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Catalyst Coffee Bar: Art Saint Louis launches new specialty coffee shop to serve and connect the St. Louis community.
Catalyst Coffee Bar: Art Saint Louis launches new specialty coffee shop to serve and connect the St. Louis community.
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Catalyst Coffee Bar: Art Saint Louis launches new specialty coffee shop to serve and connect the St. Louis community.

Art Saint Louis is overhauling the former Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters café, upgrading, re-branding and folding it into our nonprofit work in an effort to broaden the audience for local art, generate renewable income and ensure our sustainability as a nonprofit organization. We’re taking the art/coffee hybrid concept to a new level, and we need your help!

Art Saint Louis is a special place where our region’s best visual art is showcased year-round, in an atmosphere which is as inviting and comfortable as it is professionally curated and maintained. We believe that specialty coffee of the highest quality is the perfect complement to this mission - in fact, it is a catalyst to make it possible - hence the name Catalyst Coffee Bar.

The coffee bar is an important part of the hospitality with which Art Saint Louis serves the community.
The coffee bar is an important part of the hospitality with which Art Saint Louis serves the community.

Presenting Catalyst Coffee Bar

Our aim is to offer a hospitality-driven specialty coffee experience inside the rare atmosphere of the art gallery, where visitors will:

  • Enjoy a carefully curated rotation of coffee, tea and espresso drinks from select roasters across the US along with the best locally-baked pastries, tea and kombucha.
  • Be served by a knowledgeable, caring bar staff whose meticulous passion for coffee is expressed in every drink they prepare.
  • Be assured that every dollar spent furthers the nonprofit work of Art Saint Louis, an organization that has served the St. Louis community through art for over 30 years.
Bar Manager Jac Pinto-Brickhouse prepares a delectable espresso drink.
Bar Manager Jac Pinto-Brickhouse prepares a delectable espresso drink.

The mission of Catalyst Coffee Bar is to create a vibrant space in which people from all walks of life can discover and enjoy specialty coffee and local art. This mission will serve in tandem with the mission of Art Saint Louis to enrich lives through the creative activity of our region's contemporary visual artists. 

We can’t do it without you

Offering the very best experience to our visitors requires a substantial investment in the coffee bar. Currently we’re working with aging coffee equipment that’s beginning to break down, disrupting service and requiring costly repairs. We are also in need of tables and chairs and improvements to the bar space itself, as well as signage and retail offerings. As a nonprofit organization with scarce financial resources, Art Saint Louis is challenged to cover these direct costs as well as ongoing operating expenses through this transitional period. And yet an important part of the vision behind Catalyst Coffee Bar is to generate revenue for our nonprofit work so that financial resources are no longer in such scarce supply! So we’re reaching out to our community with this Kickstarter campaign to help meet these challenging startup costs, and to create greater awareness of Catalyst Coffee Bar, its mission and unique value, to ensure its long-term success.

Investing in sustainability

Art Saint Louis delivers the best of St. Louis regional visual art to the community year round, both inside and outside the walls of our gallery!
Art Saint Louis delivers the best of St. Louis regional visual art to the community year round, both inside and outside the walls of our gallery!

Art Saint Louis strives to develop new projects and programs which both meet our mission and provide income to supplement traditional fundraising initiatives. We believe in an entrepreneurial approach to sustainability, as is evidenced in our partnership with Des Peres Hospital, one of the area’s largest rotating exhibitions of local art; our partnership with Chalk Riot, producing custom street paintings and murals in St. Louis and beyond; and our recently-launched mobile app, ArtLoupe, a national sales platform for independent artists. Catalyst Coffee Bar represents the newest strategic enterprise directly tied to our mission, connecting artists and audiences in our gallery while helping underwrite production costs associated with visual art programming. With your help, Catalyst Coffee Bar will further increase our cultural activity and impact!

What’s in it for you?

Premium coffee beans from Parlor Coffee in Brooklyn, NY. Just one of the many rewards on tap for our Kickstarter backers!
Premium coffee beans from Parlor Coffee in Brooklyn, NY. Just one of the many rewards on tap for our Kickstarter backers!

The 22 days of this campaign offer an opportunity to score some great coffee perks, including top-shelf coffee from roasters across the nation, super comfy Catalyst Coffee Bar T-shirts, private event rentals and home brew kits! We invite you to check out the multitude of rewards on tap here on our Kickstarter page, choose a backer level and make a pledge of support.

Catalyst Coffee Bar T-shirts. Can't wait to share these with our backers!
Catalyst Coffee Bar T-shirts. Can't wait to share these with our backers!

How does Kickstarter work?

Part of what makes Kickstarter unusual and exciting is that it’s an all-or-nothing funding platform. Our Kickstarter minimum goal is $18,000. Art Saint Louis must collect enough pledges from backers like you to reach this minimum goal by December 22, 2016, or else our backers’ credit cards will not be charged and no funding will be generated. With your help, we will do it!

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge Art Saint Louis faces is one that is common to many nonprofit organizations: limited financial resources to cover ongoing operating expenses. Art Saint Louis has a proven track record of overcoming this challenge in continuing its work without interruption since 1986. And the successful launch of Catalyst Coffee Bar will help REDUCE financial pressure on Art Saint Louis by generating renewable income to help subsidize operating costs. With your help, we WILL see this project through to completion and step up our service to the St. Louis community. We are committed to wisely stewarding the funds we receive from all our supporters, including those who join us in this Kickstarter campaign.

THANK YOU for your consideration and support! Please share our story and help us widen the impact of art in St. Louis!

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    Thank you for your support! As a small expression of our thanks, we're pleased to offer you a special Catalyst Kickstarter Rewards Card, good for four delicious beverages of your choice or other Catalyst menu offerings! We look forward to welcoming you to our space and serving you!

    • One super cool Catalyst Coffee Bar sticker.

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    • One stylish, ultra comfy Catalyst Coffee Bar T-shirt.

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    Pledges of $250 or more are deeply appreciated and critically important as we strive to reach our minimum goal of $18,000! Along with our heartfelt thanks, we're pleased to offer a Catalyst Coffee Bar Basic Brew Kit, including:

    • One pour-over cone and set of filters

    • Two bags of coffee

    • Catalyst Coffee Bar ceramic mug

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    Your pledge of $500 or more is greatly appreciated! Please enjoy a Catalyst Coffee Bar Intermediate Brew Kit, including:

    • Pour-over cone and set of filters

    • Two bags of coffee

    • One brew kettle

    • Catalyst Coffee Bar ceramic mug

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    Your pledge of $1,000 or more is a tremendous help! As a small expression of our thanks, please enjoy a Catalyst Coffee Bar Advanced Brew Kit, including:

    • Pour-over cone and set of filters

    • Two bags of coffee

    • One brew kettle

    • One coffee grinder

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    You are a rock star. Thank you for moving our mission forward in such a generous way! As a small expression of our thanks, we are pleased to offer:

    • One private event rental with open espresso bar! Perfect for groups, including corporations seeking an ideal location for a reception-style event, the Art Saint Louis gallery and Catalyst Coffee Bar provide an elegant backdrop for you and your guests. We look forward to hosting you!

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