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About

When my fiance and I moved back to his hometown of Finleyville, PA last year, we were shocked to learn that there wasn't a single coffee shop in our new town. In fact, the proximity between the two closest coffee shops is over 10 miles with Finleyville right in the middle.

Kyle's Hometown: Finleyville PA
Kyle's Hometown: Finleyville PA

It is a dead zone for a decent cup of coffee.

So, within a few days of settling in (ok, it was actually before we even unpacked the car), we started talking about opening a coffee shop here.  Coffee is a huge part of both our lives (I'm a professional barista and coffee educator and Kyle is an aspiring coffee roaster) and the thought of living in a community where it didn't even exist really bothered us.

Why didn't our town have a coffee shop?  The prevailing theory from the outsider prospective is that residents didn't want one.  That they had absolutely no interest in fresh roasted coffee or expertly crafted espresso beverages.  And that an artisan coffeehouse would be neither desired or appreciated. 

But could that really be true?  The assumption that small towns are inhabited by "small-minded" uncultured residents struck us as nothing more than a bad stereotype that had been perpetuated for far too long. 

There was only one way to know for certain, so we decided to start asking residents if they wanted a coffee shop.

We brought up the coffee shop idea every chance we got, with every person we saw. The UPS driver, my fiance's grandmother, our neighbors, the cashier at the gas station, and basically every other Finleyville resident that would listen.

We talked to a pretty diverse group: construction workers, contractors, carpenters, small business owners, commuters, teachers, bankers, grocers, bartenders, servers, construction workers, contractors, salesmen, PTA members, hair-dressers, mechanics, farmers, truck drivers, postal workers and even the Chief at the local volunteer fire hall, and they all told us the same thing: "of course we want good coffee! You need to make this happen.” 

So here we are, trying to make it happen.

Our Vision & Our Mission

Our Vision
Our Vision

We think that every town needs good coffee.  Because, coffee isn't just a white Styrofoam cup, an automatic drip machine, or a pot that has been sitting on a burner since who knows when. Its a daily ritual for tired early morning commuters,  a reason to sit down and catch up with old friends, a valuable companion for a hard working student, and a part of our lives.

By opening a cafe with in-house roasting, our customers will have access to a seriously fresh cup of coffee and our community will have a common ground to connect, share, and create.  Geat coffee brings them together. 

We want to open a coffee roasting cafe which will also be the first coffee shop in our hometown, so we can serve great coffee to our community and give them a place to enjoy it.


Why we are asking for your help:

Opening a coffee shop is expensive, especially when you are committed to serving an extraordinary product by roasting coffee beans daily in house.  To open the kind of establishment that we have described, we will need superior quality equipment, skilled baristas, and premium food and beverage products 

We currently have $24,000 in capital to cover the cost of securing a space for lease, building it out for a coffee shop with an in house roaster, and purchasing the products we need to have on hand to make specialty coffee.

We need still need $28,000  to get the doors open. Here is how the money would be used :

Espresso machine - $9,000
Coffee maker - $900
Coffee grinder - $600
Food service equipment (microwave, toasters, dishwasher, refrigerator, blender, etc.) - $11,000
Storage hardware (bins, utensil rack, shelves, food case) - $2,500
Counter area equipment (counter top, sink, ice machine, etc.) - $5,000
Store equipment (cash register, security, ventilation, signage) - $8,000


The Rewards


Risks and challenges

Opening and running a coffee shop is a lot of hard work, but we are ready for the challenge. We have 8 years of coffee shop management under our belt. Annie is a professionally certified barista and trainer as well as an active member of the Barista Guild of America. Kyle is an expert in Global coffee issues, sustainability and the coffee business. As members of the SCAA we also have a network of industry professionals that we can look to for assistance.

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    Our deepest gratitude and the inclusion of your name on the hand-painted mural inside Mini's Coffee displaying the names of all the members of our kickstarter family. We will also send you a hand-written thank you note with a Mini's coffee sticker.

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    One 12 oz bag of our Signature Espresso Roast fresh roasted whole bean coffee as well as the inclusion of your name on the hand-painted mural inside Mini's Coffee, a hand-written thank you note & a Mini's coffee sticker.

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    A 11x14 limited edition hand-signed professional photographic print of the Mini's Coffee Kickstarter Family Tribute Mural with an embellishment by the artists highlighting your name as well as everything included with the $40 pledge.

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    A six month Membership to our Coffee of the Month Club. Each month, you will receive a 12 oz bag of a different premium fresh roasted whole bean coffee to enjoy, plus the $40 pledge reward.

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    A one year membership to our Coffee of the Month Club. Each month, you will receive a 12 oz bag of a different premium fresh roasted whole bean coffee to enjoy, plus the $40 pledge reward.

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    We will name one of our signature espresso drinks after you. You will receive a 16x20 artist's print on canvas reproduction the original cafe tribute art featuring the five signature espresso drinks, as well as everything included with the $200 pledge reward.

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    We will host a 2-hour private gathering for you and up to 10 guests at our new coffee shop. The event will include full espresso bar service and a variety of delicious dessert items. Perfect for birthdays, showers, art exhibits, and other special occaisions.

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