We are a custom batch roaster providing organic coffee beans on demand to coffee lovers, who appreciate and understand the importance of freshness, flavor, and choice.
Where do you come in? We want you to be able to make your own perfect cup of coffee. We want you to choose your beans, roast, grind, and even flavors if you would like.
This project is about getting fully customizable coffee to the world. The end goal is to develop an expert web system that allows you, the coffee lover, the ability to create your own coffee creation! Starting with YOU, what would your perfect cup of coffee be like?!
We are unique in that we serve the coffee we roast and create in our coffeehouse cafe. We use this cafe as our laboratory; putting our beans to the test. This means we are intimately familiar with their taste, temperament and the process of creating truly remarkable blends.
We currently purchase 51 organic coffees from around the world. We can roast them more than 10 different ways and can grind them in over a dozen different variations. If you'd like, you can even choose from an almost limitless combination of flavors and spices as well.
We know creating your own perfect coffee can be complicated with all these choices. Don't worry! We have Jack Barton. Jack is our coffee expert. He will help you along the way to ensure your coffee is made exactly the way you want it. Even if it's just a hint of flavor that needs changing, Jack will fine tune your creation until it is your perfect cup of coffee.
We want to provide YOU with the opportunity to make your own fully customizable coffee, with Jack our coffee expert's help! Because there are so many beans to choose and so many different ways to roast your coffee, he is there to guide you along the way. Let's go through the simple 5-step process....
Step 1: Choose your bean! 51 different types of organic beans from all over the world.
Step 2: Choose your roast and grind! Jack can share with you a number of ways to roast and grind your coffee! He can teach you how the roast impacts the flavor of the bean.
Step 3: Add flavors if you'd like! (Sweet, Spicy, Fruity, or Nutty!) Endless combinations of flavors for you to pick.
Step 4: NAME your coffee! Any name you desire for your coffee creation. ex. Bob's Brilliant Brew, Kerri's Karamel Kreation, The Finn Mint, Cool Beans, Cuppa Crazy Cubano
As you can see, it does not have to be your name either... it can be your restaurant or company, a gift, or anything that means something to you!
Once this process is complete, you are permanently in Jack's coffee menu database, where your friends and family or anyone for that matter can order your coffee by name.
Step 5: Brand it with your logo! We welcome the use of corporate logos of your company, school, restaurant, or any other entity. If needed, Jack and his team of artists will help you design a logo that fits perfectly with your new coffee creation!
Although we have a coffeehouse located in Fairview, Pennsylvania and a few of our reward tiers are tailored to our local fans, we have a TON of fun rewards for our out of town backers! Let's get to the awesome rewards!!!
$1: A BIG thank you for helping us bring fully customizable coffee to the rest of the world! At the $1 dollar level you get our forever thanks. We sincerely mean that. Any dollar counts in making this dream come true.
$15: COFFEE AND DESSERT FOR TWO! This is for the locals in Northwest Pennsylvania! Come to our coffeehouse in Fairview, PA and receive two cups of coffee of any kind (hot, iced or frozen!) and two of our fresh delicious desserts!
$15: FOR COFFEE EXPLORERS! A half pound of any of our top ten coffees shipped anywhere in the world. When we send out our surveys you will get the opportunity to choose one from our completely organic coffees listed below!
- Original House Blend (A blend of Brazilian Santos, Java Estate and El Salvadorian beans; Gives a combination of full bodied flavor with a medium acidity that brings a complex flavor profile!)
- House Decafe (A blend of Brazilian Santos and Sumatra Mandheling; Smooth and velvety; rich with flavor, ending in a sweet fruity note!)
- House Expresso “Italian” Blend (A blend of Brazilian Santos, Panamanian Bouquet & Kenya AA taken to a flavorful Italian roast to extract even the hidden flavors; Produces a dark, smoky and nutty flavor wrapped in a wonderfully mild acidity, incredibly rich with a thick, velvety crema!)
- Kenyan AA (Fruity, heavy acidity with a rich body!)
- Columbian Supremo (Rich and velvety with a smooth taste!)
- Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (A unique and complex bean, every batch brings pleasant surprises!)
- Papua New Guinea (Spicy and full bodied!)
- Guatemalan Antigua (Chocolate sweetness with clean acidity!)
