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We designed an eco-friendly food trike. Help us finish building two tricycles to serve coffee on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.

We are bringing Solar Roast coffee to Columbus, with our first café opening in Hilliard this August.  We want to start serving coffee in the under-caffinated areas of our city.  Our tricycles are small enough to serve directly on the sidewalk, too.  Help us finish building two eco-friendly coffee trikes and support our Kickstarter project.   

The coffee we serve is roasted with the heat generated from concentrated sunlight.  Roasted in Pueblo, Colorado, the brothers that invented the Helios solar consentrators used to roast the beans have made their technology openly available for a variety of uses.  We take inspiration from their mission, adopting the same philosophy of reducing environment impact and consider it in all that we do.  For that reason we believe tricycles are the most efficient and convenient ways to serve coffee, especially in areas that do not have coffee available!!!

We need help finishing the second tricycle and adding solar panels to each of the tricycles.  Our Kickstarter campaign to collect $1,500 will give us enough money to build each tricycle.  Anything additional allows us to buy a trailer and make further additions to the trike.  

We want to share what we are doing with you, whether you are in Columbus or not.  We have rewards that let you try the coffee we are so proud of bringing to Columbus!  Your contributions allow us to finish our eco-friendly tricycle project by August 15 and immedietly start making coffee service more convenient in downtown Columbus.

About the Street Brew trikes!

We designed the tricycles based on available parts and materials!  Because we have a light frame without any heavy appliances, the frame does not require structural modifications to be used for our trikes.  

Each tricycle is going to be able to serve for 2 hours without refueling, coffee.  It will be operated by pedals and solar panels, making it perfect for mobile coffee service.  We plan to equip each trike with on-board brewers so we can extend coffee service and stay full during the busiest times of day.

For now we are taking the trike around on a truck, once we get more than two out on a daily basis we will purchase a trailer to haul the bikes around.  If the Kickstarter campaign is a wild success, we will be able to purchase the trailer immedietly.

What we need the money for

Metal - the bikes don't use a lot of it, but we do need to buy enough aluminum to build the serving box for the second trike.  We build the bikes in such a way that there is minimal waste and we re-use as much as we can.

Solar Panels -  After our first day, we realized we need to be able to constantly brew coffee.  We want to brew right on the bike.  One small solar panel will be enough to power a small brewer on each trike.

Fabricator - We did pretty good on the first bike, but we want the second one to look perfect.  We need to pay a fabricator for a few hours to do some welding and metal work.  That will be the finishing touches (and if you know a great fabricator, email their contact info to Blair ( blair@solar-cafe.com ).

We hope you can donate, even $1 is awesome.  Our beans and coffee is our own production and the trikes are our own design.  Let's kickstart this project!

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You can read more about Solar Café's Street Brew Tricycle project on our website - www.solar-cafe.com

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    Every little bit helps, thank you! We want to give you a cup of coffee when you come visit our Street Brew trikes. If you live outside of Columbus, we will mail you a sample to make your own pot of Solar Roast Coffee.

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    Above + Throwing $5 at the project will put you on the supporter page of our website with a link to any website you choose (non-offensive destination, of course).

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    Above + For backers who can put $15 towards the Street Brew trike project, we will send you a 12 oz package of our Solar Roast coffee beans to any where in the United States. PLUS!!! We are going to write you a haiku. Yup, 100 haiku's and we will publish them in an ebook for everyone to download a haiku about you based on your hometown. Our Kickstarter Haiku we will write for you Kickstarters that contribute every dollar helps

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    $25 backers, your generosity will help us outfit the tricycles with solar panels. That good feeling you get from helping people is nice, but we wanted to reward you with a pair of 12 oz bags of our Solar Roast coffee. $25 backers are rewarded with Above + a second 12 oz package of our Solar Roast Coffee.

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    Everything included with the $25 level + Join our invitation only family and friends party where we will open the café for one night to celebrate. Be our guest and enjoy all you can on us!

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    We appreciate your generous backing of our Street Brew Trike build project. Your reward is Above + pair of Solar Café Street Brew coffee mugs, made exclusively for our $75+ backers. Thats a lot of great stuff for $75! You also get everything at the $50 reward level (party invite, beans, thank you on supporters page) These are the same mugs we use in our café, emblazoned with a special kickstarter design.

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    Party at your place!!! For $100 backers, will come to your place and setup shop for up to four hours!!! . Unlimited amount of coffee can be server (you just have to pay for it). You are also on listed at the top of our supporters page. (first to back, first on the list. $100 and $250 backers will be ordered together based on time of backing!) Organizers gets two bags of our solar roasted coffee! Email us if there are any questions blair@solar-cafe.com This reward is for those in the greater Columbus area. Not sure, email blair@solar-cafe.com

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    To back us with $250, we really can't thank you enough for your generosity! We will try by bringing Street Brew to your place and serve coffee for up to 100 of your closest friends, or whoever. Its on us. This is a crazy good deal. We will come to your office, home, wherever you want us. We serve our great coffee for two hours, we clean up, and we disappear into the late morning (or whatever time you want to have us over.) Be right at the top of our supporters list. (first to back the project, first on the list. $100 and $250 backers will be ordered together based on time of backing!) Organizer gets two bags of our solar roast coffee and a pair of mugs. Plus. . . YOU GET TO NAME ONE OF OUR TRIKES!!! We will put your name or logo on one of our first two trikes and when we tweet the location, the name will be in the hashtag (imagine your twitter handle posted every time we head out to serve coffee). You also get everything at the $50 reward level (party invite, beans, thank you on supporters page). This reward is for those in the greater Columbus area. Not sure, email blair@solar-cafe.com

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