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This simple idea is to create a new cozy yet elegant local coffee & specialty drink bar in South Berkeley, California.
97 backers pledged $16,252 to help bring this project to life.
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Rasa Caffe’s simple idea is to create a cozy yet elegant local coffee and specialty drink bar in South Berkeley, California, which will also feature artisanal food items from some of the finest local vendors. In partnership with the Firehouse Arts Collective, an award-winning arts hub located next door, Rasa Caffe will also display local art for sale. Our goal is to help our customers relieve their daily stresses by providing great ambiance  convenience, friendly customer service, and products of consistently high quality. Rasa Caffe will be a place where people can enjoy consistently high-quality refreshments, and relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

Guided by flavor, Rasa Caffe will offer not only fine brewed coffee and specialty drinks, but also feature flavor and taste profile pairings: combining carefully chosen beverages with select baked goods from the finest local artisanal bakers.

Fancy a nice cappuccino!
Fancy a nice cappuccino!

The word “Rasa” is Sanskrit for “the essence of flavor”—a concept which has defined the path of Rasa Caffé founder Rasa Sun Mott. Upon graduating from the New York Restaurant School and becoming a certified professional taste tester, Rasa traveled the world challenging and developing his palate, experiencing first-hand the diversity of food, and people –something the Berkeley area also represents. After years of presiding on the front lines of kitchens coast-to-coast; from New York City’s Windows of the World to the celebrity chef Tanya Holland’s Oakland-based Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ, Rasa is ready for his own venture--to combine his technical experience, diversified tastes and trained palate to create an exciting new caffe!

Now all that's needed is Assam tea, milk/cream similar to India's buffalo milk, and we have our signature chai!
Now all that's needed is Assam tea, milk/cream similar to India's buffalo milk, and we have our signature chai!

Once established, Rasa Caffe will grow to include “to go” food items and a small retail area for specialty food items sourced from local artisanal producers. 

Your investments will be used to fund the following things:

- To purchase key equipment including a coffee cart, espresso machine and refrigerator

- To renovate our space and create a wonderful ambiance so everyone feels welcome!

Thank you Tom Franco and Julia Lazar (  Co-founders of firehouse art collective) for another wonderful show!
Thank you Tom Franco and Julia Lazar ( Co-founders of firehouse art collective) for another wonderful show!

Uniquely located at one of Berkeley’s most heavily trafficked intersections, Rasa Caffe is perfectly situated to become a daily stop for local coffee enthusiasts and commuters alike. Not only is Rasa Caffe within 1 block of Berkeley’s largest commute hub, the Ashby BART train station but on the weekends, the station doubles as the site of Berkeley’s most popular flea market.

Tom and Rasa enjoying a laugh at the firehouse!
Tom and Rasa enjoying a laugh at the firehouse!

Rasa Caffe is already planning collaborations with next-door neighbor, the Firehouse Art Collective, an award-winning artist’s hub that draws crowds year-round. The caffe will partner with The firehouse art Collective to service their event needs and produce food-related special events like tastings and food pop-ups. Additionally, the Firehouse Art Collective has current plans to develop additional retail space at their sites which will further increase the exposure, foot traffic and potential clientele of Rasa Caffe.

The firehouse hangar is right next door to our storefront. A place to put on great RasaCaffe events!
The firehouse hangar is right next door to our storefront. A place to put on great RasaCaffe events!

We have secured a great storefront however to move forward we are in need of your pledges to help raise the appropriate capital. Uniquely located at one of Berkeley’s most heavily trafficked intersections, the location is situated to become a daily stop for local coffee/caffe enthusiasts and commuters alike. There will be minimal detailed renovation that is needed to represent the standards of Rasa Caffe.

This is a photo of or signature Chai and The Rasa Coffee ( in the large glass!)
This is a photo of or signature Chai and The Rasa Coffee ( in the large glass!)

 Special Thank you to great people:

  •  Grier Cooper for the Pictures, Video, and beautiful voice over 
  •   Writer/photographer (Http://www.griercooper.com) "The writer in a dancer's body"





  •  Jeremy "RJ" Goodwin for his tact (syncfab.com) and his international love for coffee




Risks and challenges

Presently we are successfully navigating permits, vendor agreements while refining the brand, and working out all the intricate details that will ensure the successful launch of Rasa Caffe and its continued growth within the Berkeley community.

We believe our extensive experience in the food industry combined with our dedicated work ethic, passion, determination, and networks, will make Rasa Caffe a true success. The time is now. Won’t you join us?

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    Receive a complimentary pour over coffee and honorable mention by name on the web site. Thanks for putting ten on it!

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    Receive a loyalty card for 2 pour over coffees, one specialty drink of your choice, and a cool Rasa Caffe logo sticker with an honorable mention by name on the web site.

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    Receive a loyalty card with 3 pour over coffees, 2 specialty drinks of your choice, a great pastry, the cool Rasa Caffe logo sticker, with an honorable mention by name on the web site.

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    Receive a Rasa Caffe signature tee-shirt or a unique limited addition vintage 1960’s print Black Panther tee-shirt, loyalty card with 4 drinks of your choice, the logo sticker, with an honorable mention by name on the web site. Backers outside of California without plans to visit in the near future will receive a bag of coffee in place of the loyalty card.

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    A special private Coffee tasting with overview of Rasa Caffes specialty drinks, 4 drinks of your choice , 2 great pastry's, the Rasa Caffes logo sticker, with an honorable mention by name on the web site. Backers outside of California without plans to visit in the near future will receive 3 bags of coffee (1 bag every month for three months) with a pour over unit in place of the loyalty card.

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    A special invite to one of our coffee food pairing events for two with the firehouse art collective, the coffee tasting with overview of Rasa Caffes specialty drinks, 8 drinks of your choice, 3 great pastry's, the Rasa Caffe logo sticker, with an honorable mention by name on the web site. Backers outside of California without plans to visit in the near future will receive 5 bags of coffee (1 bag every month for five months) with a cool coffee pour over unit if you wish in place of the loyalty card.

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    Receive a special 5-8 course dinner with coffee parings at a special location to be announced, prepared by Rasa Caffe, a coffee tasting for two with overview of specialty drinks, 8 drinks of your choice, 3 great pastrys, the Rasa Caffe logo sticker, with an honorable mention by name on the web site. Backers outside of California without plans to visit in the near future will receive 10 bags of coffee (1 bag every month for ten months) with a pour over unit if you wish in place of the loyalty card.

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