Union Coffee & Dough - From Beans to Bricks

by Union Coffee and Dough in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £9,470

£25,000 target 4 days left
37% 132 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st May 2024 at 8:00am

We are Crowdfunding to open a small Coffee Shop in Apsley Marina, Hemel Hempstead. Our successful community Coffee Truck is ready to Grow!

by Union Coffee and Dough in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Our Story...

Union Coffee & Dough was born during lockdown. Two friends decided to bake sourdough bread and deliver around Hemel, Apsley and Kings Langley. There was nowhere where the community could just take a short walk to get a takeaway coffee.

And so they thought, how about we set up a coffee business?

The pair didn’t have enough funds to have a proper coffee shop so quickly decided on a very quaint and efficient, possibly even cute, coffee truck.

Gabi and Flavia have been friends since 2006, friends for 18 years, and it was at the point of this crazy idea to set up a coffee truck, that Little Union Coffee & Dough was born. Both from Brazil, they know a thing or two about Coffee!

Apsley Marina was just empty, yes it had a couple of restaurants and a very popular family shop, however it appeared to lack a beating heart of community. The Truck has appeared to have filled that spot. Now, looking back, we can’t see this place without the truck in it! And we hope the community feels exactly the same. The Truck is like a part of everything here now. People come and they just like to be around it, and we see that people are making friends so we have kind of become part of their story as well. The community come here to chat, exchange ideas and for general day to day sharing of news and wellbeing. It really has become something quite unique.

Our little truck that we love so much is very tiny, we think we’ve made a miracle out of this van, and the space we have, to provide great homemade and quality bakes in a friendly and chilled space.

What we heard from the community was that this is great, but it’d be really nice if we also had a place where we could come, sit down, bring some friends, or maybe work from this place.

Then a shop that is literally 10 steps away from the truck became available.

And our dream to open a coffee shop became a reality.

But it costs a lot of money and that’s where we are hoping to get the community’s support.

So, we are hoping to raise £25,000, that will go towards the equipment, the refurbishment and of course the main star of the coffee shop which will be our lovely new coffee machine.

Now we are not simply entering into a request for donation, we are however making a call to action, and in exchange for this help we are offering different types of rewards. These range from having your name on our supporters wall, a coffee every day of the year, our signature cup and every time you bring the cup you get discounts on your hot drinks.

We are hoping to open at the end of April, Flavia and Gabi are so so happy and excited. We’d really appreciate it if you could visit our crowdfunding page and support our dream become true.

The Future: The Shop and The Truck, what will be the difference?

 

With the opening of the new shop, we plan to operate the New Shop, Union Coffee & Dough, and the Truck, Little Union Coffee & Dough, in its current location and operate it as a lighter version of the shop! Same great spirit, just presented in a cute truck. 

Union Coffee & Dough - Simple High Quality Coffee & Bakes Shop

Union Coffee & Dough is a Simple High Quality Coffee and Bakeshop with a focus on delivering Organic Coffee, artisanal bread, delectable pastries, and savoury treats. Embracing a strong community ethos, the business is dedicated to fostering the well-being and prosperity of the local area. Beyond providing exceptional baked goods and beverages, Union Coffee & Dough aims to create a warm and welcoming space where the community can gather, connect, and thrive together. 

Working with other great local suppliers, Union Coffee & Dough has aspirations to be the go to place for great quality baked goods in Apsley. 

Little Union Coffee & Dough - Petite Bakes on the go!

Little Union Coffee & Dough is a Petite Coffee Truck situated along a bustling canal towpath, offering the local community a lighter menu. High-quality Organic coffee, delectable pastries, and savoury items, in an “on-the-go, fashion.’ With a strong commitment to community well-being, It provides a meeting point for local community groups. 

The Truck aims to contribute to the thriving local area. During the summer, the Coffee Truck transforms into Apsley Beach, a charming canal-front destination adorned with deck chairs and tables, providing a unique and inviting space for customers to enjoy their beverages and treats in a relaxed outdoor setting. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Your Name on our Supporters Wall!

We know that your support really counts in getting us over the line to opening our shop. We will be eternally grateful to all who support. For a minimum pledge of £25 we will print your name on our Supporters wall. A very tasteful and important part of our shop for all to know that they were part of something special!

£10 or more

A Simple Donation, and Personal Thanks!

A Simple Donation, and Personal Thanks! £10 Some people prefer to keep things simple and stay supportive in the shadows!

