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Actual Coffee roasts incredible coffee in Toledo, Ohio. We outgrew our tiny coffee roaster and need a bigger one to continue!
Actual Coffee roasts incredible coffee in Toledo, Ohio. We outgrew our tiny coffee roaster and need a bigger one to continue!
264 backers pledged $16,007 to help bring this project to life.

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Actual Coffee is a young coffee roasting company in Toledo, Ohio. We roast coffee from small farms around the world so that its true flavors can be appreciated. Drinking this kind of coffee is simply a different experience

So let's face the facts. It's really tough to find great coffee around Northwest Ohio.

Most of the coffee we can get is most likely roasted somewhere else. Because of that, it's rarely fresh. Since coffee looses most of its flavor and aroma about two weeks after it's roasted, freshness is actually very important. Try and find a bag of coffee around here with a roast date on it. Instead, most of us see an expiration date that essentially says our coffee is safe for another two years. Really?! We’re buying products that are old and stale. Our coffee has none of its good flavor left.

We need to change this. Northwest Ohio needs coffee that actually tastes good.  

But not only that, we need coffee that doesn't hurt the world around us. Unfortunately, most coffee is grown in unsustainable conditions, environmentally and ethically. Actual Coffee always promises to go above and beyond when it comes to sourcing coffee. It's our mission to help improve the lives of the farmers, workers and families who rely on coffee for their well-being. We're also committed to sourcing coffee that isn't a burden on the environment.

So, in order to offer Northwest Ohio this amazing coffee, we need a bigger coffee roaster. We simply can’t roast enough coffee to make it available to everyone who wants it. And the list of people who prefer great coffee over terrible coffee is rapidly growing.

This is where we need your help. 

We're trying to purchase an American-made coffee roaster called the San Franciscan SF-6. It does an amazing job at roasting coffee, but it costs $15,000 to get it up and running. 

If you make a pledge to help us get our roaster, we'll make it worth your while. To the right, there’s a big list of pledge amounts and awesome corresponding rewards. 

Our goal is to reach $15,000 in 30 days. If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t collect any money, and we can’t get the roaster. 

Please make a pledge, then share this page with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, or email. This an exciting project for coffee lovers and Toledoans who wish to buy local, so be sure to spread the word.

A big thank-you goes out to Josh White and Jordan Jackson for their help in creating an awesome video. Also, Andrew Weber took some awesome coffee photos that you'll be seeing throughout the campaign. Thanks again guys!

Risks and challenges

Our rewards are designed for easy fulfillment on our part, but the installation for our roaster will likely be the most difficult task in this project. We're well prepared for any issues that may arise during the install, but if anything unexpected comes up, we have the necessary support from manufacturers to get us through.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    I’ll literally holler with joy.

    And I’ll send you a handwritten postcard expressing my sincere gratitude for your contribution.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    You'll get the first ever, Actual Coffee mug! It's a classy white ceramic mug, preferably for use with Actual Coffee! Shipping $4.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You'll get a whole pound of Actual Coffee! Roasted just for you. Shipping $5.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    You'll get a super-comfortable Actual Coffee T-Shirt. Printed by Toledo's very own JupMode, these are grey, tri-blend shirts with the Actual Coffee logo in black. Shipping $5.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You’ll get a pound of Actual Coffee AND the Actual Coffee T-Shirt to wear while you drink it. You'll seriously love the shirt... and the coffee. Shipping $5.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Everything that you saw below, you get. You'll get a pound of coffee, a mug, a handwritten letter, and the awesome shirt. Shipping $10.

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    You and a guest are invited to an official coffee tasting! We'll teach you a thing or two about coffee, tasting, brewing, and more. You'll also get a half pound of coffee and a mug!

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Don't worry about buying coffee for a while! We'll roast and deliver a half-pound of fresh coffee every two weeks for 6 months!! FREE shipping.

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    Pledge $700 or more About $700

    Six months of fresh coffee on us, a shirt, a mug, and a pour over brewer of your choice. Wow... that's a lot of awesome stuff. FREE Shipping.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    VIP Treatment. Coffee for a whole year. PLUS, we'll even help you roast and brew it with a free training session. Lastly, we'll hook you up with a pour over brewer of your choice. FREE shipping.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    The Mother Lode. We will name our first blend after you. And a plaque with your name will hang on our roaster. Coffee for a year, Baratza grinder, Bonavita electric kettle, and pour over brewer all included. Throw in some shirts and mugs too. Seriously, what an honor.

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Funding period

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