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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:08 PM
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Poll question: Do you drink coffee?
Personally, I don't. I've tried to drink a cup maybe twice in my life and failed miserably both times. I was younger then, so maybe I hadn't developed a taste for it yet, but I don't have any trouble waking up in the mornings. It just never seemed like something I needed, but I know a number of people who just can't function without at least one cup of coffee.

Sp what about you, Loungers? Can you wake up on your own, or do you need that caffeine boost in the morning?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:12 PM
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1. Other: Professional.
Certified Barista and Coffeemaster. It used to be my job to love coffee. Best job I ever had, I'd go back in a heartbeat for the right money. The pay was crap.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:14 PM
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2. Green Tea for me please!
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Tobin S. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:15 PM
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3. I have a cup here and there, but only because I like the flavor
For some reason, caffeine doesn't have the stimulating effect on me that it does on most people. I just like the taste of coffee. The Pilot truck stops have a Columbian coffee that's extra tasty.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:20 PM
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4. Does the Pope crap in the woods?
A day without coffee is a day without...er...YES. YES, I do drink coffee, 365 days a year. Sometimes twice a day.

:toast:
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IcyPeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:21 PM
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5. 2 cups a day (one at home and then a vanilla latte from starbux)
it's ridiculously expensive - don't know why I do it.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:34 PM
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20. Charbucks?!
:puke: They over-roast and over extract to skimp on grounds. The end result is a bitter, sour tasting brew but I guess for a latte you might not really notice. I brew my own, even at the office (French press). I buy freshly roast from a local roaster for about $5 a pound.
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:26 PM
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6. Nothing like a nice cup of coffee
and reading DU first thing in the morning. :-)
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:41 PM
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7. No
Go back and forth with it. Been off it for well over a year now.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:42 PM
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8. Won't budge before I've had my 2 1/2 cups every morning
That's the content of my French press. :9
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:43 PM
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9. No. Never did. Prefer my caffeine cold. Diet Coke. HATE all things coffee and mocha!
Edited on Thu Sep-23-10 06:44 PM by WinkyDink
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:43 PM
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10. I'm down to one or two cups in the morning
From one or two pots per day.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:44 PM
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11. COOOFFFFEEEEEEE.... you must be a coffee drinker to know that
COOOFFFFFFFFFFEEEEEEEEEE. lol. i laughed cause there are times i get up that i literally say

that
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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:46 PM
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22. lol Actually, my mom says that in the mornings when she first wakes up.
When I was still in high school I was the first one up on the weekends (before I discovered the beauty of staying up late and sleeping in during college), my mom would usually wake up sometime later and shuffle out into the kitchen, still half asleep. When I asked how she was, she;d reply" Coooofffeeeee..." and go make some.

And since my mom lurks here and reads my posts sometimes, I'll say HI MOM! :hi: YOU KNOW IT''S TRUE!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:41 PM
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31. i LOVE your mom. her and i. when kids were babies they would get me up,
Edited on Thu Sep-23-10 08:42 PM by seabeyond
i would hold them as i drank the first cup, and we would watch oh the sun coming up show. from the beginning they kindly allowed me my first cup of coffee, before taking to me....

tell her to get an automatic timer machine so she doesnt have to make it and wait for it in the morning. to just walk in and get a cup is bless

shhhhh, dont let her see, a wonderful christmas present.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:51 PM
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12. Drinker and former server.
I was a badass foamer.
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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:48 PM
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23. I worked as a barista for a year in college.
I could make a mean cappuccino myself. :hi:
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:54 PM
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13. I probably can wake up in the morning without coffee, I've just never tried
But yes, I'm a daily imbiber - perhaps as much for the ritual as the stimulation...
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 06:59 PM
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14. A couple of cups in the morning hits the spot.
Use to go through a couple of pots a day.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:03 PM
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15. Started about forty years ago when I had to be up at 4 AM to milk cows in -16F winter mornings
8 oz of strong fresh coffee and 8 oz of thick fresh cream in a big glass. Gulp gulp. Then trudge off through the snow to the dairy barn. Handmilk the cows. Hose down the barn. Wash all the equipment in awful hot warm. Climb the stack of alfalfa bales and roll some off the top to feed the cows. Cart the full milk cans by hand back up the road to the walkin refrigerator kitchen. I think I burned all those cream calories by breakfast at 8, cuz I was always hungry

