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About this project

OUR SUPERFOOD STORY:

SAKU started as a tea bar in our friend Chelsea’s gallery in Bellingham, Washington. It grew out of our love for tea, beauty and warm hospitality. A couple of years ago, we sold our cottage and packed our bags. We took off with our two daughters for a year of shoestring adventures & travel. The idea of SAKU was born during our journey. 

When we opened, we were fortunate to be recognized by local gourmets, critics and customers for the quality & soul we put into everything. They especially enjoyed our innovative collection of latte blends, structured around organic superfood ingredients such as Turmeric, Beetroot, Matcha & other healing spices. Our superfood lattes became a hit & the top seller at SAKU! 

Answering to repeated requests, we started packaging for retail and wholesale, providing our local food co-op and a couple of cafes with our blends. This has been a big success, so now, with our good friend Steve on board to help navigate our growth and manage our operations, we are ready to expand. We are here on KICKSTARTER to raise funds so we can finance the next steps! 

That's where YOU come in! Your pledge, at any level, will go far toward helping us achieve our goals ...

"Beet decadence never tasted so good. A Ruby Ginger latte surpasses all expectations." Dondi Tondro-Smith, Whatcom Talk
"Beet decadence never tasted so good. A Ruby Ginger latte surpasses all expectations." Dondi Tondro-Smith, Whatcom Talk

WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE:

  • Get the equipment we need to increase capacity for production and packaging. 
  • Purchase bulk ingredients at discounted larger volumes. 
  • Get professionally designed retail packaging for our blends. 
  • Pay for organic certification. 
  • Register for bar codes. 
  • Market our unique products via samples, demos, pop-ups, advertising and taking part in trade shows.
  • Create an e-commerce website to handle online retail and wholesale purchases. 

OUR SIX SUPERFOOD LATTE BLENDS:

GOLDEN CHAI - organic turmeric latte blend

The power of turmeric & a perfectly balanced mixture of masala spices. This blend is aromatic and savory, with a gentle, warming kick.

SAKU's original superfood latte
SAKU's original superfood latte
 

GOLDEN ORANGE - organic turmeric latte blend

The power of turmeric & a bright, fragrant mixture of orange & spices. Coconut provides a smooth, creamy texture. 

Golden Orange on nitro
Golden Orange on nitro

RUBY GINGER - organic beetroot latte blend

The nourishing benefits of beetroot & coconut in a rich, velvety blend with a perfect zing from ginger and cinnamon. Naturally sweet and delicious!

Sandra's first Ruby Ginger
Sandra's first Ruby Ginger

RUBY COCOA - organic beetroot latte blend

The nourishing benefits of beetroot & raw cacao in a deep, comforting blend with perfectly balanced aromatic spices. Naturally sweet and delicious!

All SAKU blends taste wonderful iced
All SAKU blends taste wonderful iced

VANILLA MAPLE JADE - organic matcha latte blend

Nutty maple syrup crystals & pure vanilla make this blend irresistible. Our premium matcha is shade grown at high altitudes in Aichi, Japan.

Stacey's favorite
Stacey's favorite

MACA COCOA JADE - organic matcha latte blend

Earthy, malty and packed with goodness, this is a perfect blend to get you moving! Matcha is nutritious & delicious + it focuses and energizes.

PREPARE THEM AT HOME:

1 - Measure SAKU blend into a cup. 

2 - Add sweetener if desired. 

3 - Heat or froth milk. 

4 - Add a splash of hot milk and mix thoroughly. 

5 - Blend in the rest of the milk.

  • For the Ruby and Gold blends - one teaspoon per 12 ounces 
  • For the Jade blends - one teaspoon per 8 ounces

Experiment with the balance of milk-blend-sweetener to suit your preference.

You can use any type of milk or milk alternative. We love organic oat milk. 

Heat milk: about 160 degrees is a good temperature.

Texture & froth milk (optional): use a steam wand, a frother, a frother wand, a blender or by shaking vigorously in a jar.

