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Join us in opening a bakery in Refshaleøen, bringing artisanal organic sourdough bread to this side of the Copenhagen harbour!
Join us in opening a bakery in Refshaleøen, bringing artisanal organic sourdough bread to this side of the Copenhagen harbour!
187 backers pledged DKK 219,398 to help bring this project to life.

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The space
The space

What?

The idea behind this space is to put the most flavourful and nutritious bread back on the table at affordable prices, complementing it with local and organic ingredients giving focus to craftsmanship around food products.

BAKERY + CAFE
The Bakery + Cafe will be open initially 5 days a week, letting guests experience throughout the day the process behind bread baking. There will be bread and pastries for sale, as well as coffee, tea, wine and a few dishes for an all day breakfast, lunch or tea.

DINNERS
Similar to a supper club, the dinners at the bakery will offer beautiful meals in long communal tables in the middle of a stunning bakery. The dinners will happen 3 nights a week and the menu will be set by Mia and Jesper, focusing on local seafood and seasonal organic produce.

CREATIVE EVENTS
From a desire to create a dynamic space, the bakery will host events mixing all sorts of mediums together; art, science music. Inviting djs to host dinners, or researchers to curate talks, artists to exhibit their works, as well as having the opportunity to create a platform for other current social and artistic movements.

Planning the kitchen
Planning the kitchen

Where?

After a year of searching spaces in Copenhagen, we have finally found the ideal place in Refshaleøn. A space that not only has a tradition for craftsmanship, today it hosts the SuperformLab from the Architecture School and back in the day it also used to be the B&W shipyard apprentice school - where Jesper's father studied to be a shipbuilder a few decades ago! Needless to say it is a beautiful, big space perfect for baking.

We are Jesper, Sara and Mia.

Jesper has been cooking for 10 years. He worked with Kristian Baumann for 4 years, initially at 1t.v then at noma, then as sous chef at 108. He was the one that developed 108’s bread program. He then went on pursuing his dream of becoming a baker and worked at Batting Bakery in Charlottenlund. He is currently working for Frederik Bille Brahe as co-Head Chef at Apollo, making their bread.

Mia has been cooking for 8 years. She started out in Australia working for Mark Best and has since then worked with James Lowe at Lyle’s, Magnus Nielsen at Faviken, Jeremy Charles in Newfoundland, and more recently alongside Kristian Baumann as Sous Chef of 108 in Copenhagen.

Sara has a Bachelor in Biochemistry, Master in Food Culture and Communication, minor studies in Environmental Economics and Politics, had her own food business in Rio de Janeiro, has worked for environmental NGO’s, restaurant Suppliers and was PR and Press Manager for restaurant 108 for the past year and a half.

Why crowdfunding?

The name "lille" is inspired by how we have decided to begin (lille means small in Danish)! Instead of turning to the usual route of investors and restaurant groups, our aspiration is that lille becomes almost like a grassroots movement starting from the bottom up, bringing together people that like us believe that quality should be for everyone! So we have decided to start as small as possible, with as little as possible and turn to crowdfunding to fund our oven - the biggest piece of equipment in the list :)

Jesper baking at Apollo bar
Jesper baking at Apollo bar

Budget

The money raised by our campaign will go towards funding our bread oven and a second hand bread mixer!

Timeline

We have already started working on the project, planing the building, pre-ordering equipment, visiting suppliers and working on the menu. Our goal is to be open in mid-May! So that gives us 2 months to have everything in order and to be ready to open our doors to greet all of you! We already have an amazing group of people who are dear to us helping us from lawyers, designers, architects and photographers - so we are confident we will meet our deadline! Our plan is to build a very minimal kitchen so we can get started as soon as possible in a low budget manner.

We move in the 26th of March and we will keep you updated with pictures and reports along the way. You can also follow us on our instagram @lillebakery!

The front door
The front door

If you would like to be involved in some other way, sponsor us or just chat some more about the project don't be shy and write to us! We are very open to any kind of input and help.

Risks and challenges

Turning to crowdfunding to open a bakery is somewhat unheard of in Copenhagen, so obviously there is some risk there - nonetheless we truly believe in the power of people and above all the power of bread! We would like to be a hopeful example to young people in the industry that you can make it in this crazy city!

Some of you might have been a part of opening a restaurant before (we have been part of a few already) so we know that delays, last minute challenges, especially when it comes to construction can be excruciatingly painful - and that is why we have kept the building super simple and small!

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    Pledge DKK 35 or more About US$ 5

    Every lille bit helps :)

    All our gratitude and love flowing your way, and a personal thank you video from us!

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    Let's have a Toast!

    Contribute to our "Yeast Affection Opening Party" and bring home a lille tote bag and tonne of good vibes.

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    I'd like to espresso my love for you

    10 coffees and a lille tote bag!

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    A Loaf Changing Experience!

    A lille picnic bag filled with bread and delicious goodies to enjoy with a friend or a lover ;) wherever you please! Coffee and juice included. Pick up on location - need to pre-order in advance.

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    • Picnic bag with bread, cheese, pickles, smoked fish & salad
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    Pledge DKK 420 or more About US$ 62

    Slice Slice Baby

    A 1 Month Bread subscription for offices or bigger families - 1 sourdough loaf AND 1 rye bread every week + coffee for the ride every time you pick up on location.

    Delivery only for Refshaleøn.

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    Breader Late Than Never

    A dinner for two (no drinks included) for you to relish between June to September. Dinners will happen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at our shared tables - need to book in advance (so we can make sure you get well taken care of :))

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    Pledge DKK 1,000 or more About US$ 149

    Fast Track Every Time!

    Don't miss the chance to be the first to book a seat in all our events for a whole year - pop-ups, art exhibitions, talks - you name it.

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    Pledge DKK 5,000 or more About US$ 743

    Best Friends Forever

    To show our gratitude we’ll send you a bottle of the best organic olive oil from Portugal (from Sara's family) + a small sourdough starter with instructions + our lille tote bag. And to let everyone know you helped us get where we are – your name will be displayed in the space . <3

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    Pledge DKK 12,000 or more About US$ 1,784

    Bready to Party?

    Rent the space for a spectacular private party with dinner for maximum 30 people (no drinks included) - you can have the space for 6 hours maximum, available only Wednesday to Sunday.

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    Pledge DKK 20,000 or more About US$ 2,974

    Super Generous Dough-nator

    First and foremost expect a lot of good juju flowing your way! We will profess our gratitude by making you an Honorary Guest for Life, have your name displayed in the space and shower you with coffee for free fo-re-ver – that’s right! You also get an invitation to join lille’s pre-opening dinner, our tote bag and all time fast track to book for dinners and all other events!

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    Pledge DKK 260 or more About US$ 39

    Another One Bites the Crust!

    A 1 Month Bread Subscription: 1 sourdough loaf OR 1 rye bread every week + coffee for the ride every time you pick up on location.

    Delivery available only for Refshaleøen!

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    The Brady Brunch

    A weekend brunch menu for two including coffee and juice at the bakery - (necessary to book or set a date so we can make sure you are looked after!)

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    The Best is Yet to Crumb

    Invitation for lille’s magic pre-opening dinner for two (no drinks included) and exclusive sneak peek before everybody else!

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Funding period

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