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People are going totally bonkers for this honey tap

It’s Indiegogo’s most successful crowdfunding project outside the US.

PEOPLE REALLY WANT to have honey on tap, if this incredibly successful Indiegogo campaign is anything to go by.

It’s for Flow Hive, a wooden box that lets you tap honey directly from your beehive (and, er, with no ‘bee bits’ in it to ruin your lunch).

The makers, a dad and son based in Byron Bay in Australia, initially wanted to fund the Flow Hive to the tune of $70,000.

With 13 days still to go, they have exceeded their target by millions. It now has over $8.5m in funding, which means the record-breaking project is 12,260% funded.

That makes it the most successful Indiegogo project outside the US.

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So why is it so special?

According to the makers, it’s “easier on the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees”.

Basically, you don’t have to sedate the bees, take the hive apart, ship the honeycomb slots for processing, and clean up the honey.

You just have to sit back and let the bees do their work.

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The flat pack full flow hive system costs $600, and includes a ‘brood box’ with frames, a roof, tool and tubes, as well as the ‘flow super’.

(Bees aren’t included.)

Put together, they enable the owner to add bees, who will then make their own honey which can be tapped from the box when ready.

We are excited to introduce our new invention that allows you to enjoy fresh honey straight out of your beehive without opening it. It’s far less stress for the bees and much, much easier for the beekeeper.
“This really is a revolution. You can see into the hive, see when the honey is ready and take it away in such a gentle way”.

Interestingly, the Huffington Post interviewed some beekeepers, who were “impressed” with the invention, but said that “there’s a lot more to keeping bees than turning a tap”.

They warned that harvesting is just a small part of beekeeping, and you have to make sure you look after the bees.

What do you reckon?

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