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$1,471
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 11 2013 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
$1,471
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 11 2013 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Our goal with this Kickstarter is to start production on our beverages right away so we can spread our love of natural, great-tasting and culturally-relevant teas and ades to you, your friends and the rest of the world! Zone 8 is based off of the simple premise that all truly 'natural' ingredients are grown and not created.

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Here's a little bit about me

My name is Chris Megenbier and I live in a suburb of Chicago. I’m a 20 year old college student, taking time off to pursue a passion of bringing a company to life that will be positively contributing to the push for healthier, all natural foods and drinks; that’s why we are starting Zone 8 Beverages. I’m working with my friends and family to make this dream a reality and I need your help to bring our products to market.

How it all started

The idea for Zone 8 began with a recipe from my great-grandmother, who passed down her recipe of black tea, honey and lemon that I then shared with my friends; this was the start of everything. This drink was known for both it’s homeopathic qualities and also because it was a great combination of natural flavors and simply tasted great. While working to understand this important part of my family’s culture, I came to the realization that my friends had unique cultural aspects and flavors that they had been sharing with me for years at their dinner tables.

My friend Tina shared her masala recipe, a traditional Indian spice tea. We spent time in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother developing the recipe, which enabled me to connect with her cultural and personal history as we brewed. This made the experience and the tea authentic.

Another friend of mine introduced me to his family's recipe for hibiscus tea, which he called agua de Jamaica (pronounced HA-MY-KAH, means Jamaica water) since it originated in Jamaica, Mexico. Almost all of our flavors were developed in this way.

While working on these recipes with fresh, real ingredients, I asked myself the question, "Why do companies put all of these artificial ingredients in their products when the real thing tastes so great?" That's when I set off to see if we could "Experience the flavors of the world" and redefine the meaning of the word 'natural' by looking at the past while living in the present.

What I discovered was that it is possible to make a better-tasting beverage with REAL ingredients like our grandmothers used to make. By using current manufacturing technology, we also determined that we do not need to use artificial ingredients or preservatives. When you taste the teas and juices from Zone 8, you will understand the relevance of what we have accomplished.

What's happening now?

In the last few months, the Zone 8 team and I have been making all of the final adjustments to the teas and juices; balancing flavor and authenticity was priority number one. We have been working non-stop with our partners to make sure we have the best product ever, and can get it in the hands of the public.

We have made connections with retailers and distributors who are interested in buying and distributing our products. A local bottler has agreed to run small batches at large-volume prices to help us until we get going. We also have three contract packers throughout the country that will help us produce product as we grow. But most importantly we have been testing our product with people like you, who have confirmed with us that they love the product and are looking for an all natural alternative in the drink market.

We are now looking for your help to get the product in the bottle. Through your generous contribution, we will start producing and making this vision a reality. We are planning on launching with these 8 culturally-relevant flavors:

The Zone 8 Lineup

Honey Lemon: Our family's cultural contribution; it contains nothing but black tea, white clover honey and lemon juice.

Red Rooibos Pomegranate: An exotic South African red rooibos tea blended with pomegranate juice and sweetened with organic cane sugar. We add a splash of orange juice and lemon juice for a refreshing citrus burst and top it off with a hint of Vietnamese cinnamon and fresh ground cloves.

Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus: Traditional Mexican-style, named after the city (Jamaica, pronounced HA-MY-KAH) that it came from. We take red hibiscus leaves and brew them into a refreshing crimson tea with a slightly tart bite. It is sweetened with organic cane sugar and infused with a squeeze of lime juice, for a very enjoyable tangy flavor.

Masala: We brewed the perfect blend of black tea, organic cane sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and ginger to create a culturally-authentic masala spice tea that tastes like your own little cup of India.

Prickly Pear Limeade: A unique mixture of water, lime juice, organic cane juice and prickly pear; limes and prickly pears are both staples in the Hispanic community.

Tee Time: Half-tea half-lemonade. Our special mix of black tea and lemon juice, sweetened with organic cane sugar and topped off with a dash of vanilla and almond to give it our own one-of-a-kind taste.

Green and Black: Fresh brewed, unsweetened green and black teas loaded with antioxidants and packed with flavor.

Where do we see ourselves?

We see ourselves contributing to positive social change. In this synthetic and over-processed world we live in we want to help change the paradigm and return to the the past when people used real ingredients. The change has started with people looking for alternatives through self-sustainability, farmers' markets, and altogether healthier lifestyles, switching from unhealthy products to healthier alternatives, and we wish to facilitate this by sharing our great-tasting, all-natural beverages.

