In need of some inspiration? Take a quick browse through the
latest projects on Kickstarter where there’s plenty of creativity flowing. Here
are five drink-related projects we’re watching at the moment:
Dave Arnold, founder and president of the new non-profit,
not-yet brick-and-mortar Museum of Food and Drink, is looking to fund the museums’
first exhibit, BOOM!. The exhibit—which tells the story of the emergence of
industrial food production through the lens of breakfast cereal—will begin as a
pop-up in New York City and, if they can raise more than their $80,000 goal, it
will tour around the country.Click here
to learn more.
Portland writer and bartender Jacob Grier is looking to fund
his next book, Cocktails on Tap. About three years ago, Grier and his friends
hosted their first beer cocktails event in Portland and went on to produce
similar events around the country, and he noticed that not only were people
responding well to the drinks, but beer cocktails were popping up on lots of menus.
The book will bring together Grier’s original beer-centric recipes as well as
those of bartenders around the country. Click here to learn more.
Creator Carey Bonn was inspired to create the Alaya brewer
after a surfing trip to Costa Rica. Mornings spent chasing waves were followed by
strong coffee brewed the local way—in a chorreador de café, a simple
contraption involving a wooden stand and a cotton, sock-like filter. The Alaya
brings modern, minimalistic design and a delicate organic cotton filter to this
old-school brewing technique, and Bonn describes it as the “anti-automatic
coffee machine.” Judgeing by the production quality of his video, the San
Francisco-based project is sure to be carried out with style, should it reach
its $25,000 goal. Click here to learn more.
Lee and Karen Cooper want to teach Bostonians about craft
beer while cultivating community. Hopsters will be a brewery and pub, but it
also has a larger mission. Lee, a Brit, hopes to build a sense of conviviality
around the beer and brewery that reflects that of the pubs of his homeland.
Guests will schedule times to stop by and, with the Cooper’s help, brew their
own beer. They are still about $30,000 shy of their goal, but the project has
until August 9. Click here to learn more.
This already-operating non-profit coffee bar in Wahiawa,
Hawaii, is seeking help with the purchase of a new espresso machine. They serve
Stumptown coffee and want to be able to do justice to the single-origin beans,
but their current system has neared the end of its life. As they put it, “We
need a workhorse, and that means a La Marzocco Linea.” A water filtration
system and a better grinder are also on the list—all to keep the coffee flowing
at this beloved, volunteer-run, community café. Click here to learn more.