Launched alongside Stumptown’s second short film, Wax & Gold (directed by Britton Caillouette and produced by Farm League), seasonal coffee Ethiopia Mordecofe’s latest limited edition packaging celebrates the origin nation’s significance. The iteration, which boasts notes of peach and an elegant florality, will be available as bagged whole beans and canned cold brew. Proceeds from sales will go to Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke’s Jazz School in Addis Ababa.

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Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World

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Written by one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs, James Beard Award-winning Chris Shepherd, Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World transforms the commonly held perception that local food must be rooted in centuries-long preparation. For Shepherd, locality is quantified by proximity: “The last census showed that there is no longer a ‘majority’ in Houston. It’s a city of minorities. So for me, thinking about what it means to cook locally in Houston means going out into the different neighborhoods of my city and taking a census of my own: one of flavors, and of culinary traditions,” he writes in the book’s introduction. The book offers recipes from a variety of local chefs from an even more varied range of cultures—all with true-to-the-dish ingredients, which are indexed at the back of the book, and explanations on how to make key ones (like toppings, bases, sauces). The book is available for pre-order and will ship 3 September.

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Published by the London School of Architecture, Citizen is a quarterly publication for “everybody engaged with the challenge of designing innovative proposals to bring about real improvements to the city” and aims to bring together readers from all spheres from academics to professionals and beyond. Their first issue—which tackles the aesthetics of city life—seeks to explore design as a “transformative force” rather than a discipline simply focused on aesthetics. Price is in Pounds.

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From perhaps the most transparent coffee purveyor on market, Coffee Manufactory, comes a seasonal release: 100% Peru Roger Chilcon Flores. Full bodied and packed with rich notes of plum, blackberry, clove and dark chocolate, these beans will consistently deliver a delicious cup—and you can trace them back to the very farm from which they were sourced.

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Packable and easy to carry, To-Go Ware’s Repeat Utensil Kit features a pair of chopsticks, a fork, knife and spoon. Each utensil is made from recycled bamboo and the carrying case is made from RPET (recycled PET plastic). Plus, they’re heat- and stain-resistant and won’t absorb unsavory flavors.

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Nike Adventure Club

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Kids grow at a rate that often outpaces their parents’ ability to shop. Nike is looking to make it easier to find sneakers that fit growing kids. Using a subscription-based model (which starts at $20 a month), the Nike Adventure Club affords parents the opportunity to opt into a membership that sends new kicks four, six or 12 times a year. Each time you’re due, you’re able to pick any of the Nike or Converse silhouettes they have on offer; you send the old ones back and new ones arrive in a customized box.

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Printed on recycled paper from French Paper Co, NYC-based Poem Press’ “Court Notecards” feature a grainy, sky-blue basketball court on one side and blank space for notes on the other. Measuring out to be 3.25” by 5.25”, there’s ample room for messages and doodles—or plays on the court.

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Cannabis-Infused Ginger Beer

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Whether used as the base for a cannabis-heightened Moscow Mule or as a standalone drink, Magic Number’s cannabis-infused ginger beer is subtle enough, at only 3mg, for first-timers or for those looking for mild highs. The beer itself is made using only three ingredients: sustainably-grown Peruvian ginger, natural cane sugar and water. For the listed price, you’ll receive one 12 oz bottle; for availability, refer to the brand’s product locator page.

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Destillare Basque Red Chili Salt

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Rich, flavorful and undoubtedly spicy, Copper & Kings’ Destillare margarita salt is made from evaporated Pacific sea salt and Basque red chiles. The result is a textural ingredient that affords spiciness, a slight sweetness and unmatched complexity to any mixed drink.

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Truffle-Infused Hotter Sauce

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Made from a unique blend of ripe chili peppers, jalapenos, habanero powder, Mexico-sourced organic agave nectar, black truffles and black truffle oil and a proprietary blend of spices, this hot sauce is a rich option for its heat level—which happens to be 5,000-7,000 on the Scoville heat unit scale. With a deep, roasted roasted flavor, it offers more than mere heat. Plus, for this product launch, the brand TRUFF donated $25,000 to (RED) to further their mission of ending the fight against AIDS.

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Reusable Organic Bamboo and French Terry Rounds

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An alternative to single-use cotton pads, these reusable rounds—made from bamboo velour and French terry—can be used to remove makeup, wash and exfoliate, and even to apply lotions. The bamboo side is softer than cotton while the French terry (crafted from hemp) is a little coarser. Additionally, thanks to the black colorway, they hide stains effectively—yet are safe for regular washing machines. For the listed price you’ll receive five rounds. Price is in CAD.

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Continental Drift Shirt

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Celebrate the joy that DFA Records offers with their Continental Drift Shirt—designed for summer by Noah Kloster. The two colorways, Celadon and Natural, are made from different cotton-blend fabrics and the latter will take to tie-dye nicely. Available from small to XXL, and slightly oversized, this is a cheerful garment for all genders.

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Designed by HOUNDS, this flower-adorned T-shirt pushes two positive messages: “It’s OK” and “Be Better Tomorrow.” The release comes from Pittsburgh-based artist Mars Jackson, and the slogan doubles as the title for his forthcoming project. Each shirt (available in medium to XL) comes with a pressed “Flower Tag,” which, if left unopened, can be preserved for a lifetime.

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Reusable Glass Straws

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Packaged as a set of five, STRAWGRACE’s straws are crafted from laboratory-grade glass and are BPA-, lead- and plastic-free. Each straw has a different hued tip (teal, yellow, green red or blue) so sippers can keep track of their drink. They’re also easy to wash as there are no bends, and each set comes with two cleaning brushes.

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Poet Ocean Vuong experiments with a brand new form in his meditative debut novel: the queer protagonist writes a cathartic yet tender letter to his Vietnamese mother, who will most likely never read it. Vuong’s visceral, unflinching use of language and metaphors hit like a tsunami, awakening numbed readers to the raw emotions and reckonings that make us human. 

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Unscented Dishwasher Detergent Pods

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Packaged inside biodegradable membranes, Dropps’ dishwasher detergent pods are eco-friendly, while still strong enough to combat grease and food debris. Free of harmful dyes and fragrances, the soaps can be naturally broken down by 55 different species of micro-organisms commonly found in river water—if they make it there. For the listed price you’ll receive 64 pods.

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