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The CORTIÇA mug is a porcelain travel mug wrapped and insulated with cork. It's 12 oz in size, sustainable, and eco friendly.
The CORTIÇA mug is a porcelain travel mug wrapped and insulated with cork. It's 12 oz in size, sustainable, and eco friendly.
1,486 backers pledged $64,739 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Robert, and I’ve been searching for the perfect travel mug for the last 15 years. The only travel mugs I could ever find in coffee shops were plastic or metal. I’ve always found that both metal and plastic mugs affect the taste of my coffee—which doesn’t fly. Also, considering the health risks associated with plastics and hot liquids, there was no way I was going to drink coffee out of a plastic container every day. I wanted to drink out of porcelain like I do at home. But, as my wife can attest, the porcelain mugs I took from home did not survive my truck, my shop, or my lifestyle. For years, I couldn’t find the perfect porcelain mug that could endure being taken on the go, so finally I decided to build it.

I’ve been building houses, furniture, and longboards for years. Recently, I started building my own fly rods and working with cork.  I realized that cork was the perfect material to insulate and protect a porcelain mug. Cork is a great product because it insulates to keep the coffee or tea hot, serves as a built-in coaster so you never have to worry about harming your furniture, and is impact resistant.

Also, cork and porcelain are two very natural products: bark and clay. Should your mug ever need to be thrown out, it will decompose and turn into fill, unlike metal or plastic that stay in the waste stream.

After many designs and prototypes, I’ve finally made the coffee mug that I wanted all these years.

In order to retain durability and accommodate years of usage, a BPA-free plastic provided the best solution for the lid material.  The lid will be inset so there will be no leakage, nor will it touch your mouth, making the contact time between plastic and the coffee or tea as minimal as possible.

PROTOTYPE (Patent Pending):

Location: Red Caboose Frozen Yogurt + Coffee

[THANKS TO THE RED CABOOSE FOR USE OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL COFFEE SHOP, CHECK 'EM OUT http://www.redcaboosefrozenyogurt.com]

 CAD INTERPRETATION:

https://www.facebook.com/corkcoffeemug

WHY $35,000?

We've been working with a high-quality manufacturer, and in order to keep cost low, we have to put in a minimum order of $35,000.  Our goal from the beginning was to create a quality product at a great price, and promising the manufacturer this minimum order allows us to do that.

Risks and challenges

We saw several risks at the very beginning of this project. We wanted to make sure we found the right high-quality manufacturer to not only help our project come to life, but also to keep costs low. With months of communication between us and the designers and manufacturers, we've tackled and eliminated those worries. Now, we're ready to roll.

The risks and challenges associated with the project once it's funded just include shipping time. We've tried to be very conservative with the shipping dates, but if something keeps that date from being pushed back, we plan on immediately updating all our backers with the shipping process and try to get everything sent out ASAP!

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    OH CANADA! 1 Cortica Mug shipped to Canada. We've finally secured a better pricing option to our friends up north!

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    The Three Pack, because you asked for it! 3 Cortica mugs shipped in the United States.

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    1 Cortica mug and 1 reclaimed wood pour-over stand Made in Montana.

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    The Four Pack, for those of you who can't handle a six-pack. 4 Cortica Mugs shipped in the United States.

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    Some of our favorite drinks come in 6-packs.
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    1 Cortiça mug and your own custom Made in Montana Fly Rod. We'll contact you about the specs you want, and you can hold your coffee cup in one hand, and catch fish with the rod that inspired it all in the other.

    (Mug delivery date is still Oct. 2014)

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    For your support, we want to get you two personalized Cortiça mugs, and work with you on two custom Made in Montana Fly Rods, each built to your specs. On top of that, we want to take you on an all inclusive guided fishing trip on the Flathead River in northwest Montana. You get here, we handle the rest.

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