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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hi, I am Harry Ryan. With my two brothers Carmine and Tom, we own and run Ryan Bros Coffee Roasters in San Diego. I will tell you more about us later. For now, let me introduce the Freestyle Xpresso™ Espresso Maker.
The Freestyle Xpresso™ is a hand-powered brewing tool that can deliver strong, fast shots of coffee, as well as speedy tea brewing and delicious Americanos. This is designed to remove the need for big expensive espresso machines by putting the craft back in the hands of humans.
With no steep time, the Freestyle Xpresso™ produces a fast, strong coffee shot without burning or over extracting the coffee bean! No more burnt bitter coffee!
Introducing the Freestyle Xpresso™.
Designed to remove the need for power-hungry, expensive espresso machines that are difficult to repair, this unique and powerful tool puts the skill and artistry back in your hands--literally! It's fast (20 seconds)...it's simple...and it works extremely well!
Simulating the 9 bars of pressure produced in modern espresso machines, the patented Quad Impeller & Auger action powers through the grinds with the hallmark crema lifting to the top. Then our Crema Spoon is designed to extract the golden crema from the carafe. The resulting aeration and extraction deliver a freshness and flavor espresso machines can't touch!
“After 24 years handling almost every espresso machine available in the market, it just seemed that the engineering was too much for pulling small shots of coffee. From broken machines and all the shutdown failures leaving you waiting for a technician and not making sales...I do think the old way puts more entrepreneurs out-of-business because of unsustainable operating costs than it does catapulting them to the next level of success. The Xpresso maker will change this game for the better!” (Carmine Ryan, GM San Diego Lindberg Field)
In The Press...
What is wrong with espresso machines?
Apart from being incredibly expensive (commercial coffee machines can cost as much as $20,000), espresso machines have a number of issues. On a daily basis baristas across the world have to deal with these big, expensive, temperamental machines.
Powerful chemicals are needed to clean it!
Lots of electrical wires and complicated valve systems!
Takes a long time to clean!
Takes an engineering degree to fix!
Uses a lot of energy (Expensive to run)!
Takes up a lot of space!
Needs regular maintenance!
What makes a good espresso?
Good espresso can be characterized by three main qualities:
There should be a nice layer of crema on top of the espresso (a few millimeters thick, completely covering the espresso). This comes from the release of carbon dioxide when the espresso is extracted.
The color should be golden-brown to dark brown for a double shot.
The crema should remain for at least three - five minutes if not longer.
Espresso should be bitter, but not too bitter, for "Life is too short to be bitter"™ (our motto)
It should be rich but not too rich. Extra rich shots are more characteristic to espresso ristretto shots.
It should NEVER taste sour. A sour taste comes from over-extraction or stale coffee in an unclean machine.
It should NEVER taste watery. This is a sign of under extraction.
An Espresso shot should be thicker than water, but not syrupy.
Developing the Freestyle Xpresso™
After 20 years of roasting and brewing coffee, we started to experiment with different brewing techniques. What we found was that with the right coffee blend, the correct grind, water temperature, and a little agitation-- you can get a shot of espresso without the machine!
The tool itself is made from food grade stainless steel, with a glass beaker.
The Freestyle Xpresso™ has 3 key features that make it unique to everything else currently available.
1) The Auto Auger action
2) The Quad Impeller
The Auto Auger and Quad Impeller work together to simulate the necessary pressure to get the signature golden crema.
4) The Crema Spoon
The Crema Spoon pulls out the golden crema ahead of the liquid preventing it from getting destroyed by the weight of the liquid coffee. (This is why a french press cannot deliver a good Americano!)
The whole process takes less time than a traditional espresso machine (About 20 Seconds) with a considerable improvement in taste!
Loose Leaf Tea in under a minute!
The versatility of this tool is outstanding! The impellers on the base agitate tea leaves and extracts their flavor with only a 30 second steep time... no more standing around waiting for drinks to steep!
