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Handlebar Barista - Help us to get 'Out of the Saddle'!

We need your help to convert an Italian Piaggio Ape into our first coffee 'van'; and to open a fixed brew-hut at Taffs Well Station.

Handlebar Barista - Help us to get 'Out of the Saddle'!

We need your help to convert an Italian Piaggio Ape into our first coffee 'van'; and to open a fixed brew-hut at Taffs Well Station.

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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated August 24, 2019

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We're aiming to raise £8,000 to enable us to expand our services and to start offering our coffee to customers outside Cardiff city centre. We plan to buy and convert a classic Piaggio Ape 3-wheeled van; and to open our first permanent coffee shop in the former ticket kiosk at Taffs Well Train Station. To do this, we need your help!


Our back story

Handlebar Barista was born in 2015, and it's safe to say that we've had a hell of a ride since then.

An initial idea conceived on a cycling holiday in Copenhagen was developed during numerous bike rides in the Welsh countryside and one or two beers. Three years later, we've found what we think is the perfect way to turn a passion for cycling and coffee into a business.

Right now we have two trikes out daily on the streets of Cardiff, serving the wonderful commuters, workers and various waifs and strays we've made friends with along the way. You can also find us in amongst the organic carrots and wild boar sausages every Sunday at the Riverside Farmers Market.

Our vision

We're proud of the following our fleet (if you can call four a fleet) of pedal-powered trikes has built in Cardiff. But pedal power alone has its limits. 

While we're pretty sure our baristas have some of the best developed calves in Cardiff we're still restricted to serving the city centre.

Even though we all know Welsh weather is the envy of the world, when it's not perfect the trikes (and us) get battered. Even with a canopy, wind and rain often stops play. That means no coffee for our customers, and no work for our crew, who are left amusing themselves by making bets on when the rain will stop. 

So in order to expose coffee-lovers outside central Cardiff to experience the joys of HB coffee, we're looking to expand our operation. With ‘Handlebar Barista - out of the saddle’. 

Our vision! Initial designs for how we want the piaggio and Brew Hut at Taffs Well to look
Our vision! Initial designs for how we want the piaggio and Brew Hut at Taffs Well to look

Our aim is to expand in 2 ways:

1. Buy a Piaggio Ape van - a vintage 3-wheeled Italian tuk-tuk - restore it, and add some coffee equipment in the back. It's like a trike but powered by a small engine rather than a pair of strapping barista legs. This will allow us to continue to operate the trikes and reach offices and companies on the outskirts of the city at the same time. We'll continue our role as Cardiff's most sustainable coffee company by using recycled and green materials whenever possible. Plus the coffee machine and grinder will be powered with a set of 200w solar panels on the roof of the van.

2. Launch our first fixed permanent coffee stand (we're calling it a 'Brew Hut') by renovating a former ticket kiosk at Taffs Well train station. The kiosk has been empty for a few years, and needs a lot of TLC, but we see it as a perfect location for our first fixed home. The Brew Hut will mean regular coffee and hot drinks for customers in the valleys and surrounding areas for the first time.

These two ventures will create two new roles and ensure more consistent work for our existing team...even in the bad weather.


So what's in it for you?

So we really need your help. But we wouldn't ask you to part with your hard earned money without making it worth your while! We have some pretty amazing rewards on offer -  limited edition T-shirts, coffee goodies galore and the chance to pimp your event by having a trike come and join the party. 

Oh, and did we mention you even have the chance to pick your favourite (or least favourite) barista and throw a cup of iced coffee over their head? A bit like the recent spate of 'milkshaking', but without the horrendous right-wing politician.

Risks and challenges

This is a pretty big move for us, and we have spent many an hour planning to minimise any risks involved...you should see the size of our spreadsheet!

We have already agreed a lease in principle with Transport for Wales on the Taffs Well site, and also fallen in love with what we think is the perfect Piaggio to buy and convert. And whilst of course nothing is certain until the deals are actually done, we are confident that the building blocks are in place, and with the help of you wonderful lot, we can make this happen.

You guys have been a big part of the HB journey so far, and we can't thank you enough for all your support. Now for the next chapter!!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Free Coffee plus eBook

    Thank you for seeing our vision and helping us to get going! Have a voucher for a free coffee on us (and a ‘high-five’ thanks from our barista when you use it!) plus a copy of our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling'.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Free coffee for those that need it most

    Being out and about in Cardiff every day, we have seen first hand how the simple gesture of a hot coffee can really help people who are sleeping rough in the city.

