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The Happiness Lab @ The Grove - We're building the world's first coffee lounge and coworking space dedicated to happiness.
215 backers pledged $16,101 to help bring this project to life.

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BUMP REWARD! Any backer who bumps their current pledge by $15 or more will be rewarded with a free pastry card that's good for 10 pastries at the Happiness Lab! We are going to have locally prepared scones and cookies, croissants, muffins, and bread from Judie's Bakery in New Haven, and bagels from Cohen's in Madison! This is a deal, so take advantage of it before tomorrow at 9:48 AM.

UPDATE! If we break our goal of $15,000, all backers over $50 get an extra bag of exclusive microlot organic coffee from Bolivia! See Update #7 for details. 

UPDATE! New T-Shirt Design Mockup : Only available through Kickstarter! 

coffee=happy - Only available through Kickstarter
coffee=happy - Only available through Kickstarter

Part Coffee Shop

  • Our Own Organic Coffee - Perfectly roasted, specialty grade, single origin
  • Handcrafted Espressos - artfully blended, perfect for lattes and cappuccinos
  • Locally prepared pastries and sandwiches - vegan/vegetarian friendly


Part Co-working Space

  • Community - value-driven, collaborative, innovative
  • A perfect fit for anyone - private conference rooms, open seating, dedicated seating
  • Amenities - ergonomic furniture, super fast wifi, print/copy/fax



All About the Happy

  • Environment - designed to inspire, comfortable, happy
  • Events - inspirational talks, morning meditation, live music
  • Sustainable - organic, zero-waste, local



What do we know about coffee?

Our love for coffee started with a trip Vishal took to Tanzania, Africa where he spent time in Kilema, a small village tucked in the hills of Mount Kilimanjaro. For a total of six months over three trips Vishal worked with coffee farmers, doctors, and teachers. After the final trip he knew he wanted to continue visiting the village and use coffee to improve the lives of the people he had worked with. Our vision is to get back to Kilema as soon as possible to source coffee from the farmers and bring back here for you to enjoy.

To get things started, in February 2014, after getting our hands on a small roaster and a couple of trials at farmers markets we launched our product into retail stores. It's been a grueling eight months but since then, we've added over 60 coffee shops, restaurants, and offices throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Now we're ready to deliver happiness in a whole new way through our Happiness Lab.

Our own organic, specialty grade coffee roasted to perfection.
Our own organic, specialty grade coffee roasted to perfection.

"Fair"? We can do better. 

How great is Fair Trade? 

It's just fair. 

Poverty is an unfair problem that can't be solved with fairness. We need to do better. We can do better. That's why we'll be working directly with coffee farmers, in Tanzania for starters, to help them not only get fair wages for the coffee that they produce but also develop innovative solutions to problems that they actually face. 

What do we know about coworking? 

As members of The Grove, we know the power of collaboration and community. That's why we knew it would be a perfect fit when we found out that Slate wanted to put a coffee shop on the ground floor of the Grove. This unique collaboration allows us to deliver happiness to the New Haven community in a big way. Imagine the kind of good we can create with over 150 entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers all under one roof fueled by passion and great coffee. We're excited to see what we can create and we hope you are too! 

Some enterprising members of The Grove hard at work.
Some enterprising members of The Grove hard at work.

This isn't something we can do by ourselves. We've had some amazing partners in helping us get to where we are today but we need your help to take it a step further and bring us closer to making our vision a reality. 

Some of our Rewards

Mug designs for the happiness gift bag.
Mug designs for the happiness gift bag.
Upcycled pourover stand made of used pallet wood.
Upcycled pourover stand made of used pallet wood.

Risks and challenges

We have made sure to do our best to prevent any possible problems or risks with the fulfillment of our Kickstarter campaign.

However, as with any project that involves construction there could be delays that prevent us from opening in January. Rewards that involves drinks at The Happiness Lab or a dedicated desk could be delayed.

The highest risk reward is the coffee tree planted in Tanzania. A coffee tree takes five years to fully develop and bear fruit and a variety of factors could affect its growth along the way. We'll do our best to reduce the risk and make sure you get what we promised.

We promise to keep you updated on our progress and anything that could affect on your awards.

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    {stick with happiness} : A special Happiness Lab decal with a handwritten thank you note from the founders.

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    {happiness by the bag} Two bags of specialty grade organic coffee roasted just the way you like it. $20 for the first 50 backers!

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    {wear your happiness} Did you know you can make a t-shirt out of other recycled t-shirts? We're teaming up with SustainU to create a very environmentally happy t-shirt.

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    {smiles for a month} Come in, share some smiles, and drink for free for a month at the Happiness Lab. Includes coffee, tea, and specialty drinks! Limit 2 per day.

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    {happiness SWAG pack} Wear your happiness with a sustainable, recycled t-shirt and two bags of our own organic coffee.

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    {pour your happiness} For the coffee enthusiast! A local handmade pour over stand made of upcycled wood from used pallets plus a bag of Kickstarter exclusive coffee.

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    {the christmas gift of happiness} A jute gift bag filled with a SustainU t-shirt, 2 mugs, and 3 bags of Kickstarter exclusive coffee. The first 25 to order this reward by November 25th and we'll rush it over in time for Christmas.

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    {design your happiness} have a special coffee recipe you love and want us to make it? Design and name your own drink for The Happiness Lab menu.

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    {the gift of happiness} A jute gift bag filled with a SustainU t-shirt, 2 mugs, and 3 bags of Kickstarter exclusive coffee.

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    {the gift of happiness plus} The "gift of happiness" ($100) reward plus the upcycled pour over stand from the $75 reward.

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    {dedicated to happiness} your own dedicated desk for a month to finish that novel, that business plan, that project you've been procrastinating plus free coffee at The Happiness Lab to fuel you through it.

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    {make your own smile} Come down to the Happiness Lab and create your own personal custom blend. You’ll get to experiment with all our wonderful coffees to find the blend that’s just right for you. We’ll send you home a 5lb bag of your blend plus 10 smaller gift bags with a custom label, that you can give to your friends, family or anyone you want to enjoy your coffee blending skills. Oh and if you can’t make it to the lab we’ll work with you online to get your blend just right.

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    {make your own smile} Come down to the Happiness Lab and create your own personal custom blend. You’ll get to experiment with all our wonderful coffees to find the blend that’s just right for you. We’ll send you home a 5lb bag of your blend plus 10 smaller gift bags with a custom label, that you can give to your friends, family or anyone you want to enjoy your coffee blending skills. Oh and if you can’t make it to the lab we’ll work with you online to get your blend just right.

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    {the art of happiness} Love coffee? Want to understand it better? This ones for you. You and three of your friends will join founder and roaster, Vishal for an exclusive day at the Lab. In addition to hearing about how Happy Life coffee is sourced, he’ll show you how to roast beans to perfection, prepare the perfect pour-over coffee, craft lattes, and pair your creation with the right dessert. We’ll wrap up with desserts and coffee before you each head home with a bag of your favorite Happy Life coffee.

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    {plant some happiness} this reward gets you your own personal coffee tree planted in Tanzania. When it bears fruits we'll pick the coffee and roast exclusively for you. In the meantime, we'll send you a "certificate of adoption", pictures of you're tree as it grows, AND five bags of some of the most exquisite and exclusive coffee we can source.

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    {furaha} Here's your first lesson in Swahili. Furaha means happiness. Join us on a two week excursion in Tanzania where you'll meet the farmers that we work with and plant your own coffee tree. Flight not included.

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Funding period

- (35 days)