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Irresistible wholesome popcorn handcrafted from responsibly sourced ingredients with a large serving of ohm. Read more

New York, NY Food
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This project was successfully funded on July 4, 2012.

Irresistible wholesome popcorn handcrafted from responsibly sourced ingredients with a large serving of ohm.

New York, NY Food
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About this project

We believe that all of our actions have an impact in our lives and the world around us. One thing we do multiple times a day is eat. What if everything we ate was delicious, inspiring, good for our health, good for the environment, and good for our communities?

OUR FOOD AND OUR POPCORN ARTISTS

At Pop Karma, we love to snack and we take food very seriously. We make handcrafted popcorn out of real food - pure, sustainably grown ingredients. Our goal is make irresistible popcorn that you want to dive into and devour yet that is sophisticated enough to enjoy over a cocktail. Oxymoron? We prove not! Besides a delicious snack, you are getting a healthy one -- our air popped organic popcorn is a whole grain that packs in more antioxidants in one serving than two servings of fruit or vegetables.

We spend our time searching out the best ingredients and thinking about the most responsible ways to make our food.  To that end, our employees are popcorn artists that are important members of our family. We also have a very talented Popcorn Chef who helps shape our recipes and food philosophy. You can read more about our founder, Jean Tsai, under the rewards section or here.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

One of the first things we did was to identify exactly what we want Pop Karma to stand for. These are our brand pillars:

  • Excellence in our products, our relationships and our actions
  • Authenticity in our communications, our food and our behavior
  • Responsibility for the environment, our partners, and each other
  • Inspiration for all that we encounter, including ourselves

We're still learning as we're going, but our pillars guide our decisions.

OUR FACILITY

We are building out our facility on the Lower East Side of New York City at 95 Orchard Street, where you can also watch us make the popcorn. Since Pop Karma is dedicated to sustainability in all our practices, we are building out our space in an eco-friendly manner with non-VOC paints, fluorescent lighting, eco-friendly cleaners, greenery and used furnishings and electronics. Our goal is to create an inspiring, happy haven for you, all of our customers, and our employees. 

Our neighborhood is pretty great. We are right next to the Tenement Museum, so if you want to make a day of it, come check out the museum, have some popcorn, and eat and drink at the myriad of restaurants and bars around us.

The Lower East Side is a historic area that has famously been home to the City's immigrants (hence the Tenement Museum) so it's constantly changing. One really cool fact is that during the Depression, popcorn was one of the only affordable luxuries at $.10 a bag. We feel good about bringing it back to the neighborhood.

OUR PACKAGING

You'll notice that our packaging is clean and elegant. We purposely wanted something that would inspire us when we ate out of it, and that we'd be proud to gift to others. We have beautiful tin versions of all our sizes (except popcorn shots). In our store you'll find larger gift tins and Karma Keepers, which are smaller sizes you can keep in your bag for a handy snack. To cut down on packaging waste, you can refill the tins and Keepers for a discount.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

We have the recipes, the passion and the space. Your donations will help us buy a commercial caramelizer and air popper. $7,000 will buy us a 50 gallon caramelizer and cooling table. If we meet that goal, the next $26,000 will go towards an air popper that pops 80 pounds an hour.

YOUR REWARDS

The important stuff. We are grateful that you are considering donating to our project. For your important contribution, we have come up with a list of pretty cool stuff to the right, all of which features POPCORN.

Your donation is getting us off the ground, for which we are eternally thankful. To recognize your invaluable support we are creating a Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online or in the store. If you are shy and don't want your name on the board, no problem - just let us know when we contact you about your reward.

If your reward comes with an awesome Pop Karma baseball cap or an awesome organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt, you can choose one or the other. (Unless you get three, then you can mix them up as you wish). The baseball caps come in one size, so just let us know you want the cap. If you choose a T-shirt, you can pick women's or men's, and the sizes are XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL. The women's T-shirts are fitted feminine t-shirts, but not baby doll style.

If you choose to get some equipment named after you or a loved one, right on! We have the right to veto a name, which just means nothing obscene. Not that you were planning on it.

If you are an international donor, email us your address so we can figure out what your shipping costs will be. Our email is wecare{at}popkarma.com

WHERE TO FIND US

You can find us online here or in our facility at 95 Orchard Street, NY, NY.

BIG LOVE

First of all, big love to YOU for watching our video, reading all the way down here, and donating to our project.

And a shout out to a few people for making this Kickstarter happen: Gusto Lopez over at The Life in Digital for making our video even though he didn't have photogenic subjects, Jaffe & Partners for designing our beautiful logo, popcorn eaters and Mark R for commenting on all the drafts.

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Rewards

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    1 backer

    Our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. You will also receive a voucher for a Karma Shot with your choice of popcorn when you stop by the store.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    6 backers

    You will receive a voucher for a free large refillable Karma Keeper tin, filled with your choice of popcorn, when you stop by the store. Our eternal gratitude will be memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. And you'll get a sticker when you pick up your Karma Keeper!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    10 backers

    IN TOWN: You get everything in the $10 reward PLUS an awesome Pop Karma baseball cap OR an organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt in your choice of size!

