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We are artisan coffee roasters wanting to bring delicious, specialty-grade, freshly roasted beans to you!
We are artisan coffee roasters wanting to bring delicious, specialty-grade, freshly roasted beans to you!
169 backers pledged $11,490 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story

Coffee has been a huge part of our lives. Whether we are enjoying it together in celebration, while having meaningful and profound conversations, or as a morning ritual, coffee is always there with us as we do life together in community. We believe the best cup of coffee is the one that is shared with someone we care about. We also think that sharing coffee is one way people are brought together in a shared experience which helps us stay connected to one another.

A little less than two years ago, we started Gooseneck after enjoying and brewing coffee with some friends at a Christmas party. Our wives saw a passion in us for amazing and interesting coffee and thought the rest of the world could benefit from us sharing that passion. Through a series of conversations, we decided to start roasting our own coffee and selling to friends, family, and at the local farmers market in Plymouth, MI.

Our Booth at a Farmers Market
Our Booth at a Farmers Market

Since we've started Gooseneck, we've learned so much about the coffee industry and coffee production. One of the most glaring issues we see in the coffee world is the lack of acknowledgement of those who produce coffee. Although it has improved drastically in the last ten or so years, very often coffee is seen and consumed as a commodity in the United States. We are committed to taking the time to find producers of coffee who are sourcing the product ethically. This means we work with importers we trust based on a relationship with them and information they can communicate with us about the coffee we purchase. Our coffees are organic and fair trade when possible and we do everything we can to highlight the farmers of our coffees on our packaging. Because of this transparency, our coffees are traceable, often down to knowing the farmer's name who produced the crop! This means you can be certain that when you drink our coffee you can have a clear conscience. 

Why We Need Funding 

It’s now been about a year and a half since we started our venture. So many people ask us questions about purchasing coffee from us online, in stores, and where they can find us after the farmers market season has ended. Currently we are operating under The Cottage Food Law and are very restricted in what we can and can’t do. For example, in Michigan we cannot sell our beans online or to other stores or cafes. We also cannot brew and sell our own coffee because we don’t have the proper licensing. So why not just get the license? Because that involves finding a certified kitchen or space to rent and we can’t afford that currently. In addition to those restrictions, our roaster is so small (one pound at a time!) that we can’t even make enough coffee to fulfill wholesale accounts or sell online. That’s why we’re turning to you for help.

Our Current Roaster - Huky 500
Our Current Roaster - Huky 500

Financial Goals

We are asking for $10,000 in order to buy a bigger roaster from Mill City Roasters (1 kilogram/2.2 lbs in capacity per roast). This will also allow us to work in a commercial certified environment to roast and produce our coffee under the Michigan Department of Agriculture and start providing coffee to more places and people! Not only is this roaster twice the size of ours, it also is over four times as efficient. Currently with our roaster we can only roast about three pounds an hour. This roaster will allow us to roast over 13 pounds in that time! This is because the time in between roasts with our new roaster will be reduced in addition to it being larger in size. 

Mill City North 1kg Roaster
Mill City North 1kg Roaster

 

If we receive $13,000, we can buy a 2 kilogram roaster from Mill City. This will allow us to roast even more coffee in less time. It also almost guarantees that we will be in a certified space at the beginning of 2018, pending our roaster is ready for us.

Our Future

Once we are successful in raising the funds for a larger roaster, we can apply for a wholesale food license and begin selling in many different and new places. We can also start brewing and selling cups of coffee at farmers markets, festivals, pop-ups, and other events as well. THIS is what we want to be doing. Providing coffee to so many more people to enjoy and hopefully share in community together is our number one goal. We truly desire to work in Plymouth to support our community in which we are already a part of, as well as our surrounding areas.

Rewards

Coffee

6 & 12 oz Bags, 3/6/12 Month Subscriptions

 

Sticker 

"Proper Goose"
"Proper Goose"

Hand-drawn “Painted” Goose T-shirt

Option 1 Black Goose on Grey
Option 1 Black Goose on Grey

 

Option 2 Grey Goose on Black
Option 2 Grey Goose on Black

 

Option 3 White Goose on Black
Option 3 White Goose on Black

 

Enamel Camper Mug

Front "Proper Goose"
Front "Proper Goose"

 

Back "Gooseneck Coffee Co"
Back "Gooseneck Coffee Co"

Insulated Travel Bottle

Front "Gooseneck Coffee Co", Back "G Cup"
Front "Gooseneck Coffee Co", Back "G Cup"

 

Second "Flip" Lid for sipping - comes with every order
Second "Flip" Lid for sipping - comes with every order

 Gooseneck on Social Media

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Instagrams

 

Risks and challenges

Currently we plan to purchase our new roaster the moment we are successful and receive funds from this campaign. One problem we may run into is the length in time it takes for us to receive it. We've heard stories from other roasters who purchased from Mill City that the wait time can be longer than expected. Wait time is based on the number of orders Mill City has when we place our order. We hope that within three months time we will have received our new roaster (February 2018 if we order beginning of November). This would allow us to start roasting in a certified facility in February and have coffee orders ready to ship by April 2018.

