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An independent coffee pod in the heart of MCR aiming to create a modern day oasis serving quality coffee, tea and mouthwatering food.
An independent coffee pod in the heart of MCR aiming to create a modern day oasis serving quality coffee, tea and mouthwatering food.
An independent coffee pod in the heart of MCR aiming to create a modern day oasis serving quality coffee, tea and mouthwatering food.
89 backers pledged £10,155 to help bring this project to life.

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Aim and Ethos

Grindsmith are a duo, with a shared love of coffee shop culture. Our big dream is to take the good bits of your usual coffee hang-out, and well, make it better.

For some of us, the choice of where to grab a coffee is simply about convenience, but for some, it's about finding a place to relax - an oasis in the city. At Grindsmith, we are confident that our eco-friendly pod will exude enough woody charm and country vibes to lure even the most time-pressured City dwellers to stop a while, share a tale, and of course, a great brew.

Whoever said that 'great things come in small packages' could well have been speaking about our pod. With just enough seats for 8, and space solutions that Ikea would be proud of, we aim to bring a more personalised coffee experience to the good folk of Manchester.

Line sketch of the pod
Line sketch of the pod
Our coffee pod
Our coffee pod

For a further in depth look at our interior design checkout our pinterest page.   

Who are Grindsmiths?

--- Luke ---

With a background in graphic design, Luke gave up working the 9-5 to turn his hand to the running of his own mobile coffee business in 2010. Braving whatever the Manchester weather dared to chuck at him, Luke perfected his Barista skills over the course of 3 years. 

After selling his wheels this year, Luke decided to focus exclusively on delivering Grindsmith to Manchester. 

''Our focus is on the medley of ingredients that makes each drink the highest in quality. Grindsmith is a nod to craftsmanship, great tools, and a belly-full of passion to deliver the best in every cup.''

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--- Pete ---

Pete's background is in adventure sports and outdoor education - not exactly what you would associate with a coffee business, but he definitely knows a thing or two ... when out camping in a tent, a good steaming cup of coffee can be as essential as a decent pair of boots. 

''I want to combine my shared loves of traveling, adventure and coffee. Every journey starts with a single step...nahhh every journey starts with putting the kettle on'' 

The Grindsmith duo met over a brew. Soon to be a Dad, Luke needed to find someone that could baby-sit his coffee business for a time. Pete stepped into the role, proving himself to be a dab hand with the milk-frothing and bean-grinding. A partnership was born, and after two years working together, and talk of bigger and better things, the decision was made last November to form Grindsmith. 

Why Kickstarter?

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What will the money be used for?

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TIER #1 - £10,000

30% Espresso machine - A new commercial coffee machine for around £5000 would give us complete control of pressure and temperature that is fundamental in procuring the perfect coffee and tea.

10% Front of house equipment - Milk-steaming jugs, bulk-brew coffee equipment, cups and saucers, and the other essentials that go into physically making your drinks.

15% brew-bar equipment - New sinks, taps, sundries, and a dishwasher. 

10% Heating and Lighting

20% Bar and food display units

10% Signage and Advertisement

 5% Decoration.

 Help stretch our goal!!...... 

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TIER #2 - £12,000

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If we exceed our target and raise in excess of £12,000 it will allow us to:

Fit a comprehensive security system in the Pod.

Provide additional furniture, including a reclaimed wooden table and Tolix stools. 

Purchase a cafe-specific electronic point of sale (POS) till system that will help manage everything from stock, staff scheduling, accounts and more in one interface, making a real difference to the way we work and freeing up more time to focus on the creative side of the business. 

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 TIER #3 - £15,000 

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If we smash the original target by £5,000: The remaining £3,000 will go towards our first year rent, allowing us to focus and inject more money into helping the company grow.

Your rewards

Example of engraved founders wall
Example of engraved founders wall
Laser cut token
Laser cut token
Tote bag
Tote bag

 Thanks!