At Zone 8, we only use ingredients found in their rawest form in nature with as little processing as possible. We believe we can contribute to this cause and see ourselves helping individuals to understand the value of the "real-food" lifestyle. The majority of flavors that we taste today come from nature; man just copied and 'recreated' them to be cheaper and drive sales without considering the consequences.

Mother Nature has declared war on the large food/chemical companies and many people are starting to recognize this. We see this change happening and we want to do everything we can to accelerate the positivity that will come from this.

The first $15,000 is for the first run of our first flavor, honey lemon. We have SEVEN more flavors to choose from and will be taking a vote to see which flavor you want released next. Stretch goals will be added as our initial goal is met. The first one has already been added.

New rewards and flavors will be added through the course of our fundraising based on your feedback. Flavors available can then be chosen as a reward once that stretch goal is reached.

Rewards

Sticker!

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Product

As of right now, we launch with our original honey lemon:

More flavors will be added if we exceed our initial goal, as outlined in the section above.

Shirts/Hoodies

Pick any one of our four t-shirt and hoodie options:

Option 1) I helped fund the Zone 8 Kickstarter

Option 2) Zone 8: Experience the flavors of the world

Option 3) Say 'NO' to artificial ingredients!

Option 4) What better way to say 'F' those dangerous food additives than with this awesome design?

Where's the money going?

Of the money we receive, this is how we will be breaking it down:

Getting product in the bottle: 60%

Rewards and shipping: 18-20%

Point-of-purchase materials: 12%

Kickstarter and Amazon fees: 8-10%

Risks and challenges

We have done our homework. We know that this is very important to our backers. We have worked closely on calculating cost of goods and shipping on our rewards. Please be assured that we have budgeted for this; our team is competent and we will do our best to honor all of our obligations in a timely manner. Fulfillment is our first responsibility.

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    Your donation is greatly appreciated. Receive a Zone 8 STICKER and send us a picture of yourself to add to our Thank You Collage and we will post it on Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    EARLY BIRD: PRODUCT! The first 250 people to pledge $20 will receive ONE BOTTLE and a sticker and will be added to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    You will receive a limited-edition Zone 8 founder's T-SHIRT; pick between one of four different styles. You will also receive a Zone 8 sticker and can send us your name and a picture and we will add you to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    Try a sample! Receive ONE BOTTLE of our product, a Zone 8 sticker and send us your name and a picture to add to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    We will send ONE BOTTLE of your choice and a limited-edition T-SHIRT of your choice! Also get a sticker and send us your name and picture to add to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    You'll get one bottle of product and a limited-edition HOODIE of your choice! Also get a sticker and send us your name and picture to add to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    We will send you TWO bottles of your choice and a t-shirt OR hoodie of your choice, a Zone 8 sticker and you can be added to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    BOTH a Zone 8 hoodie and t-shirt of your choice and TWO bottles of product, a Zone 8 sticker and your name and picture will be added to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    TWO limited-edition Zone 8 t-shirts AND a hoodie of your liking, FOUR bottles of product, a Zone 8 sticker and have your picture added to our Facebook/Twitter/website Thank You Collage!

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    Mix-and-match EIGHT bottles of product, TWO of your favorite t-shirts AND TWO of your favorite hoodies that you like, a sticker and add your picture to the Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    ONE INVITE to the Zone 8 launch party! Have a culturally-significant recipe of your own or just something that tastes great? Send it in! We'll try making it in our own kitchen, and if we like it, we'll consider adding it to our lineup with your name on it! You'll also get your choice of TEN bottles of product, two of your favorite hoodies and t-shirts, a sticker and add your picture to the Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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    An INVITE for you AND a guest to our Zone 8 launch party! Also receive everything previously mentioned; you can submit your own recipe that we'll consider for our lineup with your name on it, ten bottles of product, two hoodies and t-shirts of your choice, a sticker and have your picture added to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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

    We will fly you out to Chicago so you can attend the Zone 8 launch party and meet the crew! Includes airfare and hotel for one person. You will also receive INVITES for TWO guests, a chance to submit your own recipe (if we like it we might add it to our lineup and put your name on it!) ten bottles of product, two hoodies and t-shirts of your choice, a sticker, and add your picture to our Thank You Collage for Facebook, Twitter and our website!

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Funding period

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