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  • New Aeropress Competitor - Cajun Coffee Press

    Hey Guys,

    Just came across this on kickstarter, it's called the Cajun Coffee Press.
    Cajun Coffee Press by CajunCoffeePress Inc./Dwayne Louis — Kickstarter

    From what I can tell its just a copy of the aeropress except it has the added benefit of having a much larger chamber (14oz vs 8oz) and has been designed so that the chamber tapers down giving you a mechanical advantage. It also gives you the option of using pour over drip filters which is pretty neat and brewing pods which I don't think will benefit many of us here but is definitely an option for others that may want to use the press.

    I'm also a bit skeptical of the amount of crema he managed to produce in one of the pictures.

    What do you guys think? Blatant rip off or good idea?

    If it wasn't for the $20 international shipping, I wouldn't have minded paying $45 to try it out.

  • #2
    $20 international shipping is reasonable.

    I have seen crema like this in an aeropress youtube video. The aerobarista kept pushing the plunger down until there was absolutely no water left and the air was hissing out.

    Only $197,000 to go! How does it cost this much to put into production?!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by thegoner View Post
      $20 international shipping is reasonable.

      I have seen crema like this in an aeropress youtube video. The aerobarista kept pushing the plunger down until there was absolutely no water left and the air was hissing out.

      Only $197,000 to go! How does it cost this much to put into production?!
      $20 is definitely reasonable, but considering that's half the price of the item and I've already got an aeropress, I think I'll hold out.

      I didn't even notice that his goal was $197,000.....he is going to need a lot of backers to get this off the ground....

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      • #4
        Hmmmm......hope they've got a good set of patent lawyers.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by thegoner View Post
          Only $197,000 to go! How does it cost this much to put into production?!
          Injection moulding dies are expensive and most factories have minimum order quantites (generally 10,000 or so).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jccb25 View Post
            $20 is definitely reasonable, but considering that's half the price of the item and I've already got an aeropress, I think I'll hold out.

            I didn't even notice that his goal was $197,000.....he is going to need a lot of backers to get this off the ground....
            The $197k is simply the amount he is trying to raise from this source. He will almost certainly have other backers who have already assumed an equity position in his company ( or he may have allowed a royalty). It may be that one of his backers is the US producer that he has an arrangement with. And of course, if he hasn't sunk any of his own money into this he'd have zero chance of convincing other players to do so. I would guess he needs 400-500k to get fully running (much of which he may already have spent) including an allowance for working capital. And producing in the US ain't going to be cheap.

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            • #7
              Hello Fellow Coffee Lovers, My name is Dwayne Louis the inventor and owner of CajunCoffeePress. I was forwarded the link to your conversation and I hope you don't mind if I answer a few of your questions and concerns about the CajunCoffeePress. I will try and answer the ones discussed here. Let's start with the goal amount. Injection molding tools are expensive, especially when your focused on production in the U.S., each tool costs $10-20K, depending on the complexity of the part. The CajunCoffeePress will have 8 parts injection molded. The bottom of the chamber, the universal cup (top and bottom) are complex parts. We will have to do a short run production to verify that all parts fit, function, and meet all of the design specifications before the cutting of steel and full production kicks in. Then you have the cost of each part to make, the sum of the whole product, packaging, shipping, legal for contracts...etc, and advertising....not to mention the 5% Kickstarter gets and the 3-5% Amazon gets. We have invested as much as we could as a military family of 5, two years of time and development, and a couple of investors. It is not cheap to bring a product like this to market and the last thing I want to do is not be able to deliver on a promise! Rest assured, I have spent a lot of time with my patent attorney (who worked for the patent office for 20 years) going over the Aeropress patent to make sure we don't infringe on their patent. The CajunCoffeePress is the next step in the evolution of portable coffee brewers. It has something for each demographic of coffee and tea lovers! Again, I can assure you that the crema like foam produced, was just as you saw it in the pictures and video. Having the increased surface area from the wider chamber and increased pressure through the stainless steel filter produces a nice cream like foam. The raised sides of the filter cap really give you that nice extraction that would normally get caught in the grounds during a vertical press. I think the last concern was shipping, I took the prototype, the coffee mug, etc to the post office and had them calculate my shipping rates, I am sorry that it seems high; however, I don't control the shipping rates. I was able to find a way to reduce the shipping cost to Canada to $10 instead of $20. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I will be glad to answer them! Please support us in our project and enjoy the next step in coffee presses! Cheers, Dwayne

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              • #8
                I don't think the freight is expensive... I costs $300+ to send a 11.5kg Behmor roaster into Europe!

                The USA has some good international shipping rates with the USPS flat rate boxes, might be worth seeing if you can fit your stuff into one of those too?

                Selling the advantage of pods and capsules here is a big ask but I can see the appeal to those that have those in other places that have pod machines already.

                Good luck with the project Dwayne, I hope you get a flurry of activity and it gets off the ground.

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                • #9
                  I'm wondering what the seal is between the plunger and the chamber? I've had a number of plungers, and seen people use them and press too hard on the plunger and have the coffee spurt upwards - the plungers have a lid so the people didn't get scalded, but the CCP looks like there'd be an open path to a burned hand/wrist for idiots.

                  And even idiots (or especially idiots) know how to sue.

                  (which reminds me, I have both a plunger and an old glass percolator tucked away - must try fresh ground in them. )

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                  • #10
                    Journeyman, We are going with a double O-ring set up. This not only ensures a great seal but when inverted, keeps the plunger from shifting to the side and loosing the seal like the Aeropress can do when inverted. The grip of the plunger covers and goes past the opening between the chamber and plunger and would prevent any hot water from reaching the user, even in the unlikely event that both of the O-ring seals would fail. I have been in the military for 26.5 years and know how to make sure that even the newest of coffee brewers will be protected from themselves...;D

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Andy, we do too!

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                      • #12
                        Cool... Sounds like you've thought it out. It can be surprising what some people can overlook so thought I would mention it.

                        (as an aside, many years ago I was admin of a Prime Information database. The programmer proudly showed us his new DB design and uttered the fatal words, "NOBODY can crash this" and my manager leaned his entire arm on the keyboard. Not only did the DB crash, the Prime computer had to be reset. )

                        You might try getting some 'faces' in the US to try it out and comment - I'm thinking along the lines of TV chefs or perhaps TV Hosts/Radio personalities. Personal recommendation outsells ad campaigns by about 10 to 1.

                        Cheers, and good luck.

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                        • #13
                          Journeyman, thanks for the great advice. I will definitely use that suggestion. I almost did that and wasn't sure if it would be better to keep it personal. Thanks Dwayne

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                          • #14
                            Of course, there's always 'Shark Tank'....but I think they eat another 5% of your equity up front.

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