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Cafe St. Jorge is a rad cafe launching in San Francisco in the summer of 2013.
Cafe St. Jorge is a rad cafe launching in San Francisco in the summer of 2013.
Cafe St. Jorge is a rad cafe launching in San Francisco in the summer of 2013.
285 backers pledged $30,381 to help bring this project to life.

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The goal: To create and to deliver an amazing space for you and the people of San Francisco to enjoy some really awesome food and coffee.

The background: Always dreaming of one day running my own cafe and bakery, I finally decided to take the plunge and quit my full-time job at the end of last year to make my life-long dream a reality.

I found a great location in the Mission/Bernal neighborhood of San Francisco and really look forward to supporting and growing with my new community with your help!

Making people happy through food, baking, and coffee is what I love to do and with your help I can do just that!

Growing up between California and Portugal (where my family is from and my dad lives), I had the incredible opportunity to experience many different foods and cultures. 
 Pulling inspiration from my two worlds, I want to bring you a cafe and small scale bakery that I believe can be a wonderful community gathering space.

What is Cafe St. Jorge?

Cafe St. Jorge (www.cafestjorge.com) is my answer to bringing together my two homes and creating a beautiful and amazing space with amazing fresh food and (Stumptown!) coffee for you.

Named after my favorite Açorean Island and birthplace of the majority of my family, Cafe St. Jorge is a Portuguese-inspired cafe and bakery located in San Francisco providing organic locally-sourced fare, delicious freshly baked breads and pastries, and exceptional coffee that is real and unpretentious in a place where people can gather, relax, and enjoy some wonderful and friendly service.

Please help me give San Francisco an truly awesome gathering place with delicious noshes and make my vision come true and keep a little bit of Portugal alive in San Francisco.

The next step and what we need your help with is outfitting the space with all the tools we need to make incredible coffee, pastries, and food!

WHERE WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GO?

Your super appreciated contribution will help us:

• Purchase equipment to carry out the vision.

• Outfit the space to make it comfortable and authentic.

• Have the funds to make our space a place to call home, for not just us, but for our community.

Your contributions will immediately go to completing the remodel of the space, buying of equipment, and beautification of the restaurant. We are in need of buying kitchen equipment (fridges, ovens, blenders, etc.), an espresso machine, a coffee machine, and comfortable furniture. Making donations through Kickstarter is a way for you to help us make a great place to call home for all of us in the community.

Help us carry out the vision.

WHY BACK THIS PROJECT?

• You want to support me!

• You want to see an awesome new space in the neighborhood.

• You love Portuguese people and/or their food!

• You love good quality coffee and food!

Ultimately, remodeling, furnishing and beautifying the space costs way more than the $30,000 goal, but this is a way for YOU to become part of something/ the community. The remainder of the funding is coming from investors, lenders, and my own pocket.

Any amount raised above and beyond the $30,000 will be used to begin paying off those debts and making the cafe even more exceptional for you!

SPREAD THE WORD:

Take two minutes today and help spread the word!

Go on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and E-mail.

Tell your friends!

Even if you cannot donate monetarily, please let me know if you are interested in donating your time and labor and I would love to trade something in return.

Come and help me paint!

Everything counts!

Also, feel free to combine rewards.

OBRIGADO!!!

Also, a special obrigado to Gusto at Life In Digital (http://thelifeindigital.com) for making my incredible video!!

Some rewards (Feel free to combine rewards!):  

If you want to combine rewards or do custom rewards, please input the final dollar amount and then send me an a note with what you would like!

The organic cotton tote!
The organic cotton tote!
The t-shirt!
The t-shirt!
The Bottomless Mug Club!
The Bottomless Mug Club!

Risks and challenges

There are many challenges inherent in this project, primarily in the form of potential delays. Because we have to coordinate many different parties in order to accomplish the renovation and permits (city, contractors, attorneys/admin, financing), there are many different points where delays can and will happen, especially because this is San Francisco. Did you know that you have to get a permit to paint over an existing outdoor sign? Or that you have to get all new equipment approved by the Health Department? Because you do....

With determination I believe we can work through any obstacle that comes our way!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A virtual hug. If you live in San Francisco I will personally give you a real hug! And I give really great hugs.

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    Receive a delicious house made treat of your choice on your first visit (or if you do not live in the area – I will ship you one) + handwritten thank you card and sticker + a HUG!

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    You get a free cup of Stumptown coffee on your first visit! If you don't know about Stumptown, you should! www.stumptowncoffee.com

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    A fantastic reusable organic cotton Cafe St. Jorge tote! (Thanks to the guys at Free Gold Watch!) and a hug.

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    You get an awesome custom printed Cafe St. Jorge tee-shirt! (Thanks again to Free Gold Watch) and a hug!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Our special Cafe St. Jorge mug! If you live in San Francisco come fill it up on your first visit + a free treat of your choice + handwritten thank you card and sticker + a HUG!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A dozen of our most popular treats delivered to your door in an awesome Cafe St. Jorge organic cotton reusable bag + handwritten thank you card and sticker + a HUG!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    An original print of our limited edition Cafe St. Jorge print (Thanks Gold Watch!) + our special Cafe St. Jorge mug (come fill it up on your first visit!) + a sweet t-shirt + a reusable bag + a dozen delicious treats + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    COFFEE CLUB Become part of our coffee club for 1 whole year. Receive our awesome Cafe St. Jorge limited 2013 “bottomless” mug and fill it every single time you come in the cafe for a full year! (Your full year will extend into 2014...don't worry!) + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG!

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    GOODIE OF THE (every other) MONTH CLUB a dozen delicious treats delivered to you wherever you live every other month (or come and visit us!) + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG!
    This is for the people who want some goods, but can't afford every month!

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    THE BARISTA EXPERIENCE A coffee class – learn to make a perfect cup of coffee, how to pull a perfect shot of espresso, make latte art, and perfect foam! + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG! Plus go home with a Cafe St. Jorge t-shirt and a mug filled with some delicious coffee.

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    GOODIE OF THE MONTH CLUB a dozen delicious treats delivered to you wherever you live every month (or come and visit us!) + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG!

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    THE AWESOME FRIEND AWARD Be an awesome friend this year and pick 6 friends to receive a box of half a dozen treats. We'll send 6 friends a treat for their birthday, a holiday, an anniversary, or "just because" delivered with a handwritten card + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG!

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    NAME AN ITEM An item on our menu will be named after you, or by you (seriously) + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a HUG! (Naming within reason, obviously.)

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    THE CAFE IS YOURS! Cafe St. Jorge will become YOUR private event space after hours. You (plus up to 18 of your closest friends) will have the whole cafe to yourselves and be nourished with delicious food and drink! + a shout out on Facebook + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + a hug.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    The ULTIMATE Pledge [and culmination of goods] A private event space after hours. You (plus up to 18 friends) will be served coffee & tea as well as some delicious pastries and small bites! (And libations if/when we get our license) + “Goodie of The Month” Club + A Cafe St. Jorge “bottomless” mug filled every time you come in for a full year + A reusable Cafe St. Jorge bag + The “Awesome Friend Award” + the barista class + A dozen treats delivered to your door every month! + a tee-shirt + a GIGANTIC shout out on Facebook + a hand-written thank you and a sticker + A hug that will last for an uncomfortably long time.

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Funding period

- (31 days)