home and for our team. Our founders and partners have over 2 decades specialty coffee experience but where we find the most value is often in our most inexperienced team members. 

We find great freedom in our independence. Our goal is to grow equitably. To us this is wholistic and not just focused on one aspect of Anthology. Whether we're investing in our Detroit community through our "Coffee for Community" program, creating profit sharing for our team or sourcing the best coffees at living wages for farmers, our independence is what allows us to do this. 

 We've begun our buildout and have already invested a lot in our new home. Our deposits are in for our plumbing and electrical and both have begun, we still need finishing work, lighting fixtures, and our waters heaters. Our Bar is built and needs finishing work. Cabinetry needs finished and installed. Our kitchen needs drywalled painted and FRP where needed. We still need more basic equipment and extra funding will be used towards more equipment like a tap system.

The greatest reward of all is of course, you get a new favorite hang out spot. We've also partnered with our friends near and wide to offer some pretty cool, exclusives, only available through this kickstarter. The collaboration with Batch Brewing Company is 1 750ml bottle. 

750 ml of pure goodness. BFFs part 2 collaboration w/ Batch Brewing Company
750 ml of pure goodness. BFFs part 2 collaboration w/ Batch Brewing Company
Goodbye tee
Goodbye tee
Goodbye Tote
Goodbye Tote
Home Brewing Crate
Home Brewing Crate
Prints from Chris Gerard(sample photos. you'll be able to choose from his instagram(@chrisagerard)
Prints from Chris Gerard(sample photos. you'll be able to choose from his instagram(@chrisagerard)
rough rendering of 9oz glass mug
rough rendering of 9oz glass mug
   

We hope to deliver our rewards along side the launch of our new space. Some rewards such as subscriptions are available for immediate release following full funding. We will update you regarding timelines for each reward as updates become available. 

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  •  At the successful conclusion of the campaign you will be able to specify your add-on details in our backer survey. 

Risks and challenges

We have already signed the lease and began buildout. Unfortunately we have little control over how quick our buildout goes. Our landlord and contractors have influence over this timeline. This has been our biggest challenge to date. However having already been through the process once before, we have full confidence in our ability to deliver a beautiful space for your enjoyment.
We have put in the time to find finding ethical, quality and reliable partners, and waited until that was done before committing to launch via this Kickstarter campaign.

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    A toast to you!

    A member of our team will toast you with a cup of coffee on an instagram story as well as tag your profile if desired

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    Taste the success

    Along with a hand written thank you, you will receive a ticket redeemable for one drink of your choosing at the new cafe.

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    BFFs part 1

    We will send you an Anthology flower enamel pin as well as a ticket for one "Coffee Arabica" Bon from our friends at Bon Bon Bon. Of course featuring our coffee.
    -Ticket must be redeemed in one of the Bon Bon Bon stores.

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    Glass Mug

    Pick up this limited 9oz glass mug with the original plant sketch by Hernan and we will even fill it the first time for free.

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    Drink 5

    You'll receive a card redeemable for 5 beverages of choice. This includes lattes, signature beverages, tonics, etc.
    This will be available for immediate use.

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    Who spilled the beans

    A special bag of beans for a special group of people. We are sourcing a special coffee just for our best supporters and it's only available here. This product will from our first production run at the new space and will be available for pickup with a sneak peak at the space and includes an enamel pin.

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    You spilled the beans

    Can't make it to Detroit. We'll ship to you!
    A special bag of beans for a special group of people. We are sourcing a special coffee just for our best supporters and it's only available here. This product will be from our first production run at the new space and includes an enamel pin.

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    BFFs part 2 (Uppers and Downers)

    We've been working on a very special coffee project with our friends at Batch Brewing. A coffee sour featuring our Kenya coffee. A certificate will be shipped with your name on it. The certificate may be exchanged at Batch with ID matching the name on the ticket or you could frame the certificate and hang it on the wall. Also includes a shiny new Anthology Flower enamel pin.

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    Baristas Dozen

    You'll receive a card redeemable for 13 beverages of choice. This includes lattes, signature beverages, tonics, etc.
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    Photo from our Camera

    Our friend and photographer Chris Gerard(Official title: Camera), has donated 20 8x10 prints to our campaign. You can choose from any photo on his instagram(@chrisagerard)

    Want a bigger print? Double your pledge and we'll make it a 16x20!!(large prints pick up only)

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    It's so hard to say good bye shirt

    A special collaboration with our friends at Winter Water Factory. We've intertwined a hand doodled sketch, drawn by the one and only Hernan Juarez-Martinez, of our wall plants at Pony Ride with the Anthology lettering to create a pretty fun pattern that will cover the whole shirt.
    -made in the USA with 100% organic cotton

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    3 Months of Beans

    1 bag of coffee per month for 3 months shipped directly to your door.

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    It's so hard to say good bye market tote

    A special collaboration with our friends at Winter Water Factory. We've intertwined a hand doodled sketch, drawn by the one and only Hernan Juarez-Martinez, of our wall plants at Pony Ride with the Anthology lettering to create a pretty fun pattern that will cover the whole tote. Perfect for sending your Saturday at Eastern Market. Tote has 6 small outer pockets as well as an inner pocket for wallets, glasses, etc.
    -made in the USA with 100% organic cotton

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    Pick up 6

    You will receive a card redeemable for 6 300g bags of coffee. This will be available for immediate use.
    *excludes 225g bags

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    PARTY PARTY!!

    An invite for two to a private soft opening party. Check out our new space and have a blast with our team. Also Includes 2 Anthology Flower enamel pins.

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    6 Months of Beans

    1 bag of coffee per month for 6 months shipped directly to your door.

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    Private brewing class

    Choose a one on one class, either espresso or pour over, with our founder Josh. You'll leave a master as well as a bag of coffee to show off your new skills at home, a card for a drink in our cafe and an enamel pin to show you're a true supporter.

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    Pick up 12

    You will receive a card redeemable for 12 300g bags of coffee. This will be available for immediate use.
    *excludes 225g bags

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    Home Brewing Crate

    Includes 2 bags of our special launch coffee, 1 Hario v60 brewer, 1 package of filters, 1 Hario electric kettle and 1 digital scale all packaged up in 1 Anthology Coffee milk crate.

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    Office Space

    Coffee and treats for the whole team. Choose from a selection of our amazing baked goods for approximately 30 people and we'll even bring the coffee. We'll deliver anywhere in the city of Detroit. What's that, you're team is a lot bigger? Double the your contribution and we'll double the goods.

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    1 Year of Beans

    1 bag of coffee per month for 12 months shipped directly to your door.

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    Your own Blend

    We've never made a blend, it's just not our style. We focus on really great coffees from really great farmers and try to show of their hard work. You'll get to work closely with our roasting team to develop and name a blend for limited release.
    Includes 2 bags of your creation, one goodbye t-shirt, enamel pin and a drink in our cafe.

    *Blend name must be approved by us and not offensive.

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    Sign Here

    You'll get to work closely with our barista team to develop and name a signature drink, specialty latte, or coffee mocktail to be served on our bar for 1 month. For that month we'll donate proceeds from the beverage to your favorite local non-profit organization.

    Also includes one goodbye t-shirt, one enamel pin, and of course you get to enjoy the drink in the cafe as much as you'd like for the month.

    *Drink name must be approved by us and not offensive.

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    1 heck of a year

    Enjoy 1 beverage per day for 365 days. From Latte to tea or even a prized geisha, The Sky is the limit.
    Also includes 1 goodbye t-shirt, 2 tickets to our launch party and of course an enamel pin.

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Funding period

- (30 days)