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  #76  
Old March 10th, 2007, 06:18 PM
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Bruno,

That's awesome. I'll have to pick up a bag on the way to work on Monday.

EwS
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Old March 11th, 2007, 04:34 PM
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If you say so.

What the hell is a "vente" anyway?

'Vente' is an indication that one is pretentious.
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  #78  
Old March 12th, 2007, 07:10 AM
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Personally, I've never seen one one of these, but what are your thoughts on a Siphon style coffee maker? http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/coffeemaking/a/siphon.htm
To me, it has a certain cool factor. But, how does the coffee taste in relation to more traditional coffee making methods?
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Old March 12th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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Time to get one over on The Man

Starbucks is giving away coffee on March 15th. I'm sure the lines wont be too long.

http://www.starbucks.com/ourcoffees/...ookie%5Ftest=1
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Old March 12th, 2007, 09:17 AM
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Bruno, I've learned that the single most important thing about making good coffee is fresh beans and grinding them right before using them. The really good coffee shops in Seattle roast their beans in house and grind them less than a minute before they pull a shot.

Since you are in the midwest, check out http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/store/coffee/blends. Their Black Cat Espresso Blend is a highly regarded espresso blend. They roast and ship daily.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for the link Mike. I'm going to order a bag of that Black Cat Espresso and see how i like it.

Quote:
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the single most important thing about making good coffee is fresh beans and grinding them right before using them.

Agreed. My technique is to grind - then immediately brew. I only grind enough for what i will consume at that moment.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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This place has the best coffee I've ever tasted:

http://www.cafedumonde.com/coffee.html


The place is, for sure, a total tourist trap. It's probably one of the first things visitors to New Orleans do -- they go get coffee at Cafe du Monde.

So, a local going there certainly is a mark. But man, they have good coffee. It's cafe au lait, so some purists might shit a brick, but it's the best. If it wasn't so hard to get in and out of the French Quarter, I might drink it every day. Instead, it's just a rare treat. I usually get a large one every time I'm in the Quarter.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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I was told,

the life of whole roasted coffee beans are 3 months at max

and once they are ground, it is shortend to 1 month.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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Won, the snobs will tell you that whole beans are at their peak for a week and once ground they last less than 4 minutes.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 08:17 PM
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To me, coffee is basically coffee. Sure, some coffee is definitely better than others. But I'm not turned off by a cup of McDonald's or donut shop coffee. I'll drink it all.

But one thing chaps my hide:




What kind of lame ass name is "Seattle's Best"? I don't know how good or bad their coffee is, but the name has to go.

I kinda miss these two coffee marketeers:







I guess they don't fit in with today's marketing themes.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 08:36 PM
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Gotta love the burro.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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http://www.seattlesbest.com/about/

They are owned by Starbucks now. When they were bought by Starbucks there was a big outcry from some of the small coffee shops in Seattle that purchased Seattle's Best beans. With all of the anti-Starbucks sentiment out there, these shops differentiated themselves by not being associated with Starbucks. Now they would be viewed as being associated with The Man since they were buying Starbucks beans.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:18 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by parantaeyang
Before Starbucks, coffee was something you get from

1. coffee shop (which used to mean a diner type restaurant)
2. McDonald's
3. Donut shop.

if you were in NY (Manhattan) you had small mom and pop deli market and those donut/bagel carts on the street, too.

Not for my family.

I don't think Starbucks brought quality coffee to America. Many people regularly enjoyed the good stuff long before Starbucks, they just largely did it at home. It's always been available after dinner at most decent restaurants. But for morning or midday coffee, it was usually done at home. For me, good coffee has been around me since birth. The sound of a coffee grinder is an early memory and the shapes of a french press or aluminum italian stove-top espresso pot were familiar before I gained the power of speech. My parents never brought home folgers-fucking-crystals.

Good coffee isn't something I discovered for myself and I'm not proud of it like some goofy little hobby, it's just always been part of my life. I certainly don't take any special credit for drinking good coffee. That would seem pretty ridiculous to me.

Starbucks didn't introduce me to uptowon coffee, but what it has done is make decent coffee convenient. Partly because you don't necessarily have to make it at home, but moreso because you can now be virtually anywhere in America and score a decent cappuccino. That's a fucking miracle if you ask me. When I'm driving in the remote Southwestern US I can pull into some pretty small little dots on the map and get a decent coffee. For that I'm grateful and I don't hate on Starbucks. I've seen Starbucks bring decent coffee to more new places, then I have seen it edge out better coffee shops through ruthless economic tactics.

I think drinking Starbucks coffee so you look cool is about like smoking cigarettes to look sophisticated. I don't really see how it works, but if it does it for you at $4 a pop, I really don't feel a need to criticize it. It's a bit trendy and it's not all it's cracked up to be, but what do I care if you do it?
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:30 PM
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Who would win in a fight Juan Valdez or Joe Isuzu?
Who is the ultimate spokesperson?



VS


Googlefight backs Juan by a big margin
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JSQ
I don't think Starbucks brought quality coffee to America. Many people regularly enjoyed the good stuff long before Starbucks, they just largely did it at home. It's always been available after dinner at most decent restaurants.


Anyone remember those Folgers ads that went something like this?:


"We're at world-famous Andre's Restaurant. Tonight, we've secretly replaced Andre's regular coffee with Folgers Crystals. Let's see what the customers think..."


I used to love those commercials.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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It would have been sweet if those ads ended with the customers stiffing the waitstaff becuase of the bad coffee.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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Another memorable coffee commercial went down something like this:


Hostess: "Would you like another cup of coffee?"

Guest/Wife: "Oh no, Jim never has...."

Guest/Husband: "I'd LOVE another cup. Thank you."

Guest/Wife: [Damn. Jim never has a second cup at home.]


That commercial was sweet.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Ha! I havent thought of those in a long time. I love it.

Some cleverness from Chrysler

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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:41 PM
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That "Hemi" shit is so lame. I can't stand it.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Wow touched a nerve with Bruno.. haha

Guys if you got some time you need to search youtube for Folgers. There are tons of these commercials from the 60's-70's where the husband is about to give his old lady a beatdown becasue she makes a bad cup of coffee. Man, those were the days...
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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:07 PM
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Rob, i was digging that commercial until they had to throw in that lame "Hemi" crap.

"yeah...it's got a Hemi"

Yuk.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:35 PM
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There are certain things in a person's vernacular that are an immediate turn-off for me whenever I hear them uttered.

One is "white boy". I can't that stand that phrase. It's pejorative and completely without any redeeming social value. It's not even funny like "caucasoid" or "honkey".

Another one is "Hemi". Every time I hear that word, the person saying it says it as if it were something to be bragged about. It's so lame.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 07:40 PM
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"billet"

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Old March 13th, 2007, 07:47 PM
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"Tranny" or "trans"

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Old March 13th, 2007, 09:47 PM
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"How are you?"

"What's goin' on?"

"How's it goin'?"

"How ya doin'?"

"Have a good one."
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