I love this city. Just when I get frustrated or bored or feel that I’ve seen it all, something happens to remind me about the cool people in our community.
Walking back to my office after lunch, I cut down St. Clair Street by the CADC art gallery, H. David Clay Studio and American Pi (three great shops!). But on the East side of the street – not so much. Until a sign caught my eye. A new coffee shop? In the Lofts on St. Clair (not to be confused with the St. Clair Lofts…). Can’t be; I kept walking. But my confusion must have been on my face because a guy popped out of the little storefront to offer me a cup of coffee.
As strange as that was, curiosity got the better of me, and I walked in. What is this place? Clean, but small – I didn’t have the feeling it would be my regular coffee joint. Especially when I saw the Keurig coffee maker behind the counter. In this age of pour over coffee (even though I still love my drip), I didn’t really imagine the market was ready for a ‘barista’ who made coffee via K-cup. I started to dig out a couple bucks and almost regret walking in.
Good news for everyone – the hot cup of coffee goodness isn’t why they’re there. I had walked into Terre Verde Trading Company, a storefront that offers coffee to customers, but the coffee is on-the-house for shoppers there to pick up ground coffee, mugs, chocolates, gifts, and the JavaJig. The what? The JavaJig!
JavaJig is a Dayton invention. A solution for the single-serve k-cup coffee machines. You know the ones I’m talking about – popular brands include Keurig, Mr. Coffee or Cuisinart. You put the water in the carafe, pop in a disposable, single-serve K-cup of coffee (Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts, etc), push the button and get your large or small pour directly in your mug. What’s the problem? Why did it need a solution?
How about a lot of waste – both money and trash? Each of those little cups of ground coffee cost about $0.40. Cheaper than a cup at the neighborhood coffee shop, but when you’re making them at home, it ends up being about $30/pound of coffee! And trash… each cup you drink results in that little K-cup going in the trash. That’s a lot of waste when you add it up. The JavaJig is the solution!
The JavaJig is a reusable K-cup including a filter form, outer cup and lid; add right-sized paper filters and you’ve got the opportunity to make your own K-cup at home for 1/2 the price of the boxed versions. Add in the bonus of making it with your favorite coffee flavors and you’re set to go. The only trash is the compostable paper filter that pops out easily and goes in the trash when done.
JavaJig has been such a hit, it’s already been picked up by Melitta – the people known for coffee filters. So, although you should stop by to give props to the invention team at Terre Verde Trading Company, you can buy this Dayton invention at your local grocery.
And don’t deny it – someone you love, loves their coffee. You may be buying one of those Keurig (or similar) coffee makers for VDay. According to the JavaJig Web site, “There are currently more than 10 million single serve cup units in operation globally.” So, go ahead with the popular choice and buy that machine, but make it personal (and environmentally and fiscally sound) by including a JavaJig and filter set.
Not a bad adventure for an afternoon walk. I walked back to my office with a hot cup of coffee and the knowledge that as soon as I think I’ve seen it all, there are interesting and exciting people creating, inventing and making this city a better place. Everyone knows Dayton for the electric starter, cash register, and airplanes. But Dayton is also the creative home of the pull-top tabs on cans, ice cube trays, and now the JavaJig – the little things that make our life better. What did you invent today?