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Combining the crafts of coffee and textiles with organic cotton pourover coffee filters
Combining the crafts of coffee and textiles with organic cotton pourover coffee filters
Combining the crafts of coffee and textiles with organic cotton pourover coffee filters
228 backers pledged $18,401 to help bring this project to life.

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Ebb – Reusable Coffee Filters from Seed to Cup

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Ebb is its cloth. With a few stitches, that cloth becomes one of the finest coffee filters available. For the last few years, we’ve been making Ebb in small batches in our studio in Oakland, California from cloth sourced from our regular vendors. 

With the support of our community, we’re ready to take it to the next level. 

With our knowledge of the textile industry–and our friends’ knowledge of coffee–we developed a filter that is easy to use and makes delicious coffee. 

FROM SEED TO CUP WITH OUR PARTNERS

The next stages of Ebb would not be possible without our partners–a mill in South Carolina and an organic cotton farm in Texas. We spent the last year going back and forth between the mill and local baristas who have helped us develop a better fabric for filtering coffee. We have nailed down the specs and are ready to move forward. 

We believe that knowing the makers of our textile goods is as important as understanding the route of food from farm to table. 

That's why we went out of our way to have the cloth made from scratch by people who answer the phone themselves when we call. We're grateful for our partners and their commitment to healthy lands and communities. 

Organic cotton crop in Texas where our filters' journey will begin
Organic cotton crop in Texas where our filters' journey will begin
A loom in the South Carolina mill
A loom in the South Carolina mill

WHY HELP US PURCHASE THE FABRIC?

  • Coffee filtered through cloth is delicious 
  • Our planet needs all the love it can get 
  • Supporting us through this Kickstarter will help us grow our sustainability and community-focused design studio

Coffee is an integral part of our lives. We want coffee daily and we want it to be good. We set out to create a coffee filter from seed to cup because we had a hunch that the right cloth could brew even more delicious coffee. It was more than a hunch. South Americans have brewed pourover coffee through cloth long before paper filters had been imagined, and our Brazilian-born founder knew this.

We’re making coffee filters from seed to cup, not because of some precious glorification of our morning ritual. We’re doing it because problem-solving can be fun. As designers, we must offer better alternatives to resource-wasting single-use products. Let's leave our trees where they are to solve our planets carbon imbalance. Let's filter our coffee with something that lasts longer and helps us get our days started right.

WHAT ARE THE BIG BUCKS FOR?

We've turned to Kickstarter (and to you) to help us get over the hurdle of purchasing our custom-made fabric to meet the mills minimums. The campaign will help us with the 3 Ps–purchase, produce and package! That is, purchase the fabric, produce and package the first batch of filters so that we can get them out into the world in a bigger way. Here's how every penny earned through this campaign will be used.

Help us get to higher goals. 

Our Kickstarter goal is the minimum we need to take the next big step, but here are a few of the things we are ready for if our campaign is overfunded.

MEET OUR FILTERS

THE REWARDS

EBB PENCILS  We love our pencils! Made specifically for this Kickstarter, they are printed on a 1960s Kingsley Hot Foil Press by CW Pencil Enterprise in New York City. They are a deep forest green and printed with gold foil. 

EBB FILTERS (1 or 3)  What this entire campaign is about – Ebb filters! They come individually packaged whether you choose 1 or 3, which makes them ideal for gifting as well as back-stock for the year. Take a moment now to decide which filter you want. Choose between #2, the new #4, V-60- or Chemex-style filters. We'll be in touch to gather that information. 

Our packaging was truly a team effort, with illustrations by artist Maria Schoettler, logo design by our friend Brita Thompson, and the keen eye of graphic designer Chelsey Dyer to pull it all together. We're proud to offer this beautiful collaboration in 100% compostable packaging!

COFFEE TOWEL A dish towel that doubles as brew guide. We call it a coffee towel! It's made from organic cotton (same as our filters), but what makes this towel so darn cute are the illustrations by our friend Maria Schoettler. Taken straight from our brew guide, you'll never miss a step in brewing. Our coffee towels will be printed in Oakland by artist and printer PapaLlama.

WALNUT BASE  We've always liked the V60, but that plastic attachment that keeps it propped on a cup, not so much. Artist and designer, Hannah Beatrice Quinn, designed and will be producing our Walnut Bases in her San Francisco studio. Made specifically for a V60 glass dripper. It's gorgeous and a perfect fit–no wobbling! 

THE BARISTA Like yourself a neat apron? Who doesn't? The Barista apron is a new design being released here on Kickstarter first. Using an 11oz. hemp and organic cotton blend, we designed an apron that is durable, will hold up against coffee stains and safely keep all your essentials near you at all times. Machine wash and dry safe. Air dry recommended for a vastly longer life!

About Zero-Waste: Other than the amazing fabric, this is a zero-waste design, meaning no waste was produced in the making of the apron. Notice the unusual shapes of the pockets? That's because we use the cut-away from the armholes to make our pockets without a millimeter going to waste.

