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A documentary that looks at the amazing world of coffee competitions and the quirky baristas who compete in them. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 2, 2014.

A documentary that looks at the amazing world of coffee competitions and the quirky baristas who compete in them.

About this project

Really great things are evident to anybody that’s paying attention. – Charles Babinski, Barista 

Jay-bone of Portola Coffee Lab
Jay-bone of Portola Coffee Lab

Every year thousands of baristas compete to see who can make the world’s best coffee. They have 15 minutes to make 12 drinks -- to make an impact. It's like the Olympics of the coffee world. 

Tommy competing at the Barista Regional Championship 2013
Tommy competing at the Barista Regional Championship 2013

It’s a world that few know about. The winner will receive fame, endorsements… it’s pretty glorious. Drip follows these young, hungry (thirsty?) baristas trying to make their mark… as they try to be the best in the world.

Eden Marie in the heat of competition
Eden Marie in the heat of competition

In 2013, we followed some of the rising stars in the coffee world, as they prepared for the Regional, National, and World Barista Championships.  While this started as a journey for a love of coffee it soon became a fascinating story about the people who dedicate their lives to trying to please others sip by sip. From tiny coffee shops in alleys, to backroom latte competitions, to the grand stage at nationals, the coffee world is full of quirky, colorful personalities trying to push the limits of a single beverage. 

Ryan the mad scientist at work
Ryan the mad scientist at work

Through thrills of victory and the crushing defeats, what we had was a wild ride through these people lives. A story that made you want to laugh, cry, and most of all drink coffee. 

What we still need to do: While we shot a lot of the footage, as we put together our story we realized we still need a few week’s worth of follow up interviews to finish the documentary and complete the story. We also need to fully edit, do a lot of post production such as color correction and captions, and add the audio. 

Why we need your help: Up until now, we’ve funded this documentary completely out of pocket and with IOUs. It’s a project born out of love and taste buds, that evolved into something more. Now that we have almost reached post production and tallying up our bills, we understand we can’t fully realize this amazing tale without your help. Below is complete breakdown of our costs and where the money is going to go.

Costs Breakdown

Cost breakdown of how the money will be spent
Cost breakdown of how the money will be spent

Rewards

We have some really special rewards planned to say thank you for our backers, including:

Drip Digital Wall Papers and Posters

Digital and Print Drip posters
Digital and Print Drip posters

Drip Shirts

Awesome backer only limited edition Drip T-shirts

Sketch of Limited Edition Backer Only Shirt - design subject to change
Sketch of Limited Edition Backer Only Shirt - design subject to change

Drip Coffee Mugs

For your morning cup of coffee.

Limited Edition Backer Only Mug - design subject to change
Limited Edition Backer Only Mug - design subject to change

Drip Exclusive Coffee Beans

Special DRIP Coffee beans
Special DRIP Coffee beans

 A custom DRIP bag of coffee beans.  This bag was custom made by us with local Los Angeles roasters.  Drink an amazing cup while you watch an amazing film!

Special Coffee Dates

We have 6 special coffee dates which give an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in the film or TV industry.  We have some very talented people helping out with Drip, and you can talk to them and receive unique insight into breaking into the entertainment industry. Backers will be given a chance to sit down and talk with an established agent, TV writer, or film writer one on one and ask for career or portfolio guidance.  Don't miss out on this very rare opportunity.

Coffee Tours

We have a special coffee tour planned for Backers. Backers will be flown to LA and be taken on a complete coffee tour of the top coffee bars with the director of Drip.  They will have a chance to meet the baristas and learn some of the inner working of specialty coffee.

Private 6 person Coffee Tasting
We also have a unique treat with a private coffee tasting.  Backers and their friends will get a private 6-person seating at Portola Coffee Lab's Theorem Bar, where they will be served inspired, experimental espresso drinks and be immersed in the language of coffee by Award winning barista, Truman Severson. 

Stretch Goals Added!

By popular request we are going to add some stretch goals for contributors. We wanted to add some stretch goals that will help and reward everyone who contributed. If you have any friends left who are on the fence, hopefully this will help.   


$56,000 - How to Make the Perfect Cup!  
If we make 56,000 we will add a "How to make a Perfect Cup of Coffee" series of vignettes to our DVD release. This will be taught by a professional barista and will be useful to everyone who needs their cup of coffee in the morning.  

$60,000 - Bring DRIP to a Festival Near You!
If we make $60,000 we will be able pay the fees and travel to enter DRIP into Film Festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and other festivals. We would poll all our backers for suggestions and hope to bring DRIP to a festival near you! If we get the travel funds we can do it!  
$75,000 - Additional Filming at the 2014 National Championships and World Championships
If we make this stretch goal, we would have the additional funds to go to the National Championships and World Championships. DRIP captures the baristas in the 2013 competitive year, but it would be great to do a follow up in 2014 and show where they are now.

Who Are We? - The Crew

Rock being taught how to stir a latte by Tommy.
Rock being taught how to stir a latte by Tommy.

Rock Baijnauth is the director of Drip. Having previously been the Director on HBO's The Pirate Tapes, Rock decided to combine his love of coffee and filmmaking into one.

Christopher Kao is the Executive Producer on Drip. He has produced a host of digital media for many studios in the past including Lionsgate. He's a foodie and lover of food competitions in all forms.

Chris watching the filming at 2013 Regionals
Chris watching the filming at 2013 Regionals

Jimmy Nguyen is a Producer on Drip. He's also an Executive Producer on an upcoming documentary about television called Showrunners. Jimmy knows where to get the best coffee in any section of Los Angeles.

