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Storied Coffee plans an inviting specialty coffee shop in the Village of Scotia dedicated to quality, craft, and customer connection.
Storied Coffee plans an inviting specialty coffee shop in the Village of Scotia dedicated to quality, craft, and customer connection.
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We want to breathe new life into a former bakery to create a home for Storied Coffee, a modern specialty coffee shop for the Schenectady area. Storied celebrates craft in food and beverage and is excited to offer some of the area's highest quality specialty products through partnerships with Kru Coffee, Yesfolk Tonics, Short and Stout Tea Co., Cider Belly Doughnuts, and more.

Rendering of Future Storied Coffee
Rendering of Future Storied Coffee

We envision a comfortable, uniquely inviting atmosphere in which people can learn about coffee and other specialty items without ever feeling like they don't belong. We want guests to always know they are valued and to feel like Storied Coffee is their home!

WHY A (SPECIALTY) COFFEE SHOP?

Rich (co-owner) grew up in the Schenectady area, specifically the Village of Scotia. He remained in the Capital Region and found himself, along with Christine, his wife and co-owner, gravitating toward certain kinds of coffee shops. The more they learned about coffee, the more they realized it was a certain approach to coffee and a certain shop environment that drew the crowds to these places day after day.

Most Capital Region coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants use one of two large area coffee roasting companies, including all of Schenectady's popular coffee shops. Only a handful of companies (four?? six?!) in the entire Capital Region use coffee from more "specialty" or "third-wave" (modern) coffee roasters, and none are in the Schenectady area. 

The specialty shops we've found in Albany, Troy, and Saratoga have encouraged a love affair with coffee that we can't ignore, and have drawn us deep into specialty coffee as both an industry and a movement.

Our appreciation for craft now extends to other specialty product companies and we're excited to feature some of the area's best-loved businesses in our shop. We want to help elevate the standard for artisan beverages, food, and goods in the Capital Region and beyond. Schenectady is where we hope to start.

Specialty is at the heart of what we do. To us, this means quality above artificial flavors and frills. We'll offer premium espresso beverages made-to-order, hot and cold coffees, teas, kombucha, and bubble teas including traditional powdered versions as well as our own "natural" boba milk tea made without powders. Plus baked goods and other popular coffee shop fare!

We've personally invested all we can into the business - around $20,000. It will take an additional $20,000-$30,000 to bring our vision to life! The money we raise through our Kickstarter will go directly toward renovating a former bakery in the Village of Scotia, five minutes from the heart of downtown Schenectady, NY. 

Former Home Town Bakery at 109 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia, future home of Storied Coffee. Photo by Woody
Former Home Town Bakery at 109 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia, future home of Storied Coffee. Photo by Woody

The work we have to do includes building an ADA-compliant bathroom, updating plumbing, tearing out partition walls, framing new walls in other places, updating electrical and lighting, and of course building, wiring and plumbing the coffee bar. We're working with people who are invested in us and willing to give us great prices, but we still can't do it alone.

Interior of 109 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia, NY
Interior of 109 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia, NY

We have secured our building, put money down on specialty coffee equipment and other appliances, and invested in getting our business operational via pop-ups. Your support will get us within reach of opening a storefront hopefully in the next two-three months!

To us, Kickstarter is a fun way to invite our community to truly be part of the process and to offer something, however simple, as a way of saying thank you for sharing this experience with us.

When small businesses collaborate, everyone wins. These area businesses inspire us beyond words and we're honored to have them on board in creating this specialty experience in the Schenectady area.

The Coffee

We're partnering with Kru Coffee, a Saratoga-based roasting company and cafe. Kru might be most in tune with the specialty coffee industry of anyone we've met in the area. We're inspired by their attention to detail in coffee roasting and brewing and we're stoked to be trained by them and feature their coffees in our shop.

The Tea
Short and Stout Tea Co. strives for excellence in both tea craft and customer service. With a flagship store in Guilderland, NY and their new Limited location in Crossgates Mall, they're family-owned/operated and feature over 130 loose-leaf teas for sale along with signature CRAFTeas, bubble teas, and much more.

Yesfolk Tonics is a Troy-based craft-fermented beverage company specializing in single-origin kombucha. They are making a name for themselves in the Capital Region and beyond and we've dreamed of having their kombucha on tap since day one.

The Boba
Inspired by our partnership with Short & Stout, we wanted to offer delicious bubble tea to the local Schenectady area. We'll offer traditional milk tea flavors made with powders as in most boba shops, but along with this "Traditional Milk Tea", we'll offer our own "Natural Milk Tea" which will simply feature varieties of brewed tea along with milk, sugar, and tapioca pearls or other boba. 

