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Project Update: Help us get “VERTECO" a multi-level compact hydroponic and aquaponic growing shelf, designed to be a small Farm to Table into your Home.
Project Update: Production Update, Packaging and Stands, Naming the Tallest Mountain in the World!
This week we had a little celebration as the first set of 1,200 production specimens made their merry way to our acrylic casting partner! Per usual, we don't expect any issues with testing as we already have a rigorous process at MMHQ that replicates the production environment. Mainly we expect feedback on the template inside the museum with requests for adjustment to allow for more efficient assembly. At this scale, little nudges here and there can make a big difference!
The results of the test should be ready in the next 10-14 days, at which point we’ll move on into full production mode. We also expect to have the balance of specimen production complete at that time too. Roughly 80% of specimens are already above our quota and the remainder are those special few that require extra nips or secondary embedment (Amelia Earhart we are looking at you). We covered some of this extra special handling during our livestream event, but we’ll have even more details in a future update so keep an eye out!
Packaging and LED Stand Update
A quick note on the stands… We’re actually making a few extra for those of you who may have missed that option during the campaign. If you didn't reserve one at that time, you'll be able to add one once the Pledge Manager opens. Speaking of which…
Pledge Manager to Open in Mid-September
If you’re new to crowdfunding, it’s best practice to ask for addresses as close to shipment as possible to avoid any last-minute changes that could result in shipping errors down the line. We’ve found that 45-60 days is about the right mark so our plan is to open up the Pledge Manager in mid-September.
Per usual, we’ll have a few surprises, including a t-shirt design and [redacted]!
Naming the Tallest Mountain in the World
The discovery of Everest’s height coincided perfectly with the Golden Age of Alpinism, beginning with Sir Alfred Wills’ 1854 summiting of the Wetterhorn. In these early days, it was assumed, including by Waugh, that the mountain was simply too high to climb, with no attempts made through the rest of the nineteenth century. That changed in 1921 with the formation of the Mount Everest Committee, a joint venture between the Alpine Club and the Royal Geographical Society. A reconnaissance mission followed that year that determined a viable route to the top of the mountain. Suddenly the race was on to summit Everest.
Project Update: Production Update, Surveys Coming Soon, Which Came First: The Amniote or the Egg?
A quick update on the progress of the Fifth Edition. Right now, specimen production is moving along at a great pace. On quite a few specimens we are actually ahead of schedule, which is a fantastic sign!
Pledge Manager and Shipping!
The pledge manager and shipping surveys will be ready to be sent out soon. Once they are, we'll share it in another update and you'll be able to update your information and also choose additional add-ons too!
MM5 Add-On Survey
While we can't promise we'll be able to do all of this, your choice will help us know which items to focus on during the add-on process. If you have other ideas, let us know in the comments of this update!
See MM5 under the Microscope
Come see the MM5 specimens under the microscope and let us know what your favorite is!
Hi all I was wondering if anyone had tried using one of these https://brodandtaylor.com.au/products/sourdough-home and if it works with breadwinner? Our local temperatures range from -1C to sometimes over 40C so having the option to cool or heat a starter looks very useful
Project Update: Breadwinner Now for Sale on Shopify!
Project Update: Fresh Feature Alert: Jar Type Selection & Privacy Settings
I hope you're all kneading away at some tasty data-driven sourdough. I'm thrilled to share some freshly baked updates that I've rolled out:
1. Jar Type Selection: You now have the freedom to choose the type of jar you're using with Breadwinner. We've added support for standard wide-mouth mason jars in sizes 24oz, 32oz, and 64oz, along with the default 16oz jar that comes with Breadwinner. This means your graph should calculate the height of your starter properly (as opposed to showing very strange multiplier values).
You can configure your jar type at: http://breadwinner.life/device_settings
A few notes on this:
- Start a New Feeding: Remember to start a new feeding when you switch the jar type. Changing the jar influences the calculations behind the scenes, so your dashboard graphs might look a little odd otherwise.