    Pledge £10 to make an advance purchase of 5 cups of coffee, which we will give out to someone who really needs them.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $15

    Keep yourself caffeinated for a week!

    A voucher to get a coffee every day for a week from any of our trikes or bars in and around Cardiff city centre (or from our new Taff’s Well kiosk when it opens!)...plus a copy of our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling'

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    • A voucher for coffee of your choice, every day for a week
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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    The Iced-Coffee Challenge

    Taken a disliking to one of our baristas? Just fancy relieving a bit of stress? This is your chance to throw a large iced-coffee over the head of a barista of your choice. Chris, Brian, Jack, Gary, Matt - you decide!

    (A day and location will be organised in advance. We do not condone random icings of our baristas on non-organised days! ;-)

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    Pledge £20 or more About $25

    Keep yourself caffeinated for 2 weeks!

    A voucher to get a coffee every day for 2 weeks from any of our trikes or bars in and around Cardiff city centre (or from our new Taff’s Well kiosk when it opens!)...plus a copy of our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling'

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Handlebar Barista home kit

    A 250g bag of our premium blend Handlebar Barista coffee (either wholebean or ground to your liking) and an exclusive Handlebar Barista branded mug to enjoy it from!

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    • A 250g bag of our premium blend Handlebar Barista coffee
    • An exclusive Handlebar Barista branded mug
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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Limited edition HB 'backer' T-shirt

    A limited edition T-shirt designed by our very own Jack Skivens for the new Piaggio. Available only for Kickstarter backers (and limited to a maximum of 100)!

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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    1 hour relaxation ‘float’ therapy

    Time to hit pause on the stresses of every day life...

    Revival is Cardiff’s first flotation therapy and relaxation centre. Get ready for one of the most relaxing hours of your life! You will ‘float’ weightlessly in complete darkness in one of their specially designed tanks...allowing you to reach a deep physical and mental state of relaxation.

    You’ll come out so relaxed that you might need a bit of waking up afterwards...so we’ll throw in a bag of coffee to take away with you!

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    • A 250g bag of our premium blend Handlebar Barista coffee
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    Pledge £40 or more About $50

    Keep yourself caffeinated for a month!

    A voucher to get a coffee every day for a month from any of our trikes or bars in and around Cardiff city centre (or from our new Taff’s Well kiosk when it opens!)...plus a copy of our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling'

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    Pledge £45 or more About $56

    A hamper jam-packed full of HB goodies!

    Pick up a hamper full of Handlebar Barista goodies - perfect to treat yourself or as a present for a loved one! Your hamper will include a 250g bag of coffee (wholebean or ground to your liking), an exclusive Handlebar Barista T-shirt, a Handlebar Barista branded mug, plus a link to let you download our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee & Cycling'.

    Includes:
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    • An exclusive Handlebar Barista branded mug
    • A limited edition HB T-shirt, exclusive for Kickstarter backers
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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    Get your name etched in HB history!

    Your name will be included as a ‘HB supporter’ on a special plaque, which will be fixed to the side of the Piaggio. All supporters will also receive the choice of either a voucher for 10 free coffees or a 250g bag of coffee (wholebean or ground to your liking).

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    • Your name, immortalised for ever, on the back of the HB Piaggio
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    HB lifetime discount card!

    A discount card that will give you 10% off coffee and all other hot drinks from any of our trikes, brew bars, piaggios...or other establishments that might open in the future!

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    • A 10% HB discount card, valid for life!
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    Pledge £60 or more About $75

    1 hour barista lesson for upto 4 people

    Ever wondered how to brew a perfect cup of coffee? And to make that funny squiggle on the top of the milk that the professionals do?! Well now's your chance! You and upto 3 friends can learn how to brew professional barista-style coffee from one of our expert team members

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    Pledge £100 or more About $125

    Coffee for you and your colleagues!

    Make yourself the most popular person at work! A trike or Piaggio will come and call at your office on a day and time of your choice, and serve coffees for you and upto 30 of your colleagues.

