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A simple and beautiful infusion vessel that can be used for cocktails, oils, teas, or any infusion imaginable.
A simple and beautiful infusion vessel that can be used for cocktails, oils, teas, or any infusion imaginable.
4,270 backers pledged $736,112 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi everyone,

The vast majority of Kickstarter rewards have been shipped. If you backed by August 28, your Portholes should be in your possession or en route to you. If you backed prior to that date and have not received a tracking notice from UPS, please check your spam folder. A small number of backers have not given us their shipping address. We've sent multiple messages requesting it. If you're an early backer without a Porthole or tracking notice, please check that you've filled out the Kickstarter address survey.

There are several hundred backers who pledged in the final days of the campaign whose rewards have not yet shipped. The final batch of black Portholes for Kickstarter backers arrived at our warehouse in Chicago last week but we discovered an issue with screws in part of the shipment. We're awaiting replacement parts and expect to ship these Portholes within the next two weeks. I apologize for the additional delay. Add-on kits will ship once all initial Kickstarter rewards have been fulfilled. White Portholes will ship later in the month as these require additional processing.

We have several backers who indicated an APO/FPO address. We're reaching out to all of them individually to confirm address before shipping. Those with APO/FPO addresses who have not received our message or haven't confirmed the address should send me a message here on Kickstarter.

Use tips:
- It's a good idea to first test the Porthole with plain water to familiarize yourself with its components and the assembly process.
- We can't emphasize enough the need to squeeze the Porthole during tightening. Press down on the top glass pane during the initial tighten, once you pick it up squeeze it around the perimeter (as if holding a steering wheel) to make sure the gasket is properly seated, and then hold tightly with one hand as you snug the screw. The gasket compression comes from the squeeze, not from torquing the screw. The screw is only intended to hold the glass in place.
- Check the gasket after tightening before filling with liquid. You should see a flat spot around the entire perimeter that's uniform in width.
- Increase in pressure inside the Porthole may cause leaks. If you're infusing components that expand or release gasses during the course of an infusion, don't insert the stopper during infusion..
- It's normal for the gasket to come out. When reinserting, make sure the square face goes in the groove and the rounded one protrudes.

Our backers created a Facebook group for sharing images, recipes, ideas, etc. Here is the link:

Thank you,
Martin Kastner and the Crucial Detail team


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    1. Missing avatar

      brenner on September 12, 2013

      @Martin Kastner, Any new updates? I (like others) have pledged after Aug 28th, (9/4/12 was when I pledged) & have not heard anything about tracking numbers or when my porthole will ship. I got the address confirmation email/survey and filled it out correctly on 11/12/2012(!), but still haven't heard anything. When can I expect to have the item shipped to me with the tracking information?

    2. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on September 10, 2013

      The replacement screws are en route to Chicago, scheduled for delivery to us on Thursday 9/12. Our warehouse will need 5 days to reassemble the remaining Portholes and prepare them for shipment. I will post an update once we've inspected the screws and have a firm shipping schedule.

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      Mark Stevens on September 9, 2013

      Like others here who ordered last year I am still awaiting delivery. It would be really helpful to have a more direct means of communication for individual updates. It is disappointing to have waited nearly a year at this point and no sign of the thing. Hope this changes soon.

    4. Theodore Cullen on September 9, 2013

      Hi Martin,
      Just checking in to let you know I have received neither the product nor the UPS tracking info.

    5. Will Campbell on September 6, 2013

      @Martin Kastner, any new updates? I appear to be in the last group to receive my porthole. I got the address confirmation email, but my address hasn't changed and won't change anytime soon. I'd love to have the thing just show up... But.... Well, you know my next thoughts. Any new information would be greatly appreciated.

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      Rick Hall on September 4, 2013

      I STILL have not received my two portholes which were originally scheduled for delivery Oct 2012. When can I expect to receive my shipment? It is already September 2013.

    7. Lauren K on August 31, 2013

      Hello, just looking for some advice. I was a late backer so am still expecting my Porthole. The last survey sent out had said they'd be shipped in early August, so I did not change my address at that time. However, I am now moving. If I go to the survey and change it right away, will my new address take effect in time for shipping? Thank you for your help.

    8. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 30, 2013

      @Schuyler @Stacy @Dan We're pushing to get the replacement screws as fast as possible. It should be a matter of days. As soon as they're en route to us and we can schedule reassembly and fulfillment, I'll be letting everyone know.

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      Schuyler Bailey on August 30, 2013

      I ordered these as Christmas presents last year, and my family has started asking where they are. I'm now hoping that they will arrive for birthday presents this month. I'd appreciate an update on when they will ship. I ordered almost a year ago, on 9/3/12. Thank you.

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      Stacy Shure on August 29, 2013

      Since you didn't answer my question posed on the last update, I'll ask again. I was understanding that all of the remaining portholes were to be shipped in August. But still no word. It's hard to explain to a magazine publisher that the item I purchased for them to review last year is still not here. Very disappointed in this.