- Your Feedback Matters: As this is a fairly experimental feature, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know if anything seems off after making the change.
- Big Boi Jars: For those going big with the 64oz mason jars, be aware that a fully empty jar of this size can max out our sensor. However, since I doubt anyone is measuring an empty jar, this shouldn't be a problem. The data may be a bit unusual with this jar size, so please consider this a fair heads up!
2. Privacy Settings: In response to your feedback, you now have the option to set your starter's dashboard as private. Just head over to your profile page and you'll find a new checkbox at the bottom that allows you to do this.
Please note that I'm currently catching up on customer service emails. If you've reached out, rest assured that I will get back to you within the next few days. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
Keep the feedback coming and feel free to continue sharing your experiences, questions, and ideas. Don't forget you can always join the chat on our Discord and engage with the rest of the Breadwinner community.
Thank you for your ongoing support and happy baking!
Project Update: Breadwinner Shipping News: International Challenges
I hope this message finds you well and as excited about our data-driven bread baking journey as I am. I wanted to address a matter that has come up from our international backers regarding customs fees.
International shipping, as many of you are aware, can be fraught with challenges. From the start, I made the decision to offer international shipping for Breadwinner because sourdough bread is a global passion, and I wanted to honor its rich history. This meant navigating the realities of higher shipping rates and customs fees - standard aspects of shipping internationally, albeit often unexpected ones.
I've tried several solutions to make this process as smooth as possible. Prior to switching to our current shipping partner, Passport, we attempted deliveries through standard DHL shipping. Unfortunately, several units got lost in customs, despite DHL generally being a tad cheaper. Passport promised 100% deliverability, which was an exciting prospect and I'm happy to say they quite literally appear to be delivering on that promise so far.
However, it's clear that the customs fees associated with Passport have taken some of you by surprise. For that, I sincerely apologize. Please know that these costs are not a price hike from our side, but rather standard international fees charged by customs. In many instances, I have absorbed some of the shipping costs to keep the prices as accessible as possible.
In light of your feedback, I've considered a couple of options to address your concerns:
- I could potentially offer DHL as a roll-the-dice alternative for future shipping. However, this would not apply to Breadwinners already en route, so if you've gotten your tracking number already, your unit has been shipped with Passport. While DHL is a bit cheaper, the potential for loss is higher and it's likely that customs fees would still apply. It's a gamble, but could be an option for those willing to take the risk.
- As a token of appreciation for your understanding and to make up for the surprise over the customs fees, I would like to offer any international backer an envelope of my dehydrated Breadberry sourdough starter sent with an international USPS stamp. This would be a roll-the-dice shipment, as we can't guarantee that every country's customs will accept it, but it's a small token we'd love to send your way. (Side note: if you've received your dehydrated Breadberry can you let me know? Since they were sent via regular postage, I don't have tracking visibility.)
Also, if you're still upset about the cost of shipping and customs fees, please feel free to email me directly. I value your feedback and would like to work with you individually to try and find a solution. This project is about making data-driven sourdough accessible and enjoyable for all, and I'm committed to doing what I can to make that happen.
The true challenge here lies not with Breadwinner, but with the complexities of international shipping and bureaucracy. We're navigating this together and I am grateful for your patience and understanding as we do.
If you wish to discuss this further or have other concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]. I am here to listen and work on solutions. You're not just backers to me, but valued members of the Breadwinner community.
Thank you again for your support in making Breadwinner a reality.
Breadwinner… this is getting totally ridiculous I am a Canadian with a mailing address in the USA … if you had told me that you would charge $19 USD to ship to Canada and that ON TOP I would have to pay $35 CAD in duties and taxes with the use of your “fantastic “ logistic firm … I would have decided to get my item in the US … your logistics are bringing the cost of my item at indecent levels … I am clearly not happy with the situation …