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Surfers Coffee Bar is a non-profit community coffee shop. We are campaigning for a new espresso machine, grinder and filtration system.

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We are Fully Funded!  Mahalo everyone!

Stretch Goal: Our stretch goal is another $2,000 for slow brewing equipment.  This would include a new digital scale along with pour over, chemex, and aero press equipment.  We want to offer our community an amazing slow brew experience also.

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Surfes Coffee Bar
Surfes Coffee Bar

Who are we?

Surfers Coffee Bar is a local non-profit coffee shop focused completely upon building community. We seek to bring people together by providing a great atmosphere, amazing music and coffee of the highest quality.  By offering a space for others to learn and gather, we hope promote creativity and transformation in the city of Wahiawa.

We offer live music, a meeting space, and a safe environment to the community of Wahiawa around us.

Completely Free Open Mic Night and Live Music
Completely Free Open Mic Night and Live Music

Surfers Coffee Bar (SCB) staff members are all full time volunteers. That means that everyone from the General Manager to the Dishwasher are completely unpaid.  You might be asking yourself why would anybody want to work for free?  Well, the answer to that is our passion for changing lives and meeting needs.  We are extremely fortunate to see transformation on a day to day basis, and are stoked to be here.

A newspaper article talking about that transformation
A newspaper article talking about that transformation

Wahiawa was once known in Hawaii as an economically depressed and dangerous place to live in.  SCB is trying to change that image, and throughout the past 2 years we have seen massive transformation in the area.  New businesses are popping up, stores are being renovated and violent crime has dropped significantly.  Through the efforts of Surfers Coffee Bar and others like us, hope has entered a seemingly hopeless situation.

Our coffee bean supplier is Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon.  We have chosen to partner with Stumptown because of their commitment to quality and their ethical sourcing practices.  Stumptown buys their coffee direct from the producers and builds relationships with these same producers by investing in their farms and through coffee education.  We are excited for their new single origins anytime they come in season-it is truly a great thing to know you are drinking a top quality, ethically sourced cup of joe.

Surfers Coffee Bar also has a limited quantity, but high quality food menu.  Our main elements that we offer are Acai Bowls and Smoothies.  Our Acai Bowls are top notch blended creations using Tambor Acai, fresh bananas, organic granola, and US Grade A honey.  Our Smoothies are 100% real fruit.  Both our Smoothies and Acai Bowls are made fresh to order. 

Smoothie/Acai Bowl Menu and a Fresh Acai Bowl with Strawberries
Smoothie/Acai Bowl Menu and a Fresh Acai Bowl with Strawberries

Our baked goods come from a local North Shore bakery that we have partnered with, PJ's Bakery.  PJ's makes excellent cookies, macaroons, brownies, and anything else sweet and tasty that would go great with a cup of coffee.  We are stoked to be working with them!

PJ's Baked Goods
PJ's Baked Goods

So, why do we need your help ($) ?

Well, the answer to that question is simple- we want to offer the best quality coffee possible.  The staff of Surfers Coffee Bar have made a commitment to excellence in all the ways that SCB operates.  From the ingredients we use to the customer service we give, we want to have the best.  Over the past 2 years Surfers Coffee Bar has been growing into this commitment and has been steadily improving the experience we offer to the community around us.  We have invested in better sound equipment for our live music nights, higher quality blenders for our Smoothies and Acai Bowls, and excellent Coffee Beans for our espresso based drinks.

Now, the next step on this path to providing an excellent value and experience to our customers and community is to invest in better Espresso Equipment.  With our current setup we are able to make good drinks, but what we truly want to do is make excellent drinks.  As we have grown, we have put a lot mileage on our current Astoria 2-grouphead espresso machine and it is starting to tell.  

We need to get a new machine; one that can handle our high volume of espresso demand.  We need a workhorse, and that means La Marzocco Linea.  

Linea 2-Group
Linea 2-Group

La Marzocco espresso machines are considered the longest lasting and highest quality in the world.  Heralding from Italy and with 86 years of experience, it is easy to see why.

With a new La Marzocco Linea Espresso Machine we will be able to handle a higher quantity of orders and produce more consistent and better tasting espresso shot. Quality espresso shots will attract more customers, retain more customers, improve overall quality, and open up our shop to greater variety and higher quality of espresso beans. This will in turn attract new customers and artists, bringing more business and creativity to Wahiawa.

In order to protect our new investment in the Linea, we will also be purchasing a Commercial Everpure Filtration System.

Since Coffee Drinks are 98% water, it is important to ensure that our drinks are well filtered for optimal coffee taste.  Minerals and other impurities in the water affect the brewing process and as a result, the end taste.  Also, having a system like this will prevent any costly build up of minerals and impurities that can severely damage boilers and water lines in an espresso machine.

To insure that we are getting the best  possible brew with our drip and espresso SCB is including in this package a Mazzer Kony "E" Doserless Grinder.

This type of commercial espresso grinder has become the industry standard in busy coffee shops that rely on grinders to dose out proper shots for consistent espresso extraction. Unlike our current grinders, the Kony grinder can "dose" or a specific amount of coffee directly into the portafilter (where the ground coffee goes) without any waste.

Surfers Coffee Bar will use these 3 pieces of equipment to provide excellence to our customers.  Excellent Machines=Excellent Coffee=Amazing Experience.  Please join us in this quest to quality to the community of Wahiawa.

Other information:

The money pledged towards this Kickstarter project will go entirely towards the equipment that Surfers Coffee Bar needs to continue providing excellent coffee and towards reward fulfillment.

Remember that with Kickstarter campaigns the project must be fully funded or it won't be funded at all.  That means that if we come close to our $15,000 goal, but not completely there, we will get nothing at all.  So, with this in mind please keep pledging and sharing this project to friends until we reach the $15,00 goal and beyond!

Rewards Section Photos:

Surfers Coffee Bar Mugs
Surfers Coffee Bar Mugs
Surfers Coffee Latte Cup
Surfers Coffee Latte Cup
Surfers Coffee Bar Tshirt- Avaliable in Black, Steel Blue,and Leaf Green
Surfers Coffee Bar Tshirt- Avaliable in Black, Steel Blue,and Leaf Green

How can you be involved?

-Donate on Kickstarter:  You will be supporting a great cause and getting some epic rewards in return

-Stop by the Bar for some coffee:  We would love to talk to you and make you a great coffee drink whenever you are in the area

-Share this campaign with your friends:  Please blast this campaign out on social media and let people know about what we are doing

Mahalo nui loa!!

-Surfers Coffee Bar Staff

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any installation of new equipment there is the possibility of setbacks from elements such as needing to reroute plumbing or ordering additional parts. However, we are confident that SCB will be able to meet these challenges as they arise and get this new system up and running ASAP.

Reward fulfillment should be relatively problem free since we have been working with our suppliers for a while now and have great relationships with them.

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