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Veteran owned, fair trade, small batch coffee roastery located in Maine.
Veteran owned, fair trade, small batch coffee roastery located in Maine.
203 backers pledged $15,947 to help bring this project to life.

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☑ Goal #1 - $10,000 

  • All rewards will be fulfilled at the end of the Kickstarter for our amazing backers that have helped bring this project to life!

☐ Goal #2 - $15,000

  • All of our backers will be able to help us decide what we will name our first roast of coffee!  At the end of the crowdfund, we will vote on the name together.

Our Story

The idea behind Black Ink Coffee Company came to me while I was deployed. As I spent most of my free time thinking about what I wanted to do when I returned home, I realized that there was only one thing that made sense... coffee!

Coffee has always played a special role in my life, especially growing up. The aroma alone makes me feel pure nostalgia which is probably why I enjoyed drinking it so much while I was deployed, it was a taste of home.

Another reason that I knew I had to pursue coffee roasting was because I was inspired by the acts of altruism within the coffee industry. You probably wouldn't know this unless you have been deployed, but coffee roasters send free coffee to deployed military members all of the time. 

When I received my first care package of coffee, that little taste of home made all of the difference. I knew I had to one day return the favor and pay it forward with my own coffee.

Our Mission

To offer specialty fair trade coffee to our customers through a direct partnership with farmers. Being fair trade means we are offering our customers a healthier cup of coffee while also paying the farmers what they deserve. 

We aim to create an open line of communication with these farmers, giving us a personal relationship with our supplier, and an overall better product for our customers. In time, we will move from fair trade coffee to direct trade coffee.

Additionally, Black Ink Coffee Company encourages a sustainable lifestyle which is why we will be offering biodegradable products, ensuring the smallest carbon footprint possible. 

It is our goal to have Black Ink coffee selling in local restaurants, breweries, and markets while also selling globally through our eCommerce site. We have already received interest from many local businesses and are extremely excited to start filling these orders.



Rewards

Early Bird Reward

As a token of our appreciation, the first 100 pledged backers will receive varying promo codes, based on the amount pledged, that will be redeemable on our website!

Founding Member 

Each reward tier ($25+) comes with a "founding member" reward, to honor the amazing people that backed this project. Since you helped make Black Ink Coffee Company become a reality, your name will go on our website as a founding member and supporter of the business. The higher the pledge amount, the larger your name or business will appear.

Take Me To My Mug
Take Me To My Mug


Financial

The startup costs for running a coffee roastery are much higher than I had ever anticipated. As I began researching coffee roasting, my excitement soon turned into disappointment... 

"how was I ever going to come up with that type of money?"

For a small 5-Kilo gas powered coffee roaster, you are looking at around $15,000-$20,000 without any attachments. The attachments are not always needed, but a few of them are pretty crucial if you want to be competitive. 

In addition to the roaster and attachments, there is the cost of shipping (these things are heavy) and installation (venting, gas lines, etc.). 

Although the costs associated with the roaster are the majority of the upfront costs, there are a few others as well. These include; commercial grinders, coffee moisture tester, scales, heat sealers, storage containers, legal/licensing requirements.

5-Kilo Diedrich Roaster
5-Kilo Diedrich Roaster

Nearly 10% of funds raised go towards Kickstarter and the cost of payment processing. Also, roughly 25-30% of the funds will go towards the overhead of the Kickstarter rewards and the cost of free shipping I have included.

The goal we have set for this crowdfund is $10,000 which will cover a portion of the startup costs. Although the startup costs are much higher, every bit helps! Anything more than this that we raise will only speed up production and allow for us to purchase bigger and better equipment.


Why Drink Black Ink Coffee?

Most people will spend hundreds of dollars a year on coffee from places like Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks, even though it is over priced, poor quality and treated with chemicals. Yet, many have a hard time paying a few extra dollars on a better bag of coffee for home, even though it is a much cheaper alternative... and it tastes better!

Not only will our coffee be cheaper and better quality than what you are buying from fast food services, it is going towards a great cause. With fair trade coffee, the price per pound that farmers receive is much higher than commodity bought coffee, which helps with the production of a healthier crop.

Additionally, Black Ink Coffee Company will be giving back to more than just our suppliers and customers, but to the veteran, farming and Maine communities.

Black Ink Employees
Black Ink Employees

What Makes Us Different?

  • Optional Subscription Plans
  • Steeping Bags & Single Serving Pods
  • Environment Friendly and Sustainable Approach
  • Supporting Other Veteran Businesses
  • Cryptocurrency Friendly

Risks and challenges

The only risk that we face at Black Ink Coffee Company is not meeting our funding goal which will delay production. If we do fall short of our goal, operations will still continue as planned!

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    Part of the Family

    Every bit helps, you are now part of the Black Ink Coffee Company family.

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    Coffee Lover

    Try a bag of our delicious, specialty roasted coffee. You will also become a founding member of our business with a dedicated spot on our website for your name.

    Includes:
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
    • Free Shipping (US only)
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    Black Ink Mug & Previous

    It is a proven fact that coffee tastes better when it is sipped out of a Black Ink coffee mug, well not really, but it should be.

    Includes:
    • Black Ink Mug
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
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    No Coffee Solution

    Don't worry, we understand that not everyone is as passionate about coffee as we are. So, we have built a special reward tier just for you with shipping already factored in.

    Includes:
    • Black Ink Premium Shirt
    • Black Ink Mug
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
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    Black Ink Shirt & Previous

    If you are going to drink our coffee and use one of our mugs, you may as well look good while you do it. Also, just to warn you, this will probably become your new favorite shirt.

    Includes:
    • Black Ink Premium Shirt
    • Black Ink Mug
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
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    Three Month Subscription & Previous

    Not only will you receive everything previously mentioned, you will also receive a 1 lb bag of our delicious specialty roasted coffee, for three additional months.

    Includes:
    • 3 Month Subscription (3 X 1 LB)
    • Black Ink Premium Shirt
    • Black Ink Mug
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
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    Coffee Addict & Previous

    Not only will you receive everything previously mentioned, you will also receive a 1 lb bag of our delicious specialty roasted coffee, for twelve additional months.

    Includes:
    • 12 Month Subscription (12 X 1 LB Bag)
    • Black Ink Premium Shirt
    • Black Ink Mug
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Free Hug
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    Coffee For Life Sampler & Previous

    We saved the best reward for last. You will receive 12 bags of our delicious, specialty roasted coffee, every year. Not only will you receive free coffee for life, we will send you free samples of our products for life as well.

    Includes:
    • Coffee For Life (12 Bags a Year)
    • Free Samples (Flavors & Products)
    • Black Ink Premium Shirt
    • Black Ink Mug
    • 12 oz. bag of Black Ink Coffee
    • Founding Member
    • Unlimited Free Hugs
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Funding period

- (35 days)