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Help get our artisan bakery and cafe off to a rolling (pun intended) start in Cardiff!
Help get our artisan bakery and cafe off to a rolling (pun intended) start in Cardiff!
45 backers pledged £3,305 to help bring this project to life.

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The Early Bird is building a nest

It's no secret that Cardiff's food scene is heating up, however there is a worrying shortage of well-trained chefs. Despite the growing opportunities for employment, meaningful apprenticeships are difficult for aspiring young chefs to find.

Our new artisan bakery is going to help fix this problem, that's why we’re called The Early Bird- we’re going to help young chefs ‘catch the worm’. Through our engaging programme, we'll guide our apprentices through gaining the skills and confidence needed to start their own rewarding career in catering.

The Cafe

We'll be opening The Early Bird artisan bakery & cafe in Cathays this October! Inside our beautiful open plan shop you'll be able to watch our bakers mix, shape and bake bread while enjoying a delicious brunch or cup of our house-roasted organic coffee.

The Garden Party

Next spring we will begin renovating our garden, creating the perfect oasis for you and friends to come and enjoy brunch in the glorious sunshine.* To celebrate we'll be throwing one heck of a party and want you to join us. Many of our rewards include free tickets so snap them up because its going to be an event not to be missed!

*glorious sunshine not guaranteed, let's be fair, it is Wales.

The Dough

In short, the money you donate to us is completely invaluable. We are a start-up and every penny donated is going to used preciously. We are treating our refurbishment as the first platform for fulfilling our mission statement- 'No Half Measures'. We are conscious of using as many recycled, British made and most importantly high quality materials as possible. We will not cut corners when creating the beautiful space that will showcase our apprentice's achievements.

A short list of some of the works that need to be completed are:

- Re-plumbing our coffee machine

- Electrical alterations to supply power to essential equipment

- Installing a new energy efficient window

- Sourcing and upcycling second hand furniture

- Building display counters and shelving

- Painting the facade of the shop

- Painting & decorating the inside of the Bakery

But most importantly...

I want to take a minute to really, sincerely thank you for looking at our project. Success in our business is going to be measured by the smiles on your faces when you see what we, all of us together, have created. I cannot wait to meet you.

Love and thanks,

Ceri & The Early Bird Team

Risks and challenges

I once had a friend ask me why I was nervous about starting up. She said, 'What's the problem? Are you worried about the Bakery failing?' And I thought for a second about the years of work I've put in already, the countless tough decisions, the cuts and burns I've suffered and I realised that I wasn't worried about failing, because in my mind- it wasn't an option.

It's true, there are risks in opening any business, especially one as unique and demanding as ours, but our years of experience, dedication and delicious products will give us the edge we need to thrive in an ever changing market.

The money donated towards helping refurbish the bakery will pay for labour, materials and furniture. In order to make sure we are able to complete the project within this budget we have consciously sourced recycled and second hand materials, contracted a dedicated team of local trades people and enlisted an incredibly supportive network of family and friends.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $16

    'I guess, you say, what can make me feel this way?...'

    COFFEE! Oh, glorious tickler of tastebuds and companion of cake! Who could want for more than a cup of instant satisfaction? If you agree then this, my friend, is the donation for you. Only £10 will get you not one...not two...not three... BUT 10 FREE COFFEES.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $39

    'How do you like you eggs in the morning?'

    Scrambled? Poached? Fried? Whatever you fancy, we're here to make your breakfast dreams come true! For your generous donation of £25, we'll treat you and a friend to anything from our delicious brunch menu and a drink to go with it. But before you leave, we'll pack you up a goody bag to take home too.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $55

    'I second that emotion'

    We know you're gonna love us so much that you'll want to come back. If you think so too then we've put together you're perfect package. For a donation of £35 we'll not only host you and a friend for brunch, we'll put together a goody bag for you to take home AND get you 10 free coffees to use whenever you come back to see us again.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $78

    'I heard it through the grapevine'

    Next spring we'll break ground on our glorious outdoor terrace. Brunching in the sunshine has never been soooo good. To celebrate we are going to host a shindig and we want you to be there! A donation of £50 will not only get you ALL of the above donations but also TWO tickets to our exclusive Garden Party- not one to be missed!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $157

    'Put yourself in my place...'

    Ever wanted to know what its like to live a day in the life of a humble baker? In this totally unique experience we'll host you for a full day to learn how to create a range of tasty treats. We'll make you lunch, teach you to bake bread like a pro and we won't even make you do the washing up! At the end of your day you'll get to keep all the delicious food you've made and we'll give you an handy starter kit to get you rolling at home!

    But the best part is for the kind donation of £100 you'll get this wonderful experience AND all of the above rewards too!

    (Certain dates apply so please feel free to email contact@earlybirdbakery.co.uk for more details!)

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    Pledge £250 or more About $392

    'How sweet it is to be loved by you!'

    Getting married? It's true that nothing is as sweet as true love, but, a big fat slice of cake is a close second in our opinion. For a donation of £250 we'll design a bespoke cake with you and your betrothed at a private tasting in our bakery. On top of this great deal, we'll give you two tickets to our Garden Party in the spring. But hurry, there is limited availability on this offer!

    (Maximum 3 tier, 100 serving wedding cake. Please contact@earlybirdbakery.co.uk for more details!)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $784

    'Heaven must have sent you into my arms.'

    Wow, you are truly an angel. For you unbelievably gracious donation of £500 not only will you and five friends be put on the VIP list for our Garden Party but our apprentices will design a bespoke menu especially for you to be eaten at a private dinner with your nearest and dearest.

    (Our private dinners are for a maximum of 10 guests to be arranged on a mutually agreeable date)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,568

    'One can have a dream baby, TWO can make that dream so real.'

    A donation this incredibly generous truly is invaluable to us. By donating £1000 you are making all the difference in helping the dream of the Early Bird Bakery finally come to fruition. By way of rewarding your immeasurable generosity we'll start by putting you and five friends on our VIP list for our spring Garden Party. Then we'll pull out all the stops when our apprentices design a bespoke menu especially for you to be eaten at a private dinner with your nearest and dearest.

    And finally, so you can live eternally in our walls as you will in our hearts, we will create a one of a kind dish in your honour to be served at the Early Bird.

    (Our private dinners are for a maximum of 10 guests to be arranged on a mutually agreeable date)

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