Pulling shots is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1) Add water 2) Twist the auger & go to pour 3) Pull the crema arm! Then voilà, a quality shot of coffee!
December 2015: The idea was born January 2016: The first drawings were drawn up Feb 2016: Mechanical and engineering drawings were written up June 2016: The first prototype was made August 2016: First tested in the coffee shop Sept 2016: Pulled espresso machine from 1st coffee shop in place of Freestyle Xpresso™ Sept 2016: The USA designed and utility patent was filed January 2017: Europe and Canada patents were filed February 2017: Pulled espresso machine from 2nd location May 2017: Opened new store in Lemon Grove, CA featuring Freestyle Xpresso™ June 2017: North America Patents were awarded October 2017: Final Prototype designed and 50 test prototypes manufactured
November 2017: Europe & Canada Patents awarded January: Began preparing for Kickstarter (shooting video) Feb-March 2018: Kickstarter campaign March/April: Parts manufactured and assembled in San Diego May: Freestyle Xpresso™ will be assembled, packaged and shipped.
Risks and challenges
We waited until we had secured the necessary patents before launching our campaign. It is very important to us that people get the rewards promised from our campaign so we do everything in our power to minimize the risk!
With that said, it is very important to us to keep the manufacturing process in the USA. We have 2 manufacturers here in San Diego we are negotiating with, as well as other options in Los Angeles if by the end of this campaign we cannot find a USA based manufacturer at a cost fair to everyone involved we will look overseas (This will delay the end product delivery)
This campaign brings you into our "family" of products and we take that responsibility seriously. We've put in the effort and due diligence to protect the IDEA so that its integrity and your trust are maintained--THAT'S OUR PLEDGE TO YOU!
The Freestyle Xpresso™ can also be used to make a quick cup of tea with great flavor!
For supporting us at this level, you get a special Kickstarter price on the Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker (future retail price of $99.99) as well as a free bag of loose leaf tea of your choice (valued at $19.99) to use in your Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker!
Over $115 in value!
Choose between: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Rooibos Tea or Chai Tea
- 1x Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker
- 1x 12oz bag of Ryan Bros Coffee loose leaf tea
For supporting us at this level, you get your choice of one 12oz Ryan Bros chocolate powder (valued at $12) as well as a Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker at a special Kickstarter price (future retail price of $99.99).
Over $110 in value!
(Note: This kit only includes the Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker and chocolate powder. COFFEE NOT INCLUDED. See Deluxe Mocha Lover Kit for reward that includes coffee.)
Everything you need to make a deliciously sweet mocha at home. Chocolate lovers apply here.
For supporting us at this level, you get a free 8.8oz tin of our Specialty Espresso (valued at $19.99), 12oz of your choice of Ryan Bros Coffee chocolate powder (valued at $12), and a Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker at a special Kickstarter backer price (future retail price of $99.99).
Over $130 in value!
Choose Between: Euro Mocha or Mexican Mocha
- 1x Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker
- 1x 8.8oz tin of Specialty Espresso
- 1x 12oz bag of Ryan Bros Coffee chocolate powder
For supporting us, you will receive a free 12oz bag of our Vanilla Powder (valued at $12), a 8.8oz tin of our Specialty Espresso (valued at $19.99), as well as a Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker at a special Kickstarter backer price (future retail price of $99.99).
Over $130 in value!
- 1x Freestyle Xpresso™ Maker
- 1x 12oz bag of Ryan Bros Coffee Vanilla Powder
- 1x 8.8oz tin of Ryan Bros Coffee Specialty Espresso
For the ultimate supporter, we will put you up in a 4 Star Hotel in Downtown San Diego for a night; you and guest will receive a personalized tour of our roasting facility, roast your own batch of coffee (take some home) and enjoy lunch and a cupping session of the following: Coldbrew Bar, Freestyle Xpresso™ & our exclusive hot draft!
as well as a special engraved Freestyle Xpresso tool!
Email Harry@ryanbroscoffee.com for more info.