      Previous question:

      I ordered 2 black portholes on September 4, 2012 and another 2 on November 27, 2012. I received an email survey about 2 weeks ago saying that my portholes would be sent the first week of August. Then no further word at all. How can I confirm that the 4 portholes are on their way to me? I've tried to be very patient ... but it's very frustrating when the original date for fulfillment was in 2012 and it's now 11 months after I made payment for the first 2.

    11. Dan Freidus on August 29, 2013

      P.S. to show good faith, why didn't you ship the tea and glasses any time in the last year? Manufacturing delays with the porthole shouldn't have delayed that part.

    12. Dan Freidus on August 29, 2013

      Wow, every single update for the past year has basically told me there's a delay (and then the new expected delivery date wasn't met). This Aug 12 says last group will go out in 2 weeks but I've still not received notification that there's been a shipment to me. I bought a pair and one was a gift for someone who literally died before I could give it to him. That said, I still want the portholes I ordered instead of apology after apology every month or two.

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      Schuyler Bailey on August 26, 2013

      If we're not sure if you have our address or not, where should we send that info?

    14. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 26, 2013

      @Jon @Alex @Keith @Mike I will post an update here as soon as the replacement parts arrive. It will take 2-3 days to reassemble and ship all the units.

    15. Mike Green on August 26, 2013

      Same comment as @Keith. I backed on 8/28, and it would be great to have the Porthole by Labor Day. Any update on shipping of the last batch?

    16. Keith Rome on August 26, 2013

      "The final batch of black Portholes for Kickstarter backers arrived at our warehouse in Chicago last week but we discovered an issue with screws in part of the shipment. We're awaiting replacement parts and expect to ship these Portholes within the next two weeks."

      This was two weeks ago - is there any new information that can be shared with us? I'm assuming if these last units had been shipped we would know about it, so I'm guessing there is another delay?

    17. Alex Chan on August 23, 2013

      still haven't received any notice of shipping on mine, any updates? i backed 9/3/12.

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      Jon Ford on August 22, 2013

      Just wondering if that issue with the screws has been resolved and if the last batch has shipped. Thanks...

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      Jennifer Lee on August 21, 2013

      Just got mine and I LOVE THEM! Ordered 8/28; was emailed updated address survey 7/25; never received UPS confirmation but they were delivered 8/20.

    20. Nicolas Counio on August 21, 2013

      Just received mine in France, DHL managed to deliver on my holiday location.

    21. Marco Lienhard on August 21, 2013

      I have received nothing no notices in spam or mail and backed way before end of summer of last year.....
      Starting toget worrried it will not even make it for xmas of this year.

    22. Alya Adamany on August 19, 2013

      I received a note to fill out the survey with my updated address on July 25 (and filled it out the same day). I have received nothing since then, including a UPS notification. I checked my SPAM folders as well. Can you please confirm that a shipment is en route, and please provide tracking details?

    23. Mary Couse on August 17, 2013

      @Julian - if you look at Martin's response to my question on the same issue (further down the thread) very few 8/28 pledges shipped out with the last batch. We'll be in the final batch.

    24. Julian Simpson on August 16, 2013

      @Martin - according to your message below dated August 1, my Porthole should have shipped. Can you please confirm that the last shipment has gone out? I ordered on the 28th of August 2012.

      "@Dan @ Barry All remaining black Portholes should ship to backers towards the end of next week."

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      Greg Isbell on August 15, 2013

      I purchased on Sept. 4th. When will I receive my porthole?

    26. Elizabeth Prewitt on August 15, 2013

      got mine shipment yesterday and they are just lovely.. I can't wait to use them.. and to give them as gifts.. I will get good points for this.. If I can let them go that is... Thanks!

    27. Sharlene John on August 15, 2013

      My portholes arrived today and I must say that not only are they beautiful, but the packaging and items that came with them are also all classy and gorgeous! I'm glad they got here and I thank you!

    28. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 15, 2013

      @Sally We don't have your physical shipping address, just a PO Box. Since we're using UPS, PO Box shipments can't ship in the bulk shipments.

    29. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 15, 2013

      @Penni Additional orders placed after the Kickstarter campaign will ship once all original Kickstarter rewards have been sent.

    30. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 15, 2013

      @Toby Sorry to hear about the broken glass. To receive a replacement, please send a photo of the broken glass to

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      Penni Green on August 15, 2013

      To clarify, the one shipment I have received arrived yesterday 8-14-13 and it is great!! Now I'm REALLY ANXIOUS to get the next shipment. Like a previous post, I'm not sure if I'm going to be willing to gift any of the portholes as I had planned.