- Costa Rican Tarrazu (Zesty flavor with a sweet clean finish!)
- Mexican Café Femenino (Medium body with a bright nutty flavor and subtle sweetness!)
$25: MAKE YOUR OWN PERFECT COFFEE AND NAME IT! For $25 dollars we take you through the process of making your very own coffee creation! Create 1 pound of your very own coffee. Jack will guide you in choosing the bean, the roast, the grind, and even the flavors and the spices you want to make your perfect cup of coffee! At the end you get to name your coffee whatever you like!
$30: MAKE YOUR OWN PERFECT COFFEE + GIFT BAG! Not only do you get to make 1 pound of your very own coffee. We will pack it in our exclusive miniature burlap coffee bags - perfect for gift giving! These bags are made out of authentic coffee bags used in this process, see pictures above!
$35: DINNER FOR TWO! Two entrees, drinks, and desserts of your choice at our coffeehouse in Fairview, PA. Choose from our wonderful menu of fresh and healthy food, while enjoying any type of drink including coffee, smoothies, and more!
$50: MAKE YOUR OWN PERFECT COFFEE, NAME IT AND BRAND IT WITH YOUR OWN PERFECT LOGO! At the $50 dollar level you get to make 2 pounds of your own coffee creation! This time you get to name it AND brand it! Jack and his artists will design a custom logo for your own brand of coffee! See some examples of logos below! We will top this tier off with exclusive miniature burlap coffee bags!
$75: YOUR PERFECT COFFEE FOR 3 MONTHS! Calling all coffee lovers! We want to send you the freshest coffee every two weeks! Not just any coffee, the coffee YOU create. We will send you a half-pound of the perfect coffee you created, named and branded every two weeks!
$125: YOUR PERFECT COFFEE FOR 6 MONTHS! Get even MORE of your perfect coffee! For 6 months, we will send you a half-pound of the perfect coffee you created, named and branded every two weeks to make sure you are getting the freshest cup of coffee each morning!
$175: GET TOGETHER AT OUR CAFE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! We want you to come out to our coffeehouse with your friends! Enjoy meals, drinks, and desserts with us at our Fairview, PA coffeehouse with 5 of your friends. Now we don’t want you to leave you empty handed! You and your guests all leave with a pound of one of our top ten organic coffees.
$200: PRIVATE ROAST SESSION! You and a friend get an exclusive private roast session with Jack the master roaster himself! Each of you leaves with 2 pounds of your very own coffee.
$500: Throw a party at our cafe! Come out to our coffeehouse for a party thrown by you! Spend a Saturday afternoon with us. Invite 20 guests to enjoy appetizers, sandwiches, soup, salad, desserts & drinks and a coffee tasting! Each guest leaves with a pound of our top ten organic coffees!
Check out the rest of our menu here! http://outofthegreycoffeehousecafe.com/ourmenu/
Anyone who has done one, knows that launching a Kickstarter campaign takes a lot of work! We would like to thank all of the people who helped including:
- Our loyal customers!
- Our friends and family!
- The Mercyhurst Quickstarter team - Kris Wheaton and Hannah Corton!
- Our video man, Brent Clapper!
- Music for our video from Kevin MacLeod incompetech.com
- All the coffee lovers out there!
Risks and challenges
While it is always possible that something unforeseen could keep me from completing this project, I consider that highly unlikely. I currently run a coffeehouse and have the equipment to produce over a thousand pounds of coffee weekly. Therefore, I anticipate no major problems fulfilling any and all of these rewards.
Like many people who come to Kickstarter, I had dreams of solving all of my funding needs in one massive, awe-inspiring campaign. More roasters! More grinders! More food grade mixers! More beans! Then I took a look at what I really needed to get this project off the ground.
I truly enjoy working with people to get them the perfect cup of coffee. There is nothing like the satisfaction of seeing some coffee lover’s eyes light up when they first sip a coffee made precisely to their tastes. I also think that coffees made that precisely deserve to be branded. They need a good name and logo.
To do that, to get perfect, branded coffee into the hands of those who will love it, I already have everything I need – except backers. Setting an artificially high goal would only deter those of you who want to try my process for getting the perfect coffee but would be hesitant to back it because it might not fund. I think there are a lot of people out there who will like what I am trying to do but, even if there are only a few of you, I still want to make you the perfect cup of coffee.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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