WHY A DRIPPER?
When Coffee Brewers compete at the United States Coffee Championships the brew method of choice is almost always a pour-over. Over the last ten years pour-over coffee has made great strides in the United States to become a household technique. Originally from Japan, the pour-over is one of the purest and simplest ways to extract the natural inherent flavors present in an ethically grown, artisan roasted, premium coffee bean. Although many people think that this brew method is complex, its simplicity and availability are quickly making drippers a household staple.
WHY OUR DRIPPER?
Not all drippers are created equal. Experienced brew masters will tell you that the best dripper is one that will deliver an even extraction consistently with minimal difficulty. Many of the drippers available today are complex and require intricate water pouring methodology to properly execute the extraction brewing process. We wanted to create a product that is simple to use with limited variables. The goal of the Ximeno was for each grain of coffee to receive equal attention and water time to extract the perfect amount of flavor and depth. The flat-bottomed design of the Ximeno allows the bed of grinds to sit evenly. As the bed fills with water the grounds are completely immersed and evenly extracted every time no matter how the water is poured. The horizontal ridges of the Ximeno juxtapose a vertical ridged filter allowing the process to float. This creates a layer of air around the entire process which insulates and provides space for liquid to move and gas to escape.
Each Ximeno is handmade individually by employing a lesser-known ceramics production technique called Jiggering. Jiggering is an old-world technique in which shapes are hand-thrown on a pottery wheel over a plaster mold. Because each Ximeno is created over a mold, the inside of each one is exactly the same. This ensures that every cup brewed in our products is equally as amazing as the next. The Jiggering process allows for mold-made consistency and functionality on the interior of every unit while still offering a place for handmade individuality on the exterior. The human touch guarantees that no two pieces are exactly the same. We found that a rich iron clay body, with its deep browns and rustic tones, help to set the mood for your experience. To bring balance, we allow a thick application of liquid clay to cascade gracefully along the walls. The soft white glaze bonds these two elements by softening the interior but still allowing the rustic clay body to breathe its iron spots on a lightly mottled surface.
ABOUT OUR COMPANY?
The Long Beach Dripper Company began its journey in the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach, California. Ceramic artists and studio potters Sarah Alonzo and Clay Wood were wrapping up a large contract wondering what the future held. Ideas were bounced, feelings were hurt, some clay was thrown, and when the dust cleared a dripper remained. Novice coffee enthusiasts, we embarked on a journey to understand the nuances of a perfect cup of pour over coffee. With the help of our local brew masters at Lord Windsor Roasters and Rose Park Roasters, we created prototypes, tested and retested until the Ximeno was born.
WHY WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP?
We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the small amount of our products we have been able to create to date. Unfortunately we can only produce our products in limited numbers because we are working in a very small pottery studio that was designed for teaching classes. In order to produce the quantities our customers are demanding we need to build a studio that is designed for production.
EXPLANATION OF FUNDS AND OVERAGE Creating a pottery studio is an expensive endeavor. There are many options and accessories which can cause the price to range from $1,000 to well over $500,000 for a fully equipped studio. We intend to purchase used basic equipment at the following estimated values:
- Used gas kiln ($3,000)
- Three used pottery wheels ($1,500)
- Industrial shelving ($500)
- Used electric Kiln ($500)
- Commercial sinks ($500)
In addition to equipment costs there will be costs to lease a space, install equipment, permits and licensing, inspections etc. Those costs are estimated as follows:
- First month rent & security deposit ($3,000)
- Gas kiln installation ($3,000)
- Electric kiln installation ($1,000)
- Permits & licensing ($1,500)
- Inspections ($1,000)
These estimates add up to a total of $14,500. These are planned estimated expenses we are budgeting for a 10% variance.
Any overage would be used for any unexpected expenses which may arise during the building of the studio. Beyond that we would use excess funds for business growth and marketing. In addition we intend to manufacture our own filters to reduce the filter cost to consumers. The filter manufacturer we have been working with has quoted us $4,000 for a minimum order.
Risks and challenges
Risks From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Risk is a strategy board game produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro). Winning Moves also makes a classic 1959 version. It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France. It was later bought by Parker Brothers and released in 1959 with some modifications to the rules as Risk: The Continental Game, then as Risk: The Game of Global Domination.
Risk is a turn-based game for two to six players. The standard version is played on a board depicting a political map of the Earth, divided into forty-two territories, which are grouped into six continents. The object of the game is to occupy every territory on the board and in doing so, eliminate the other players. Players control armies with which they attempt to capture territories from other players, with results determined by dice rolls.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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