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Charles WilkinBy Charles Wilkin
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Charles WilkinBy Charles Wilkin
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OUR STORY: COFFEE, TEA & BEES

Hi, we’re 2 Queens! No, we’re not from Queens. Nope. We’re in gorgeous Narrowsburg, New York, which is located in the Upper Delaware region of the Catskill Mountains. Think rivers, trees and mountains, just perfect. So, one day in 2008 co-founder Charles Wilkin decided he needed some danger in his life and when no one wanted to go skydiving with him, including  co-founder Martin Higgins, he settled on beekeeping instead. Charles' quest for danger quickly transformed into a love of bees and as his new found passion grew so did the demand for 2 Queens honey, which lead to the addition of tea and coffee to the product line. With help from Martin and his lifelong devotion to caffeine we started roasting coffee in 2016. Today 2 Queens has joyfully evolved from a hobby into all things Coffee, Tea and Bees. We're eager to take the next step and we could really use your help.

2 Queens Product Line
2 Queens Product Line

NEEDS & GOALS: MORE COFFEE, PLEASE!

Over the last three years through farmers' markets, makers' markets and wholesale accounts 2 Queens has experienced incredible growth, especially with our coffee. Simply put, we’ve out grown our current coffee roasting equipment, which only roasts a half pound at a time. That means it takes us about 30-45 minutes to roast one 12 oz. bag! Our little machine has been pushed to the limit and we've spent many sleepless nights roasting till dawn. We've turned away large orders because we just can't keep up, it pains us to say no and we'd liked to say yes more often. Plus, we'd really like to share more of our amazing coffee with you!

Our goal is to purchase a 3kg Mill City Gas Coffee Roaster. This machine will increase our roasting capacity 12 times, make us more efficient, offer more variety and be competitive with pricing. This roaster upgrade will take our passion for coffee to the next level, we might even be able to get some sleep or at least take a nap once in a while. 

Our curent Roaster, it needs a vacation!
Our curent Roaster, it needs a vacation!
Our Dream Machine - 3kg Mill City Roaster
Our Dream Machine - 3kg Mill City Roaster

OUR PLAN: LET'S GET BUSY

The majority of the funds will be used to purchase a Mill City 3kg Coffee Roaster and the necessary exhaust kit. Additional funds will also help cover the cost of installation, additional duct work, plumbing, carpentry and equipment training provided through Mill City. We've put together an estimate of the costs associated with this project below. Mill City's delivery time is about 10 weeks and we've believe the installation process to take roughly 1-2 weeks. If all goes as planned we should be up and roasting in 3 months or less. In the meantime we will continue to use our current roaster to fill orders. Any extra funds beyond our goal will be put towards buying other necessary roasting equipment. 

EQUIPMENT & INSTALLATION COSTS:

  • 3kg Gas Coffee Roaster manufactured by Mill City Roasters – $13,000
  • 3kg Coffee Roaster Venting Kit manufactured by Mill City Roasters – $1,300
  • Propane Conversion Kit - $100
  • Delivery of coffee roaster - $850
  • Plumbing & carpentry work, included running gas lines and venting - $2,500
  • Additional duct work materials - $800
  • Training Class at Mill City (includes travel in Minneapolis) - $1,200
  • Miscellaneous Expenses - $2,000

ABOUT US: EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Together, we have have over 30 years' experience in Graphic Design, Marketing and Public Relations. We're confident in 2 Queens and our ability to develop, market and promote products people want and enjoy! We're already experiencing success with a diverse product line that's attracted a loyal customer base. Additionally, Martin has over a decade of experience as a retail shop owner with 5 locations, and in commercial coffee sales and large scale roasting. We have the entrepreneurial spirit, passion and managerial skills required to make this project and 2 Queens a success. 

Martin Higgins and Charles Wilkin
Martin Higgins and Charles Wilkin

Martin Higgins: CV

  • Owner of Automatic PR, New York, NY
  • 15 years experience in PR, marketing and product launches
  • 10 years experience in coffee, retail and commercial
  • Current President of our local Chamber of Commerce
  • Previous: Co-Owner of Java Master in Columbus, OH with 5 locations
  • Previous: Sales and commercial roasting at Crimson Cup in Columbus, OH

Charles Wilkin: CV

  • Owner of Automatic Art and Design, New York, NY
  • 25 years experience in graphic design, branding and packaging
  • 10 years experience in beekeeping 
  • Zero experience in skydiving

REWARDS: THANK YOU!

