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Bonaverde Marketplace

Coffee Growers

We’re currently working with three grower partners in Nicaragua to supply coffee to our customers, as well as establishing agreements with interested growers in Mexico and Sao Tome e Principe. We’ve received more than 200 inquiries from growers interested in selling beans on our platform, and our current focus is on building the infrastructure needed to bring them on board as quickly as demand grows.

Growers on our platform are guaranteed a price of at least 25% above production cost. For the first time, they’ll also have the opportunity to drive up demand and prices for their coffee by building their own brands.

Marketplace

An early version of our online platform will be tested by 110V Beta testers in summer 2017. We'll have a marketplace available to accompany mass shipment in late summer and autumn 2017, with additions and improvements consistently arriving as the user community grows.

Currently, we’re working with three Nicaraguan growers connected through highly-respected coffee sourcing partner ECOM. As we move forward, Bonaverde sourcing facilitators, or Coffee Scouts, will take responsibility for onboarding growers to the marketplace. We’re working on a set of standards to ensure fair practices and high-quality for the beans in our marketplaces. You’ll also be able to leave reviews of coffee purchased through our marketplace. We expect sales and reviews to organically set and uphold high quality standards.

Customs and tax are included in your coffee price. For the moment, we'll be accounting for them. Later, our distributors will take over addressing these costs. 

While pricing will depend on origin and varietal, our green bean pouches will be available for about $2 each. These single-portion pouches are packaged to contain enough beans for 1l of coffee.

While you’ll be purchasing beans from growers via our marketplace, it doesn’t make sense financially for them to ship each consumer-sized package directly to your doorstep. At the beginning, Bonaverde will facilitate shipment. Later, fulfillment partners in coffee consuming countries will receive large shipments of beans from growers, which they will pass on to you after you order. Our ecosystem is carefully set up to ensure that these fulfillment partners’ profits are directly tied to growers’ profits, putting value-added processes in the hands of producers and consumers rather than middlemen.

Machine Operation

General Questions

Consumption of electricity during stand-by mode is approximately 1 watt.

 

Im Stand-By Modus verbraucht die Maschine circa 1 Watt an Strom.

The roast-grind-brew process takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on roast profile and coffee variety.

Currently, the machine is only calibrated for full pots of coffee. We are working on a half-pot option for times when you don’t need a full liter of coffee. 

Nein, das ist momentan nicht möglich. Sollten zu viel oder zu wenig grüne Bohnen in die Röstkammer gefüllt werden, wird die Bohne entweder überröstet oder zu wenig geröstet. In beiden Fällen verfälscht dies den Genuss des Kaffees.

Yes. We're developing features that will allow you to adjust existing roasting profiles, create and store personal roast profiles, exchange recipes with other Coffee Changers, and find profiles created by professional roasters - all through your smartphone.

Throughout development of our roast-grind-brew process, we've consulted with coffee experts (including our team’s two Q Graders), roasters, coffee lovers and baristas to ensure our machines produce the best tasting coffee available. Opinions on degassing vary, and differ depending on type of roast, bean varietal, and whether you’re preparing espresso or filter coffee. In the end, we come back to the taste. Over the course of our development, the over 15,000 people who have tasted our coffee have had no complaints about the taste - in fact, they’ve raved about it!

Two reasons:

  1. Security for your machine. Infinite or multiple use chips leave openings for hackers. Single-use chips protect the security of your machine.
  2. Security for farmers. We’re welcoming all players - growers, brands, roasters, etc. - into our online marketplace. We believe their presence can burgeon growers to greater success. This only works, however, if they have incentive to play by the rules. The big players have a vested interest in the current system. They benefit from owning value-added processes. We need to make sure our ecosystem is protected through some kind of guard, to ensure it remains the grower-centric trade infrastructure it is designed to be. Single-use chips make this possible.

Not at the moment. Once the process has begun, it must run through to completion. Given the wide interest in this, however, we are looking into developing grind-only and roast-only features through our app.

