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Bowling Green, OH Food
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This project was successfully funded on June 22, 2014.

Hand-crafting the world's most delicious coffees using experimentation & competition

Bowling Green, OH Food
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For coffee connoisseurs, searching for that perfect cup can be a lifestyle. For Flatlands Coffee, searching for that perfect cup is our mission.

Flatlands Coffee will be a multi-roaster coffee shop with competition-level baristas, using carefully sourced and roasted beans, on state-of-the-art equipment. We want to not only add to the community of Bowling Green, Ohio, but hope to participate in the progression of the specialty coffee industry as a whole.

The baristas at Flatlands Coffee will be trained as helpful experts to bring you the best experience and our values of taking an experimental approach to brewing and pairing that with competition will help us craft the most delicious beverages.

At Flatlands Coffee, you can know you are always getting the best coffees available. We will regularly cup seasonal coffees from several outstanding roasters to select the best coffees and will frequently host cuppings that are open to the public.

We have already invested in our employee training lab where we have practiced and experimented with fourteen brewing methods and have already gained high-class training. Now we are ready to bring our services to the public.  

The same way we emphasize quality in our coffee, you will find in our alternative beverages, such as our hot chocolate, craft sodas, and tea. Flatlands Coffee will offer the highest quality sourced, seasonally-fresh loose leaf teas and carefully brew them to highlight each tea's best and most unique flavor.  

After planning Flatlands Coffee for many years, we have had the time to put great detail in every area of the business to make it truly unique.

 

 

The atmosphere and design of Flatlands Coffee has been carefully planned to stand out as an artistic space that reflects our focus to quality. Its design will maximize efficiency of the baristas to give our customers shorter waits, while also creating plenty of customer seating and room for hosting coffee competitions. 

We did launch a previous Kickstarter campaign (see video above) where we did not reach our goal, but so much has improved! Previously our goal was 3X larger, but now we have a lower goal, since we gained additional investors. PLUS, we are offering better rewards!! Please consider joining our team by making a pledge, so we can launch Flatlands Coffee and participate in the progression of the specialty coffee industry!

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3. Make a pledgeplus this way you can get rewards!

THE REWARDS

As a way to give a special thank you to our backers, we are offering unique rewards for different levels of pledges, which are listed on the right side column of this page. Once this project succeeds, you will be asked any necessary information (i.e. shipping address, shirt size, etc). Some of the rewards include:

     Special Selection Coffee Tin

     Coasters

     Mugs

     Complete Pour-Over Bar

     T-Shirt

If we do not reach our $20,000 goal before our project deadline, you will not be charged and the rewards will not be distributed. Please help us reach our goal, so you can get these great rewards!

OUR STORY

After being a barista at The Flying Joe, Ben Vollmar realized he wanted to own his own shop and pour coffee the rest of his life. A pivotal moment was when Ben experienced Intelligentsia's Monadnock location and decided to take the high-end, quality-focused approach. Ever since, he has been diving as deep as possible into coffee research.

Cassy Vollmar is an interior designer who has wanted to pair her design skills with her excitement in coffee for quite some time. When Ben first met Cassy, she explained how she wanted to open a flower/coffee cart ...their friendship quickly spiraled and they married one year later. Together, they have shaped the next cutting-edge coffee shop, Flatlands Coffee.

Keep in touch with us on Twitter @FlatlandsCoffee
Or through Facebook /FlatlandsCoffee

THANKS

Video Production: David Falter
Music: "333" by Balloon Messenger on The Anchor EP (Check it out!)
Woodworking Artist: Damon Bauer of Arbrepila
Ceramics Artist: Betti Wright
Screen Printing: Anthony Colarusso of BG T-Shirts
Architect: Dan Pingle of Alpha
Logo Designer: Michael Gump Jr.
Plus, All who have advised, encouraged, and supported us!!

Risks and challenges

We have secured a team of experienced carpenters, contractors, and a detailed architect to help keep our scheduled timeline, however it is not uncommon to have unforeseen challenges during construction. If any delays are expected to occur, we will keep you in the loop by posting an update—backers receive these updates in email.

Our investors are very enthusiastic in joining our team as they see immense potential in Flatlands Coffee, so they have agreed to give us installments to assist with the remainder of our startup costs—once we succeed with this campaign. This is capital we do not currently have in our bank account, but it is agreed to be provided as needed to avoid unnecessary interest rates.

Also like any business, we need to establish a customer base. With the third wave segment growing rapidly, we expect a strong welcome in this college town and we have already seen excitement growing!! To also help with this, we are planning several marketing tactics to help get the word out.

After planning Flatlands Coffee for several years and with such a huge passion for it, we are determined to accomplish this venture. We ask YOU to join our team in helping us bring the best experience and craft that perfect, unforgettable cup —Let's Do This!!

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FAQ

  • We have a spaced reserved downtown Bowling Green, Ohio on N. Main St, right next to a tattoo parlor and record store! If this Kickstarter succeeds, we can secure that space! :)

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  • Short Answer: Yes

    Long Answer: There are so many social issues that surround coffee and one of which is proper compensation to coffee producers (such as the farmer). Fair Trade Certification has been helpful to the industry by bringing awareness to this issue. It also has been helpful by bringing awareness to small outstanding farms that would have been left undiscovered otherwise.

