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LEATHER COASTER SET

Product Code: ZZGGA247

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Product Features

  • 4" Diameter
    • Set of six
      • Brass buckled crisscross holster

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Handcrafted and leather wrapped, our Leather Coaster Set caters to your every beverage need. Finished through our signature leather processing, these Leather Coasters are built to last, providing ageless, clean organization to your home or office. Stamped with our signature Ghurka embossing, we take pride in every detail across this small accessory.

Product Specifications

  • 4" Diameter
    • Set of six
      • Brass buckled crisscross holster

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Hog Heaven: Jamon Iberico de Bellota

Delicacies. We must admit we’ve got a soft spot for them. Though as with most things that are rare and desirable, they tend not to come cheap. Yet, when the occasion calls for it, we can understand spending several hundred dollars on a great bottle of wine, or perhaps a bit of truffle or caviar. But twelve hundred dollars for ham? At that rate, it better be hands down the greatest ham on the entire planet- which is exactly what jamon iberico de bellota is. Most carnivorous gourmands will have at least a passing familiarity with jamon iberico, a cured ham that is oft considered Spain’s answer to Italy’s famed Prosciutto di Parma. Jamon iberico, also known as “pata negra” for the distinctive black hoof of the ...
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Delicacies. We must admit we’ve got a soft spot for them. Though as with most things that are rare and desirable, they tend not to come cheap. Yet, when the occasion calls for it, we can understand spending several hundred dollars on a great bottle of wine, or perhaps a bit of truffle or caviar. But twelve hundred dollars for ham? At that rate, it better be hands down the greatest ham on the entire planet- which is exactly what jamon iberico de bellota is. Most carnivorous gourmands will have at least a passing familiarity with jamon iberico, a cured ham that is oft considered Spain’s answer to Italy’s famed Prosciutto di Parma. Jamon iberico, also known as “pata negra” for the distinctive black hoof of the pigs that supply it, is similar to Champagne or Bordeaux in that true examples can only be produced in a specific region- in this case the southwestern corner of Spain, near the Portuguese border.,  The pigs themselves must be of the Black Iberian variety, a dark, nearly hairless breed with a genetic propensity to get very, very fat. And the majority of their short lives are spent doing just that.,  From birth the pigs are fed a regular diet of corn and grain, and then allowed to roam the Spanish countryside foraging grasses and roots, and generally weigh two hundred plus pounds after the first year. This is the end of the line for a pig destined for your “normal” jamon iberico, which sells for a comparatively paltry fifty dollars a pound. But for those pigs destined to be jamon iberica de bellota, this is where the transformation begins that will end up with a meat commanding twice the price. In the early fall, these chosen pigs begin are released into oak forests called dehesas where they will feed for four to six months. During this period, known as the Montanera, the pigs will gain up to a pound and a half a day, eventually doubling in weight. Their diet during this time consists of one thing and one thing only; the bellota, or acorn. These acorns are also the reason that the meat of these particular pigs become so special. After slaughter, referred to by Spanish farmers as the sacrifice, the front and hindquarters are packed in sea salt and after a few weeks, hung to cure. The curing process usually takes at least three years, during which the high dose of antioxidants from the acorns turns the layers of fat within the muscle to oleic acid, the “good” type of fat most regularly associated with olive oils. The result is meat that melts in the mouth, almost sweet at first with earthy afternotes of the acorn. Most of the fat that does not become oleic acid melts away during the extended in curing and the final result is a dark red, almost purple ham with elaborate golden marbling, which is served sliced thin and always cut by hand.,  It can also claim the title of the only pork that may actually be good for you, shown to lower harmful cholesterols. Until recently, those here in the United States who wished to sample the world’s most decadent ham had to embark on a journey or turn to the black market- the USDA outlawed the importation of jamon iberico until December 2007, with the first bellota varieties arriving the following year. Nowadays, it is accessible to most anyone with a cultured palate and deep pockets. In New York, it is a regular menu item at restaurants like Pata Negra and Boqueria, or can be purchased at Spanish speclalty market Despana or online anywhere from latienda.com. While twelve hundred dollars may still seem an outlandish price to pay for a ham, you’ll realize after one bite that it is truly something spectacular. And at roughly the same price and with similar care in creation, our handcrafted chestnut leather Examiner no. 5 which will last you a lifetime and beyond is practically a bargain.
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Ghurka Features

  • Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.

  • Our Leather

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    Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    learn more

    show less

    The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

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    show less

    The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    learn more

    show less

    The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.