To you for looking at our Kickstarter page! And to all of our friends/family for helping us get the wheels in motion and to hopefully build Grindsmith into just what we've always dreamed of.

Please support us by pledging, and if you can't afford to do that, hugs and high fives are also gratefully received! Also, ask your friends to support us, post a link on Facebook, tweet about us, - these are all ways we can hopefully make it happen.

Risks and challenges

Well, after a year of planning, negotiating, finding contractors, distributors, vendors, licensing, and the whole nine yards (plus another fifty yards that blindsided us), we are finally in the home stretch! The loan agreement has been arranged and build date for the pod is set for 13th January 2014!

Every new venture brings risk, the specific risks to our business includes delays in the build due to unforeseen circumstances, most probable being our lovely british weather.

When we open the doors on Day #1 we expect to be flooded with customers, but its always a worry that we don't see the footfall in the precious few months that means we cannot keep ahead of our overheads. Kickstarter is a big influence in giving a cushion of safety to keep us afloat, especially through the colder months when business is slower.

If setbacks and challenges occur we will tackle them like everything else we have overcome to get to this point - ridiculous hard work!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    #1 "Any cake with that?"

    Any drink on the menu and a homemade cake.

    Come visit us when we are up and running and select a drink of your choice from our menu. Sit-in our warm and cosy pod and while away the time watching the streets of Manchester go by.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    #2 "Good things come in pairs"

    Any drink on the menu and a homemade cake, but this time make it for two.

    Bring a friend, a sister, a mother or a lover and chat away inside our little pod. If you drop us a tweet en route, we'll make sure we reserve our seats for you. We will also send you a limited addition Grindsmith printed Tote bag.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $34

    #3 "Savoury and Sweet"

    Keep it nutritious and add a sandwich to the coffee and cake affair.

    Not only can you sample any coffee on the menu you can choose any scrumptious sandwich and a cake for good rounding. Bring a pal - sharing is caring. We will also send you a limited addition Grindsmith printed Tote bag.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $34

    #3 "Try our coffee" We will send you the Grindsmith house blend roasted by James at Coffee Circle. Ethically sourced beans roasted in Manchester. You will get a full set of wooden laser cut Grindsmith tokens and a printed Tote Bag. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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    Pledge £35 or more About $47

    #5 "Founders Wall"

    Your name or your company name will be engraved on our founders wall. The best way to back the pod is to get your name on it. A timeless Thank YOU for helping us make it happen. You will also receive a drink of your choice when you visit and a printed Grindsmith Tote Bag.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $67

    #4 "Need a daily hit of the black stuff?"

    31 cups of coffee .. enough to power you through the workday grind.

    If you really love the juice then you can enjoy a daily hit every day of the month. If you are less of an addict, spread the hits out - choose to enjoy as and when you want.

    You will also receive the No.3 laser cut Grindsmith token and a printed Tote bag.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $336

    #6 "Coffee for a year!"

    For the die-hard coffee lovers .. 365 cups of coffee

    You can purchase three hundred and sixty five cups of the good stuff for a fraction of the value. That should be enough to keep you going in 2014! Plus you will be invited into the brewing area to create some of your own drinks.

    Your name will be engraved onto the founding members wall and you will also receive the limited addition No.2 laser cut Grindsmith token and printed Tote bag.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $672

    #7 "For the Lifers"

    1000 cups of coffee.

    You will purchase one thousand cups of coffee, working out at an inflation-busting 0.50p a cup. Any coffee from the menu the way you like it. Your name will be engraved onto the founding members wall and you will also be sent the No.1 laser cut Grindsmith token and Tote bag. If that's not enough, you will be invited to our launch party in February.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,344

    #8 "Hire Us" Want the Grindsmith duo to come to your event and serve the best coffee to your guests? We will bring all the equipment, just tell us where to plug in. You will also receive 50 cups of the good stuff so you can get to know your favourite brew before your event. Your name or company name will be added to the founders members wall and we will send a special laser cut token and 3 tote bags.

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Funding period

- (30 days)