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How to Use a Ceramic Pour-Over Coffee Set...... The 4-1-1

How to Use a Ceramic Pour-Over Coffee Set...... The 4-1-1

How to Use a Ceramic Pour-Over Coffee Set

Coffee is the lifeblood of this fast-paced world, and it shows in the approximated 1.6% of the gross domestic product in the USA that coffee related pursuits generate. Americans, we love our morning juice; it’s unsurprising that there is always a search to make a better cup of coffee. 


Enter the Ceramic Pour-Over Coffee Set, which combines the best material with the best method for a fragrant, full-flavored cup of Joe that you never knew you needed before. So, what makes this coffee set so great? Here’s what you should know:

Why Pour-Over? 

At some point, many cafes abandoned the precision-oriented method of pour-over in favor of the uniformity and convenience that machines bring. However, pour-over is making a return, and for good reason. When hot water is steadily and manually poured over coffee, filter and cup, you can better control your cup. Temperature, strength, even the areas that the water touches are all factors within your power. 


There is an unrivaled clarity to the coffee flavor and texture - and a pride in using your own hands and only a few quality tools that will heighten the experience of the drinker beyond a standard, bulky drip maker. 


Pour-over method adds a minimalistic flair to your kitchen and allows you to start your day off fresh. The care, calm and concentration put into watching your favorite mug fill with smooth, fragrant coffee starts you out on the right foot, no matter the weather! 

Why Ceramic? 

When imagining our ideal coffee drinking experience, the two biggest factors we are likely to consider are the flavor and temperature of the coffee. Whether we want hot or iced coffee, black or flavored, we are looking to preserve those choices as long as we are drinking. 


Out of the many materials we drink coffee from (stainless steel, glass, ceramic, paper, plastic, etc.), only two retain the flavor of the coffee without contamination: glass and ceramic. This is because they are neutral materials and won’t impart outside flavors or particles of their own to the coffee inside of them. 


As for temperature, the best material is one that will maintain both heat and cold. Ceramic is the winner here as well due to its lower density material. Small pores allow heat to be preserved inside the cup rather than pushed out to the rest of the world.


How to Use a Ceramic Pour-Over

Step One: Place filter and rinse with hot water. This will get rid of any particles you don’t want, but also helps to preheat your brewer. Whatever heat you decide is best to use on your grounds, it is important to maintain consistency with that temperature.  Use clean water and freshly ground, uniform coffee (burr grinders give an easy, even grind) for results that make you say “aaaaahhhhhh...”


Step Two: Weigh your desired amount of freshly ground coffee on a digital scale, and place it in the filter. Place the mug and filter on the scale to keep track of its ratio to the water. 


Step Three: Boil water and pour from a goose-necked kettle evenly over the coffee grounds - and smell that coffee begin to brew! Depending on how you want your coffee, you can use multiple methods with differing ratios of water to coffee and styles of pouring, and time it on your timer. But the most important thing is to keep it poured evenly. 


Step Four: Enjoy the best cup of coffee you have ever had the pleasure of drinking - made by your own hands! 


Looking for some more stylish wares for your kitchen, living room, dining room? Be sure to stop by and browse Garage Collective Laguna today.

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Love Don't Cost A Thing!!!

Love Don't Cost A Thing!!!

Love really shouldn't cost a thing.  Here are two DIY's that are not only FUN to make but don't break the bank.
DIY Polymer Clay Knot Paper Weight click HERE for a fun video we found on Pinterest.  

Or get creative and make a fun DIY organic shaped Trivet!!!!

Just roll out the clay same way as the above tutorial, lay them side by side and cut to get an even edge.  Then toss them in the oven to seal the deal!

Shower someone with these FREE ideas!!

Top 11 Ways to show someone you care for FREE
Enter our giveaway, currently on the IG
Fresh cut blooms or branches from the neighborhood
Make a coupon book
Take a pic on your phone and make it a new wallpaper
Wash their car
Write 10 things you love about them
Teach them something
Ask them to teach you something
Make a music playlist
Breakfast in bed
Call them
And if you need a little something something.  Shhhh a new jewelry drop just hit the shop and it has us giving all the heart eyes right now.  Peek HERE.
XO,
TGC

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January EDIT

January EDIT

January is the perfect month for reflection, renewal and editing your home. Once the holiday decorations are (eventually) put away, we have a few new rad products to refresh your space. 

Meet Rattan. The perfect basket for your new house plant, hiding the kiddos new toys, dirty laundry....the possibilities are endless. 