We selected a high-alloy steel grinder for optimum durability. The grinder is meticulously calibrated for a consistent grind, every time.

The machine weighs 9kg.

At the moment, the machine only processes green beans. It is not possible to bypass the roaster to access the grinder.

The RFID chip contains a unique serial number for the coffee you're about to prepare. This serial number is associated with a range of information in our Coffee Cloud, including the ideal roasting curve for the bean. When you scan the RFID chip, it sends the number to the Coffee Cloud, which then tells the machine what temperature to use at various stages of the roasting process. It does not contain grinder settings - you can set those yourself using the dial behind the water tank!

We’ll be meeting the standards set by European recycling law, which is arguably the strictest in the world. We’re happy to bring these high environmental responsibility standards to where ever you brew your coffee.

Operation

No. Once it's plugged in, the machine is ready to use anytime! 

Nein, die Maschine ist betriebsbereit, sobald sie an Strom angeschlossen ist.

Yes! For your convenience, we pack our green beans in a biodegradable coffee filter. If using green beans from other sources, we recommend you to use a commercial coffee filter no. 4.

Ja! Im Moment haben wir verschiedene Verpackungsvarianten für die grünen Bohnen. Sollten diese in einem Kaffeefilter verpackt sein, kann dieser direkt als Filter benutzt werden. Sollten die grünen Bohnen in einer der anderen Verpackungen ankommen, muss der Benutzer bitte einen handelsüblichen Filter in das Filterfach einsetzen (wir empfehlen Größe 4, es geht aber auch jede andere Größe, die gut in das Filterfach passt.)

Open the filter drawer above the coffee jug by pulling it gently towards you. Open and insert the coffee filter. Push the drawer back into the machine.  

Öffne die Filterkammer mit einem leichten Ziehen zu dir, lege den Filter ein und schieb das Fach zurück in die Maschine.

The amount of water used will influence the taste and bitterness of the coffee. We have indicated some different levels you may want to try - but as long as you don't go below the minimum recommendation, it's up to you!

Du selber kannst entscheiden wie viel Wasser du in den Wassertank füllen möchtest, je nachdem wie stark oder leicht dein Kaffee werden soll. Beachte jedoch, dass das Minimum nicht unterschritten wird.

First, open the filter drawer by pulling it gently towards you. Then remove used coffee filter. The filter is biodegradable. We recommend reusing the coffee grounds for compost, fertilizer, or cleaning!

Zuerst öffnet man das Filterfach mit leinem leichten Ziehen und entnimmt dann den gebrauchten Filter. Der Filter selbst ist biologisch abbaubar und der Kaffeesatz kann zum Beispiel als Düngemittel verwendet werden

es! Use the dial behind the watertank to choose between five expertly-calibrated grinder settings.

Maintenance

The grinder should be cleaned about every six months. We are developing a maintenance kit for this purpose, which will include grinder cleaner and water softening agent. We will keep you posted!

 

Ja, das Mahlwerk sollte ungefähr alle 6 Monate gereinigt werden. Wir entwickeln zur Zeit ein Maintenance Kit inklusive Mahlwerkreiniger und Entkalker. Unsere Beta-Tester werden natürlich als Erste dieses kit testen können! Wir halten Sie auf dem Laufenden!

The air filter should be replaced after every 30 brews.  The machine will let you know when it is time to change the filter with an orange light on your sensor panel. Remember to scan the code on the new filter (there is a sticker on the packaging) so that your machine resets its counter after replacement.

Der Luftfilter sollte nach circa 30 Brühvorgängen ausgetauscht werden. Der runde Lichtsensor leuchtet organge, wenn dies der Fall ist.

Be sure the machine is cool and unplugged before you proceed.  The air filter is located in the compartment on the right side of the machine. Gently push the round shallow indent on top of the compartment to open. Remove the outer cover and set it aside. Take out the black air filter box, remove the lid, flip up the small metal clips and remove the filter. Discard or recycle as local laws allow.

