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Percolator, electric drip, or French press? There are many choices when it comes to brewing coffee. The folks at Intelligentsia seem to think the Chemex Brewer is tops, so they made this instructional video to show us how it’s done. Music for the video is by the "astounding circus punk marching band", Mucca Pazza


This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for you, our customers. We'd like to show our gratitude by offering 40% off all orders placed on our site from Nov 24th thru 27th!

We're also thankful for...



Each other



California sunshine



We're offering the best of both worlds this Cyber Monday, with our two for the price of one sale! From 2pm-4pm PST, get our silicone White ForceShield, along with a hard plastic SlimShield in Hollyhock or Royal Blue! 


It took 5 A’Shop artists, 16 days, and 500 cans of paint to create this gigantic graffitied Mother Nature-esque Madonna. The 5 story, Alphonse Mucha inspired mural makes for a stunning stand out among the buildings of Montreal. 

Holiday shopping is made easy this year, with our virtual Gift Guide. Find the perfect iPhone case for your loved ones...Because we all have enough socks.

This year, share your holiday spirit with Inner-City Arts by making a $1 (or more!) donation at checkout. Not only is Inner-City Arts near and dear to us, but it is widely regarded as one of the nation's most effective arts education program. Providing access to the arts and the endless possibilities they offer, Inner-City Arts is an investment in the youth of Los Angeles.

Baby, it's cold outside. Keep warm, and cozy up to our winter inspired playlist. Listen here.

1 White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes

2 Winter - The Dodos

3 Mrs. Cold - Kings of Convenience

4 Au Coin Du Monde (Streets Go Down) - Keren Ann

5 Lonelily - Damien Rice

It’s hard to believe that Hanukkah has arrived, and Christmas is right around the corner. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, wouldn’t it be nice to finally take a step back and soak it all in with a fireside cocktail and sweet treats? 

Here are two of our favorite festive recipes. So put down the wrapping paper, crank up the tunes (may we suggest 18 Plays: Winter 2011?), and indulge. 


John Garcia Freelance Journalist - Denver, CO

John wears SlimShield Limited Zoo "It's quirky. I like versatility in cases. Animals go with everything."

Personal Style Atypical, yet Mom approved

Currently Listening to Wilco, Public Enemy, Little Red