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"Der Pioneer" is a neighborhood coffee shop in Kensington, Brooklyn founded by Chefs Björn Böttcher and Greg Barbiero.
"Der Pioneer" is a neighborhood coffee shop in Kensington, Brooklyn founded by Chefs Björn Böttcher and Greg Barbiero.
289 backers pledged $51,597 to help bring this project to life.

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When a German baker and an Italian Chef come together to realize their dream, the whole community benefits.

"Der Pioneer" is a real neighborhood spot that offers the community a place to meet friends, work or simply hang out, read a book, and enjoy artisanal, 100% homemade food and drinks. Our commitment will be more than just a lip service. Since we live in this neighborhood ourselves and know our customers, we plan on growing with and for them. Art exhibitions, music sessions, readings, pop-up shops, visiting guest chefs, cooking classes, co-ops with local artists, caterings, buy-outs - let’s make it happen!

As a Pastry Chef with over 20 years of experience, Björn knows a thing or two about delicious pastries. Being a German expat with a strong background in traditional French patisserie and a fondness for chocolate work, clients can expect an ever-changing selection of goodies, ranging from American standards like muffins and pies, over homemade chocolates and bonbons to classic French pastries like croissants and macarons. As a specialty, Björn will focus on hard-to-find German staples like Stollen, Franzbroetchen or Baumkuchen. If you don’t know any of them yet, even more of a reason to stop by and visit!

Greg will take care of the savory side of the kitchen which, of course, will focus on Italian inspired dishes. With years of fine dining experience under his belt, he is planning on an approachable yet refined menu with lots of healthy, grab and go items like grain salads, paninis, and quiches. Additionally, some breakfast and brunch items will be available in the mornings. Seasonality and simplicity will be key to his ever changing menu.

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We are ready to rumble! The shop's ready, the menu's in place, and the ovens are almost hot. As soon as we get cleared by the city, the most wonderful smells of freshly brewed coffee and buttery-sweet pastries will waft through our hood.

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    For ten bucks you'll get our super-fly 'Der Pioneer' pin and a hug.

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    $25 buy you any coffee you'd like for a whole week (one per day), your badge of honor (aka 'Der Pioneer' pin) and a big hug.

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    $50 get you one month of daily free coffee (one per day), our famous pin and a huge hug.

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    This is where it gets truly special: You will get one of Chef Björn's world-famous Christmas Stollen, a chic 'Der Pioneer' tote bag to show off your support and a bear hug.

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    Because we want you to enjoy our Stollen as fresh and delicious as possible, we don't want to send it on a journey around the world. But of course, you deserve a Thank-you from us. That's why you get our ultimate supporter package containing a t-shirt, a pin, and our tote bag.

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    Grab & go! Because you're in the neighborhood or plan to hang out at Der Pioneer all the time you don't need shipping but totally want Chef Björn's Stollen to carry home in your awesome tote bag. And of course, you get the hug too.

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    Brunch's on us! We host you and three of your friends for brunch, give every single person a hug and treat you with a special to-go present before you leave. (one dish, one drink per person)

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    Do you know that you're an absolutely amazing human being?! We know that the way to someone's heart is through his stomach. Let us cook an all inclusive three-course meal for you and seven friends to proof our love to you.

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    Wow, you really do love us! Thank you so, so much. We are speechless. To show you how much we love you back, we want to cook a six-course meal for you and fifteen of your friends. Of course, the beverages are on us as well. And because we're sure there's something to celebrate, we even chip in a cake and to-go gifts for everybody. (six-course tasting meal plus wine pairing, celebratory cake and to-go gifts)

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