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    Pledge $45 or more

    13 backers

    You will be shipped a 2 Gallon tin filled with your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or Seasonal Flavors PLUS you will have our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. ($55 value)

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    Pledge $50 or more

    5 backers

    IN TOWN: You get everything in the $25 reward PLUS a voucher for a 2 Gallon tin filled with your choice of up to 3 flavors when you come to the store. ($85 value)

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    Pledge $60 or more

    4 backers

    OUT OF TOWN: You will be shipped a 2 Gallon tin filled with your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or Seasonal Flavors PLUS an awesome Pop Karma baseball cap OR an organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt in your choice of size PLUS you will have our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. ($85 value)

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    Pledge $75 or more

    1 backer

    IN TOWN: You get everything in the $25 reward PLUS a voucher for a big 3.5 Gallon tin filled with your choice of up to 3 flavors when you come to the store. ($100 value)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    6 backers

    OUT OF TOWN: You will be shipped a big 3.5 Gallon tin (175% more goodness) filled with your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or Seasonal Flavors PLUS an awesome Pop Karma baseball cap OR an organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt in your choice of size PLUS you will have our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. ($100 value)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    13 backers

    You (or your giftee with a customized message) receive 3 months of Pop Karma! This green subscription provides a 2 Gallon tin PLUS an awesome Pop Karma baseball hat OR an organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt in your choice of size for the first month, then you receive a refill bag for the next two months PLUS you will have our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. Your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or more adventurous Seasonal Flavors. ($185 value) Internationals will have additional shipping fees, In-Towners can choose to pick up.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    6 backers

    You (or your giftee with a customized message) receive 3 months of the big Pop Karma tin with 175% more goodness! This green subscription provides a big 3.5 gallon tin PLUS an awesome Pop Karma baseball cap OR an organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirt in your choice of size for the first month, then you receive a refill bag for the next two months PLUS you will have our eternal gratitude memorialized by listing your name on our Karmic Sponsors board, which will be online, in the store or both. Your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or more adventurous Seasonal Flavors. ($230 value) Internationals will have additional shipping fees, In-Towners can choose to pick up.

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    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer

    You (or your giftee with a customized message) receive everything in the $150 award and DOUBLE the amount of popcorn (SIX months!). Besides the 3.5 Gallon tin the first month, you receive a refill bag for the next five months. Your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or more adventurous Seasonal Flavors. ($500 value) Internationals will have additional shipping fees, In-Towners can choose to pick up.

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    Pledge $550 or more

    0 backers

    You (or your giftee with a customized message) receive ONE YEAR of Pop Karma! Everything in the $300 award and DOUBLE the amount of popcorn. Besides the 3.5 Gallon tin the first month, you receive a refill bag for the next 11 months. Your choice of Classic flavors (Mediterranean, Zen Cheddar and Pure Caramel) or more adventurous Seasonal Flavors. ($825 value) Internationals will have additional shipping fees, In-Towners can choose to pick up.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $550 or more

    3 backers

    Send out good vibes at your special event with up to 125 small Karma Keepers (1 oz tin) for your guests in the flavors of your choice PLUS three awesome Pop Karma baseball caps OR organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirts in your choices of size. We can customize your Keepers with your name and/or date on stickers. Perfect for weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events and birthdays. ($825 value)

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    0 backers

    IN NYC: Make your event special with a Pop Karma Hip Pop Bar PLUS three awesome Pop Karma baseball caps OR organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirts in your choices of size. We will plan your flavors with you, set up the Hip Pop Bar, and serve your guests for up to four hours.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    Send out good vibes at your special event with up to 250 small Karma Keepers (1 oz tin) for your guests in the flavors of your choice PLUS PLUS three awesome Pop Karma baseball caps OR organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirts in your choices of size. We can customize your Keepers with your name and/or date on stickers. Perfect for weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, birthdays and special soirees. ($1700 value)

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    You're an inspiration! A Pop Karma seasonal flavor will be inspired and named by YOU. You will work with the Founder and Popcorn Chef to create the flavor, then you will have ten 3.5 gallon tins to enjoy or have shipped to whoever you please in the US PLUS three awesome Pop Karma baseball caps OR organic cotton Pop Karma T-shirts in your choices of size. Want to delight someone? Name the flavor after them for a unique birthday or anniversary gift! There's one unique flavor per month, so the first person to choose this gift gets to choose a month, the second person then chooses a month, etc. (Value: Priceless)

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    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    You are a Pop Karma patron and we adore you! Choose the prior reward of your choice, and have one of our coater mixers (the machines that make the savory flavors) named after you or anyone you choose. (Value: Priceless)

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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    You are a Pop Karma Boddhisattva and we adore you! Choose any two of the rewards $1000 and under, and we will name the Caramelizer after you or anyone you choose. This is a serious piece of equipment that makes up to 50 gallons of caramel popcorn in a batch. (Value: Priceless)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    You are a Pop Karma Buddha and we adore you! Choose any three of the rewards $1000 and under, and we will name the Popper after you or anyone you choose. This crucial piece of equipment air pops up to 80 pounds of popcorn an hour. (Value: Priceless)

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