Saturday, June 6, 2015

Go Uncommon for Father's Day (and Beyond) Gifts

If you're having trouble finding unique, fun gifts for the upcoming Father's Day, or even any other occasions such as birthdays, you may want to look at UncommonGoods. As a disclosure, they offered me to choose one product to review, but they had so many cool things that I had a hard time choosing. Do I want a Chipotle Amber ale brewing kit? Or maybe a gin making kit with a set of botanicals? A personalized whiskey barrel would be quite the gift, as well, or do I want the Molecular Gastronomy Kit? So many to choose from! OK, the products are not all food/beer related, but I was obviously drawn to those ...

They've categorized the products for you so that it'll be easier to browse. For example, you can look for here to find gifts for men. Uncommon Goods was started in Brooklyn and they wish to provide a platform for artists and designers. Most of their products are made in the USA and a good portion of them are also made using recycled materials. The company will also donate $1 to their selected non-profit organizations for every purchase. 

Anyway, as for my dilemma in choosing, I decided to not go too ambitious this time. Since summer is arriving, I opted for the Coffee Cold Brew gift set. It's going to be too hot for hot coffee soon, since my new place has no air conditioning. Instead of paying a lot of money for a cold brew at a coffee shop, why not make your own? It turns out it's super easy!
Photo from UncommonGoods
The cold brew kit comes with a starter pack of ground coffee, a blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan coffee which I quite enjoyed as a cold brew. The kit looked pretty simple, but there are some neat touches. 
First, the filter is a cloth filter (they call it "coffee sock") that is washable and reusable. It's attached to a ring for easy removal when you're done brewing.
Photo from UncommonGoods
The jar holds six cups of liquid, so you can make a big batch and keep it for a day or two. Also, on top of the screw top, the jar comes with a plastic pour spout that made it really easy to pour a glass whenever you need it! Actually, now even when I'm not making cold brew, I use the jar to keep other things like infused water, etc. It's just so handy to pour and takes up less space than a pitcher.
Pour spout
I'm really happy with my cold brew kit, and the jar is multi-functional. The kit will definitely get a lot of use this summer, but as I mentioned you can also find plenty of fun stuff on the website from accessories to home decor, whether you're shopping for a sports enthusiast or a nerd. I had a lot of fun browsing the products there.
Actually, I also got a beer brewing kit, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I'll let you know how that goes!


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