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      Toby on August 15, 2013

      I have received my port hole and it is great thanks heaps. My only issues is that one of my glasses has arrived smashed. Can I please have another one sent out

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      Penni Green on August 14, 2013

      I am a backer who pledged twice at two different times, the same amount. I have received only one shipment. I agreed to accept a later shipment than the time around the end of last year but now I have waited until the following August and now have only received one shipment. I am among the 1290 backers (pledged at that level twice) who pledged for two (2). Please advise.

      Penni Green, Oklahoma City, OK

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      sally karen johnson on August 14, 2013

      I am also a backer who signed up end of last the time the porthole I was promised was supposed to arrive in time for the thanksgiving party we had. What other information do you all need from me?? I have no tracking number and nothing in my spam folder either. Please help.
      Sally k. Johnson crested butte, co

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      Kerianne Flynn on August 14, 2013

      I backed on 8/20 for 2 black portholes. I have not received them. Nor the "thank you" glasses promised. I have not received UPS notification of shipment (spam or otherwise), nor a request for address verification (ONLY if there was a change). I responded to your email asking if they were 2012 holiday gifts (they were). It's almost a year past when I originally thought I would receive them. Still patiently waiting... losing patience. How much longer do the August backers have to wait? Kerianne NYC

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      Cristin Ponder on August 13, 2013

      Hello. I am wondering when I will receive my Porthole. I received an email that there was a delay in shipping. Please respond as I was an early backer. Cristin Ponder, Albuquerque New Mexico. Thanks so much and looking to receiving it:)

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      Margo Liss on August 13, 2013

      I am in the same boat as a few others - backed on Aug. 28th, responded to the survey last November, did NOT make any changes in response to the email July 25th as nothing has changed. I have not received an email from UPS to date. A hint would be wonderful .... :).

      I am SO VERY EXCITED about the Portholes!! We ordered 5, planned to give some as gifts, but as I read more about their potential, we may just keep them all!!

      Unlike others here, I am thrilled to have been part of this project and have no timing issues at all. This is the real world, and I appreciate a team that would prefer to get it right the first time than not to get it right at all!

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      Charles Kunzman on August 13, 2013

      I backed on 8/27, but I haven't received any shipping confirmation information. I also don't think I actually ever received a request for an address either, but my address has not changed since the start of the campaign. Is there any way to check my address on file or verify that everything is set correctly?

    39. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 13, 2013

      @Mary There are very few backers from 8/28 in the last shipment batch. Most are in the next one.

    40. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on August 13, 2013

      @Jose, @Kimberly @Marcia @Ranjit Your Portholes have shipped, UPS shows tracking notices sent.

    41. Jose cabrera on August 13, 2013

      I got an email to verefy my address(survey) which I did then the email about the delay in shipment and then another email to verefy my address(survey) which I did not complete because nothing changed. did I have to tomplete the Second survey in order for my order to go out?? I have not received a UPS tracking yet

    42. Jennifer L on August 12, 2013

      No email, no tracking, you sent out a survey asking us to respond IF we'd changed our shipping addresses in July and mine had not changed. Clearly, I should have something by now if my funding group shipped. I am SO weary of updates, checking my funding date, checking my spam folder. Just send it and stop making me feel like I have to stay on top of your delivery procedures. This is beyond painful and completely unprofessional. And what happened to the glasses again?

    43. K
      on August 12, 2013

      I too would like some sort of non facebook access to recipes if feasible. I also got the delay notice and no actual shipment notice. Do you know if they shipped or if we will get an update when they really do ship?

    44. Mary Couse on August 12, 2013

      Backed the project exactly ON August 28th...but at the two black porthole level. Does that count as "by"? Completed the survey some time ago but no UPS tracking # received so not sure of status. I've been so looking forward to receiving these.

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      Ranjit Bhaskar on August 12, 2013

      I backed on 8/22 for 5 portholes and received the following message on July 29th. Should I have received a shipping notice by now? Thanks in advance.
      Dear Porthole backer,
      We recently sent you a survey indicating that your Porthole rewards would be shipped last week. We've experienced a delay, pushing your delivery to next week. We apologize for the added delay.

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      Bunnee Butterfield on August 12, 2013

      I do not have a Facebook account. Any way to access the recipes, ideas, etc for those of us who cannot use the Facebook access?

    47. Missing avatar on August 12, 2013

      I can't remember when i backed the project. hope mine comes soon, so excited.

    48. Graham Bishop
      on August 12, 2013

      At last a kickstarter reward that was 100% worth waiting for
      The passion for quality oozes throughout .
      I have backed over 30 products on KS and this is the only one to exceed my expectations.
      Well done

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      marcia on August 12, 2013

      I still have not received a tracking number...have not received my porthole..and I was one of the first backers. So disappointed. Marcia Ward...Ohio Please advise. I am being respectful and considerate but it is disappointing.

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      Irving on August 12, 2013

      I still haven't received my UPS tracking number. I backed on 9/4. Checked my spam folder and nothing Porthole related in there.