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Last updated October 31, 2018

Bring the Woke Coffee Espresso Cart to North Portland!

Woke Coffee is a community-focused outdoor coffee shop serving up espresso in St. Johns, OR with sustainable practices & good vibes.

Bring the Woke Coffee Espresso Cart to North Portland!

Woke Coffee is a community-focused outdoor coffee shop serving up espresso in St. Johns, OR with sustainable practices & good vibes.

$6,408
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69
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 1 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2018

About

Hello from North Portland!  We are so excited to let you in on what we're brewing up!

Despite Portland's reputation as for specialty coffee, there is simply nothing available for in our neighborhood at the northeastern edge of St. Johns, an area in transition. What started as a desire to scratch our own itch terms of having access specialty coffee has developed into what we believe will be a movement.

Enter Woke Coffee 

preliminary logo
preliminary logo

Woke Coffee is the new outdoor coffee shop in the George Park neighborhood of St. John's. 

We've placed a deposit on an espresso cart built on a 12 x 8 trailer, set up to serve specialty coffee drinks, espresso, tea, and bagels with house smear. We're planning covered outdoor seating with a chill third place vibe, community notice board, little free library, and ample bicycle parking. 

meet Ziggy aka Bubba
meet Ziggy aka Bubba

Why Woke? 

From the Age of Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution, the rise of coffee - and the coffee house - is credited as the catalyst for some of the great innovations of humankind. Those of us who need our daily cup know caffeine wakes up the brain and stimulates great ideas.

We believe the decisions you make in your life have a rippling effect elsewhere. That includes your business and consumer decisions. One of the things that makes Woke Coffee so special is it's platform of sustainability and social consciousness.

  • By 2050 there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. Woke Coffee is committed to serving our neighbors with sustainable packaging with a focus on cultivating awareness, encouraging reusable mugs and straws, and discouraging single-use plastic. 
  • We're stoked to keep it in the NoPo fam and use St. Johns Coffee for espresso and house blend, but we plan to feature a rotating cast of cause roasters in Portland include Happy Cup, Central City Coffee, Braking Cycles, and more, like Cafe Femenino.
  • Community is very important to us, and we understand the complexities of gentrification in our neighborhood. We'll offer a pay-it-forward program where folks can pay in advance for a brewed coffee - a "community cup" for a neighbor without the means.
  • In keeping with our community focus, we're going to have a regular neighborhood clean up day on the first Sunday of the month. Service Sunday will be a grassroots effort to beautify the George Park neighborhood by cleaning up litter and refuse from N. Fessenden.
  • Like our sister Whitney once said, we believe the children are our future. We'll be involved with our local schools, George Middle School and Roosevelt High School to support the future of our community.
  • Finally let's recognize that the word "woke" came into our modern lexicon from AAVE and Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge how white folks tend to take credit for the creations and achievements of black folks. Just ask Big Mama Thornton. Each quarter, we'll donate a portion of profits to Don't Shoot Portland. Additionally, we also pledge to codify this practice into our policies when Woke Coffee expands to new markets. #BlackLivesMatter 

About the Cart

We've invested $4,000 into the purchase of an espresso cart that has been a woman-owned coffee business for more than 20 years!

The cart is already outfitted with an espresso machine, grinder, various supplies, and sufficient electrical supply. It has two service windows, enough room for two employees, and plenty of storage. 

We're working with Cathedral Construction for the build out with covered seating.

Woke Coffee will be located across busy N. Fessenden Street from George Park at the site of CrossFit BlueHouse! We cannot wait to serve this bustling neighborhood.

Expansion Opportunities:

We plan to develop a brick and mortar space by year three of operation. Further expansion opportunities include internal franchise development options.There are several roasters in major metro markets in regions across the country that offer coffee beans roasted by folks from marginalized and at-risk communities. We're passionate about building a business that can help others.

How your pledge will help us launch Woke Coffee:

So far, we have invested more than $5,036 into Woke Coffee. Including Caryn's massive stash of change.

caryn saved all this! that's change we can believe in!
caryn saved all this! that's change we can believe in!

Additional funds are necessary for the following:

$11k cart balance

$4k build out

$3k additional equipment & pos

$2k inventory & supplies

$2k professional services

$3k kickstarter rewards & fees

Stretch Goals!

The goal of $25k is enough to launch the business. 

+ $2,000 more ($27k total) - We can hire an artist for a mural and signage

+ $3,000 more ($30k total) - We can hire a second employee immediately

+ $5,000 ($35k total) - We can begin developing secondary food cart to support/complement the neighborhood - with special input from Woke Coffee Backers and Founders!

Thanks so much for your interest in Woke Coffee! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at wokecoffeepdx[at]gmail.com with any questions!

We absolutely cannot wait to serve you,

c + c

 About Us

Caryn is General Manager of Woke Coffee. She will handle the day-to-day operations of the shop, including scheduling, ordering, vendor relations, and customer service. Cat is Business Manager of Woke Coffee, responsible for business development, marketing, strategy, and so forth.

Caryn is rad. She's a seasoned bartender and service professional with more than 15 years in the restaurant and retail food service industry. She entered the industry in 2002 as a Barista and Shift Supervisor for Starbucks and is currently employed as a Front End Lead at Green Zebra Market. She understands all aspects of what it takes for a business in this niche to be successful such as delivering high-quality service to customers in a fast-paced environment, executing consistent beverages, limiting waste, accurate cash handling, and smart supply ordering and rotating. Cat is a writer, business strategist, and coach who brings 17 years of business operations, customer service, and marketing experience to Woke Coffee. She currently works for Masterplans, a Portland-based business planning firm.

We've both lived in the neighborhood for several years and understand the way that change has swept new opportunities into the area. Together, we have all the talent and tenacity to launch Woke Coffee and build it into a profitable success.

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Check out this awesome branded merch!

klean kanteen 16oz insulated tumblers!
klean kanteen 16oz insulated tumblers!

>> Bring a Woke Coffee travel mug to the shop and get double-punches on your rewards card and an extra espresso shot on Wednesdays for you or a friend!

heavy diner mug
heavy diner mug
mmm supple
mmm supple
Inspiration for the Woke Founders Wall!
Inspiration for the Woke Founders Wall!

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Risks and challenges

This is a food cart business. Our license is subject to regulatory review from Multnomah County, Oregon. The cart was previously licensed in Clackamas County, Oregon. We have obtained the previously approved site plan from Clackamas, and should not have an issue with Multnomah County reviewers.

The Portland Bureau of Development Services has already approved the location.

Additionally, coffee is a natural product and commodity, which comes with its own set of threats and risks.

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    Your business name & instagram handle will be prominently yet lovingly placed on our menu for all the world to see!

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    Podcastify Yo'self!

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    This five part series will take you from idea to iTunes + 3 months of creative coaching!

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    FOUNDERS LEVEL - Tier 1: Sup Fam

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    + Cat will write your CHOICE of business plan OR book (memoir, fiction, non fiction) with you!

    Also, UNLIMITED HIGH FIVES!!!

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