Jimmy looking at the world through the eyes of a barista
Jimmy looking at the world through the eyes of a barista

Risks and challenges

As with many documentaries, the biggest challenge that we face in getting "Drip" out into the world is not being able to finish the filming or the post production. We still have some new shooting to do, and some follow up interviews. After we are done filming we must still do post production. Post production is a large part of filmmaking that often goes over looked. It’s also why many great ideas get filmed, but never see the light of day. This includes 3 different parts, editing, color correcting the film, and audio. These are very time consuming and expensive processes. We were lucky in that we found an all in one editing house that was interested in our documentary, and they agreed will do all the parts for a package price. This will help mitigate our largest risk.

Finishing filming and keeping on schedule is also a large risk for any film. Our past background and experience of the crew will help keep this risk to a minimum. The entire crew all has past experiences working with studios such as HBO, Asylum, and Lionsgate. Using our past experience we understand the pitfalls of film making and documentaries in general, and will be able to stay on schedule and finish Drip in a timely and high quality fashion.

In the face of these challenges, we are calling on YOU, as people who love film, love coffee, and love stories of super interesting people, to help us finish Drip. The stories we found are amazing, the competition is intense, and the coffee was absolutely divine.

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    *CUP OF JOE* Backers will receive a DVD release of the DRIP feature film and all previous rewards.

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    *THE MAGIC BEANS* Backers will receive a special custom bag of DRIP coffee beans. This bag is custom made by us, and the beans are provided by LA Coffee Club, a large supporter of the film. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while watching the movie! Backers will also receive all previous awards. (This reward is exclusive to this tier only. See update #2 for details)

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    *CAPPUCCINO* Backers will receive a limited-edition DRIP backer MUG and all previous rewards.

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    *ICE LATTE* Backers will receive a signed, limited edition DRIP poster print. (seen here) Backers also receive all previous rewards.

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    *HAND POUR* Backers will receive an “Associate Producer” listing in the DRIP credits. Backers also receive all previous rewards.

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    *ESPRESSO PARTY* Backers will receive a coffee tour of Los Angeles with the Director of Drip, to talk about Coffee and Filmmaking. They will visit all the locations shot in the film and include meals. They will also receive an invite and VIP seating to the DRIP Theatrical premiere party, including a live Q & A session with the director and baristas. (pending availability) Backers will also receive all previous rewards. (Located in Los Angeles, travel expenses not included)

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    *PURE BLISS CUP* Backers pictures will be shown in the credits with a personal Thank you on the DVD of Drip. Backers will also receive everything in the “Hand Pour” tier and under.

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*THE COFFEE DATE WITH A LITERARY MANAGER* Each backer will have one coffee date with prominent literary manager, Will Rowbotham of Caliber Media Company, where they can ask any question they want about breaking into the film industry. Caliber Media represents some of the hottest writing and directing clients in the film industry today, and to sit down with of one of their most prolific managers is a rare opportunity. Will is helping manage Drip's marketing and direction. Backers also receive all previous rewards. (available in LA or NYC only)

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*THE COFFEE DATE WITH A SOLD TELEVISION WRITER* Each backer will have one coffee date with Producer Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) and highly sought after television writer, Sue Chung, where they can ask any questions they want about breaking into the TV industry. Sue has been advising on the story arc of Drip and helping scout coffee locations. Sue made a big splash in the television industry this year by selling her hot pilot script, “Allegiance” to ABC. Backers also receive all previous rewards. (L.A. Only)

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    *COFFEE DATE WITH A SOLD FEATURE FILM WRITER* Each backer will have one coffee date with Director Rock Baijnauth and prolific feature film scribe, Zak Olkewicz, who made waves this year by selling his script “Ink and Bone” to Dimension and “Elimination” to Fox Searchlight. In 2013, Zak also found himself at the top of the “Blood List” and the prestigious "Black List" – both lists featuring Hollywood’s most revered scripts of the past year. Zak has been helping on DRIP consulting with the story and focus of the film. Backers also receive all previous rewards. (L.A. only)

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    *THE EXECUTIVE CUP* Your company's logo will displayed at the beginning of the film right before our opening credits and we will hold on your logo at the end of the film right before it closes. Our last doc was bought by HBO and has been shown around the world, that's a lot of exposure for you and your business! Not to mention, it's a great way to let everyone know that your company supports really, really, really awesome projects! (Backers in this tier receive Executive Cup rewards only.)

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    *DIVINE CUP* Backers will be flown out to LA, and accompany the director of DRIP on a coffee tour of Los Angeles. This includes air travel for 1, hotel for 2 nights, with 3 meals a day. Backers also will receive everything in the “Hand Pour” tier and under. (Limited rewards excluded. Full air travel from North America Only)

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    *THE COFFEE BARON* Get in the spotlight! Become an Executive Producer on DRIP and see your name on the title and end credits of the film. Your mom’s gonna love it. Backer will also receive the ICE LATTE reward)

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”THE ULTIMATE CUP* Backers will receive a Producer credit on DRIP and a 6-person seating at Portola Coffee Lab's Theorem Bar, where you and your friends will be served inspired, experimental espresso drinks and be immersed in the language of coffee by Award winning barista, Truman Severson. Backers will also recieve all previous rewards. (Limited rewards excluded. Full air travel included for the Divine Cup from North America Only).

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    "THE GRAND CUP" 1 company will have their logo placed front and center on the screen before the movie starts and will be featured as our title sponsor. This company will also receive all the benefits of our massive media push where we let the world know how they helped make this film happen -- a truly amazing press opportunity!

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