This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 31 2019 5:50 PM UTC +00:00.
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.
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 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: 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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter