Buying the right gift for a coffee or canine fanatic can be a bit...
We're all pretty finicky when it comes to our two favorite things in the life.
To help you navigate the 2020 holiday gift-giving season, we've conspired with our friends at the Rescue 22 Foundation to give you our coffee and canine recommendations.
Oh yeah, one more important thing...
These gifts are all made by American small business owners.
Premium Coffee, Roasted Fresh to Order
The most important element of the perfect cup of coffee starts with the beans. And that's why we import only the finest shade-grown, high elevation beans from around the world. All are USDA certified organic...so no nasty pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Once we get your order, we then slow-roast the beans at a lower temp than most roasters. This allows us to coax more of each bean's nuanced flavors. And best of all, proceeds from each bag of coffee sold go directly to help the Rescue 22 Foundation rescue and train shelter dogs and then place them as specialized service dogs for America's wounded veterans.
Old Sessler Millworks, owned by Matt & Linda Dewhirst in Virginia, has been making hand-crafted cool things from wood since 2019. We love these wooden coffee/sugar spoons and think they'd make a fantastic stocking stuffer. These spoons are made from locally sourced hardwoods on the Dewhirst's property or from the local area.
BURR COFFEE GRINDER
Conical burr grinders are the only way to go when it comes to making coffee at home. Seriously, it is the best investment you can make. A precise and even grind will let you experience a brighter and more complex flavor. Plus, you can use whole coffee beans that are going to stay fresh longer. Grinding releases valuable oils and exposes them to oxygen. From that second forward, you're in a race against staleness. And as a bonus, you have better control and more brewing options when you grind at home. While you can spend hundreds on various grinders, we love the OXO BREW. The fancier version with a built-in scale was rated the 2020 Best Coffee Grinder Overall. You can go that route if you've got the dough, but the basic model gets the job done with 15 grind size settings – from fine for espresso to coarse for French press.
OK...these are only kinda made in America. Look at the bottom of that super expensive vacuum-insulated tumbler that you have. Do you see where's it made? Yeah...our tumblers are made there too. Maybe even the same factory, but we can't say that. But, each tumbler is laser-engraved in Austin, Texas...by a high school student who is trying to save up money to pay his way through college next year. Best of all, they keep your hot coffee hot and your cold drinks cold.
JUST BECAUSE IT'S COOL
Susan Altenau makes each coffee mug by hand. Seriously. She grabs a chunk of clay, throws it on her potter's wheel and makes your mug to order. She also hand decorates them with your dog's mug...on a mug. Susan uses a glaze trailing/painting technique that I don't understand but the end result is very cool. The art is permanent, food safe, as well as microwave & dishwasher safe. UPDATE: Due to demand, Susan can't make Christmas deadlines anymore.
HEAVY DUTY Collars, Harnesses & Leashes
Having a solid, well-built, durable collar or harness is critical when it comes to daily interactions with your dog. Collars connect the dog to leash and to you. Collars also provide a form of identification that can reunite you with your pup should he or she get lost.
Dog owners are turning to CBD (Cannabidiol) as a natural way to treat conditions like anxiety, pain, arthritis, and even cancer. CBD is non-psychoactive which means it doesn't have all of the "stoner" properties of THC, but can still provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. UnCanna Full Spectrum CBD products reflect a true whole plant extract with naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, other plant compounds, and a high concentration of CBD. This product contains less than 0.3% THC, IAW federal law.
Cool Dog SWAG
Sometimes you just need to own cool dog stuff. The husband-wife team at The Golden Ranch make that stuff. A military family stationed in sunny San Diego, they make everything from dog toys, belts, patches, collars, leashes, purses, backpacks, journals, and wallets.
Kuranda's elevated dog evenly distribute your dog's weight so there are no pressure points on their joints. The beds come in six different sizes and are chew-proof and easy to clean...with no lingering parfum du dog. Many people also use these beds as training tools to teach and reinforce the "place" command. A testimonial from Rescue 22: These beds are Malinois tested and approved. :)
COATED COLLARS & LEASHES
Urban Dog makes custom collars and leashes made from BioThane®, a coated webbing products made by BioThane Coated Webbing Corp in Ohio. In a nutshell, BioThane is polyester webbing with a TPU or PVC coating that makes it more durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. Urban Dog (OK, they're in Ontario, but we love Canadians!). They also make very colorful training slips.
GIFTS UNDER $10
YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?
You want to spend less than $10 on a friend or family member? What kind of Scrooge are you? Scroll back to the top of the page and look again.