Describe your product in three words.
Perfected Elegant Simplicity
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
While living in a tiny Paris apartment, surrounded by great food and art, I was disheartened by the burned coffee poured out of moka pots used in almost every home. I said to myself that there is a need for a micro sized device that produces great espresso shots as good as those from the great lever machines. The Nomad is the realization of this vision. Traditional espresso machines for home or for business are exceedingly big, heavy, complex, expensive, and difficult to use. Home machines produce inferior results and they still occupy too much precious countertop space in those tiny Paris apartments. The Nomad has a small foot print, needs no electricity, operates manually, and produces optimal brewing conditions time after time without frustrating failures. Even users with no espresso making experience can successfully make great espresso shots, right away the very first time they put their hands on the Nomad.
What makes your product special?
For some users it is the stunning design ("an absolute work or art"). For others it is the ease of use and the quality of espresso produced ("My opinion is the espresso is better than most espressos in cafes, hotels or restaurants"). For others it is the combination of everything that creates the Nomad Experience ("If perfection is possible....that's my Nomad"). The Nomad works and looks like nothing before it. It is a completely new design concept that defines a whole new coffee making experience. The Micro Lever architecture is a radical rebirth of the classic lever machine that miniaturizes and simplifies the whole concept while retaining the best features of the manual lever water pump. A water pump directly operated by hands enables live monitoring and instant control of the brewing pressure, which yields superior results. However, trained expertise in the precise grinding and tamping techniques is required to pull a successful shot of espresso with the classic lever machines. To get rid of the training requirement and make it easier for the novice users, we invented the True Crema Valve, which compensates for grinds and tamping variations to assure a perfect emulsification of beneficial oils that makes up the beautiful crema of an espresso shot. The Nomad is simply the most dramatic development in manual lever espresso machines in over 50 years. It has a completely new look, feel, size and operation. As users pump the lever, watch the pressure gauge, adjust the pumping speed, seeing the golden crema fill the cup and taste the coffee, it becomes an addicting personal connection between man and machine - it is the Nomad experience - and like no other.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Seeing users using Nomad for the first time pulling top notch espresso shots rivaling those from trained baristas and seeing the Nomad becoming an indispensible part of their coffee lifestyle. During the Kickstarter campaign there was much skepticism that a simple small device could produce great espresso shots that would rival those made by trained baristas using advanced professional machines. However, once they received their Nomads the doubters became converted enthusiasts and reported how shocked they were at the superb results produced by their Nomad. "I have to say, best Kickstarter project I've received, and the only Kickstarter project that delivered exactly what they promised, I am pleased to say Nomad has exceeded my expectation of ... how you don't need an expensive industrial machine to pull a very nice cup of espresso." "this is one of the most professional products I've received from Kickstarter. Beautiful design and build, well packed and a pleasure to use. I have quite a few coffee machines including a La Pavoni Lever and this is so much easier to use and produces a great crema" " I feel confident that I can make lattes better than the best coffee shop here in Vancouver, and you can use that as a testimonial" "This isn't just a well-designed espresso maker; it's a work of art"