STRETCH GOAL REACHED!!!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way (word of mouth, financially, and/or thoughts and prayers)! To celebrate the campaign's success we added a stretch goal of $33k, which has now been reached. We will now be adding a free gift to each reward regardless of its size. The free gift is an artistic print done by the artist formerly (and still) known as Kevin Tudball. The print is from one of our original brainstorm sessions for Steeped Coffee. See image in Rewards section.
New People love coffee. Coffee has become an important part of our lives, our routines, waking us up, and simply taking a relaxing moment to ourselves.
Steeped Coffee brings you the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee with our fully compostable single-serve bags. Steeped Packs replace the need for wasteful pods, expensive machines, and time-consuming homebrewing equipment. And for the first time, this new brewing method combines the quality and ethics of specialty coffee with the convenience of a single serving.
Whether you’re at home, at work, or on-the-go, Steeped Coffee now makes it possible to have the best quality cup of coffee anywhere, anytime. This direct trade specialty coffee, locally roasted in small batches, is precision ground, pre-measured in single servings, and comes in a special filter bag with a string and tag. Each portion is delivered in a fully compostable nitro sealed packet for freshness, essentially halting the coffee’s aging process so it’s like it was ground just moments ago.
"It might be hard for a coffee enthusiast to imagine a day where a pre-ground, pre-portioned, and pre-packed coffee actually tastes amazing... and is actually convenient... and is actually sustainable—but it's here. And we are excited to bring this next generation coffee experience to even the most passionate of coffee lovers." -Founder, Josh Wilbur
Steeped Coffee is the simplest way to make a great cup of coffee. There is no machines, no equipment, no noise, no cleanup, and no mess... just a perfect cup of coffee in minutes. Here's how it works:
Simply tear open a Steeped packet of pre-ground, pre-dosed, pre-filtered specialty coffee, follow the dead-simple instructions to basically add hot water, and wind up with a fresh, delicious, expertly dialed cup, every time, anywhere. No need for hours of experimentation or thousands of dollars of new equipment. And when you’re done it’s all fully compostable.
Steeped Bags give you everything you need in a simple brewing system, but you are ultimately in control to customize the brewing process from start to finish! If you prefer stronger coffee, use less water, give the bag an extra several dunks until you see that buttery crema, use an extra bag for additional water, or increase your brew time since Steeped Bags don't get bitter quickly like tea. The smallest tweak can make the difference for your perfect cup routine.
With this new full immersion brewing method, all you do is add hot water to your cup and the coffee steeps so you're getting all of the flavor, all of the body, all of the notes as intended, delivering a well-developed cup of coffee. Steeped Coffee is unplugged and gives you full control. There is no cleanup, no noise, and when you finish, you can toss everything into the compost bin.
“Sometimes simplicity is the most difficult thing to achieve. I came up with this idea 7 years ago—knowing that there should be an easier way to make great coffee. When I first started it was just coffee in a tea bag,” said Josh Wilbur, CEO and Founder. “There’s a reason this hasn’t been done before. We had to innovate to account for a number of factors such as sourcing ethical and quality beans, getting the right grind size and density, maintaining the freshness of ground coffee, controlling the water permeability of the filter, and making sure everything we do is environmentally sustainable. Turns out there were a lot of challenges to overcome to make something this simple work.”
Features of Steeped Coffee include:
- Direct Trade Coffee: quality coffee ethically sourced directly from farmers
- Micro Batching: roasted locally in small batches
- Precision Ground: consistent water-cooled grinding to the micron
- Full Immersion Filter: regulates ideal water-in and maximum flavor-out
- Ultrasonic Sealed Edges: eliminates the use of glues and staples
- Nitro Sealing: removes oxygen so ground coffee stays fresh for months
- Guilt-Free Packaging: fully compostable packaging. Our inks for printing are even water-based with no toxic VOCs.
“Wherever you are and wherever you go, if you love coffee, Steeped was made for you. A great cup of coffee shouldn’t be that difficult to make and now, with Steeped, it’s not,” said Wilbur. “I’m proud of our team. We’ve worked really hard on every detail from farm to cup (and beyond), making no compromises along the way. At the end of the day, this is perhaps the simplest method of making quality coffee… and it tastes amazing!”
One-month Coffee Supply (30 Packets)
Choose your favorite roast from our specialty coffee blends:
With the funding of this Kickstarter, Steeped Coffee Single Serve Packs will become available in a variety of roast and rotating assortments. You'll be able to choose your favorite blend from our quality and ethically-traded coffee options.
And to celebrate the funding of the campaign, we are also adding the option to choose "The Lineup", a collection of each blend. A box of 10 packs comes with 2 of each blend, and a box of 30 comes with 6 of each of the five blends.
If you decide you want Steeped Coffee each month, you can always change between blends.
"Oh my gosh! I want to tape this to my face and smell it all day!" jokes coffee-snob-designer after opening his first Steeped Pack, loving that freshly ground coffee experience.
Cat & Cloud Holiday Blend
Custom Steeped 10oz Diner Mug
Fellow Double Wall Ceramic Cup
The double wall feature keeps the outside of our mugs cool, so no worries about burning your hand on a nice hot cup of steeped coffee.
A sleek copper bottom complements the ceramic, making these mugs just about the coolest thing in your kitchen cabinet.