Stick to your New Years Resolutions by starting the day with a cup of coffee in these beauties. The Ceramic Pour Over & Coffee Mug Set

Julia is our latest Turkish Oushak Runner and is the perfect asset to updating the look of any room. 

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Drinking Clean

Drinking Clean

We all know that drinking H2O is good for you....helps flush out toxins, improves energy levels, keeps skin clear....but sometimes, water can just be so, so boring. Below, please a few easy, yet tasty, collection of detox water recipes that will make you feel good from the inside out.

Lemon Cucumber Mint 

  • Six cups of H20
  • 3 Large Lemons - squeezed and can throw the quarters in as well
  • 1 Large Cucumber Sliced
  • 8 Sprigs of Mint 

Lemon Cayenne Pepper 

  • 1 cup H2O
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup 

Fruit Infused Sparkling H2O

  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of fresh berries 

P.S. Serve these beauties in our Seagrass pitcher

 

 

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How to infuse Pantone's colors of 2021 into your home

How to infuse Pantone's colors of 2021 into your home

Pantone - trend forecasters that translate the world around us into a shade for the coming year - have chosen two colors for 2021; Ultimate Gray & Illuminating yellow. Here are a few ways to infuse them into your home.

Someone say flowers? What better way to brighten a room than with some beautiful, yellow flowers. Companies like Urban Stems have curated floral arrangements dedicated to this years colors with both fresh and dried options so you can have centerpieces for months to come. We love us some low-maintenance style. 

Accent pieces. If you want to have a few highlights of the colors throughout your home consider updating your dish towels, throw pillows and bathmats  in hues of grays and yellows.

Commit to it. Consider purchasing a big ticket item in 2021's color themes. The good news is that out of the two options, gray never really goes out of style so you're likely to love a new vintage rug, chair, or linens in this hue for years to come. 

Plate it. Chances are we will be continuing to dine-in for the foreseeable future...why not serve up tonights dinner on a beautiful new platter or set of plates? Dedicate tonights meals to 2021 and all new things on the horizon. 

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Leaf + Lolo : Gives is the 411 - HOW TO: Propagate + properly care for our plant babies

Leaf + Lolo : Gives is the 411 - HOW TO: Propagate + properly care for our plant babies

Meet Lindsay Wallstrum | Leaf + Lolo

                          

Lindsay Wallstrum, the founder of Leaf and Lolo, an interior plant design firm and kind of my IG crush @leafandlolo!!!!

As an Interior Plant Designer she incorporates the wellness benefits of plants along with their beauty to create an inviting green space for her clients.

When she's not getting her hands dirty, you can find her with her husband and two dogs in Petaluma, California or traveling the world in search of her next wish list plant.

HERE is Lindsay’s top plant tips:

1. An easy (and free!) way to grow your indoor jungle is by propagating! Bonus, you can use your propagating leaves as decor as well. 
2. Wipe down those leaves! Not only will your plant be shiny and beautiful, but removing that layer of dust will allow your plant to absorb light and photosynthesize easier.
3. Create a seating area amongst your plants as way to relax, take in their beauty and enjoy a bit of the outdoors while inside. 
                     

 

Follow Lindsay on IG @leafandlolo and learn more at leafandlolo.com !!!!

Head to our IGTV series LIFEstyled, saved in highlights for a cuuuuute video from Linds and more goodies.
XOXO,
Kristin

 

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Winter solstice a ritual for release and renewal

Winter solstice a ritual for release and renewal

keep softening even when (especially when) it’s hard. leaning into the present moment aligns your soul to the future you desire. 

Winter solstice marks the onset of winter and the darkest day of the year. with the darkest day of the year, however, we have the cycle turning over to move back toward the light. Such a powerful reminder that as soon as we hit our darkest point, there is a light on the other side. Once cycle closes and another begins. this is a wonderful time to create a ceremony to release anything no longer serving you and welcome in blessings and possibility. This year it feels especially potent to honor all the darkness experienced in our lives and across the world.

Creating ceremony & ritual always leaves me with the sense of wholeness and assurance that I am on my path. I believe we all have a vast inner sanctuary, which if accessed regularly keeps us aligned with our soul’s purpose, our north star.  

December 21st holds a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. The stars align tonight in great conjunction to create the Christmas star (for the first time in over 800 years) which i’m seeing as a blessing, a cosmic sign for the weariness this year inflicted. 2020 was an intense year leaving so many of us feeling unsafe, unsteady and unsupported. Yet rather than label this year as one long awful experience, I’m looking to bring another layer of understanding to it. With so much change came awareness. With awareness came so much unlearning. Unlearning offered an invitation to assess. Assess the aspects within us that so often get in our way. This year gave us a chance for a new perspective. a chance to sit with uncertainty. A chance to relax the hold of a known reality. I find that by not knowing what the future has in store we often find the qualities we need to grow. By learning to how embrace all our experiences in life, even though we may not like them, we may wish they hadn’t happened, yet by finding a way to soften into the truth of them and their inevitable lessons, may in fact bring us the greatest rewards.

