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Our ‘Brazilian Espresso Bar’ will help us showcase the beautiful coffee my family has been growing in Brazil since the 1890’s

The Brazilian Espresso Bar, a farm to cup coffee experience

So what does a Brazilian Espresso Bar mean exactly? When you walk up to our space, you will feel welcomed, and invited to share a cup of coffee with us. Our menu will not only feature excellent Espressos, Lattes, Americanos, and Cappuccinos, but it will also feature a traditional Brazilian 'Cafezinho' as well as some traditional Brazilian bites, both savory and sweet.

The espresso bar will be built inside the roastery, with a roll-up door leading to a dock perfect for hanging out and people watching. Our space is in the Pearl District on NW 13th and Johnson, a great corner with lots of foot traffic. We are just across the street from REI and PNCA (college of arts), so lots of people around to make this viable!

At the espresso bar we will also sell freshly roasted coffee beans and you'll be able to see part of the roasting operation as you sip your coffee and become integrated in the full cycle of the coffee!

We will have limited sitting outside (on these pleasant Portland days), but to stay true to traditional coffee bars in Brazil, and to make this flow well with our roastery this will be a standing espresso bar (great chance to stretch out those legs!).

Project Details: To pull this off we will be doing lots of work on our own. The funding will help us with plumbing, electrical, and coffee equipment. The total project cost is expected to be $25,000. But because we hope to do lots of work ourselves we are looking for $15,000. The total contractor and permitting fees add up to $5,000. The remainder will cover a high end Espresso Machine, grinders and all the small wares and accessories needed to open a cafe. We have a friend drawing the espresso bar in detail, and we will post it here as we make progress.

The Background Story: In 2005 I started importing and selling my family's coffee to showcase the beautiful coffee they have been growing for over 120 years (and 5 generations!). Thus the name 'Nossa Familia,' which literally means 'our family.'

It has been a personal dream come true to establish our roastery and to share my family's coffee on the wholesale level. Now I would like your help to make this a possibility. This will be a truly farm and 'family direct' Espresso bar where we'll celebrate 'cream of the crop' single origin coffees.  

Thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for a 'Cafezinho' soon!

Augusto

PS -  you can find much more about my family's sustainable coffee growing practices, Cup of Excellence awards, and more at our Nossa Familia Coffee website: www.familyroast.com

Red Bourbon coffee cherries at my cousin's farm
Red Bourbon coffee cherries at my cousin's farm
My kids having fun - and giving a helping hand - on the Drying Patio
My kids having fun - and giving a helping hand - on the Drying Patio
Take a personal guided tour of a century old coffee farm!
Take a personal guided tour of a century old coffee farm!

Let's Go To Brazil!

Each year owner, Augusto Carneiro takes a small group of coffee enthusiasts
and adverture seekers to his family's farms in Brazil. Since 1890, Augusto's family has grown beautiful award-winning coffees just three hours north of Sao Paulo on the slopes of a caldera in the lush Mogiana region. Join this personal tour June 21- July 1, 2013 for 10 day's of cultural, culinary and coffee delights. For more information about the tour, click here. (Pledge $2,950 for yourself or grab your friend or spouse and get a great discount on the trip, $5,550 for two)

Here are some great photos from our Brazil Tour this past May! Check them out. 

Here is a tentative sketch of our Espresso Bar layout!
Here is a tentative sketch of our Espresso Bar layout!

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  • We understand that things come up and plans change. We will offer the following refund policy on cancellation: By January 1, 2013 - 90%; By March 1, 2013 - 75%; By April 1, 2013 - 50%. We hope that you can sign up, and that the trip works out, it is truly an awesome life experience!

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  • It is a long way down to Brazil, so we definitely recommend that you extend your trip a few days afterwards (or arrive beforehand). While Augusto won't be your personal tour guide in Rio we can recommend an itinerary and places to visit and stay! Traveling inside Brazil is safe with lots of options of flights and interstate buses. About 1/2 of visitors on our previous tours have extended their stay to visit places such as Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls and Sao Paulo.

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  • We run this trip on a flexible schedule. We plan the days so that there is a great balance of group activities personal recreational time (whether that is reading a book, running, hiking or Mt.biking). Meals are all family style, with ingredients grown at the farm or from a farmer's market (which we will visit!). Take a look at the Brazil trip webpage (http://www.familyroast.com/brazil/index.htm) for the itinerary. As an example of the flexibility, we've had folks that wanted to walk for 1-2hrs before breakfast, others who wanted to do yoga, or bike up the coffee hills at the end of the day. It's a laid back atmosphere and we can usually acommodate these activities into the schedule!

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    High Five! 1 double Espresso + our heartfelt thanks! Espresso ~ Coffee in its purest form. Simple, beautifully extracted. You'll close your eyes and be transported to Brazil.

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    'The Espresso Package' ~ An espresso drink (latte, cappuccino etc) + a Brazilian savory treat* + our heartfelt thanks! *'Pao de queijo' is uniquely Brazilian, it's made with healthy ingredients such as queso fresco, tapioca flower and is naturally gluten free. Served warm out of the oven!

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    A cool Nossa Familia coffee mug + The Espresso Package + the proud feeling of supporting a great project, Thank you!

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    'Limited Edition Coffee' ~ 12 ounces of a special Microlot Coffee, roasted exclusively for our Kickstarter supporters. Add $8 for shipping anywhere in the U.S.

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    Limited Edition Coffee + Nossa Familia Coffee Mug, Thank you for being awesome! Add $8 for shipping anywhere in the U.S.

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    Limited Edition Coffee + Espresso Package + Nossa Familia Coffee Mug + Invitation to our launch party. We've got Brazilian roots, we know how to party!

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    Wait! it keeps getting better: 'The Roastery Walkabout' (30 min tour of our roastery!) + Limited Edition Coffee + Nossa Familia coffee mug + Espresso Package + Invitation to our launch party. Yeah!

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    Share the Love: Roastery tour and a Coffee Tasting for you and a friend. Each of you will be treated to our DELICIOUS Limited Edition Coffee + Nossa Familia Coffee Mugs + launch party invitations. What a great experience to share with a friend!

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    2 hour Barista training Class with Augusto or Rob. Learn how to pull a perfect shot and steam milk to impress all your friends + Limited Edition Coffee + Our cool coffee mug + Invitation to our launch party. We'll have lots of fun and drink LOADS of coffee during these sessions.

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    Group Tour for up to 6 of your friends or coworkers! (best. company. outing. ever!). We'll put on a private coffee tasting for your group + Everyone gets a Limited edition coffee and a our cool coffee mug! Add $25 for additional group members.

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    Roast your own Coffee on our awesome roaster! You will be under the guidance of Roaster Rob who will help you operate the roaster and create your own coffee! You will participate in our Roasting demo and coffee tasting. You will then decide the roast level and components for your very own coffee. You then get to take (approximately) 20 x 1lb bags for you and your friends, just in time for the holiday! You'll also get invited to our launch party + 2 autographed Nossa Familia Mugs + a Burlap bag to proudly display your support! Thank you!

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    Trip to Brazil! Spend 10 days in Brazil with us and see our coffee farm! This will be our 5th 'coffee, cultural, culinary' tour. We take a small group and stay at a beautiful farmhouse. We eat extremely well, we get to harvest coffee, experience the local culture, go on beautiful hikes and much more. We've had a blast on every tour, and many people who have gone with us consider it a life changing experience! Airfare not included (use up all those miles or credit card points). Full trip details (copy and paste this url into your browser) http://www.familyroast.com/brazil/index.htm

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    Trip to Brazil FOR TWO! Same as above but with a discount! Brazil here we come!

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