Update: Stretch goals!
Hey folks, while it looked as though the last 24 hours was going to be tight, we've hit our goal and are still climbing. This show of support requires us to stand up and push ourselves further to answer your call. Hitting £13000 means we should be able to move faster to work with the artisans who will help us turn our prototype into a reality. But we can do more:
Stretch Goal #1: Traveling Tea Time (£14000)
We want to meet as many like-minded people as possible during the summer months, which means hitting the streets. With these funds we can acquire the tables, signage, permits and most importantly travel pots to serve hot tea to find our flock of teastorks.
Stretch Goal #2: Tea Bike (£16000)
Something that you may not know about Bonnie is that she worked in a scenery shop before she worked in software development. What you may not know about Tom is that he fixed bicycles while playing professional football in Scotland. By their powers combined, we'd like to bring you Tea Bike: the eco-friendly, peddle-powered tea to the people machine. We feel there's no better way to get to know someone then over a nice cuppa, and a bicycle built for tea is just the way to meet up. These funds would support the design, build, and licensing fees for a street-legal tea bike.
Inspired by Hopworks - ours will obviously be kitted out a bit differently!
We believe that good tea should be a daily affair so we’ve started a company to deliver great tea right to your door so that you never run out.
Our awesome tea box holds 15 silky pyramid bags of premium, ethically sourced whole-leaf tea to give you the fullest flavour possible – without the hassle of loose leaf.
With teastorks, you can place a standing order for weekly delivery, or you can treat a friend to a single box. Not to mention, it fits through your letter box so that you never miss a delivery.
It's not just about delivering that soothing, uplifting, and healthful joy of a good cup, at teastorks we’re concerned with protecting the livelihoods and lands of the tea-growing communities around the world who we source from. For this reason, we work exclusively with suppliers that are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership. Our bags are biodegradable so they're environmentally friendly too.
Can’t decide which of our awesome teas you like best? No worries! You can choose up to three varieties in each box, or let us surprise you. Delivery is always free anywhere in the UK.
Our rewards (they make great gifts!)
To thank you for sharing our love of tea, we’ve come up with some fabulous swag that any true teastork would love. In addition to our delicious teas, we’ll thank you with hilarious tea-rex or “tea >coffee” shirts and mugs, and for really dedicated tea enthusiasts, we’re offering two chances to name your favorite of our teas.
So take a look at the right and the reward levels that meets your tea-need best. And for more information about the different teas we offer check out our full tea menu.
Getting a company off the ground takes time, money, and a passion. We’ve got the passion and we’ve made the time. Now we need the support of enough fellow tea enthusiasts to bring the wholesale cost down so that we can bring great tea to you at a remarkably reasonable price. If we raise £12,000 we’ll be able to:
- Meet the minimum order of tea required to keep our prices down
- Pay for the printing plates needed to make the special delivery boxes that enable free and always-guaranteed delivery
- Put the deposit down on the development of an easy to use website and payment system for future orders
And that's us, a group of tea loving students from Cambridge with a goal of making great tea is to come by.
More photos woop
Risks and challenges
With great tea, comes great responsibility. If all goes well, our trusty teastork will be winging its way to 2,500 homes this summer. Needless to say, with 15 teabags per box, we’ve got a lot of packing and posting to do!
Fortunately, in addition to loving tea, we also have strong backgrounds in operations and understand both the workload and logistical challenges involved.
On the tea side of things there's always a chance something goes wrong with one of our suppliers but in order to avoid the possibility of missing a delivery we've decided to source from multiple suppliers so that we are never fully reliant on just one.
We're ready for the challenge and look forward to getting this project started so that we can get this tea party started and continue to deliver you great tea.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Bonnie-Stork: My fellow Americans, how lovely to find you here! The internet makes England just a click away from California, but it's almost 13 hours as the stork flies. We'd love to send you a box, even a month's worth, but we'll have to ask you for a bit more to help cover the extra expense. Just pick the INTERNATIONAL BACKERS option for your reward.
This applies equally to the other 190+ countries out there - hope to hear from you soon!
Graham-Stork: Our pricing levels for the kickstarter are definitely higher than we anticipate the final product to be, and that's because your pledge is going a lot further than the just the reward. We're building teastorks from scratch, so in addition to purchasing ethically-sourced premium tea, your pledge will also fund the design and creation of both the first run of tea boxes and a beautiful and simple to use website. Not to mention you'll have the knowledge that you are making something special happen, for which we (and TeaRex) will be eternally grateful.
Graham-Stork: You can find our list of teas on our Tumblr page: http://teastorks.tumblr.com/our-teas
If you'd like us to rather email you the list, just ask.
Don't forget though, there is a reward to name one of these fine teas.
Currencies tend to change and every bank charges a slightly different rate for conversions, but our ballpark guess (informed by http://xe.com) are $20/$40 US Dollars or €15/€30 Euro
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