The Curated Corner
We've planned for a dedicated retail area and we'd love to invite other NYS businesses to feature their one-of-a-kind products on two sets of shelves in our shop on a monthly-rotational basis. They'd be invited to place products, host a reception, offer discounts to their customers who also shop with us, and other creative perks. We celebrate local artisanship and see this as a way to connect our shop to a bigger movement.

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Big thanks to our bro Rob for shooting footage with us literally all day!

Edited by Rich Sarnacki / Storied Coffee
Filmed by Robert Monroe
Song: "Ladders"
Music by: @dcuttermusic / http://www.davidcuttermusic.com

Risks and challenges

Risks include the potential for additional unseen costs to arise in our build-out. We feel we have a pretty good handle on what to expect as we've met with various contractors and inspectors in the planning process but anything is possible. We are working to secure other grants and/or micro-loans that may be available to help offset the costs of updating our building.

We have yet to undergo various permit processes and these make a project subject to delays. We have, however, met with various representatives of respective departments in the planning process and are continuing to prepare material to submit at the appropriate time. They include building and plumbing permits and health department permits.

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    Behind the Scenes

    Get a link to deleted scenes from our Kickstarter video. Includes conversations about vision, approach, and more from Storied and our product partner companies Kru, Short & Stout and Yesfolk.

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    Our First Custom Coffee + Sticker

    It's designed to be sweet, balanced and full-bodied, perfect for a range of coffee drinkers.

    Our first custom coffee developed in partnership with our roaster, Kru Coffee!

    We'll send you a bag along with a Storied sticker to say thanks for your support.

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    Custom Black Bubble Tea Blend + Sticker

    We've developed a blend of black teas to be used in our "natural" boba milk teas in the shop. It's strong and malty and blends well with milk!

    We'll send you a bag along with a Storied sticker to say thanks for your support.

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    Storied Coffee T-shirt + Sticker

    Limited edition - available only through the Kickstarter!

    Features stylized "Storied Coffee" print. Includes Storied sticker.

    Pick your shirt size when the Campaign ends.

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    MiiiR Camp Cup + Bag of Coffee + Sticker

    These 12 oz metal mugs with hard plastic sip-through lid keep things hot or cold for a long, long time. Coupled with our first custom coffee roast developed in partnership with Kru Coffee, you'll be ready for any adventure.

    MiiR prints a "Give Code" on the bottom of every mug that you can input on their website to support partner projects in developing areas.

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    MiiR Camp Cup + Bag of Tea + Sticker

    These 12 oz metal mugs with hard plastic sip-through lid keep things hot or cold for a long, long time. Coupled with our custom blend of black teas for use in our "natural" boba milk tea, you'll be ready for any adventure.

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    Swag Pack

    Get a "Storied" customized MiiR Camp Cup, a bag of our first custom coffee roast developed in partnership with Kru Coffee, a bag of our custom black boba tea blend, a Storied Coffee T-shirt, and a sticker!

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    VIP Pre-Opening Party + Swag Pack

    All the espresso, tea, bubble tea and donuts you can consume at our pre-opening VIP event!

    Plus, take home a Swag Pack.

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    Super Swag Pack

    Get two custom MiiR Camp Cups, two bags of our first custom coffee roast developed in partnership with Kru Coffee, two bags of our custom boba black tea blend, two Storied shirts, and two stickers!

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    Ultimate Swag Pack

    Get THREE custom MiiR Camp Cups, THREE bags of our first custom coffee roast developed in partnership with Kru Coffee, THREE bags of our custom boba black tea blend, THREE Storied shirts, and THREE stickers!

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    Name Your Menu Item

    Work with us to create a custom menu item! Or simply claim your favorite coffee shop treat for yourself. Honor someone you love by naming it after them! Plus, get it free anytime for our first year.

    Plus, take home a swag pack!

    *Naming subject to family-friendliness check

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    1-Year Coffee/Tea Subscription + Mugs

    We'll set you up with a monthly coffee or tea shipment, plus two Storied MiiR Camp Cups to share the deliciousness with a friend.

    You'll get an approx. 12 oz bag of coffee or 2-3 oz bag of tea shipped to your door every month for a year from our selection of coffees and teas.

    Want coffee one month and tea the next? Just let us know! We'll automatically send the same thing as the previous month unless you change your order.

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    Personal Boba Bar

    We'll travel within 2-3 hours of Albany to bring you bubble tea and iced coffee bevs for up to two hours and up to 20 people!