CONSULTATION AND STUDIO VISIT  As a consumer, it's hard enough to know where to begin to search and find sustainable products that are in line with our core ethics. As a designer, it can be even more challenging. There are barriers to entry in the textile industry that are truly challenging to overcome especially if you're looking to source sustainable textiles. In one hour, let's talk in person at the GDS studio about how your products can align with your vision.

THE DESIGN STUDIO

GDS CLOTH GOODS is a design and production studio responsibly creating staple pieces for wear and use. It’s our mission to bridge food and fashion through design, sewing and better materials. Our production is done in-house in batches giving us full control over quality and direct contact with the people who produce the work.

The founder of GDS, Geana Sieburger, is the designer (and often the sewer) of the products that are created at the studio. She has over 10 years experience working with the textile industry and a lifetime of passion for materials. She is an advocate of sustainable fashion, something present across the GDS collection of aprons and clothing for people who make their own lives.

Questions? Leave a comment here or email us at mail@gdsclothgoods.com. For updates on the project, you can join the newsletter on our website.

You can also follow us on Instagram @gdsclothgoods and @ebbfilter.

photo: Paige Green
photo: Paige Green

PROJECT CREDITS

Ebb was created with the support of a community. We could not be here today without collaborators, mentors, friends and family who never stopped cheering for Ebb. Here's the growing team of supporters who have pushed this project forward:

Alex Bowman - illustration
Alise Anderson - video
Allie Cope, Blue Bottle Coffee - recipe development
Ashley Rodriguez, Boss Barista - recipe development
Benjamin Brewer, Blue Bottle Coffee - early on research + testing
Brita Thompson - logo design
Chelsey Dyer - graphic design
Ghostfotographics - photography + video
Maria Schoettler - artwork

Learn more about our friends and supporters on our website.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR REWARD COLLABORATOR

Maria Schoettler is an artist and illustrator based out of Oakland, California. She is best known for her “Eat Local” produce calendar, a month-by-month guide to seasonal eating. That project opened the way for a whole array of illustrated goods, all of them little tributes to the beauty of natural things and the pleasures of a life lived healthily and sustainably.

PapaLlama is the print studio of Risa Culbertson, maker of greeting cards for smart-asses, sassy-pants, goof-balls, and introverts. Her line is expanding to include USA screenprinted totes, pouches, and other fun things like the letterpressed Dating Deck and Parking Critique set – a good laugh no longer just has to be done with a card.

Hannah Beatrice Quinn is an artist, designer and maker based in San Francisco. Working primarily in wood and metal her work incorporates the idea of “Play” using color and form. Her work transforms everyday objects into functional art that is playful and interactive.

We're excited to connect with the Kickstarter community!

UPDATED KICKSTARTER EVENTS SCHEDULE

Kickstarter Live A Conversation w/ designer Hannah Beatrice Quinn Saturday 3/17 at 12:30 PT

Temescal Farmers' Market: Sunday 3/18 from 9-1PM, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Kickstarter Live A Conversation w/ Benjamin Brewer of Blue Bottle Coffee Monday 3/19 at 2:30PM PT

Kickstarter Live A Conversation w/ Artist Maria Schoettler Wednesday 3/21 at noon PT

Temescal Farmers' Market Sunday 3/25 from 9-1PM, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Kickstarter Live Countdown Friday 3/30 at 1:30PM PT

Check back for more Kickstarter events.

Risks and challenges

One of the risks we face is during fabric production. Weaving fabric isn't an exact science. Even with mostly industrial processes, inconsistencies can occur. We're realistic about this, and we're not new to it. In our ten years of experience working with a variety of fabrics and textile companies we've learned that clear communication goes a long way. Our fabric producer is an expert in the field and we'll be there during the most critical part of production to guarantee that our filters are up to our standards.

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    VIRTUAL GRATITUDE

    We're grateful for every dollar towards our goal! We'll let you know how important you are to our mission through social media and a contributors page on our website.

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    EBB PENCIL + THANK YOU CARD

    Our pencils are made in Shelbyville, Tennessee and stamped by CW Pencil Enterprise in New York City using a 1960s Kingsley Hot Foil Press!

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    EBB FILTER + PENCIL

    We'll send you an Ebb filter and a custom printed pencil. Choose from V60, Chemex, #2 and #4 styles.

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    3 EBB FILTERS

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    COFFEE TOWEL + EBB FILTER

    Artist Maria Schoettler is the creator of the illustrated brew guide that comes with every Ebb filter. We partnered once more to bring you an organic cotton coffee towel that doubles as brew guide. Our coffee towels are printed by the one and only PapaLlama in Oakland, CA!

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    WALNUT BASE + EBB FILTER

    Designer Hannah Beatrice Quinn made us our V60 dripper base. We love it and you will too! Made from walnut in San Francisco.

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    THE BARISTA APRON + EBB FILTER

    A classic apron for brewing coffee, cooking, pottery-making, gardening or any other handiwork. Made from an 11 oz. hemp and organic cotton denim. Plus an Ebb filter of your choice.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    STUDIO VISIT + 1 HOUR DESIGN CONSULTING

    If you're a designer or product-maker and want to put your idea into production in more environmental ways, this may be the reward for you. Let's talk about how waste-reducing techniques and sustainable fabric sourcing can change your product from ordinary into something that makes a positive impact.

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