Along with the new roaster, we have a certified kitchen lined up to roast and package our coffee from. In order for us to work from there, the Michigan Department of Agriculture has to inspect our standard operating procedures and approve our work. We will apply for the appropriate Wholesale Food License as soon as we know our campaign is successful in hopes that we can be inspected quickly once our roaster is installed. However, there are two potential obstacles with this.

One is that the certified kitchen we plan to work from may no longer be available or have the space for us. We don't anticipate that happening as we've been speaking with the business owner of the facility since our company has existed. But it's possible that we have to find another place. Secondly, the Department of Agriculture might take longer than we hope to perform our inspection. Until that happens, we will not be able to sell online or to other wholesale accounts.

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    T-shirts are Next Level brand, high quality heathered, locally screen printed and unisex.

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    12oz Bag of Coffee and Mug

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    Travel Bottle, 12oz Bag of Coffee

    Receive one travel bottle and a 12oz bag of coffee. Perfect for people on-the-go!

    Travel bottles hold 18 fl oz and are made by Simple Modern. They are powder coated, stainless steel and double-walled insulated. Each bottle comes with two lids (stainless steel and "flip" for sipping) and have custom Gooseneck logotype and "G" Cup engraved.

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    Three month subscription, Mug

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    Two 12oz Bags of Coffee, Mug, T-shirt

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    Travel Bottle, Bag of Coffee, Tshirt

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    Travel bottles hold 18 fl oz and are made by Simple Modern. They are powder coated, stainless steel and double-walled insulated. Each bottle comes with two lids (stainless steel and "flip" for sipping) and have custom Gooseneck logotype and "G" Cup engraved.

    12oz bag of coffee is EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Only and will be freshly roasted (of course!)

    T-shirts are Next Level brand, high quality heathered, locally screen printed and unisex.

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    6 Month Coffee Subscription

    Receive Six EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Only 12 oz bags of freshly roasted coffee once a month for six months. This package also includes an enamel camper mug with "Proper Goose" design and a hand-drawn "painted" goose t-shirt.

    Each coffee will be from a different country of origin. First three bags ship free.

    T-shirts are Next Level brand, high quality heathered, locally screen printed and unisex.

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    One Year subscription

    Receive Twelve EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Only 12 oz bags of freshly roasted coffee once a month for an entire year! This package also includes a travel bottle and a hand-drawn "painted" goose t-shirt.

    Travel bottles hold 18 fl oz and are made by Simple Modern. They are powder coated, stainless steel and double-walled insulated. Each bottle comes with two lids (stainless steel and "flip" for sipping) and have custom Gooseneck logotype and "G" Cup engraved.

    T-shirts are Next Level brand, high quality heathered, locally screen printed and unisex.

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    Coffee Tasting & Brewing Party

    Let us throw an amazing coffee tasting and brewing party for you and your friends! We will take you through the cupping (tasting) process that professionals use to determine different attributes of a coffee. Then learn different manual ways to brew a cup at home . All this will be enjoyed with delicious snacks and treats to accompany our time together.

    You and up to five guests (six total people) will each receive a 12 oz bag of coffee and a V60 manual brewer and filters to take home with you!

    In addition, you will receive our enamel camper mug and a tshirt (these rewards are for the backer only).

    Must be able to come to Plymouth, MI to receive this reward. We will work with you on scheduling a date and time in early 2018.

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    Coffee Blend Designed by YOU!

    We will work with you directly to create a new coffee blend! You will come and taste several coffees with us as single origins, then blend a variety of them together to determine your favorite. We will then work with you directly on naming the coffee blend and packaging it as well.

    This package includes all merchandise offered on our Kickstarter and of course several bags of YOUR coffee!

    Must be able to come to Plymouth, MI several times while we work with you directly on creating this blend.

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Funding period

- (31 days)