The Details: 12oz, hand wash only, matte black
Fellow Stagg Stovetop Kettle
The Pour-Over, Perfected: Fellow's Stagg Pour-Over Kettle’s beautifully functional design kicks your brewing up a notch. Enjoy an intuitive, steady pour with Stagg’s precision pour spout. Keep track of temperature with a built-in brew-range thermometer. Pour at an even, slow pace with Stagg’s counterbalanced handle that moves the center of mass back towards your hand.
- Gas, electric, and induction range compatible
- 1.0 Liter boiling capacity
- Stainless steel body
- Built-in Thermometer
- Precision pour spout
- Counterbalanced handle
Fellow EKG Electric Kettle
(comes with Premium Home Kit)
The Electric Pour-Over Kettle, for Coffee Lovers: Limited and newly released, Steeped Coffee has received these beautiful kettles on special pre-order. Includes variable temperature control and a stunning minimalist design.
Variable Temperature Control – By turning the knob, you select your desired temperature ranging from 135°F to 212°F, and Stagg EKG does the rest. No more guessing degrees.
LCD Screen – See the temp. Be the temp. A discreet, black LCD screen indicates the desired “Set Temperature” and the “Real Time Temperature” with an illuminating element to show the heating progress.
Hold Option – When the toggle on the back is switched to HOLD mode, the Stagg EKG will maintain your desired temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius for 60 minutes. Perfect for when your hosting or easily forget when you turn the water on. When the toggle is not in HOLD mode, the kettle will go to sleep after reaching the set temperature.
Brew Stopwatch – After your water has heated, use EKG’s built-in Brew Stopwatch to time your extraction.
More Cool Features:
- Precision pour spout
- Counter balanced-handle just like the original Fellow stovetop kettle
- Celsius/Fahrenheit option
- 1-liter capacity
- Stainless steel body
- Small, minimalist base
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
Fast. Compact. Efficient.
Jetboil builds super-dependable stove systems that pack light, set up quickly, and achieve rapid boils in minutes. Plus they have the unrivaled power and control you need to go gourmet from basecamp to summit and everywhere in between.
Free Stretch Goal Gift
Fulfillment and Delivery
All of our rewards include free shipping and handling (to the US) to stoke you out. This is a significant cost for us, so we want to ensure that the process is well communicated and goes smoothly. All rewards that include a monthly supply (10 or 30 pack) of Steeped Coffee will receive an emailed code to use on our website for the first free month of a subscription. This will allow you to select your favorite coffee and enter an address that may be updated by you as needed. When ordering your coffee you'll be able to continue your monthly order or you can cancel at any time. Other items in your rewards will be sent either with your coffee order or may be sent separately to help expedite fulfillment.
Due to the size of your rewards, we cannot ship to PO Boxes. Shipments that could not be delivered due to an inaccurately provided address (including failure to update an old address) will have additional costs to be reshipped.
Estimated Delivery: We are excited to get these orders out as soon as possible. Delivery dates provided are a realistic estimate. Because we do not know the response this Kickstarter campaign will receive, we will attempt to make all deliveries either on time or within 2 months of project success. Our goal is to fulfill orders early, even by Christmas, but we can't guarantee that yet. If the project is successful and once production is complete, we will provide an update for more specific shipping dates.
We have now opened up some rewards for limited International Shipping. Our Monthly Steeped Coffee Supply rewards (1 month box of 10, 1 month box of 30, 3 months of 30, and 1 year of 30/month) that simply deliver coffee are available to CANADA, AUSTRALIA, UK, EUROPEAN UNION, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, and OTHER SELECT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
THE POD PROBLEM
The single-serve coffee market has long been dominated by the exponentially growing pod market. If you don't want to "drink your grinds" with instant coffee, there are few alternatives for convenient coffee except for various pods 'technologies'. When using pods you need to first buy expensive machines that require maintenance, cleaning, a plug, and often times an instruction manual for guest. The machine is noisy, breaks, or even gets moldy and gross.
Beyond the machine, you're given subpar coffee that forces hot water through plastic in 30 seconds—not allowing the flavor of the coffee to develop and sometimes 'channeling' (where the water travels down paths of least resistance) leaving dry grounds and flavorless coffee. And once the pod is used, it gets thrown away and sits in a landfill because pods are made from #7 plastic and various component that are difficult to separate making it near impossible to recycle or breakdown.
There is a better way. You no longer have to compromise for convenience or feel guilty because you want an easy cup of coffee. With Steeped Coffee there are no machines required, we use the best specialty coffee (nitro sealed for freshness) and use guilt-free compostable packaging! There is no noise to run a machine, minimal cleanup, and your coffee is fully immersed in water, allowing it to develop and produce all the flavors and notes that were intended. Steeped Coffee is simple and unplugged. It's the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee.
Risks and challenges
People who hear about this say, "duh, why doesn't this exist, and how do I get some!?" This Kickstarter campaign is how.
So far, we've done a ton of work to get this thing off the ground.
We've gone through the entire Patent / IP process, trademark process, done international trips to pick out the absolute best equipment, developed amazing relationships, hired an extremely talented core team, secured a manufacturing/production location, designed branding, developed our eco packaging, and undergone rigorous taste testing and trials.
We’ve put everything on the line, EVERYTHING, literally everything on the line to get this thing going...
This is not a campaign where you will have to wait years for something that may or may not deliver. Your funding gets us over the finish line. We are asking for your help in order to get this into your homes through online purchasing and subscriptions.
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