Hi Kickstarters, thanks for checking us out! Our first model, “Mezzo” is being debuted here on Kickstarter. The Spressa Mezzo was designed to make your AeroPress experience even more enjoyable and easier to use. By supporting our project, you will have the opportunity to be the first to experience our product and how it enhances the use of the AeroPress, as well as helping us bring it to market.
The beginnings of Spressa started after receiving the AeroPress as a gift. I noticed early on that the AeroPress could be quite difficult and awkward to press, especially with finer ground coffee. I began to sketch ideas of a shroud that incorporated a handle that could be used to press the plunger of the AeroPress. I soon realized it would be good to have a place for the tools that come with the AeroPress and a temporary home for it when not in use.
After sketching and testing the idea of using a lever to make the press easier I met with my design partner Ross who was instrumental in developing the Spressa to its full potential. Ross engineered several handle designs, overcoming many challenges to ensure the 'press' was easier, smoother and more comfortable. Over several months we created several prototypes and continued to refine the design, the result is the model named "Mezzo" you now see here on Kickstarter.
The key feature for the Spressa Mezzo was to provide a more comfortable and easier 'press' than using the AeroPress in its original form. This was accomplished by creating a unique and stylish lever that allows for smoother operation of the AeroPress while reducing effort. This lever is the iconic symbol that is now part of our logo.
The next step was to create place to store the tools used when making AeroPress coffee. This feature was integrated into upper PaperStone 'stabilizer' which was added to insure the AeroPress will not slip while the lever is being used.
We also wanted to create a home for your AeroPress when not in use. So instead of lying in your drying rack or hiding in a cabinet or drawer it can be proudly displayed and be available to use any time. This was accomplished by creating the PaperStone base that provides a stable platform for your coffee cup, mug or pitcher. It also helps protect your counter top from coffee spills.
Spressa products will be made in our home town of Seattle, Washington. The primary components are produced by machine and finished by hand. Using these two methods allows us to use high quality, attractive materials and helps keep costs down. The Spressa Mezzo is made to have the look and feel of a product that is handmade, without the handmade price.
The components are shipped flat-packed and come ready to assemble by you. So you are also part of the hand-finished process and you get to enjoy bringing your Spressa to life. Assembly is quite simple and your product will be ready to use in just a few steps. We are offering the option of a fully assembled Mezzo for a small additional fee.
Spressa Mezzo is made almost exclusively with sustainable wood products. We use birch plywood grown in sustainable forests that is Formaldehyde free, VOC free, FSC and Rainforest Alliance certified. We also use PaperStone which is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and contains no Petro products. PaperStone is also FSC and Rainforest Alliance certified.
We care about the environment and take being green very serious, from product to packaging. Your rewards will shipped using cartons and mailers that are made from 95% - 100% post-consumer cardboard and packed with Green Cell Foam® a product made from non-GMO cornstarch that is certified biodegradable and compostable. Even our tape is biodegradable and the shipping labels are 100% post-consumer content paper!
We would love to be able to offer options and accessories for the Spressa Mezzo. For now we have two PaperStone color options for our "stretch goals".
Stretch Level 1 - $8800 - Cabernet
Stretch Level 2 - $9800 - Evergreen
Thanks to all who will help make Spressa become a reality! Thanks to our family and friends for their support and thanks to all of our partners. Special thanks to Alan Adler, inventor of the AeroPress for creating such an amazing device!
A final big thanks to Alex Sway who shot and edited our video. Check out Alex here: http://youtu.be/Ou3EG4vFVSU
Spressa™ products are designed for use with the AeroPress® which is a registered trademark of Aerobie® Inc. Spressa is not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by Aerobie® Inc.
Spressa™ products are made with sustainable wood based products. One of the products is PaperStone® which holds some of the highest standards in the world of green materials and is 100% US made. PaperStone® has all the certifications listed in the "We are green" section. Spressa™ is not affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by PaperStone® or Paneltech Products Inc. The plywood we use is FSC and Rainforest Alliance certified and is sourced from the EU. The packing materials from Green Cell Foam are USDA certified 100% biobased and certified biodegradable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), these certification seals are located under "We Are Green". We know that producing any product has an impact on the environment; however we are committed to reducing that impact as much as possible.
Risks and challenges
We have developed a reliable, accurate and cost effective way to manufacture the Spressa Mezzo. The materials we are using can be challenging to work with, however we've produced several fully functional prototypes and with your help we are confident that manufacturing will scale up to production level with out any issues.
SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS
While we've built relationships with trustworthy suppliers, some of the materials we use are available from only one supplier.
We want to make sure what you receive is a quality made product, be it a coaster or your Spressa Mezzo. Know that all of our products will be checked for quality before they are shipped to you. Both Ross and I have extensive experience in this area.
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