Video: Guddina hangs out at Agnes Grill for a Coffee Training Day

This past week the Guddina crew found itself at Agnes Grill; a new hot spot in downtown Dayton, OH that specializes in delicious, all natural, completely filling and freshly made food. Amma, our photographer, decided that it would be an awesome opportunity to shoot some video to share with you guys, and so on this International Coffee Day we are happy to share the final product with you!

To go along with their fresh and all natural menu, the Agnes owners wanted to add some great coffee in to the mix so that people who are downtown could stop by for a consistently great cup. We brought our favorite roasted coffee beans from Beansmith (Omaha, NE) and Boston Stoker (Dayton, OH) for the folks at Agnes to try, and by the end of it they couldn’t stop telling us how badly they wanted to add our product to the menu.

You can watch the video by clicking the link below or going to YouTube. As soon as Agnes Grill is all setup with specialty coffee, pour over and french press brewers, we’ll post the announcement here on the blog so you can go check them out!

http://youtu.be/74Cl1B_zgHo

If you would like us to feature your business in a video (and on our blog), send an email to hello@guddina.com.

New Connections: Guddina’s First Event will be at One Line Coffee!

We are thrilled to have One Line Coffee join our family as a superb Columbus-based Roaster and Coffee Bar!

Here’s a bit of exciting news for your week: Guddina Coffee and One Line Coffee out of Columbus, OH are joining forces to provide even great coffee experiences in the “next great coffee city”! I literally just got off the phone Dave, one of the two leading figures of the father-son owned shop and roaster, and we have definitely got some cool things coming in the future, including this:

Our First Guddina Event Hosted at One Line Coffee!

That’s an exciting headline to write, but it will be even more exciting when the date finally arrives. Not only will you be able to order One Line Coffee (which is superb) through our website, but we are also planning our very first private Guddina meetup, hosted at the One Line Coffee Bar in Columbus, OH.

The event will start at 7 PM and last until 8 PM (with everyone going to a nearby restaurant / bar afterward) on October 13th, 2013.

If you’re one of the lucky 15 people to buy a ticket ($15) to the event, you’ll get all of the following:

– One Line’s “Craft Coffee” offering – One specialty roasted coffee brewed and prepared three different ways.

– A presentation from One Line and Guddina on some very cool things going on in the coffee industry

– You’ll be seen more than a few times in our video and photos of the event to be published in the Guddina Web App

– Hang-out time with the extremely talented Baristas and Roaster of One Line Coffee (and we can’t forget the Guddina Team!)

– Early access to the Guddina Web Application

– Join One Line and Guddina team members at a local restaurant / bar to continue the party right after!

Space is limited to the first 15 people to buy a $15 ticket. Just click the button below and scroll all of the way to the bottom of the page to “check out”.

One Line’s Coffee Bar is located on the Short North in Columbus at:

745 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215

Go to RocketHub to Buy Your Ticket ($15)

Guddina Coffee joins the Specialty Coffee Association of America!

Big news, Guddina fans! We are now a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America!

Because of your support of our RocketHub campaign, we were able to raise enough funds early on to pay our dues and go through the application process to become a member of the SCAA. This move positions us as leaders in the specialty coffee world, will put us in touch with a number of industry experts and phenomenal businesses, gives us the backing of hundreds of other specialty coffee roasters, shops, farms and baristas all over the Nation, and provides Guddina with some amazing tools to use in our future endeavors.

The SCAA holds these core values in everything that they do:

   • Commitment to quality
   • Respect for the product
   • Dedication to education
   • Sensitivity to the environment
   • Consciousness of social issues
   • Sense of community
   • Encouragement of cultural and economic exchange

Those values are perfectly in line with the mission of Guddina, and so we are thrilled to be a part of this outstanding coffee community and organization. Look for Guddina Coffee to be present at a number of SCAA events going into the future, and for the SCAA values to be upheld in the every day business workings within our product, services and team.

You can learn more about the SCAA at their website: www.scaa.org

New Connections: Beansmith and Guddina love each other! =D

We’ve created a new partnership between ourselves and Beansmith Coffee, and we want to celebrate by sending you their coffee!

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Every morning when you drink your first coffee, the quality and experience that you enjoy in your cup always comes back to the quality of the roaster. Your favorite coffee shop makes delicious coffee drinks because they’ve partnered with a great roaster who is providing them with consistently great quality coffee beans. On the other hand, the not-so-great coffee shops have a mixture of poor service AND poor beans, and that’s no good.