These lives of ours carry so much. Grief, sorrow, joy, loss, hope, bitterness, curiosity, anger, passion, shame, regret, fear, faith and love. Tonight, with the potency of this solstice I’m looking deep within my bones at all i’ve carried this life. I'm looking to soften into the hurts release the need to carry the weight of loneliness in my spirit. Tonight i will sit with it all, hold it close like a beloved, lean into the feelings and listen to the wisdom it offers and with a deep bow, release it into the darkness.

I invite you to do the same. What wants to be heard, felt, and seen for release within you? How are you being called to grow? Taking time to listen, to nurture yourself is not only incredibly healing, it is necessary for your own evolution, after all, you are the reason you are here.

So together on this dark cosmic night let's set it all free and grow the light within alongside the light that is returning.

may the longtime light shine upon you,

all love surround you and the pure light within you,

guide your way home

Here are some ideas for creating your own container for ritual tonight:

Gather some of the items in your home you love. I used vintage home decor items from The Garage Collective. I love (to bring in joy) candles (to remember my light) crystals (energy allies to magnify intentions), oracle cards (divine wisdom), dried herbs (honoring the earth) and orange slices (welcoming the sun) and a list of of all I’m releasing, forgiving and calling in. once you’ve created a small sacred space simply light your candles and pause.

         

 Once you’ve sat in silence with your altar for a moment, you can write out your intentions, or say them aloud or sing, or read a blessing, or dance, even cry!!! Then if it feels right to you, burn the words, herbs and essential oils in a heat safe bowl as your cauldron. I then close the ritual in gratitude, misting myself with a clearing spray followed with 3 deep breaths honoring my past, present and future.

Here’s to nurturing yourself, to your healing, to the community and all our relations. Wishing you deep and lasting peace tonight, this Christmas and into the new year.

Many blessings from my heart to yours.

-bridget

Bridget Ambrose

@becrowbe

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Less stress MORE Fun!

Less stress MORE Fun!

It’s normal to be stressed out during the holidays! But we can work to manage our stress and relax during the craziest season of the year!
Let it go! Create to-do lists and prioritize the most important things first.

Go outside! Take a walk, do your favorite hike, or just feel the sun on your skin.

Think like a kid on Christmas morning and relax with your favorite holiday movie or warm drink! (Sip on it our DoubleM Pottery mugs)

Practice Gratitude and breathing techniques (do this while lighting one of the TGC candes and using our match strikers!)

ENJOY yourself and get ready for the new year!

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com/collections/home-goods 

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping

Furoshiki Gift Wrapping

        What is Furoshiki?

Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth or fabric used for gift wrapping, transporting items, fashion, and home decor. The word refers both to the craft and to the cloth itself, which usually has an elegant, decorative design. Furoshiki has become increasingly popular with cultures around the world as it has transformed the art of gift-giving.

        Little History Lesson:

Furoshiki originated in Japan around 710 B.C. during the Nara period. During this time, cloth that an object was wrapped in was referred to as tsutsumi, meaning “package” or “present.” It was primarily used to wrap important goods and treasures found in Japanese temples. During the Heian period, which lasted from 794 to 1185, the cloth was called koromo utsumi, and it was mostly used to wrap clothing.

        Shopping List:

Fabric or a Tea Towel and Some Dried Florals or Tree Branches.

Both of these are available in the shop.....click HERE!

         

        How To: 

         

            This You TUBE from Pointful things was fun to watch and peaceful.

                                                CLICK HERE + ENJOY!!

                                                               XOXO,

                                                                Kristin

 

 

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IG Series: LIFEstyled

IG Series: LIFEstyled

Heyyyyy, FRIENDS!

We wanted to let you all know we have a NEW IG series called: LIFEstyled. We dropped our first series by the @cheese.pretty.please on Friday! During this series you will find different how to’s using the products we love from our collective. This series will feature our instagram friends who can DIY like no other!

TGC is very excited to show how our products can be used in different ways and give you exciting tips and tricks for the NEW YEAR!

The owner of @cheese.pretty.please, Rebekah Halvorsen wants you all to know that “Truffle Gouda, Humboldt Fog, French Brie and Aged Cheddar are my top picks for the holiday season! A nice variety so everyone can find something they like!"

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