It's a vitamin. I probably do at least a quart a day
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kayakjohnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:18 PM
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18. Now THERE'S a reply!!!
:fistbump:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 01:06 AM
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38. that there is why I don't even have a house milk cow!
but I kind of want one
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 03:49 AM
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43. Frankly, these cows were no prizes as milk producers; a few were
just range cattle that seemed to have reasonably large udders. I didn't mind hand-milking, but you have to do it twice a day, every single day, on schedule: if you're thirty or forty minutes late one day, the cows hurt and complain and milk production drops way down the next day. Man, did I have big burly forearms and a crushing grip after doing that a while. I was also, like, Don't I do anything but milk after a while: there were three of us doing it, two at a time, so it was two days on, a day off, but it still seemed constant. I kinda like the cows themselves, mostly, most of the time, except when they'd pull a cute stunt like stepping on my foot (ouch! cows are big and heavy and can stomp good!) or kicking over a full milk pail or -- and one of them was especially good at this -- dropping a steaming heap, swishing the tail in that, and then flicking the slimy greened tail in your face (thanks, girl!)
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Sisaruus Donating Member (703 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:04 PM
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16. Been drinking coffee since I was 3
Granted, at age 3, it was more milk than coffee. I'm 58 now and not about to give it up.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:08 PM
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17. There is a theory that people who need coffee in the AM are not being woken up by the caffeine,
they are just stopping the withdrawl symptoms by drinking a cuppa. That they are simply addicts and that coffee doesn't actually wake you up. LOL!
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:24 PM
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19. Only for the medicinal effect. Seriously.
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I've always been lethargic -- ESPECIALLY so in the mornings. When I was flush I used to have
a daily Grande White Chocolate Mocha w/2 extra shots from Starbucks, but I got to the point
where $5/day seemed obscene (it IS, for one of those -- though DEE-fuckin'-licious!!!)
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I read online (just TRY to get a Starbucks employee to talk about caffeine content -- AIN'T
gonna happen -- they're anticipating lawsuits against or regulation of caffeine as a drug,
I'd imagine) that Starbucks plain coffee (large) is almost 500mg of caffeine -- the same of
Dunkin' Donuts is about 250mg or so. When I switched down to $2 plain coffees... it was like
mainlining freaking ROCKET fuel.
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I liked it so much. We were PALS!!!!!
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Even Jolt Cola had about 20% of the amount of caffeine in an equivalent amount of coffee,
so none of the faded wannabes for me.
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Anybody try Cafe Bustelo (once Cuban, now Guatemalan, I think)? Available all over the
country in many supermarkets. Not very good tastewise, but we all used to bring our little
stovetop espresso makers to parties and there would be people milling and pacing and weaving
and bobbing and VIBRATING in that kitchen... wanting to know if the next fucking batch was
fucking ready or fucking WHAT!?!?!?!?
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I liked it SO much. We were LOVERS!!!!!
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Yeah.
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I drink a little coffee.
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:52 PM
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24. You ought to try Pilao instead of Bustelo
Its in grocery stores around here, too. Much better than Bustelo, tho not as good as the Pilao sold in Portuguese or Brazilian stores.

I usually have a couple of cups of American in the morning but gotta have my cortado or cafe con leche at lunch time!
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:45 PM
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21. No, it tastes horrible.
Smells great, tastes like shit.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:59 PM
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25. No. I can't stand the smell of it.
Ugh.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 07:59 PM
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26. NEED Coffee. I am a joke at work, I am never seen without
my coffee cup. All day, every day. I get a headache if I don't have at least four cups of coffee a day, spread out throughout the day. I know, it is an addiction. It could be worse.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:00 PM
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27. Oops. Danged computer/internet.
Edited on Thu Sep-23-10 08:01 PM by Curmudgeoness
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:09 PM
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28. I am a coffee SNOB!
Edited on Thu Sep-23-10 08:10 PM by mike_c
I'm happy to admit it too. I mail order single-origin beans from a fantastic, knowledgeable importer in Oakland, roast them myself in small batches, and use them for espresso, french pressed, Chemex drip coffee, and aeropress extract coffee. I also have a nice set of Vietnamese drip filters for when I'm in the mood for something sweet.

I'm very partial to high altitude Central American finca grown coffees. I like robust taste, but without too much brightness or earthiness, so I tend to steer away from most African coffees (although I'm currently working my way through a five pound bag of Kenyan peaberry that is REALLY excellent, even if it is a bit too bright for my taste). I like that slippery, luxurious mouth feel and dark chocolate undertone that great Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, and Guatemalan beans acquire when you roast them just right-- dark, but not too dark, usually a City + to full City roast.

