CA$ 11,223
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, July 25 2018 4:11 PM UTC +00:00.

The Mustard Seed Co-opBy The Mustard Seed Co-op
First created
The Mustard Seed Co-opBy The Mustard Seed Co-op
First created
CA$ 11,223
pledged of CA$ 10,000 goal
184
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, July 25 2018 4:11 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Mustard Seed is Hamilton’s only community-owned grocery store, located at 460 York Blvd. We are the best place in Hamilton to find local foods 7 days a week!  

What are we hoping to do?  

Many people have told us they’d like to meet up with friends to enjoy a coffee or end their run with a smoothie, but there aren’t any opportunities in our neighbourhood. So we're launching a café in our store! We'll of course have a focus on local fare, have indoor and outdoor seating, free WiFi, and we’ll be opening early at 7am to make your morning commute a little easier!

Building Hamilton's Food Scene  

The Co-op is part of Hamilton’s amazing food scene, and revitalizing our York Blvd neighbourhood. Our fair-trade espressos, smoothies, organic teas, and snacks won’t just be delicious, they’ll be part of connecting us to each other – and that’s what community means to us.  

Help us open our cafe next month!  

We are inviting you to help us open our community café. We have volunteers lined up to help create the space, but we need $10,000 for new equipment and supplies. This investment will create a beautiful space where the good things growing in our neighbourhood and region can be shared, in a space where are all welcome.

What will we be serving?

We are still developing our menu, but here are a few images from local drinks and foods that we already sell at the Co-op, which we hope to have on the menu at our new cafe:

Coming from #directtrade, #ethicallysourced beans this #smallbatchcoffee is cold steeped for 18 hours resulting in a smooth, less acidic profile, while also being nitrogen infused.
Coming from #directtrade, #ethicallysourced beans this #smallbatchcoffee is cold steeped for 18 hours resulting in a smooth, less acidic profile, while also being nitrogen infused.
A sampling of our baked goods from De La Terre, Roma Bakery, and more!
A sampling of our baked goods from De La Terre, Roma Bakery, and more!
Our local roasters at the Co-op include: Planet Bean Coffee, Relay Coffee, Coffeecology, Vintage Coffee Roasters, Manchester Coffee, and Detour Coffee.
Our local roasters at the Co-op include: Planet Bean Coffee, Relay Coffee, Coffeecology, Vintage Coffee Roasters, Manchester Coffee, and Detour Coffee.
We are still developing our menu for other snack options!
We are still developing our menu for other snack options!
Our Mustard Seed branded tshirts are only one of the rewards you can look forward to...
Our Mustard Seed branded tshirts are only one of the rewards you can look forward to...
We'll see you at the Co-op!
We'll see you at the Co-op!

Risks and challenges

There are many steps in a project like this, so we have turned to the local experts who helped launch Mulberry and Democracy cafes to develop our project plan. We have already confirmed zoning is appropriate for our new café use and that we have the right infrastructure in our currently building and outdoor spaces to make this work.

Our Operations Team has determined the best path forward with our point-of-sale provider to make sure checkout is quick and integrated with the rest of our inventory system. We are also looking at how to realign our bulk section to create indoor seating in part of its current space.

Other important factors our team has been working on include which of our current suppliers will be on the menu, and any new local producers and items we will be able to offer. We are looking to hire two great baristas to run the café.

At this point, we need to raise all $10,000 in order to open our café. If we don’t get enough funds, we won’t be able to open and so that is why your contribution is so critical.

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    Jump Starter

    Punch card for 5 x Free Coffee/Tea: Pre-order your first five 12oz fair-trade drip coffee orders (or tea) from our brand-new cafe, or share with a friend.

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    Tin Tin

    Mustard Seed Tin Mug & Specialty Latte: Sip your coffee in retro style with our new branded CO+OP tin mug and a specialty drink of choice from our new espresso machine. Tea lattes also apply!

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    Treat Yourself

    Punch card for 5x Specialty Latte + 5x Cafe Treats: Choose from a selection of lattes, cappuccino, infusions, cold brew, kombucha or shrubs along with you favourite DonutMonster treat, or cookie/croissant from De La Terre or Roma Bakery. Your pick! The punch card is good for 5 drinks along with 5 treats.

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    Co-op Pride

    Pick your favourite Co-op t-shirt to wear around town & also fill up a large Live Kombucha Growler with on on-tap selection of the week! The t-shirts are super-comfortable and made with organic cotton through Me to We in Toronto. The kombucha is made with love in Guelph.

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    Coffee Lover

    Great as a gift: Each bag includes your choice of fair trade coffee beans (12-14oz), a glass Joco mug, your choice of Co-op t shirt, AND a punch card to 5x drip coffee/tea,

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    Backyard Hero

    A tutorial of how to build a clay bake oven for less than $500 that will create the best pizza you can imagine! Pledge includes a 2-hr "how-to" workshop by the bake oven builders and a meal after of delicious bake oven pizza. Date of the workshop to be determined based on availability of attendees, with date options throughout August-Sept 2018. Workshop will take place in a Hamilton backyard. Each pledge is for 2 attendees.

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    Un'brie'lievable

    Learn how to make brie cheese that is full of flavour, in your own kitchen, using just milk, starter, vegetable rennet, bacteria, and salt! Each attendee will take home a kit which includes the ingredients for multiple batches so you can experiment at home, a cheese mold, and thermometer. Date of the workshop to be determined based on availability of attendees, with date options throughout September 2018. Workshop takes place in the Co-op kitchen. Each pledge is for 1-2 attendees.

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    Caffinated

    Free coffee at the Co-op Cafe everyday for a year! Valid for one 12oz coffee (or tea) per day - sorry, but these cannot be accumulated.

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    Eponymous

    Help us decide what to serve at the cafe! It could be your favourite recipe for a snack, specialty drink, or smoothie. Includes the naming rights for the offering of your choice! Note that the name needs to be approved by our team and cannot include corporate names. (Eponymous is an adjective that refers to the person, place, or thing that something else is named after.)

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