Below are just a few of the awesome and exclusive rewards we have to offer. And if you're feeling adventurous don't miss a chance to help 2 Queen co-founder Charles Wilkin fulfill his dream of going skydiving! We can't thank you enough for your love and support. Thank you, thank you!

2 Queens Coffee, T-shirt and Pennant
2 Queens Coffee, T-shirt and Pennant
T-shirt, Buttons, Tea, Honey and Pennant
T-shirt, Buttons, Tea, Honey and Pennant

Risks and challenges

Every project has its own risks and challenges. However, we're confident in our business experience and knowledge of the coffee, tea and honey industries. We have a rock solid business plan in place that will help us minimize risk, allow us to fulfill our current needs and give us plenty of room to grow. We hope to have the roster purchased, set up and running within 3 months. This timeline, of course, all depends on the delivery of the roster which delivers in about 10 weeks from ordering. Currently, we are in process of securing a new and larger workspace that offers the opportunity for retail coffee and tea service. We are also working with local authorities to secure all the necessary permits and licenses required for this upgrade. Thank you!

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    2 Queens Button Pusher

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    One Bag of 2 Queens Jazz Hands Coffee

    A few friends asked us to add an option to support our campaign with a bag of our best-selling blend - Jazz Hands. This balanced, full-bodied blend combines Indonesian, South and Central American beans to yield a blend that brews up a smooth, slightly smokey cup. We serve it both as a drip and a cold brew - so good it's hard to just have one cup.

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    2 Queens Pennant

    Decorate those empty walls with one our vintage-inspired pennants made exclusively for this campaign! Designed by 2 Queens and produced by our lovely friends at Oxford Pennant in Charles' home town of Buffalo, NY! Choose one pennant from two rad designs.

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    The Queens T-Shirt

    Look snappy in one of our awesome limited edition t-shirts that we're only making during this campaign! Choose one tee from two fun designs printed on a black super soft 100% organic cotton tee fit for a Queen (or a King)! Adult sizes only: S-2XL.

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    25% Discount - Website Only

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    The Best of 2 Queens

    Enjoy the very best of 2 Queens! This reward includes our Jazz Hands blend coffee, Lavender Earl Grey tea, a jar of raw wildflower honey and our fabulous Honey Butter hand cream!

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    2 Queens Coffee Club - Local Pick Up

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    Name That 2 Queens Coffee Blend

    Help us name our next coffee blend! We're serious about coffee but love coming up with unexpected names for our products, so have fun and be creative! We'll develop a new blend that fits your flavor profile and name idea perfectly and send you a bag as a thank you. Each newly named blend will be put to a customer taste test and the winning blend(s) will be incorporated into our product line.

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    2 Queens Coffee Club - Delivered

    For our biggest bean fans, we're offering two bags of our freshly micro-roasted organic, co-op, or shade grown varieties each month for 6 months! Perfect for our out of town fans who'd like beans delivered monthly to their door.

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    2 Queens Home Brewing Perfected

    If you're like many of our customers, you love coffee but aren't always satisfied with your home brewing techniques. Roast Master Martin will help you learn how the pros brew it with a Master Class on home coffee preparation. Learn how to properly store and grind beans, make excellent electric drip, killer pour over, French Press and even stovetop espresso and milk steaming techniques. You'll leave feeling like a Barista! We'll do our best to coordinate a day and time that works best for everyone.

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    The Magic Of Coffee Roasting with Martin

    Join Head Roaster Martin Higgins for a half day of roasting magic. You'll experience the entire process, from green bean to fresh-brewed cup, as Martin shares the process of roasting on our new machine! Learn how we select our sustainably sourced beans, test a variety of roast levels, choose a roast profile through cupping, and enjoy all the coffee you can drink - plus take home a few bags of beans you helped roast! We'll do our best to coordinate a day and time that works for everyone.

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    Go Skydiving with Charles!

    Join Charles on his first skydiving jump! Yes that's right, you'll be jumping out of a plane with Charles! He'll be doing this with professionals, of course, and some training will be requred.​ All costs of skydiving are included but you have to get yourself to the Catskills. Martin will not be joining in the fun, boo. Space for this once in a lifetime adventure​​ is limited to 4 people. We'll do our best to schedule a day and time that works for everyone. Please feel free to email us with questions or for additional details.

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