Beansmith Coffee, a Specialty Roaster in Omaha, does not create a poorly roasted coffee bean. Last week they sent us a box of 5 different coffees for us to try, and they all had a fine quality that people look for in specialty roasted coffee (especially the Ethiopian Konga Natural, woah). Their presentation was excellent, and the small cards with details on every coffee that they sent to us only added to the great experience. They also only just recently held the Grand Opening for The Lobby, which is the first front-facing coffee bar of this fine roaster.

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Get your Beansmith Coffee from Guddina!

Seeing how great their coffee and staff was (we met Kait and Ben on Twitter!), we knew we had to build a relationship with them. Today, we’re happy to kick off that partnership with a few packages of Beansmith coffee; roasted, boxed up and shipped especially for you. And, when you order it, you will be directly supporting Guddina’s RocetHub campaign and helping us reach our goal by the middle of October!

Each package you order will contain: Three different bags of Beansmith coffee (we’ll be choosing the best ones for you to try) and the associated reading materials. It’s enough coffee to last you a couple of weeks if you brew a cup from home every morning, and since it is three different coffees, you’ll get a nice variety of flavor.

Almost forgot – shipping within the US is included in the order price of $15. 🙂

We only have 5 packages available for right now, though! Order this coffee while you can!

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  1. Head to our RocketHub Campaign Page at this link
  2. Scroll down just a little but until you see “$15 CD: Try Some Coffee!” (ignore the description, we’re sending you something different) to make sure that the box is checked
  3. Scroll ALL of the way down the page and click “Continue”
  4. Follow the prompts and then you’re done!

We’ll call Beansmith and let them know you have ordered their coffee, and within the next week they’ll ship three bags of freshly roasted straight to your home.

Ready to get started?

Now Offering a one-year subscription to Barista Magazine!

[notice]We are pleased to announce that we are giving away 150 one-year subscriptions to Barista Magazine to some of our early supporters (plus some other cool stuff)![/notice]

Part of our goal when we launched our RocketHub campaign was to make sure that we offered really great gifts to our early funders so that they got something of value in return for their support. It didn’t take long for us to decide that we absolutely wanted to offer an excellent coffee magazine subscription to our list of perks, and I am thrilled that the people in charge of Barista Magazine have agreed!

As of today, if you fund our RocketHub campaign with $100 or more, you’ll get a one-year subscription to Barista Magazine.

Barista Magazine is one of the largest publications of coffee industry news, stories and the latest brewing methodology. It is maintained by a team of long-time coffee industry professionals, and is an excellent source of information about what is going on with the specialty coffee world. They feature stories on everything from new brewing methods, to the latest SCAA Barista Competitions, to new coffee shops opening up in big cities and beyond. And yes, we do eat the dog food here – Guddina is subscribed to the magazine as well.

If you’re interested in supporting Guddina and getting a one-year subscription to Barista Magazine, signing up is easy. Just head over to our RocketHub campaign and click “Fund This Campaign” scroll down until you see, “One Year Subscription to Barista Magazine” and follow the rest of the steps!

With this package, you’ll also get the exclusive Guddina Coffee Launch T-Shirt, and three bags of coffee shipped straight to your home to enjoy.

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New Video: You want to help us? Check out our RocketHub Campaign

You can probably imagine that a project like ours is going to take quite a lot of work to complete. We’ve already been working hard on this for a few months, and developing the concepts for the last year, and we are getting to a point now where we could really use some support in getting to the next steps.

Development of websites and applications like the Guddina Specialty Coffee Guide takes a lot of time and money, and a lot of you have asked how you can support the Guddina team in our endeavors. Because not all of your are developers, designers or social networking gurus, and because we could use some help getting the proper financing for building the web-app, we decided to launch a RocketHub crowd-funding campaign to get us off the ground.

We’ve released a new video talking about some of the concepts and functionality of the new network that you can watch below. When you’re done, go to www.guddina.com/rh to see our RocketHub campaign and show your support for the work our team is doing.

(watch the video in a new browser window)

That was fast! Our RocketHub Campaign is Now Live!

We don’t have to say much here. Just that our RocketHub campaign is now live, and we are already lifting off the ground!

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Oh, and just so everybody knows….