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What is Crank Coffee Roasting?


The dream for Crank Roasting was hatched on a summer day visit to San Francisco in 2010. While telling a friend, "What I really want to do is start another roasting business in Portland and do all the deliveries by bike," a big cargo bike full of coffee zoomed by us and down the hill. It was the De la Paz coffee folks making a delivery to Trouble Coffee in the Sunset...the hook was set and we are rollin' coffee by bike in Portland today. We started putting the pieces together this winter and made our first delivery at the beginning of March.  We are so happy to be combining two of our passions by not only roasting great, sustainably sourced coffee, but keeping the delivery process totally green as well.

Our coffee

We have been specialty coffee roasters going on 14 years now and our coffee tastes better than ever. We are roasting on a machine that we built, incorporating a couple of features that have been on our wish list for years. Our custom roaster supports favorable oil migration during the roasting process, leading to a better cup.  We are really excited to get our coffee out there, tasted by more folks.  It is deep, sweet, and fully developed with just the right acidity.

New coffee bar

Part of our vision for growth includes a walk up espresso bar/coffee window at one of our great local bike shops.  We've included this in our stretch goals because we see it as an outgrowth of the success of our whole bean bike delivery business.  More interface with our local neighborhood and more ways for people to experience our amazing coffee!  

Here is what people are saying about the coffee:

"I had my first bag of coffee delivered by Crank. The Ethiopa is by far the best I've ever had and I'm excited to set up a weekly delivery"           ~Josh Robertson  (Portland, Oregon)

"Amazing soulful product. Cory really cares about coffee and it shows." ~Nathan Wright  (Ballston, Oregon)​

​"Delivery of Crank Coffee to my bike shop saves me time.  The best coffee West & East Coast.   Bite into a Crank Coffee Bean!"~Jim Jonke, Oregon Bike Shop (Portland, Oregon)

"The Yirgacheffe is the best of its type. I was grieved when the bag was empty..~Kevin Nichols (Corvallis, Oregon)​

​"We've really enjoyed working with Cory at Crank Roasting, and the coffee is top notch. It's tough to cut through all the great coffee in this town, but Crank Roasting is worthy of high praise. The bike delivery is an added bonus, and we appreciate the efforts. The 'Clinton St Blend' has become our go-to coffee! "  ~Kevin Schmidt, Physical Therapist/Owner of Pedal PT (Portland, OR.) 

​"I love Crank Coffee! Their roasts are subtle but bold and complex. I look forward every morning to my Crank Coffee made with the AeroPress!" ~Josephine Liu (Seattle, WA.)​


​"Introduced to this amazing coffee when we won a bag at our kid's art school auction. We had no idea how amazing the taste would be. My husband is super picky about coffee and loves it. We're hooked on the Clinton St. blend - worth going out of our way for!" ~Janet McDonald (Wilsonville, OR)

Our Kickstarter

Goals and stretch goals

Basic Goal: Our goal of $8,500 will go toward the two new cargo bikes highlighted in the video. These bikes will help us get our delicious coffee out to more customers. Delivering all our coffee by bike is an important value for us to maintain and with our growing volume, we'll need the advantage of lighter, faster bikes.

1st stretch goal: The first stretch goal of $15,000  will go toward new coffee equipment (espresso machine and grinder) that will be used initially in our coffee lab for R&D and later this fall/winter for the coffee bar we plan to open. We have a fun opportunity to do a shared space coffee bar/bike shop with our friends at Lucky 13 bikes, a great local shop in our neighborhood.  

2nd stretch goal: Our second stretch goal of $18,000 will finance an electric assist system for the big cargo bike (the Bullitt). Electric assist will be great on our big delivery days when we put on thirty + miles and a couple thousand feet of climbing.

Rewards

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Coffee Lover's (bike) Tours:

We are going to have a great time with these! Ten great shops: Stumptown,Water Avenue, Barista, Coffeehouse NW, Courier Coffee, Case Study, Coava, Heart, Sterling Roasters, and Ristretto Roasters. Lunch at two great spots, sights, ice cream, dinner and more! Read the description in the rewards sidebar for more details.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Though risks and challenges are bound to be present in any project, we believe the risks around the fulfillment of our rewards are minimal. All of our infrastructure as a roasting business is in place, so we are in position to fulfill all our backer rewards at the time of this writing. The greatest single risk is of having adverse weather for our Coffee Lovers Bicycle Tours.
Historically, we get great weather in the NW in late Aug early September.

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    Stickers! Two cool stickers designed by our favorite designer, Nathan Wright of Nathan Wright Design Studio. Nathan did all our logo/identity work. US shipping included.

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    Kickstarter Blend/Mug Combo:You get the Crank Mug and one pound of this special blend. We will roast only 30 pounds of this one and you can only get it at this reward level. You also get the stickers from tier # 2. US shipping included.

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    Deluxe Coffee/swag combo: 1lb of Clinton Street Blend, 1 Aeropress coffee maker (our favorite way to make great coffee at home), the Crank T-shirt in your choice of size and color, the Crank Mug in either color, You also get the stickers from tier # 2. US shipping included.

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    The Crank Coffee Kit Combo- Two 1lb. bags of Crank Coffee, the Crank T-Shirt (choice of color/size) and the Crank Mug (choice of color). You also get the stickers from tier # 2. US shipping included.

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    1 Year Crank Roasting Subscription + Mug and T-Shirt- We will send or deliver to you a different coffee (1lb bag) each month for a year. You will also receive a Crank Mug and T-Shirt with your first month's coffee. You also get the stickers from tier # 2. US shipping included.

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    The Coffee Lover’s Bike Tour of Portland - This is going to be a blast! We'll be doing a bicycle tour of some of the best coffee shops in our coffee mecca, Portland, OR. Not being able to live on coffee alone, we will be having fantastic lunches at a couple of Portland's best eateries, as well as dinner Saturday night. We will also take some time to explore some uniquely “Portland” sites and attractions. Here is what is included: transportation to and from the airport (if needed), lodging on Fri. and Sat. nights, bike/helmet/lock rental, coffee at each shop, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday night and ice cream at Salt and Straw (look them up!). This will take place the weekend of Sept. 7th and 8th, 2013. Our mileage will not exceed 12 miles either day, and the pace will be easy with plenty of refreshing breaks. You will have a chance to test ride the delivery bikes too!

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    The #2 Coffee Lover’s Tour of Portland Exactly the same as reward #11, but this one will the be the next weekend...Sept. 14th and 15th, 2013

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    The Coffee Lover’s van tour of Portland - This is also going to be a blast! For those who would love to do the coffee tour, but not by bike, we'll be offering a van tour of some of the best coffee shops in our coffee mecca, Portland, OR. Not being able to live on coffee alone, we will be having fantastic lunches at a couple of Portland's best eateries, as well as dinner Saturday night. We will also take some time to explore some uniquely “Portland” sites and attractions. Here is what is included: transportation to and from the airport (if needed), lodging on Fri. and Sat. nights, transportation over the weekend by van, coffee at each shop, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday night and ice cream at Salt and Straw (look them up!). This will take place the weekend of Sept. 21st and 22nd, 2013. With this option, we will cover a bit more ground and see a few more of the sights. You can still test ride the delivery bikes if you like!

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