Unwrap the new filter and keep the packaging which contains RFID tag needed to reset the filter count.

Insert the new air filter, white-side up, and push down the metal clips. Return the lid to the air filter compartment and be sure it is tightly closed.  Click the compartment cover back on and return the compartment to the machine, inserting the bottom first.  Before starting another roast-grind-brew process, touch the round sensor, wait for the beep, scan the RFID tag on the air filter packaging, and touch the sensor again. You are all set!

 

Öffne das Luft-Filter-Fach auf der rechten Seite der Maschine indem du vorsichtig mit Zeigefinger oder Daumen in die runde Einkerbung drückst. Die Seitenwand klickt heraus und du kannst sie zur seite legen. Nimm die schwarze Luft-Filter-Schachtel heraus sodass der schwarze Deckel nach oben zeigt. Gib dabei Acht, dass keine Kaffeebohnenschalen heraus fallen. Öffne nun den Deckel der Box. Öffne die zwei Stahlbügel bis zum Anschlag, so dass du den gebrauchten Lluftfilter optimal entnehmen kannst. Nimm den neuen Luftfilter aus der Verpackung und setze ihn in die Luft-Filter-Box. Wichtig ist, dass du die Verpackungsfolie des neuen Luftfilters behältst. Klappe die zwei Stahlbügel mit Druck auf den neuen Luftfilter. Nun kannst du den Deckel der schwarzen Luft-Filter-Box wieder schließen und die Schachtel in das Seitenfach der Maschine drücken. Die Luft-Filter-Box muss auf die richtigen Adapter gedrückt werden. Anschließend kann die Seitenwand der Maschine von unten wieder eingehakt werden und oben in die Maschine eingeklickt werden. Um den Luftfilter zu aktivieren muss der runde Lichtsensor einmal berührt werden, bis der Schriftzug SCAN aufleuchtet. Dann bitte den RFID tag scannen, der auf der Rückseite der Luftfilter-Verpackung zu sehen ist und noch einmal den runden Lichtsensor berühren.

The silver skins should be emptied once a week, or every 5-10 brews.

Die Kaffeebohnenschalen sollten einmal pro Woche aus der Metallkammer entleert werden.

The water tank, roasting chamber and air filter cartridge are all easily removed for maintenance. While the grinder cannot be removed, we are developing a kit for cleaning it every six months. We advise that you contact your distributor with other maintenance concerns.

To clean your machine, simply wipe with a damp towel or cloth. The filter drawer and coffee carafe are both dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Je nach Gebrauch sollte die Kaffeemaschine regelmäßig gereinigt werden. Die Röstkammer und Maschine können mit einem feuchten Putztuch gereinigt werden. Filterfach und Kaffeekanne können auch per Spülmaschine gereinigt werden.

Common Problems

Your power cord should be safely tucked in the coffee carafe during shipping. As items sometimes shift during shipping, you may also find it underneath the eggshell packaging. Once located, the cord attaches to the bottom of the machine. 

Normalerweise ist das Kabel in der Kaffeekanne. Falls nicht, bitte nochmal im Karton selber nachschauen, manchmal liegt es auch am Boden unter der Eggshell-Verpackung.

Crowdfunding Backers and Pre-Orders

Shipment, Delivery & Refunds

Beta machines for 220V testers were shipped in December 2016.
Beta machines for 110V testers are scheduled for shipment in summer 2017.
Mass delivery is expected for late summer 2017.

Kickstarter

Common Questions

While we hope you’ll help us build a fairer world of coffee by using our marketplace to buy directly from growers, crowdfunding backers will have access to smartphone features that will allow you to roast any bean on your machine. These will include the option to choose from roasting profiles for any beans without an RFID. As we continue to develop these features, you’ll also be able to build your own profiles for green beans from your phone.

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