Last year, Quinn and I were at a crossroads in our lives. We knew we wanted to run our own business, be the ones to make the rules, and build a successful company. We even knew what kind of company we wanted: coffee on a bike. We wanted something that combined our love of coffee and community and give us freedom and maneuverability. I, being a writer, wanted to work outdoors. I wanted to be inspired by the people I met in my neighborhood and surround myself with nature. Quinn, too, wanted these things. And we both wanted that "get up and go" experience. To actively meet people where they lived, worked or hung out.
We came up with a business plan for a mobile coffee bike business, with a few "no compromise" items. One of those was the quality of the coffee we sourced. The other was working locally within our communities. The mission to work locally included partnerships with local artisan roasters and using local business as often as we could. We didn't merely want to build a business where we lived; we wanted to become part of the communities we served.
And I think we're doing pretty darn good at keepin' it local.
We’re thrilled to currently serve beans roasted by Red Bay Coffee in Oakland, CA, and are looking into adding other roasters to our rotation as we grow.
We've partnered up with Jen Tough Gallery in downtown Vallejo for Art Happy Hour, Nitro Saturdays, and Vallejo Art Walk.
We've been accepted as vendors for Benicia Farmers' Market, and have applied for PCFMA markets in Concord, Martinez, and Vallejo.
And we're working out of Dillon Bread Company, a family-owned and operated commercial kitchen here in Vallejo.
We are working to raise money to help us reach the final stage: bicycle built for brew.
Once we have the bike, we can apply to pedal around town and start our research into bottling our cold brew concentrate.
We have five days left to raise the money.
As we are a new, small business, and even with our own personal funding investment, we need to show proof of concept to the banks in order to get a business loan. The concept is nitro cold brew on a bike. Therefore, we are asking the community to help us get to the stage where we are fully operational to show the banks this women-owned, small company is worth their (and your) investment, as well.
It's incredible for me to think back to July of last year when we began our journey, to see how far we've come.
We gave out our first samples of our cold brew on February 1, 2017 and sold our first cup on February 23rd, all from the comfort of our commercial kitchen. Since then, we've added nitro to the coffee and booked regular gigs around our community.
We couldn't have done it this far without the support of our community, friends, families, and yes, even some generous strangers. But a small bit more needs to be done. In five days. We're asking for your support. In exchange, besides some really great perks, we guarantee that we will do everything we can to earn your trust and your business.
We also promise to make a kick-ass nitro cold brew coffee!
Up Bay Coffee Pedalers are now vendors at the Benicia Main Street's Farmers Market. We'll pour our brew every Thursday 4-8pm beginning April 27, 2017. It's also the market's 25th anniversary.
As our company grows, so does our urgent need to #buildthebike, obtain permits, and acquire new equipment.
We have eight days to raise over $8,000.
Please help us bring small-batch nitro cold brew coffee to Vallejo and surrounding communities.
The time it took our nitro coffee to complete its cascading.
8 days to raise $8000!
We are beyond thrilled to announce that Up Bay Coffee Pedalers' nitro cold brew is now being served
EVERY SATURDAY from 9-2pm (during farmer's market hours) and 5-7pm (during art happy hour) at the Jen Tough Gallery in Vallejo.
In addition, you can FIND US twice-monthly during Dillon Bread Company's popups and outside Jen Tough Gallery during Vallejo Second Friday Art Walk!
In the Bay Area and can't make one of these events? NO WORRIES! We will bring a keg to you.* (SF bay Area only) FOR FREE as part of our referral program!**
We're midway through our campaign and have a ways to pedal to reach our goal. We'd love to share our coffee with you and friends, so we are asking for your support once again. Simply follow these steps for a chance at a Coffee Keg Party!
REFER your friends to our campaign! If your friends' total contributions equal $1,000 (or more) YOU will receive a FREE KEG OF NITRO COFFEE for your next event or bbq.
