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Sea Level Bakery + Coffee needs your help to open an artisanal bakery and specialty coffee shop in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Sea Level Bakery + Coffee needs your help to open an artisanal bakery and specialty coffee shop in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
143 backers pledged $10,416 to help bring this project to life.

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Sea Level is an artisan bakery and specialty coffee company one block from the beach in Cannon Beach, OR. We take pride in baking from scratch daily using whole, fresh ingredients and old-world techniques. We are fanatical about every detail from seed to cup with our coffee. We prepare coffee sourced ethically from distinct regions that have been roasted in small batches to bring out the best nuances of each coffee. We source locally whenever possible and value direct trade relationships.

Sea Level is a place where you’ll be treated like family while enjoying quality baked goods and exceptional coffee in the salt air of Cannon Beach.

We need your help

We need to raise $10,000 in order to purchase our final baking and coffee equipment. Approximately one-third of the funding will go towards a slim pastry case which will enable us to improve the flow of service. We also intend to implement an honor coffee bar for folks looking for our house coffee without the line. Other exciting additions include a pourover coffee bar (arguably the simplest and cleanest way to draw out a coffee’s best qualities).

The slim pastry case and our espresso machine of choice (La Marzocco Linea)
The slim pastry case and our espresso machine of choice (La Marzocco Linea)

We can’t tell you how encouraging it’s been having so many folks come by the bakery as we’ve been working to get the space ready and let us know how excited you are about us opening soon. So, here’s your chance to help us open the doors!! This is our final funding push. Help us cross the finish line!

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About us

We (Liz and Jason) are the co owners of Sea Level Bakery + Coffee. Jason was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit his grandparents in France as a child. It quickly became an amazing routine to pick up fresh baguettes daily for the family meals.

Liz , Jason, and family outside the bakery the day the lease was signed
Liz , Jason, and family outside the bakery the day the lease was signed
Jason's grandparents in Normandie, France with fresh baguettes
Jason's grandparents in Normandie, France with fresh baguettes

Several years down the road, I (Liz) met Jason in France and we fell in love with each other and the dream of serving people quality baked goods and amazing coffee.

Liz in a Biarritz, France boulangerie, circa 2004
Liz in a Biarritz, France boulangerie, circa 2004

When we learned that Waves of Grain (former bakery in our location) was relocating to Portland, we jumped at the opportunity. We are passionate about bread and coffee, but we equally love Cannon Beach. This is truly a star aligning moment in our lives.

Thanks

There have been so many people that have come alongside us to get us this far. We wouldn't be this close to launching without each and every one of you. Your encouragement and wisdom has spurred us on through the difficult times. We would especially like to thank our entire family who have been there through thick and thin. From the amazing bathroom countertop and sink, to the wood countertops, we are very thankful for all you've done for us. Although there are so many others who have supported us through this process, we would like to call out a few extra special people:

  • Cosmin: Simply put, Sea Level would not exist without you
  • Tyler Cunningham: Amazing work on the video (you should get some better actors next time!)
  • Sara Walston: Thanks for being an auntie to our girls
  • Meyer's and Ward's: Can't believe how much you've shared with us
  • Dave: Do you typically get "down and dirty" in a crawl space for friends of your girlfriend?
  • Bill Leong: Amazing generosity!
  • John Newman and Scott Neuman: Your industry wisdom is priceless
  • Beautiful Eulogy: Thanks for letting us use the your song "Cello from Portland"
  • John from Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals: We are very grateful for your contribution of the Sandcastle Condo
  • Sleepy Monk: The coffee wood boxes are awesome
  • Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals: Thank for contributing the great Cannon Beach blankets

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Risks and challenges

We are on a very tight timeline to open Sea Level Bakery + Coffee by mid-March. Any delays in ordering and/or installing equipment are obstacles we'll have to overcome with creativity and flexibility. We are building out the space with this specific equipment in mind. Stumptown Coffee Roasters will be overseeing the installation of our coffee equipment. Stumptown has been providing support and expertise throughout the build out process.

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FAQ

  • YES! We are very in-tune with the gluten-free (GF) "world" because we have close family members with intolerances and special dietary restrictions. We have a goal to produce several tantalizing GF products to meet this need and are honing a blend of alternative flours.

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    Townshend's Tea Gift Sampler (contains four tins of Townshend's most popular teas: Crème de la Earl Grey, Alberta Street Chai, Silver Tip Jasmine, and After Dark) + Sea Level mug

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    Sleepy Monk Coffee Wood Box (includes bag of Sleepy Monk's Monastery blend) + listed as backer on our website

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    10 drinks + 10 pastries + Sea Level t-shirt + Sea Level mug + listed as backer on our website

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    Special bread baking class with Sea Level bakers where you'll learn the fundamentals of artisanal bread and techniques suitable for home. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 5 – 8 PM. You'll also be listed as a backer on our website.

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    Cannon Beach Blanket + two free drinks + two free pastries + Sea Level t-shirt + Sea Level mug + listed as backer on our website

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    One night stay at a Cannon Beach Hotel Lodgings hotel + two drinks + two pastries + Sea Level t-shirt + Sea Level mug + listed as backer on our website (Not valid between the dates of June 15 – September 30. Excludes holidays, holiday weekends, and Cannon Beach festival weekends. Expires 3/6/15)

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    Private coffee cupping with Sea Level staff for up to six people + listed as backer on our website. (date tbd based on mutually agreeable time)

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    2 night stay in a 2 bed, 2 bath ground floor unit at the Sandcastle Condo (blocks from Sea Level and across the street from the beach) with kitchen + Cannon Beach Blanket + Sea Level t-shirt + Sea Level mug + one drink + one pastry + listed as backer on our website (date based on condo availability)

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    One drink every day for an entire year + Sea Level t-shirt + Sea Level mug + listed as backer on our website

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Funding period

- (14 days)