Sweeten: To your taste and with anything you like! We like maple syrup with both Jade blends & the Ruby Cocoa. Honey with the Ruby Ginger & the Golds. 

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WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED:

  • Developed organic, perfectly balanced and scrumptious blends.
  • Created a gorgeous and atmospheric tea bar with the best customers ever. 
  • Searched the world for a steady supply of the absolute best, freshest, organic and ethical ingredients.** 
  • Applied for food processing and packaging licenses which allows us to package and wholesale our products outside of the shop. 
  • Found awesome designers who have already started to develop our retail packaging. 
  •  Started selling our blends at the local Co-op and coffee shops. 

** We are currently working with amazing suppliers, but our ultimate intent is to go where our ingredients are grown and directly engage with the farmers who produce them. We believe in a profitable business, AND we are deeply passionate about the health of people and the planet. We intend to develop a socially responsible network of beyond-organic, regenerative, well-earning farmers and producers who work directly with us.

TESTIMONIALS:

Isabelle & Ian: "We like the mild caffeine in the matcha & how it combines with cocoa."

Karen: "Feels like a treat to have any of the latte blends!”  

Olga: "The Ruby Cocoa is my favorite. It tastes wonderful and makes me feel great!"

Charm & Dan: "Wonderful & delicious! A healthy & delicious drink. Energizing, stimulating & beautiful.”

Kiira: "I love the flavors of the Golden Chai, but it is my mom's absolute favorite!"

Janet: "Deeply nourishing, restorative & delicious. Rich & satisfying flavors!”

IDEAL FOR:

  • caffeine avoiders and reducers 
  • anyone interested in a healthful alternative 
  • morning coffee drinkers looking for a comforting afternoon beverage
  • health conscious people who appreciate warm cups of superfood
  • cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, offices & homes
  • after yoga, before bed, by the campfire, at a meeting, during a movie, while reading, in the morning, at the office, after meditation
  • smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, cookies, ...
Ruby Ginger, Golden Orange & Vanilla Maple Jade served up at Glass House Coffee Bar, Eugene, OR
Ruby Ginger, Golden Orange & Vanilla Maple Jade served up at Glass House Coffee Bar, Eugene, OR

THE TEAM:

WHY KICKSTARTER?

We intend to share our superfood latte blends with the world! 

On Kickstarter, we hope to raise capital while building a community of like-minded individuals! Kickstarter enables us to raise the funds we need and to build a network of engaged customers who care about our story at the same time.

We have worked hard to develop a product line we are proud of, our recipes are ready, our production team is eager, and our elbows are greased! All we need is YOU so we can kickstart the engine, get everything rolling, and pay for and deliver the first big production run.

MORE THAN FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

Thank you for checking out our story! If you can back us with a pledge, WONDERFUL! We love you! If you can’t join in financially? We get it! You can still help! Share our story with friends, family, co-workers, and your social media universe! Tell anyone you think might be interested. The more people who see this page, the healthier our world becomes! We’d love to hear from you.

WHAT IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR GOAL:

  • We'll reach out & market to even more shops, cafes & grocery stores. 
  • We'll create a more dynamic and professional online presence. 
  • We'll build our dream assembly space.
  • We will start the process of working directly with organic, fair trade farmers to source our ingredients.

 

 

Risks and challenges

SHIPPING:

Please keep in mind that a shipping cost is added to your pledge at checkout.

PROPOSED TIMELINE:

• Completion of Kickstarter (May 31st) 

• Ordering supplies, ingredients, packing and getting ready to ship (June 2-30)
• Shipping of rewards (July 1st)

We are proud of our team of tea masters, farmers, alchemists, designers, business people, and dreamers. We feel confident that we'll deliver an amazing product on time. We've all been working hard and will continue to!

Our greatest risk is to get behind schedule, but we have a solid plan in place and all the wheels are turning in time for a successful delivery of goods! We would like to apologize beforehand in the unlikely event of any changes in schedule and promise to be as transparent as possible and communicate efficiently should issues arise!