    Coffee producers may spend time and money on such certification if it provides value for them ...but some farmers have unique relationships with importers where they do not have to spend on certification to ensure they are getting noticed or paid well. That being said, only some of our coffees may be Fair Trade Certified, but ALL our coffees will be ethically-traded.

    We will be partnering with roasters that are purchasing the highest quality coffees with high trace-ability. With purchasing such high-quality coffee and the value of ethical trading, the farmers of all our coffees are paid far beyond what Fair Trade Certification would require.

    With such a high value of ethical trading and sustainability, some of our partnering roasters and importers will go beyond paying a premium through creative giving, such as building schools or helping the farmer build more sustainable farming practices, or in other similar ways.

    So when you purchase a cup at Flatlands Coffee, you can be at peace knowing you contributed to ethical, sustainable practices ...as that is our value as well.

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  • For each reward level that has the option "add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt," you would pledge $25 above the reward level you are selecting.

    i.e. If you wanted to add a T-shirt to the $50 level, you would make a pledge of at least a $75 and then when making the pledge, you select the $50 level. All necessary information we will need to fulfill your order will be collected after our campaign is successful (i.e. address, shirt size, etc)

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    12 backers

    TIP JAR - As part of the team, receive "backers-only" updates to easily track our progress

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  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    39 backers

    SUPPORTER - Hand-written thank you and one free drink when you visit. Free US shipping

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    57 backers

    DRINKER - 4oz tin of amazing coffee that stood out in our comparative tastings (or choose 4oz of our industry-leading teas).
    ——OR——
    Three free drinks when you visit... Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    37 backers

    ***Grand Finale - New Reward***
    FIVE FREE DRINKS!!
    Every $5 added, get ANOTHER FREE DRINK!! We look forward to your visits ;)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    ***EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL*** UNLIMITED pour-over coffees and tea for one month!! (drinks cannot be shared) Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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    Pledge $40 or more

    10 backers

    ***Grand Finale - New Award*** Locally-made mug ——OR—— limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    28 backers

    COFFEE ENTHUSIAST - Three 4oz tins of world-class coffees or instead try our industry-leading teas. Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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  • You selected
    Pledge $65 or more

    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    ***EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL*** UNLIMITED drinks for one month!! (drinks cannot be shared) Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    4 backers

    CONNOISSEUR - Drop by our shop and choose two retail bags of coffee each month, for two months. Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    25 backers

    SAMPLER - Three 4oz tins of world-class coffees, one tin of tea, a locally-made ceramic mug, and a set of four of our branded coasters. Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    7 backers

    QUALITY EXPERT - Three shipments of three 4oz world-class coffees shipped biweekly (or instead receive our industry-leading teas), plus get a locally-made mug, and have one of our monthly specialty drinks named after you. Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    12 backers

    MEMBER - Swing by and choose two retail bags of coffee each month for six months. Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    6 backers Limited (12 left of 18)

    HONORARY MEMBER - Have your name engraved on one of our tables, one of our monthly specialty drinks will be named after you, and receive two invites to our exclusive pre-opening party.

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    Pledge $360 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    ***EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL*** UNLIMITED drinks for six months!! (drinks cannot be shared) Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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    Pledge $500 or more

    4 backers

    BREW MASTER - Whole in-house brewing station: includes locally made pour-over bar from Arbrepila, Hario V60 dripper with filters, Bonavita electric kettle, a locally made mug, set of four of our branded coasters, our brewing instructions, plus two invites to our exclusive pre-opening party and three shipments of three 4oz world-class coffees shipped biweekly (or instead receive our industry-leading teas). Add $25 for a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt. Free US shipping

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $700 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    ***EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL*** UNLIMITED drinks for a year!! (drinks cannot be shared) PLUS a limited edition Flatlands T-shirt

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    BARISTA - Exclusive training class on brewing and cupping, limited edition Flatlands T-shirt, plus everything in the $500 level

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    ***THE HOST*** (New Award) We'll bring our pourover bar to your private-party and brew you and your guests fresh coffee! —limit 3 hrs, up to 50 guests, within 2hr driving distance—

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    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers

    PRESIDENT - Three 4oz world-class coffees shipped biweekly for six months, whole in-house brewing station: locally made pour-over bar from Arbrepila, Hario V60 dripper with filters, Bonavita electric kettle, a locally made mug, set of four of our branded coasters, our brewing instructions, exclusive training class on brewing and cupping, limited edition Flatlands T-shirt, and two invites to our exclusive pre-opening party. Free US shipping

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers

    EXECUTIVE - A year supply of coffee (3 4oz tins shipped biweekly for one year), a whole in-house brewing station, one of our monthly specialty drinks will be named after you, two invites to our exclusive pre-opening party, limited edition Flatlands T-shirt... we are REALLY taking care of you! Thank you for the support! Free US shipping

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    ***NEWLY-WED*** (New Award) Have a FULL COFFEE BAR at your wedding reception!! We'll bring pourovers + espresso drinks!! —(must be within 5hr driving distance) MUST CONTACT US WITH DATE AND LOCATION BEFORE SELECTING THIS AWARD— ...and most importantly, CONGRATS!!

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    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers

    RUN OF THE SHOP - Have your own private party here at Flatlands Coffee - invite your guests and all drinks are on us! Plus, everything in the $5,000 level!! Seriously thank you!!

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (29 days)