This project's funding goal was not reached on November 14, 2013.
About this project
What is the Easy Steep?
The last travel tumbler you will ever need that's what! This patent pending design enables you to steep (brew) tea or coffee while on the go and to also stop steeping without having to remove the infuser with messy clean up. It’s extremely easy
to use. Steep, pull, and drink. It's really that simple. With the infuser's unique shape, your tea leaves/coffee grinds are kept out of the way of the flow of water, passing harmlessly in-between the infuser when drinking so brewing (steeping) won't occur even while you're drinking.
Want to steep for longer? Simply press down on the knob on the lid to release the Easy Steep infuser back into the water. The Easy Steep travel tumbler also has an airtight compartment on the bottom to store more tea, coffee, or anything else you would like. The Easy Steep travel tumbler is an all in one package that keeps your liquids hot for hours with our silicone sleeve and double walled glass design. It is always ready to reuse, just add water. Holds 16 oz of liquid.
How does it work?
First put your coffee or tea in the Easy Steep infuser, the infuser has an ultra fine stainless steel mesh so even espresso grinds won't go through it. Then attach the infuser and put the lid on your Easy Steep. You can pour your water in before you attach the lid or after by pouring through the second opening on the lid. Now you're steeping, when you're finished steeping, simply raise the knob up to lock the infuser inside the lid and out of the water! Pressing back down on the knob releases the infuser from the lid. The Easy Steep Tumbler's silicone sleeve and double walled glass will keep your liquids hot for many hours.
Don't forget the airtight storage compartment on the bottom of your Easy Steep Tumbler. Its patent pending design offers insulated storage for tea and coffee for later use, plus extra cushion and durability in accidental falls.
What is it made of?
The outside of the Easy Steep Tumbler is a borosilicate double walled glass surrounded by a silicone sleeve. Glass is preferred as it doesn't hold odors or add a funny taste and it is just more elegant than other materials. Glass allows you to enjoy the pure aroma of and taste of your tea. The lid is high-grade BPA free plastic complete with silicone gaskets to prevent leakage. The Easy Steep infuser is an ultra fine stainless steel mesh with high-grade BPA free plastic on the corners. The storage compartment is a high-grade BPA free plastic and forms an airtight seal with the silicone sleeve. The storage compartment It is also insulated from heat because of the silicone sleeve and the double walled glass, perfect for storing tea or coffee by preventing air, light, humidity, or temperature extremes from affecting the contents.
Where are we in the process?
I introduced the very first prototype at the New York Coffee and Tea Expo a few months back. Now I have the finished final fully functional prototype. This Final Prototype adds the silicone sleeve and double walled glass, the patent pending airtight storage, new improved lip design, and improved locking mechanism over the previous prototypes. I have quotes from several manufacturers to take this product from the prototype and CAD drawings into production. I simply need the additional funding for the tooling and minimum order quantities to put the Easy Steep Tumbler into your hands.
When the kickstarter ends, I will finalize the manufacturing from the several current quotes I have, then production will begin. The current scheduling has 4 weeks for tooling, 5 weeks for production, 4 weeks to ship and 4 weeks for fulfillment. I have accounted for a few time delays in this schedule.
Risks and challenges
The main focus of this kickstart is to raise funds for tooling and manufacturing for the first round of production. The main challenge will be to get the tooling done precisely and quickly. Good communication and project management will help to keep tooling and production on track. With the highly skilled design and production team I have assembled to help with the engineering and cad drawings of this product I will be able to quickly address problems as they arise with expertise and experience.
Ensuring product quality is a typical challenge. The team I have built will be assisting me to ensure the production of the Easy Steep Tumbler is up to the high quality standards we set. I have also built in extra time in the tooling and manufacturing phase to handle the unforeseen issues that typically arrive in such projects.
Fulfillment is usually a challenge. To reach the funding goal I will be fulfilling many orders in a short period of time. My experience running my online tea e-commerce site has prepared me to meet this challenge. I have scheduled more than sufficient time in the production plan to meet my fulfillment deadline. Everything needed for fulfillment is already in place, all I need is your support and I will put the Easy Steep Tumbler into your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The book will be coffee table book, 6x9 with 20 to 24 pages. The cover and interior pages will be full color with high quality pictures and diagrams covering topics about tea and coffee. HIstory and customs will be done in info-graphics There will be tea and coffee variety processing charts, flavor wheel to help you explain what you taste, as well as exotic tea and coffee drink recipes complete with full color photos. Everything done in a fun and artistic fashion i think will all enjoy.
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