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    KISS COFFEEHOUSE - Melbourne

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    KISS perks for those who take the plunger
    MARK HAWTHORNE
    March 23, 2010

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    THEIR famous faces have adorned posters, T-shirts and even lunchboxes for a generation, so it was only a matter of time before rock legends KISS ended up on a coffee mug.

    Rumours have circulated for more than a year about a KISS venture in Melbourne. If all goes to plan, December 31 will see the opening of KISS CoffeeHouse Melbourne, directly opposite Crown Casino, complete with memorabilia from the bands 35-year rocknroll career.

    The Melbourne man who negotiated the deal with the band, Steve Agi, is calling on investors to buy into his $5 million cafe and family restaurant.

    Agi is a coffee fanatic who spent more than a year negotiating with founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for the Australian rights to the KISS CoffeeHouse business. He plans to spend $1.5 million revamping the vacant Tea House building at 28 Clarendon Street, opposite Crown Metropol hotel and next to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    One KISS CoffeeHouse exists, at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. It opened in 2006 and displays band memorabilia and sells merchandise. A seven-metre KISS boot marks the entrance, while the coffee is said to be hotter than hell and it only comes in two sizes - gold and platinum.

    According to the investor proposal for the KISS CoffeeHouse Unit Trust, which was emailed to potential backers at the weekend, six shares in the business are being touted at $250,000 each. Each share will give the owner 5 per cent equity in Melbournes KISS CoffeeHouse.

    The rest will be controlled by Agi, who pays a licence fee to KISS and to New York Stock Exchange-listed Live Nation, which owns the bands merchandise rights.

    KISS CoffeeHouse - Melbourne is the ultimate brand synergy between the hottest band in the world, KISS, and the highly caffeinated, coffee entrepreneur, Steve Agi, states the investor proposal.

    Agi is the publisher of the Melbourne Coffee Review - Cafe Guide and BeanScene Magazine. He also operates the coffee recycling business Ground Zero. His private company, Caffiend Enterprises, will be the licensee and manager of the KISS CoffeeHouse.

    Potential investors are being promised a range of other perks should they invest. These include:

    * An invitation to meet KISS and other celebrities that are part of the KISS entourage.

    * Membership of the KISS Army.

    * Input into the design of the premises.

    * First option to take a share in subsequent KISS CoffeeHouses.

    * Special VIP invite with five friends to all VIP events, including the grand opening and appearances by KISS.

    * Rare KISS merchandise and paraphernalia, signed personally to the investor.

    According to the proposal, KISS have entrusted Agi and him alone for the first time in their 35-year history with their unique brand name and concept and as such both Gene and Paul are confident in his ability to select a group of investors who will be worthy to be associated with the KISS brand.

    The proposal makes several ambitious claims, including a first-year return of between 5 per cent and 10 per cent, and that the value of the $250,000 investment will double after 12 months. It also claims a risk of failure at ZERO.

    Those claims are not backed up by financial estimates, costings or an independent report.

    Instead, Agi calls on readers of the investor proposal to consider it a calling, an opportunity to live a dream and enter a world that eye has not seen nor money can buy. He adds: This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of what others dream of, KISS is real and you can live out your dreams and fantasies as a global rock star and owner of the hottest brand in the world.

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    http://www.smh.com.au/business/kiss-perks-for-those-who-take-the-plunger-20100322-qrbw.html

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    My birthday is in June (hint hint)
    ;D

    Quote Originally Posted by 002F2538410 link=1269308159/0#0 date=1269308159
    Agi is the publisher of the Melbourne Coffee Review - Cafe Guide and BeanScene Magazine
    I wonder if John Murphy (the real publisher of Bean Scene) knows that he got sacked.
    ::)

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    Man if I had the money...to be a part of the global brand that is KISS would be VERY interesting. Their business model is to be envied. No matter what anyone thinks, these boys know how to make good music, truckloads of money, and hopefully, great coffee!!

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    the brand is big, no doubt about that, but it comes down to the operator. Im always very dubious when something is claimed as zero risk of failure, with no financials backing this claim up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5679736E170 link=1269308159/0#0 date=1269308159
    while the coffee is said to be hotter than hell
    I am a bit surprised that Agi would want to serve this kind of coffee!? :o ;D

    Is this only going to appeal to KISS fans? And are there a lot of said fans living in Melbourne?

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    Personally , Id rather sit in a quiet environment enjoying the taste of a quality espresso without the fanfare.
    Perhaps a pub / bistro for KISS fans would be a better choice within the casino complex.

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    Scoota, if you can get a hold of Kiss Symphony filmed here in Melbourne it should answer many questions on the bands fan base. I am a long time fan since I was a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, I have also got my son listening to their music.

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    Re: KISS COFFEEHOUSE - Melbourne

    Any truth to the rumour their signature drink will be called "I was made for latte you" :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 637663637A7D7C130 link=1269308159/5#5 date=1269413867
    Perhaps a pub / bistro for KISS fans would be a better choice within the casino complex.
    KISS-TRO

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B7263637A7B7263637A130 link=1269308159/7#7 date=1269420991
    Any truth to the rumour their signature drink will be called "I was made for latte you"
    I wanna coffee scroll all night...

