Hello everyone, warm greetings from Nepal
Quick Update on Open Village House Kathmandu
Keeping up with the discussion we had last time about OpenVillage House Kathmandu, I want to share the progress we have made in terms of planning and operating it. The original idea to initiate OpenVillage House Kathmandu was to form a common welcoming place to bring people together by creating a co-working / co-housing space along with a coffee roastery.
Progress Made in Planning
After our discussion here, @matthias and I began to prepare budgets and also decided on location to start the roastery. Kathmandu is a crowded city … as being capital of the country, it is densely populated (capitals are always crowded I guess ). Not being much of city person myself, I really want the location of OpenVillage House Kathmandu to be little free from chaos and traffic, away from main city area. I began to see a few houses away from the main city with possibilities of having OpenVillage House Kathmandu there. Which helped us to get more information about rents and facilities. In the process of location hunt, we were invited by wonderful @shei who owns a beautiful travelers hostel Cora Nepal.They wanted to sublease the ground floor of the building to next tenant. I went to see if the space itself will be suitable to start roastery. Cora Nepal is situated in Sanepa (one of the nicest location of town) and has a beautiful lawn in the backyard.
Cora Nepal has comfort with artistic decor, created by wonderful people like @shei and Sid who are operating the house. But sadly the space available in Cora Nepal and the budget we had allocated for rent did not match so we had to let go the space. Rent in Kathmandu is expensive and for startups like us, the most challenging part is sustainability. We need to make sure that we do not lose the place until the space itself starts to create some sort of profit to keep itself running.
Twisted Crazy Turn
During the planning phase I took a quick escape from Kathmandu and went to the nearby city “Hetauda” . Hetauda (Nepali: हेटौडा) is a sub-metropolitan city in southern Nepal. It is the administrative headquarters of the Makwanpur District, the headquarters of Nepal's Central Development Region, and one of the largest cities of Nepal. It is often famously regarded as “Green City” because the city has planted trees on either sides of the road and is the pioneer city in the plantation of the trees.
Hetauda city is located at a distance of 76 km from the capital city, Kathmandu, via the fast track, at a distance of 132 km via Daman Tribhuvan Highway and 224 km via Narayanghat. Another highway ("Kanti Lokpath") will be built until May 2018 and then it will take only 2 hours to travel from Hetauda to Kathmandu.
There are many interesting cities in Nepal which are underrated but have almost all basic facilities that Kathmandu can provide. In my three days stay in Hetauda, I found Hetauda city very interesting and it bears quite good potential in terms of starting an OpenVillage House. So far, most of the interesting things happen only inside Kathmandu. So why not set up our OpenVillage House at Hetauda? It has nature and quite a calming environment, along with the basic facilities we need to operate our OpenVillage House. I am very excited to share that I now have planned to set up an OpenVillage House in Hetauda, making it OPEN VILLAGE HOUSE HETAUDA from now on. I will be travelling to Hetauda to see some of the suitable properties and decide on location on 21st January and will update here on what I found
Progress on the Roastery
In terms of coffee roaster machines, @matthias and I have decided to see if we can bring a coffee roaster machine from India – see the first two machines from the list of Designing an open source coffee roaster. I have sent a couple of emails to the sellers but have not got replies yet. But luckily I happen to know a friend from India and he is now helping us on assisting the machine inquiry.
We are also finding an appropriate name for the roastery, as the rostery will be a separate entity but operated under OpenVillage House Hetauda. We are still searching a name for it. Any suggestions for names are welcome
So far we have got “NAMAS COFFEE” as our brand name. "Namaste" or "namaskar" is used as a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger. This gesture is widely used throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh and other parts of Asia.
Sending best wishes to everyone for OpenVillage Academy happening in Morocco