1. Log into your Indiegogo account.
2. Share our campaign using Indiegogo share options on our campaign page.
3. That's it!
When your friends come to our page using your share link, Indiegogo will track then as your personal referrals. When the total number of contributions from your friends' reach $1,000 you will get a KEG PARTY.
However, you *must* share through YOUR Indiegogo account (sign in, go to our campaign, choose one (or more) share options provided by Indeigogo beside the "Back It" button) for it to track your personal referrals.
1. Log in to your Indiegogo account. (you must be logged into your Indiegogo account and use Indiegogo’s share tools for their analytics to track your referral contributions)
2. Use one of the Indiegogo share options (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) beside the "BACK IT" button.
3. Share it!
4. Sit back and wait for the party to begin!
Thanks for your support!
*Bay Area only!
**Date and location to be agreed upon by Up Bay Coffee Pedalers and perk holder.
We reached our fist goal: Food processing permit!
Obtaining this permit will allow us to sell in more markets and is the next step toward bottling our product, a goal we have for the near future.
Here's a sampling of what's to come and why we need your backing on this project.
These costs are just the beginning but are vital to get us up on our bike to grow a successful business.
We've a long way to go, but thanks to some generous support, we've reached our first goal.
Can you help us reach another?
4 ways you can help:
1. Become a backer!!
2. Share this campaign with your network.
3. Hire us!!
4. Come by and buy some coffee.
We appreciate you backing us and passing around our campaign to your network. We are deeply excited to get our nitro cold brew out to market, with your help.
UPDATE 3-19-2017: We've reached another goal: PCFMA Application fee!
We’ve done tastings, popups, and catered events, but need additional funding to get us pedaling.
With your help, we’ll design and build our customized brew bike from the ground up, using recycled materials. Then, outfit our custom bike with two 5-gallon kegs, a nitro tank with dual regulator, and tower and taps. In addition, we'll make modifications to the cargo box to make sure it’s insulated, sealed, and meets the stringent California Health Codes.
Money raised will also go toward purchasing equipment so we can scale up production, apply for various licenses and permits in different markets, purchase insurance and pay for all of the inspections. We will continue our research and development and work with more local roasters in the Bay Area.
We are also looking to build one or two additional bikes as demand increases.
In exchange for your support, we have some wonderful Up Bay Coffee Pedaler Perks from t-shirts and logo-engraved glasses to handmade wood coasters and coffee keg parties!
Serving our nitro cold brew from a bike is not only a way to be more agile and mobile, but is a carbon neutral, environmentally sustainable form of transportation and an innovative way to connect with the community and get to know neighbors.
We can catch us twice a month at DBC's Artisan Kitchen PopUp*, 451 Ryder St., Vallejo and every second Friday during the art walk at Jen Tough Gallery, 336 Georgia St., Vallejo.
*Upcoming dates for PopUp:
April 13 & 27
May 11 & 25
June 15 & 29
*Upcoming dates for Art Walk:
Thanks for your support!
We unveiled our nitro cold-brewed coffee last week. Our brew poured thick and creamy and had notes of citrus, lemon, and chocolate. Our guests studied the tasting notes sheet to identify the layers of the coffee. The notes changed from aroma, sip and swallow to the lingering flavor on the tongue and back of the throat.
We had a great time and look forward to bringing our nitro to the public during Dillon Bread Company's Artisan Kitchen PopUp.
Please join us March 9, 2017 from 9-5pm at 451 Ryder Street, Suite B, Vallejo, CA.
We spent a beautiful, chilly day at the DBC Artisan Kitchen PopUp. Borrowing a couple antique chairs, we set up an impromptu cafe and served up our first espresso blend decaf brew alongside a citrusy blend of Ethiopian, Guatemalan, and Columbian beans.
Midway through the day, a package arrived. It was our new nitro faucet!
Starting at our next popup on March 9, we will begin serving nitro cold brew on tap. It's the moment we've been waiting for and hope you will join us for the first pour.