Bound for the Ground - Skull Pour Over Coffee Dripper (Canceled)
Practical, precise, porcelain percolation whenever you need it - with just the right amount of low poly skull-shaped lovelyness
1.0 THE INTRO
To celebrate Hundred Million's 5th year on the planet, we went back to our roots and smashed skulls and coffee together one more time! Bound for the Ground is a perfectly formed porcelain coffee dripper in the shape of a low poly 3D skull – helpfully representing how pouring caffiene directly into your head each morning can stop you feeling like death, but in a crisp, shiny, ceramic kind of way.
We've developed the design to a production-ready stage but, as a tiny East London studio, can't pay for a full production-run without the help of the Kickstarter community. Unlike other products we've created, the high cost price of each dripper (due to the hand-finished manufacture process) means we will be unable to offer the coffee dripper to wholesale customers afterwards. The only place to get one will be from us.
As well as the Coffee Dripper itself, we've worked with one of the UK's finest coffee roasters to produce a short run of our very own 'Trouble is Brewing' Dark Italiano/Hazelnut blend ground coffees, and created a special edition, Kickstarter-exclusive china mug - printed in Scotland, to compliment the newest addition to your caffeine brewing ritual.
And, since December is the season for giving, anyone kind enough to back Bound for the Ground as a Christmas gift for somebody will receive a PDF certificate to print out and give during the holiday season - explaining Kickstarter, explaining the Coffee Dripper, and letting them know they will be one of the first to receive Bound for the Ground in 2018.
2.0 THE BENEFITS (POUR OVER COFFEE 101)
This part is for anyone who has never heard of pour over coffee drippers. Pour over brewing involves pouring water over and through the grounds to extract the coffee flavours into your cup. This is done by placing a coffee dripper and recycleable paper filter on top of your carafe or cup, adding ground coffee and gently pouring water over – allowing it to drip into the cup below:
Apart from the having-a-skull-shaped-thing-in-your-kitchen benefit, there are many more to using pour over coffee drippers, including: -
- A cleaner coffee – The paper filter keeps residue from other kinds of filters completely seperate from the cup, giving you a stronger, cleaner brew.
- An analogue coffee – If checking emails and social media is the first thing you do after your alarm clock has gone off, let the second thing you do be to spend five minutes quietly making a coffee the pour over way, without distractions, without beeping/flashing machinery, and without fuss.
- A precise coffee – Experimenting with the exact ratio of water:coffee can lead to achieving your perfect cuppa. You have full control over all aspects of the process, letting you create the best brew each time!
- A cost effective coffee – As opposed to electronic coffee makers, coffee drippers don't have expensive parts or complex mechanisms, you only need water, a recycleable filter, and ground coffee.
3.0 THE DETAILS
Bound for the Ground comes in two parts – the saucer that sits on top of your cup, and the geometric skull located stably and securely in the hole in the centre, making it quick to set up and easy to clean!
- Material: Glazed porcelain – a smooth, durable finish which can be wiped or rinsed clean
- Capacity: brews 1-4 cups at a time
- Fits cups 7-12cm diameter
- Fits size 4 paper filters
- Dishwasher safe
- FDA approved
5.0 ABOUT US/DEVELOPMENT
Okay, there's an elephant in the room. We're bringing up the elephant. As amazing as it has been to have funded/fulfilled four Kickstarter campaigns, we did have one big ol' failure earlier this year. Our Pencilest mechanical pencil wasn't going to meet it's target, and, with 2 weeks left, had to be destroyed. We learned a lot though; after assessing what happened and speaking to long-term supporters of our work, and new backers too - we realised it was too far removed from Hundred Million. It was too grown up; too functional. The EDC community is one we love but not one we are in right now. We still think the Pencilest is a great product! But maybe it wasn't a great Hundred Million Product. That's what we wanted to achieve with Bound for the Ground. A return to our original mission statement from 2012 – to make practical, original products with a twist. Products that first and foremost MUST be functional, but have to have a whole load of charm and surprise mixed in. And skulls.
We are really proud of our concept, and we hope you like it! There are some stretch goals in mind (in the past we've had to figure these out mid-campaign due to unforeseen demand!) and hope to be able to unveil them during our campaign, so look forward to that! And despite the HOURS spent writing out thank you notes to each backer over the years, this is something we will continue to do for each pledge, as a personal show of our gratitude for everything the KS community has given us over the last 3 years.
So thank you to everyone who has backed our projects previously, and thank YOU to anyone who is about to pledge towards Bound for the Ground. We're really happy with our creation, and we know you will be too.
Hundred Million LTD
Risks and challenges
6.0 FULFILMENT, RISKS & CHALLENGES
We approached a manufacturer in China with a reputation for making very high quality ceramics, and have been stunned by their expertise and skill. We first sent them our ideal 3D model of the shape in August, expecting to have to compromise the design a little for the sake of manufacturing – but they realised it perfectly! They sent us a brilliant production sample first time and advised us on the best ceramic mix/glaze and packaging to use to ensure it arrives safely with you in early 2018. Their reputation for producing high volumes of high quality goods gives us every confidence in our collected ability to supply the finished product as per our critical path, and we've worked closely with them over Skype and email to make sure each aspect of the design is how we envisioned it, and how they recommend it be realised.
We have successfully funded and fulfilled over four (read: 'five') KS projects in the past, and have experience with importing and dispatching rewards in a timely manner. In addition, we will fulfil each order ourselves (as we have done on each project since 2014). This ensure that any time you need to contact Hundred Million about your order, you'll get through to the team actually packing each parcel and sticking the address labels onto your reward (and, if experience is anything to go by - elbow deep in a mixture of coffee and bouncy ska-punk).
If successful, UK orders will be shipped via Royal Mail, and international rewards will ship via UPS.
Each Bound for the Ground will ship in a full-print gift box, and the extra rewards have been developed alongside well-established UK businesses to ensure high quality and a SWIFT turnaround/delivery. It's this commitment to producing a safe box/UPS service which has given us the international shipping costs we have, but one everyone can feel confident in.
Bound for the Ground has been developed to production-ready stage, and as each supplier is in place for every aspect of each reward, we feel confident our proposed delivery dates will be met. Of course if the project is wildly successful we will scale up our dispatch procedure; seeking a third party fulfillment centre and ordering mail-outs by pledge date, but this is one place our fulfilment could slip. A bit. This is something we promise to be absolutely transparent about and give updates on as often as possible - as well as replying to queries right away. I've had Kickstarter projects I've backed go AWOL before, and this will not be the case for Hundred Million.
One final risk we have is due to the (tiny!) size of our studio - we have watched successful Kickstarter projects be copied and recreated by third parties almost immediately recently (sorry Fidget Cube), and sometimes even sold well below the KS price before the project is complete; it happened with our own Sugar Skull Spoon a couple of years ago. This is something a small business like us finds very hard to combat, and can only appeal to our customers to stick with the original and genuine Hundred Million LTD products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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