Möken Coffee

Exceptional coffee, beautiful branding and amazing rewards helped Cornish company Moken brew up a storm with the crowd.

Now, thanks to a partnership between Crowdfunder and online accounting software firm Xero, the adventurous coffee kings have been named Beautiful Project of the Month on the crowdfunding site.

The award means the Newquay-based company can keep on top of its finances and drive forward the business thanks to free accounting software donated by Xero.

Its mobile app system aims to simplify financials by enabling online invoicing and fast reconciling - perfect for businesses on the go.

Möken captured the imagination of the crowd when it launched a £3,000 crowdfunding campaign to grow its innovative business, blending great coffee with adventure packs containing everything its fans needed to brew up in the great outdoors.

Sourcing FairTrade coffee beans from ethical farms in Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam, three friends were determined to launch their iconic adventure brand with the help of the crowd.

Thanks to a brilliant series of rewards ranging from beautiful enamel mugs printed with Möken's iconic branding to tickets to the company's launch party on a beach in Cornwall and kit bags stuffed with gorgeous grinders, coffee pots and camping gas stoves, it smashed its target - in just one month.

Backers could pledge anything from £6 for a bag of its delicious roasted beans, complete with caramel notes and roasted hazelnut flavours, to £350 for an adventure-fuelled weekend in Cornwall, surfing, coasteering and fishing with the Möken team.

Offices and cafes immediately signed up to have Möken beans delivered to their doors, and Möken's adventure kits flew off the shelves as 88 backers got behind it.

And in just 35 days, the company had raised a whopping £4,928 against its initial £3,000 target.

Now it's planning to take its amazing coffee to even greater heights, working with new partners to sell its products online, as well as through cafes and shops. 

Working with Crowdfunder has propelled Möken along the road to success, says founder Mark Connett.

"Launching a company isn't easy and we were sitting at the bottom of a very big mountain," he said. "But we're at the start of an exciting journey.

"People will receive not only our soon-to-be-real products, but a sense of happiness and fulfilment that they are part of a small community of people willing to help others stride forward and succeed in this bewildering & beautiful world that we live in.

"Crowdfunding has thrown up some really cool partnership opportunities. We can't wait to make all of this a reality."

Xero + Crowdfunder

Each month, Xero chooses one crowdfunded project to be its Beautiful Project of the Month - a project that stands out as an inspiring story and one that's captured the imagination of the crowd.

"We love supporting small projects with big ambitions, and know that even the smallest ideas can make a big difference," says a spokesman for Xero.

All Crowdfunder projects are able to take advantage of a free trial of Xero and get 50% off Xero accounting software for six months.