    Includes:
    • Trike/piaggio (plus barista) to visit your office (Cardiff area)
    • Coffee or hot drinks for up to 30 people
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    Pledge £160 or more About $199

    Enjoy HB coffee at home for 12 months!

    A 250g bag of coffee (wholebean or ground to your liking) delivered direct to your door every month for a year. Plus we'll throw in a Handlebar Barista branded mug to enjoy it from and an exclusive limited edition Handlebar Barista 'backer' T-shirt to enjoy it in! Coffee-licous!

    Includes:
    • 12 x 250g bags of our premium blend HB coffee (1 a month)
    • A limited edition HB T-shirt, exclusive for Kickstarter backers
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    Pledge £200 or more About $249

    2 weeks advertising on one of our trikes

    Get yourself noticed around Cardiff by having your company brand (or a picture of your face, or anything else you want!) included on the back of our trike. We will create a saddle board (approx 45cm x 30cm) based on your design, and carry it around with us on one of our trikes for a whole 2 weeks!

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    • A 45cm x 30cm foamex board professionally printed to your design
    • Board displayed on one of our trikes (around Cardiff) for 2 weeks
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    Pledge £350 or more About $435

    Your logo on 1000 branded coffee sleeves

    Send us a design, and we will get it printed on 1000 coffee sleeves. These will then be spread far and wide, given out with every coffee we serve.

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    • 1000 cardboard coffee sleeves printed to your design
    • Coffee sleeves given out with hot drinks in & around Cardiff area
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    Pledge £365 or more About $454

    Keep yourself caffeinated for a year!

    A voucher to get a coffee every day for an entire year from any of our trikes or bars in and around Cardiff city centre (or from our new Taff’s Well kiosk when it opens!)...plus a copy of our eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling' and a limited edition Handlebar Barista T-shirt

    Includes:
    • A voucher for coffee of your choice, every day for a year
    • eBook 'The Ultimate Guide to Coffee and Cycling'
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    Pledge £500 or more About $622

    Promotional giveaway on branded trike

    Your potential customers will never forget you if you shout them a free coffee off the back of a vintage trike. We will add your logo and branding to one of our trikes, instantly turning it into a rolling billboard. Then we will roll up outside Cardiff Central station (or another location of your choice in Cardiff!) and hand out free coffees for 2 hours.

    Maximum of 150 coffees.

    Includes:
    • A trike 'branded up' with 2 foamex boards printed to your design
    • A coffee giveaway for 2 hours (150 coffees max - Cardiff area)
    • Flyers or other promotional materials can also be handed out
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    Pledge £600 or more About $746

    Coffee at your next event!

    Organising a party / wedding / sporting event / bar miztvah / funeral / anything else?! This is your chance to choose to have a trike, brew bar or piaggio (with one of our baristas) to come and serve you and your guests coffee for 2 hours!

    First 120 drinks included. Must be within 50 miles of Cardiff, or additional travel costs may apply.

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    • A trike / brewbar / piaggio (+ barista) to attend your next event
    • Service of coffees and/or hot drinks for 2 hours (max 120 drinks)
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    Pledge £750 or more About $932

    Trikey McTrikeFace

    The opportunity to name our new Piaggo! Your chosen name will be emblazoned on the side of the Piaggio and included on our website and other promotional materials. And what's more, you will be invited to HB HQ for a special naming ceremony, and your naming rights package will also include a free coffee every day for for a month (1 per day), plus your choice of either a week’s advertising on one of our trikes or a HB hamper

    Includes:
    • The exclusive opportunity to name our new Piaggio!
    • A voucher for a coffee of your choice every day for a month
    • Choice of saddle board ad on a trike for a week; or HB hamper
    • VIP visit to HB HQ for a 'naming ceremony'
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,243

    Free coffee for life!

    The ultimate - an exclusive HB 'Gold' card, offering you a free coffee or any other hot drink from our trikes, brew bars or piaggios. EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Plus we will throw in a jam-packed hamper full of HB goodies. And we will be eternally grateful. You will likely receive a hug from our baristas every time they see you (but please don't let that put you off!)

    Includes:
    • A HB Gold card entitling you to a free hot drink per day for life
    • A 250g bag of our premium blend Handlebar Barista coffee
    • An exclusive Handlebar Barista branded mug
    • A limited edition HB T-shirt, exclusive for Kickstarter backers
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