£20 or more

15 of 100 claimed

3 x Entries into The Raffle for Coffee for a Year

Looking for a real opportunity to win Coffee for a Year? For all of you true Union Coffee & Dough regulars, and those that just enjoy the greatest Coffee everyday we have the Ultimate Offering. You can win Coffee Everyday for a year! You are buying a Physical numbered Raffle Ticket with 3 entries to our Coffee For a Year Reward. The Raffle will be drawn once all tickets are sold. We will announce the draw date 14 days prior to the draw.

£30 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£30 Donation with Fitness Included!

Looking for a reward with Health Benefits! Then look no further... Donate a minimum of £30 to receive a 30 minute introduction to Function Form Fitness. They offer bespoke training and nutrition plans in Hemel, Berko and surrounding areas. You are making a donation entitling you to a free 30 minute session. once you receive the voucher you will be given contact details to plan your session. Hurry there are only 5 up for grabs!

£35 or more

Carry Home those Yummy Bakes!

A Union Coffee & Dough Designed Quality Tote Bag to carry home those bakes! You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£35 or more

Signature Reusable Cup & 10% Discount!

Receive a unique designed Signature Union Coffee & Dough Reusable Cup, Plus receive 10% every time you bring your cup and order any Barista made drinks. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£35 or more

Tray Bake - Brownie or Blondie Tray!

You are purchasing a voucher for a Tray (9 pieces) of Brownie / Blondie of your choice. Think about visiting friends or throwing a party, your Brownie or Blondie Voucher, will entitle you to a tray of 9 individual portions of your choice, Brownie or Blondie. Voucher will be valid 1 year from date of issue, and is subject to baking availability. Minimum of 48 hours required to book. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£40 or more

Our Signature Burnt Basque Cheesecake!

An entire Burnt Basque Cheesecake with 9 portions. You are purchasing a voucher for an entire Cheesecake Bread Tin Style (9 pieces). Think about visiting friends or throwing a party, the Voucher, will entitle you to an entire cake. Voucher is valid 1 year from date of issue, and is subject to baking availability. Minimum 48 hours notice is required to book. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£60 or more

Tote Bag & Reusable Cup Combo!

A Union Coffee & Dough Designed Quality Tote Bag to carry home those bakes! + The Signature Reusable Cup & 10% Discount! Receive a unique designed Tote Bag and Signature Union Coffee & Dough Reusable Cup, Plus receive 10% every time you bring your cup and order any Barista made drinks. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£90 or more

Union Pie & Mash Night!

The now famous Union Pie, delivered freshly baked along with a Creamy Mash Potato and a Red Wine Jus! Yours for a party of up to 6! You are purchasing a voucher for a Pie Night to be delivered to your Home within Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley or Apsley. Up to 6 pies, Beef, Potato & Onion, or Chicken Bacon & Thyme, or Vegetarian alternative. Voucher is valid year from date of issue, and is subject to baking availability. Min 7 days notice!

£250 or more

Afternoon Tea Lock In for 10!

Imagine a lock in at a Bakes Shop! A lock in for up to 1 hour to enjoy an Afternoon Tea Buffet of all of your Union Favourites, and of course accompanied by our Full Barista Menu, with our Organic Fair trade Coffee or Teas. You are purchasing a voucher for a 1 Hour Afternoon Tea Experience for up to 10 people in our Union Coffee & Dough Shop. Available Weekdays or Weekends from 15:00. Min 7 days notice.

£300 or more

Prepaid Credit - A card with no limits!

If you regularly purchase from us why not buy a Prepaid Card to use. Any amount you pledge will be credited and you will receive a 10% Bonus on any prepaid amount. E.g. If you pledge £300 your card will be credited with £330 to use on any purchases from Union Coffee & Dough and Little Union Coffee & Dough. Card has no end date, all balances are held digitally, if the card is lost, we replace it! You will also gain a place on our supporters wall!

£1,000 or more

Coffee Everyday for a Year!

For all of you true Union Coffee & Dough regulars, and those that just enjoy the greatest Coffee everyday we have the Ultimate Offering. You are buying a Black Founders Card, entitling you to up to any 2 Barista made Drinks every day for a year! The card can be withdrawn at any time should this be being abused. The Directors discretion applies. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

£5,000 or more

Coffee for Life! Exactly what it says!

For all of you true Union Coffee & Dough regulars, and those that just enjoy the greatest Coffee everyday, we have the Platinum Offering. You are buying a Platinum Founders Card, entitling you to up to any 2 Barista made Drinks every day for life! Also this card is fully transferable. The card can be withdrawn at any time should this be being abused. The Directors discretion applies. You will also receive your name on our supporters wall!

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