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    • THANK YOU •

    A "Thank You" card painted with SAKU tea ink by our talented artist friend Eric Vargas, a die cut SAKU sticker + a website listing!

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    • 3 OZ OF GOLDEN CHAI •

    The power of organic turmeric + a perfectly balanced mixture of organic masala spices. Savory & delicious with a gentle, warming kick - makes 28 lattes!

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    ​The power of organic turmeric + a bright, fragrant mixture of orange & spices. Coconut provides a smooth, rich flavor - makes 28 lattes!

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    • 3 OZ OF RUBY GINGER •

    The nourishing benefits of organic beetroot & coconut in a rich, velvety blend + a perfect zing from ginger and cinnamon...makes 28 lattes!

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    • 3 OZ OF RUBY COCOA •

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    • 2 OZ OF VANILLA MAPLE JADE •

    Rich maple syrup & real vanilla make this blend irresistible. Organic matcha is nutritious & delicious + it focuses and energizes...enough for 18 lattes!

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    • SUPERFOOD SAMPLER •

    A small taste of all the SAKU latte mixes...enough for 24 lattes...discover your favorite!

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    • SUPERFOOD SAMPLER x 2 •

    A small taste of all the SAKU latte blends ...TWO sets all 6 of our samplers. Enough for 48 (24x2) lattes...discover your favorite...& give a set to a friend!

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    • SUPERFOOD BLISS •

    3oz of GOLD + 3oz of RUBY + 2oz of JADE...your choice of each...makes 74 lattes! We'll ask for your choice when the campaign ends.

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    • A POUND OF GOLD •

    Get a full pound of our original and best-selling SAKU favorite GOLDEN CHAI...organic turmeric, organic masala spices & organic pepper...a whopping 150 lattes!

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    • A POUND OF RUBY •

    Get a full pound of RUBY COCOA, our best-selling beetroot blend featuring organic beetroot, organic raw chocolate & organic spices - a healthy + tasty treat for kids and adults alike...a whopping 150 lattes!

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    • BE A SAKU TEST PILOT •

    This is for beta testing! Help us develop our next SAKU superfood blend! You will receive 5 samples to taste and need to be willing to give your feedback.

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    • SUPERFOOD ALCHEMIST •

    All six of our SAKU superfood latte blends...3oz GOLDEN CHAI + 3oz GOLDEN ORANGE + 3oz RUBY COCOA + 3oz RUBY GINGER + 2oz VANILLA MAPLE JADE + 2oz MACA COCOA JADE...soothe your soul with 148 magic lattes!

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    • SUPERFOOD LATTE WORKSHOP •

    Enjoy three hours of latte fun with Kuros. You will learn how to make some of SAKU's delicious latte drinks, get to know the health benefits of powdered tea, and take home a special mug + some superfood magic! SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2017 - 9AM to NOON @ SAKU tea in BELLINGHAM.

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    • SAKU CAFE KIT •

    A full pound of 3 of the six SAKU nutritious + delicious superfood latte mixes - a GOLD + a JADE + a RUBY of your choice! Perfect for a cafe or restaurant to start serving our blends! We'll ask for your choice when the campaign ends...makes 450 lattes!

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    • LOCAL SUPERFOOD PARTY •

    We will come to your festivities and blend up our superfood latte magic...hot, iced or spiked. You and your friends will be served, educated, and entertained for an evening - we are quite an interesting bunch (25 person limit, 150 mile radius from Bellingham).

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    • SAKU SUPERFOOD PARTY WEST •

    Get to know the SAKU team and our superfood latte blends. We will come to your party and blend up our latte magic...hot, iced or spiked. We will serve, educate, and entertain you and your friends - while there we will also market our blends to YOUR favorite cafes (25 person limit, West of the Rocky Mountains).

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    • SAKU SUPERFOOD PARTY EAST •

    Get to know the SAKU team and our superfood latte blends. We will come to your party and blend up latte magic...hot, iced or spiked. We will serve, educate, and entertain you and your friends - while there we will also market our blends to YOUR favorite cafes (25 person limit, East of the Rocky Mountains).

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