Gray Duck makes a small-batch masala chai. We want to brew more tea, but before we can we need larger equipment to keep up. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 26, 2012.
About this project
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has contributed to our campaign! We hope that you enjoy Gray Duck Chai as much as we do and we look forward to many years of quality tea.
-Katey and Jon
Who we are
At Gray Duck Chai we make a traditional masala chai in concentrate form, that we call our "Nine Spice Blend". It is crafted in small batches using only organic ingredients. Our spices are milled the day they are brewed and fresh ginger is grated into each batch. This process produces a chai that is robust and flavorful but only needs to be slightly sweetened in comparison to most chais on the market.
Where we are at now
Now, after many months of planning and all of our licensing done we are very excited to be able to offer our chai to coffee shops and other businesses in the Twin Cities area. The speed at which we are gaining accounts is faster than we could ever have hoped for. We are so excited about how well we are being received. We are currently working out of a shared commercial kitchen in St.Paul Minnesota. Using a bottle exchange program we are also able to cut down on waste, and build a company we feel benefits our community as well. We also intend to use a portion of our Kickstarter funds to help us implement a composting program for our used tea and spices.
Our next step...
Now after getting our initial launch out of the way we are starting work on our next step. It has been our goal from the start to have a seasonal blend available at all times along with our original Nine Spice Blend. After hours of recipe testing we have now come up with three fantastic options for our first seasonal flavor. They are Maple-Black Pepper, Burnt Sugar-Ginger, and Persimmon-Clove. We have left it to our Kickstarter friends to decide which recipe we are going to use this winter. With each donation level you will receive a vote for which flavor you would like us to go for. We figure what better way to decide than to hear what you think.
What your help is going towards:
1. Get glass jugs, and more spices for bottling our new seasonal blend.
2. Purchase spice mill that can grind large quantities of spices.
3. Get a jump start on a larger delivery vehicle.
4. Make the jump from stock pots to a much larger kettle for brewing.
5. Implement a composting system for our used spices and tea.
Thank you for spending the time to look through our kickstarter campaign.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
Our sincere and heartfelt appreciation expressed in a handwritten thank you card, and a thanks on our website. You will also get to vote on which flavors we will use for our first seasonal blend coming this winter. The choices are burnt sugar-ginger, persimmon-clove, or black pepper-maple.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
You receive a blend of our spices and tea, milled and ready to be steeped. Perfect for two cups of chai to get a taste of Gray Duck at home. You also will receive the personal thank you card, a nod on the website, and a vote for the new seasonal blend.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
You get a 4x6 print of the artwork from one of our hand painted jugs done just for you for Kickstarter. You will also receive a personal thank you, nod on the website, the spices to steep at home, and a vote for the new seasonal blend.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Your opportunity to experience Gray Duck Chai the same as you would at a coffee shop. You will receive a 64 ounce glass jug of our original Nine Spice Blend along with a pack of 5 recipe cards for great ways to enjoy it. You also receive the handwritten thank you, nod on the website, and a vote for the new seasonal blend. Please include an additional $10 for shipping, but we are happy to hand-deliver if you are local.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Once all the votes are tallied, you will be the first to try our new seasonal chai. At this level you get a 64 oz jug of the new winter blend and a 64 oz jug of our original Nine Spice Blend, a hand written thank you, the recipe cards, nod on the website, and a vote for the new seasonal blend. Please include an additional $15 for shipping outside the Twin Cities Metro area.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $135 or more
5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)
This is a chance to own a limited edition, hand painted glass jug of Gray Duck Chai done by local artists Tommy Goetz and Tim Helgeson. Each jug is unique with amazing detail and craftsmanship. You pick the artist while supplies last. You also get the personal thank you, a nod on the website, the recipe cards, and a vote for the new seasonal blend. Please include an extra $10 for shipping, but we are happy drop it off in person with a big hug if you're local.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $400 or more
We get to thank you in person! You and 3 of your friends or family will have dinner made and delivered to you with your jug of our original Nine Spice Blend by yours truly, Katherine Niebur. The dinner will be inspired by the flavors of our chai. Menu and dates are flexible, but this prize is for residents of the Twin Cities area only.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $700 or more
You and five friends get a personal cooking class at your home with me, Katherine Niebur. Come ready to eat some fantastic food inspired by the flavors of our chai. Just bring your appetite (and maybe some wine) and I'll provide the rest. Menu and dates are flexible, but this prize is for Twin Cities area only.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)