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    Re: KISS COFFEEHOUSE - Melbourne

    God of Thunder.

    I Was Made For Drinkin You.

    Sip It Up.

    Makin Latte.

    While The City Sleeps (I Drink Coffee).

    I Pledge Allegiance To Coffee.

    Raise Your ACF Cups.


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    God gave coffee scroll to you...

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    Re: KISS COFFEEHOUSE - Melbourne

    When I saw the subject heading
    I thought it was a coffee haunt for Lovers :-*

    KK

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3F3320262B3037333C520 link=1269308159/6#6 date=1269414037
    if you can get a hold of Kiss Symphony filmed here in Melbourne
    ...you will see Andy and Paula front row.
    :)

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    I will have to go and see if I can find you and the family Andy. I havent watched the dvd since we got the 50" TV .

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    Re: KISS COFFEEHOUSE - Melbourne

    is this a joke??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 766F717F457D6E691A0 link=1269308159/14#14 date=1269476601
    is this a joke??
    nope. It is even on the KISS website. Interesting product combination though

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    Quote Originally Posted by 766F717F457D6E691A0 link=1269308159/14#14 date=1269476601
    is this a joke??
    You obviously dont know Steve Agi very well.
    Im not sure whether hes obsessed more with coffee or KISS.

    Steve, KISS and coffee under the one roof?
    If you could bottle his enthusiasm youd solve the worlds energy crisis forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 242D3C3C25242D3C3C254C0 link=1269308159/7#7 date=1269420991
    Any truth to the rumour their signature drink will be called "I was made for latte you" :P
    Maybe Rockuccino?


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    it just suprises me that some one would want to promote or encourage such a place,

    but i guess it takes all types, but you wontsee me there sipping on a vanilla latte, platinum, of course, love the 20oz and deep fried twinkie.... *how do you guys do the vomit emoticon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 455C424C764E5D5A290 link=1269308159/18#18 date=1269577321
    it just suprises me that some one would want to promote or encourage such a place,

    but i guess it takes all types, but you wontsee me there sipping on a vanilla latte, platinum, of course, love the 20oz and deep fried twinkie.... *how do you guys do the vomit emoticon?
    Dont underestimate the KISS army! ;D

    I have to admit I really dont like their music. Tacky disco rock. While none of the members are bad players none are great.
    I like Kings of Leon but I if had to choose between the two to go and see it would be KISS for me. Unlike Kings of Leon they put on a great show. And thats what it is about - entertainment.

    How many coffee shops sell good coffee but the atmosphere is boring.
    Sure I would still drink there but I couldnt walk past this and not go in! Well at lest once. Looks like their music. Cheap tacky disco rock but fun. Awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 564F515F655D4E493A0 link=1269308159/18#18 date=1269577321
    it just suprises me that some one would want to promote or encourage such a place,

    but i guess it takes all types, but you wontsee me there sipping on a vanilla latte, platinum, of course, love the 20oz and deep fried twinkie.... *how do you guys do the vomit emoticon?
    How about you wait and see what Steve does with it?

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    That menu looks like Gloria in Kiss makeup

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    How about you wait and see what Steve does with it?
    i will ... cant wait... look forward to seeing ethically sourced, bird friendly kiss-a-cinos and deep fried vegemite sandwiches!!!!!!!! ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6D746A645E667572010 link=1269308159/22#22 date=1269610732
    deep fried vegemite sandwiches
    I want one of those!

    Yeah, I would expect that the coffee and food menu might differ greatly from the Myrtle Beach USA cafe. Different markets, different coffee tastes and I doubt that you will find 20oz anything at this one.

    A few people turned-up for the opening of Myrtle...


    I think its a great thing that someone like Steve who eats, drinks and sleeps coffee is going to open a theme cafe that will attract people from all over the world (yes it really will). Im sure the coffee will be excellent (I cannot see Steve wanting to sell bad coffee) and sure, the whole Kiss thing might not be your scene but you have to give the guy huge kudos for taking on such a monster project and what will surely become Australias most expensive cafe setup.

    Good on him I say!
    8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4669637E070 link=1269308159/23#23 date=1269663036
    Steve who eats, drinks and sleeps coffee
    I think he sleeps less than me.

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    Does anyone know who will be supplying the beans for the Kiss cafe?

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    **Andy jumps up and down**

    Pick me, pick me.
    ;D

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    ohhh :o Imagine the KISS perks Andy (no pun intended) ;)
    Youll be able to strut-ter down the street ;D

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    Amazing is all I can say, Im not a KISS fan but wouldnt knock them either, they are very successful at what they do, I know many many people who are HUGE fans and they will flock there over and over again, I can imagine road trips from far away :D

    I havent opened the link yet to know who wrote the article but passion just flows from the words.



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