Dwayne Louis, who was born and raised in Louisiana, wanted a coffeemaker that was simple, versatile and portable. Inspired by the Cajun style of engineering creative, simple solutions and his own background in engineering, Louis started researching how he could create the perfect brewing tool.
After two years of research and design, Louis invented the CajunCoffeePress.
“I went through so many different designs, trying to look for the easiest and most efficient way to push the coffee through,” Louis said. “It’s so hard to sum it up. My friends have nicknamed it the Swiss Army Knife of coffeemakers.”
The CajunCoffeePress’s small plastic parts, which can fit into most small bags, allow the user to brew coffee in a variety of ways. It can be used with single-serve cups or ground coffee and tea, and it can be used as a French press, inverted or pour-over drip-style coffee tool. When the coffee is brewed and the parts are cleaned, everything fits together tightly for storage.
Louis said it has tons of applications including camping, travel and college dorm rooms, many of which don’t allow coffeemakers.
“It lends itself to any demographic of user that drinks coffee or tea,” Louis said. “It’s up to you. The versatility allows you to make coffee your way.”
On July 18, Louis started a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $197,000 to raise money to refine the design and production, which are both expensive processes. If the money is raised by
Aug. 17, Louis said the CajunCoffee-Press will be available by November.
Backers will receive a thank-you gift, increasing in value depending on how much they pledge. Three backers that pledge $10,000 or more will receive two nights at a Rancho Bernardo Inn premium room, VIP tickets to the CajunCoffeePress kickoff party and a round of golf, in addition to limited edition CajunCoffeePress gear.
To donate or to learn more, visit kck.st/195K4md.