Hi we’re MAKEMAKECOFFEE - aka Jonny and Olivia.
Thank you for getting involved in our Pay It Forward campaign! Here's how the Mayor describes this platform:
"The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them. This platform, working with the Mayor of London, is to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their products, for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date."
Courier costs are included in all of our bundles and for multiple purchases from the same person we can combine packages where possible and add an extra item with a value equal to courier costs saved.
Bundles can be delivered UK-WIDE! They will arrive via courier to your door.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We’ve run a coffee van for 6 years outside Haggerston Station, and we opened a coffee bar three months ago in Surrey Quays. Both are closed during Lockdown 3. This is due to the severity of the current stage of the pandemic, the increased transmissibility of the new variants, specific health risks within our small team, and a drop in sales of roughly 80% - causing the cost of trading to be unsustainable.
We don't want to complain, because of course, everybody is experiencing difficulties at this stage of the pandemic. However, it is probably worth saying that, because we had just opened our new shop, the huge drop in footfall and the continued lockdowns did come at a very difficult time for our business. The many issues and costs have been building up. That being said, we will now move on to our plans, hopes and adaptations - which is where this project comes in.
While our physical sites are closed we want to deliver the delicious speciality coffee, tasty produce, and useful goods we usually offer in person, to you at home.
We are doing this via the ‘Pay It Forward’ platform because with Pay It Forward the mayor of London has recognised the challenges of the moment for small businesses and will match fund 50% of our total sales on this platform (if we make our target amount of £10,000).
So, by buying our specially-sourced bundles of coffee and other essential goods, you will unlock additional funding from the Mayor for us, which is an amazing opportunity at this time. It will help our business weather the difficulties of this phase of the pandemic. It also means we can develop an online shop system for the future.
DELIVERY TO YOU
Our 4-week campaign runs from February 19 - March 19th. If the campaign is a success and hits the target, we will then deliver the deliciousness to you on, or very near to, April 16th. This pre-sales model is invaluable for us at this time. It means we can pivot to online sales without unmanageable upfront costs in stock and packaging. Additionally, before Covid, we were not a delivery-oriented business, so we’ve set this realistic delivery timeframe, to ensure the deliveries all come together as expected. Hopefully it can be a delivery to look forward to!
Please note that courier costs are included in all of our bundles and for multiple purchases from the same person we can combine packages where possible and add an extra item with a value equal to courier costs saved.
This project is running via the Mayor of London team on the 'Crowdfunder' platform. (NB The tip which the platform suggests at the checkout is paid to the business who run the platform - not to the business you are purchasing from. You can adjust the tip percentage to your chosen number, before processing your payment.) If you'd like to check out what we're up to or sign up for updates from us - our website is www.makemakecoffee.com.
Our business has been built on making delicious, speciality coffee (from the pioneer East London roastery Climpson and Sons) with care, warmth and efficiency.
This coffee is ethically sourced from smallholders and eco-friendly producers around the world, before being expertly roasted less than a mile from our home in East London. You can order some to taste for yourself in the coffee, chocolate and tea bundle!
But we are offering more than coffee! Our coffee cart and new bar are outside stations, and to be as useful as possible to our customers - at the bar, called Kiosk 1, we’ve brought together a range of goods that belong in what we call a beautiful convenience store, a place where you can grab a coffee in the morning, and maybe something to read on the train, but also somewhere where later, you could pick up some delicious products to add to your cooking at home, or a useful item from a range of eco-friendly home essentials.
We spent two years working towards this expansion, from the original mobile coffee cart to a coffee bar and deli, which we opened... on the first day of the November lockdown! To get there we: signed the six year lease; designed and built the shop with an amazing architect and team of fabricators and contractors; sourced many local and small-scale suppliers; stocked up on masks and visors for us to wear, and stocked the shelves … but 2020 did not give us the lift-off we needed! And in fact, the new year brought the renewed challenge of new covid variants and the closure of the store.
BUNDLES OF FLAVOUR: DELIVERED
In this context, we hope that for our valued regulars in London and supporters around the UK this campaign will be a chance to order the goods you would have been able to buy at our new bar if circumstances allowed you to visit! There’s hopefully something for everyone. From a single origin coffee grown in Ethiopia and roasted sustainably in London - that will brighten your morning - to olive oil, linguine and pesto we’ve handpicked from a brilliant Italian wholesaler - to brighten your evening. From some reading material selected to enliven a lunch break, to a sustainably produced bar of soap to make the WFH grind that bit nicer.
Everything you’d find at Kiosk 1 is chosen to add flavour to the everyday in one way or another. The bundles we’ve put together here are designed to bring that flavour to you at home: useful combinations of tasty, ethically-produced independent deli goods and home wares. We hope you find them essential, excellent, and beautifully convenient.
As well as our core products, we’re excited to also be offering our first ever T-shirt run. With two screen-printed designs on 100% organic, combed-cotton crewneck T-shirts, sourced and manufactured sustainably and ethically.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR MAKEMAKECOFFEE
For us, hitting the target for this campaign would not only safely sustain our business through online sales in this uniquely challenging time. We would use the match funding from the Mayor to develop and launch a professional online shop, investing in eco-friendly packaging and delivery systems, and rebuilding our stock in order to be able to offer efficient order to delivery timeframes. It would mean we can adapt to the shockingly fast changes which have impacted the business to offer fast-home-delivery of coffee and other consumables into the future.
Which all means that in future we would be able to deliver delicious things to you at home* - or to a friend who needs a delicious and useful present - on a sustainable, consistent basis.
Thank you for your support. Please spread the word. Simply put. If you order bundles of amazing coffee, food, and eco-homewares from us here, we will send them to you by courier in early-to-mid April. With the boost of match funding from the Mayor of London, you will be directly contributing to our business navigating these stormy seas, safely - while helping us set up a service you can enjoy in future.
*or for click and collect
When will my order arrive?
On or around 16th April. This ‘pay it forward’, pre-sales model and timeframe will allow us to invest in stock and packaging and delivery systems after a significant number of sales are secured.
How will it be sent?
By courier, so that delays in the postal service do not affect the delivery.
Is shipping extra?
No. Shipping and packaging costs are included in the price of the bundles.
Please note. If you order more than one bundle and we are able to send them in one parcel, then we will include extra items, to the value of any surplus you have paid in shipping costs built in to each individual bundle.