    Includes one item per person. Additional items subject to availability.

    Comes with a Swag Pack for you!

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    Personal Coffee & Donuts Pop-up

    We'll travel within 2-3 hours of Albany to bring you coffee, tea and donuts for up to two hours and up to 25 people!

    Includes one beverage and one donut per person. Additional items subject to availability.

    Comes with a Swag Pack for you!

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    Personal Shop Party

    We'll host you and 25 of your friends for a private event for two hours inside Storied Coffee!

    Includes an open espresso and boba bar, taco or burrito bar, and doughnuts for all!

    Take a few Swag Packs, too. You deserve 'em!

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    Founding Member's Club: 1-Year

    Join the Founding Member's Club! Get these perks:

    SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO TRIP (BOSTON).
    Join us in Boston (April 11-14, 2019) for the annual Specialty Coffee Expo, a global coffee trade show (http://coffeeexpo.org/). WE'LL COVER YOUR REGISTRATION (travel, housing, and food not included) and hang with you all week as we meet our coffee heroes and get stoked out on the specialty coffee industry. We'll hit tons of coffee shops, learn as much as we can about the industry and how to improve our craft, and generally just have a dang ol' good time.

    VIP LAUNCH PARTY INVITE.
    You're obviously a VIP. Join us at the VIP Pre-Opening Party!

    ANY MENU ITEM - ANYTIME.
    Help yourself (actually, let us serve you) to ANY MENU ITEM available anytime during our FIRST YEAR of business (from opening day of shop). Cold brew (nitro cold brew if we have it!), kombucha, specialty lattes. Your daily coffee prepared fresh for you for free. Bagels, muffins, or quiche. If we've got it, you can have it!

    1-YEAR COFFEE & TEA SUBSCRIPTION.
    We'll throw in a monthly coffee/tea subscription good for the year (see reward description above).

    IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS.
    Bring a friend by and offer to get theirs for them. Flash your membership card like a boss.

    SWAG PACKS.
    We'll throw in a couple swag packs so you can share the love.

    SHOP PARTY OR COFFEE/BOBA BAR.
    Choose from the options above (Coffee & Donuts Pop-up, Boba Bar, or Personal Shop Party) and we'll work with you to set up your event!

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    Founding Member's Club: Lifetime

    You've proven your dedication. Enjoy these perks!

    SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO TRIP (BOSTON).
    Join us in Boston (April 11-14, 2019) for the annual Specialty Coffee Expo, a global coffee trade show (http://coffeeexpo.org/). WE'LL COVER YOUR REGISTRATION (travel, housing, and food not included) and hang with you all week as we meet our coffee heroes and get stoked out on the specialty coffee industry. We'll hit tons of coffee shops, learn as much as we can about the industry and how to improve our craft, and generally just have a dang ol' good time.

    VIP LAUNCH PARTY INVITE.
    You're obviously a VIP. Join us at the VIP Pre-opening Party!

    ANY MENU ITEM - ANYTIME.
    Tea, kombucha, boba, specialty lattes or cold brew. Or nitro cold brew! Your morning coffee every day - prepared fresh for you, for free. Bagels, doughnuts, and scones. Quiche! Affogatos! It's all yours, friend! Whenever we have it, whenever you want it, always free.

    UNLIMITED BAGGED COFFEE AND TEA.
    You'll always be stocked for home brewing. Snag a bag of coffee or tea anytime you want (subject to availability). Never worry about your Christmas shopping again!

    FIRST ACCESS TO (FREE) STORIED MERCH.
    We've got new mugs? You've got first dibs. New shirts? Take one! Free Storied merch to keep you looking fresh.

    HOME-BREWING GEAR HOOK-UPS.
    Get sweet deals on home-brewing (or steeping) equipment offered for sale in the shop. We can't necessarily give these items away, but we'll try to hook you up.

    EVENT CATERING HOOK-UPS.
    Got an event(s)? Let's get you set up with a sweet coffee or boba bar (subject to availability). We might ask you to cover some production costs but we'll work with you to keep it as low-cost as possible. (That's event(s). As in multiple. As in any time we can hook you up.)

    IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS.
    Bring a friend by and offer to get theirs for them. Flash your membership card like a boss.

    SWAG PACKS.
    We'll throw in couple swag packs so you can share the love.

    SHOP PARTY.
    Let's throw a party for you and your friends at the shop sometime. See the "Personal Shop Party" description above.

    ANYTHING ELSE?
    Got an idea for a sweet perk you'd like to include? Suggest it. We might just say yes to a founding member at this level.

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