In these warmer months, cold brew coffee becomes more essential than water (okay, maybe not, but close), so it’s with some combination of pleasure and comfort that we highlight our Project of the Day, Highbrow Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate, out of Huntsville, Alabama. Stay cool. Also stay awake.
Drip, our Project of the Day, is a documentary that delves into the world of barista competitions (don’t act surprised, there are competitions for everything). The film reminds us all that there is a very serious art to making good coffee. It also reminds us that bad coffee is not something anyone wants ever at any time.
If you have ever poured yourself a cup of coffee and said out loud to no one in particular, “I wish I could elevate the ritual of making coffee by hand,” you’ll be happy know about the Manual Coffeemaker.
Another reason why backers aren’t customers.
The creators of Kone, a coffee filter and brewing system, have a runaway hit on their hands. The Kickstarter project was successfully funded over the summer, reaching more than 3100% of their goal. But, as with all projects, the hard work had only just begun — and success isn’t easy.
Keith Gehrke and Grahm Doughty, the creators and designers, have done a terrific job keeping their backers in the loop, keeping a few unavoidable delays from derailing their relationship with their supporters. With patience and clear communication, they’ve fulfilled and shipped most of their rewards, and yet the final product remains unfinished.
The creators faced a quandary: Stick with the original design, which had some disappointing flaws, or redesign and fall behind schedule? They chose the latter and explained it to their backers — and found an overwhelmingly supportive response.
Says Michael Boyle, one of the team’s backers:
I have no idea whether my attitude is common or rare, but personally whenever I back something on Kickstarter, I go in assuming that it may take a while, possibly a great while, longer than the project designers expect. I don’t count on getting an item by a certain date.
I would much rather help fund the creation of something really awesome, and get that really awesome thing, than be ultimately disappointed in what I get. And the worst case would be if I got my items on time only to feel like a beta-tester because the makers went on to make a version two that solves key flaws in the one they rushed out to their backers meet their deadlines.
So what I’m saying is, I for one am patient as long as the end result is worth it. And it looks like this will turn out to be an awesome product in the end.
Keep up the good work! I look forward to having my brewing system in hand, but I won’t say I can’t wait, because I can. Looks like it’ll be rewarded.
These cookies are made with coffee and beer. Yes. Please.
In a battle of titans, who will emerge victorious?!?!? As Richard Stevens, creator of popular pixelated webcomic Diesel Sweeties says in a recent update: ”I have a hard time picking a winner in this match-up. I love Johnny Toaster, but I can survive a morning without him. I need coffee, but I don’t always like its attitude. When these two fight, no one wins.” #TRUTH
Addicted to coffee and board games?! Then you’re in luck, because our Project of the Day is a new game that will be just perfect for you. VivaJava: The Coffee Game turns making the perfect cup of coffee into a globetrotting strategy game sure to hit as hard as your morning latte. Its creators have described it as “bursting at the seams with caffeinated gaming goodness” — we’re absolutely frothing just for a chance to play. (This may have a lot or a little to do with our own, recently acquired office espresso machine.)
Blending theater and performance art, Adam Conrad and Ben Kelly are bringing St Paul, Minnesota to life through a multi-faceted stage show that blurs the lines between fact and fiction in an effort to present all sides of a uniquely modern story: the controversial construction of Interstate 94 and the resulting decimation of an old neighborhood in the city. The audience will be guided through six different rooms (thanks to sliding walls!) as they experience original art, poetry, dance, music, and even live painting. A one-of-a-kind show to be sure, and our Project of the Day.