I don't drink lots of it. A couple of cups a day, or a couple shots of espresso. Lately one good cuppa in the AM is fine. Caffeine does help kick start me in the morning, although I don't usually "need" it too badly. Mostly, I drink coffee because I like it, rather than because I need it. And although I drink coffee nearly every day, it never bothers me particularly to miss it.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 01:40 AM
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42. you might be interested in...
...this magazine which is the trade mag for the specialty coffee industry. http://www.freshcup.com

Lots of interesting stuff there. The current issue focuses on the importance of quality water to coffee houses. Many of us already have been schooled on the difference the mineral content of the water can make in taste, but it's still an interesting read as applied to commercial enterprise.

When I tell people that the "in" coffee is no longer espresso-based drinks but rather what is now called "pour-over" from single source beans, they kinda freak. The industry is moving rapidly. Fine coffees are hot, hot, hot. No pun intended.

But personally I still prefer a french press french roast over ice with heavy cream.
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The Midway Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:16 PM
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29. Former barista and delivery driver for a local coffee roasterie.
Since I quit tobacco, I have reduced my intake down to 3 or 4 two ounce shots of the best local espresso per day.
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:23 PM
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30. Coffee might be the single best thing in the history of life.
Addicted much? Nope, not me.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 08:47 PM
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32. Coffee tastes too bitter to me.
Edited on Thu Sep-23-10 08:47 PM by Kat45
I tried it a bit when I was in college so I could wake up for early classes after partying late the night before, but that was it. I find it to be way too bitter, but ironically I absolutely love the smell of coffee. It smells so good to me that you'd think I'd like it, particularly since smell and taste are so closely related, but that's not the case. I just can't get past how bitter it is and I can't drink it.
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JTG of the PRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 09:12 PM
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34. That's how it is with me, too.
I love love LOVE the smell of coffee, but I just can't do the taste. Coffee ice cream is one of my favorites, but that's about as far as my actual consumption of coffee-related products goes.
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 09:05 PM
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33. A couple times while travelling I was given coffee.
I tossed it down my gullet out of politeness. After that, to out polite me, my Dutch friends wouldn't let me toss it down my gullet again if they forgot, and would snatch the cup from me.

My father used to say I'd drink coffee when I'd have to get up for work. A couple working decades later, he was dumbfounded that I didn't drink the stuff.

Anyway, it's the devil's brew :evilgrin:
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 09:35 PM
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35. I am caffeine based lifeform
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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-23-10 10:48 PM
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36. I only drink it because
an IV drip is too complicated.
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 12:01 AM
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37. My Morning Coffee...
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 01:16 AM
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39. I drink the stuff
It seems to make me more sleepy in the mornings than it would if I didn't. I just like the taste depending on the coffee. It is a learned taste like cigarettes and alcohol.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 01:18 AM
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40. I am the opposite of a coffee snob
I can drink two day old, microwaved store brand coffee. I ruin it further with sugar and fake powdered "creamer". YUM!

I get my main caffeine (and water) from iced sun tea, but until a few days ago I HAD to have two cups of that in the morning. Got down to a cup and half to fit a new travel mug for when I am out in the truck or something and them yesterday I said fuck it and only had one cup. Going to TRY that for a while because not only do I like shitty coffee, but I like it not very hot so my two cups were taking an hour to drink sometimes. and my favorite way to spend that coffee time was on line - an hour leads to two and then next thing you know people want dinner or something.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 01:19 AM
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41. Nope. Yerba mate, the drink of the gauchos.


And, apparently, communists.
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 04:28 AM
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44. Never liked it - not even the flavored ones
I admit I always do like the smell of it brewing though. I'm like that with bacon also... love the smell of it cooking, but I don't want to eat it.

I practically live on Snapple peach iced tea... it's plasma.



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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-10 04:30 AM
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45. I love it, but I mainly drink tea in the morning - coffee is an occasional treat for me.
My wife grinds her own beans - we always buy that old standby 8'OClock-and I she makes each cup individually using a Melita dripper. She loves very strong coffee, and I drink maybe 3 cups a week.

We got a pound of Starbucks beans for christmas, and it really sucked - flavorless, weak shit.

mark
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