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the glory of Russia is gone. Either that, or some corporate twerp is about to find himself grasping for a golden parachute real soon (link thanks to LC Val):

Starbucks plans to open its first Russian coffee shop this week in a mall north of Moscow with a coffee-drink menu its fans will recognize, along with food tailored to local tastes.

And this is a brand new idea how, exactly? The Russians are quite well acquainted with the concept of overpriced, crappy “almost-coffee.” They went through well over 70 years of having to make do with that, you know. If you Starbucks corporate clutzes are lucky, you won’t be kicked out of town the same way the previous lot were.

Starbucks will open Thursday in Mega Khimki, a large Ikea-developed mall that already has five cafes. Unlike some coffee shops in Russia, it will not serve alcoholic drinks or allow smoking.

WHAT???

No drinking? No smoking?

In fucking MOSCOW???

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

What’s the over/under on this latest Starbucks brainfart tanking like a bogged down PzIID in the Pripyet Marshes? Two days? Three?

Oh yeah. A smoking and drinking ban is going to play REAL well in a country where vodka is handed out with school lunches and kids learn to roll Mahorka papirosiy before they learn how to wipe their butts. And we’re not talking Ultra Mild Designer Slims either. We’re talking “two puffs blown through a hole in the wall will clear a barn full of vermin in less than five minutes.” Not to mention the vodka, which is known both as a drink and a powerful paint remover.

Best of luck, morons.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

80 Responses to “It’s Official Now”
  1. hitnrun Comment by hitnrun

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    If it’s in Moscow, it’s probably to reassure the tourists.

    I can’t see what else they could be thinking. Perhaps “Russian coffee is so bad, Starbucks might actually taste good?” It’s true that the strengths of Russian beverage are in the Depressant, rather than Stimulant, category.

  2. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Two days? Three?

    Four days, tops.

    :em71:

  3. Skul Comment by Skul

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    I’m trying to decide if it’s gonna go down in flames, or up in flames.

  4. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    Save any white chocolate mocha for ME! I love that stuff. :em95: :em69:

  5. Unregistered Comment by SS Decontrol

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    Save any white chocolate for ME!

    Typical con-servative. Can’t even embrace DIVERSITY in candy. :cry:

  6. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Typical con-servative. Can’t even embrace DIVERSITY in candy.

    Are you always this much of an ass or is today just a special occasion?

  7. Terrapod Comment by Terrapod

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    Hitnrun almost has it right. Tourists and the yuppified bankers that inhabit the big onion will flock there. Just give it time. Walk 3 blocks from your hotel in Londonistan and you will find SBUX. Luckily there they have real competition with better brew. What did ya’ll think this globalization was about anyway??

  8. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Mrs. M
    It could be irony. As a joke, I think it’s pretty funny.

    Obviously, it would be really obnoxious if it were a rip on Lady H

  9. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Mrs. M
    after reading other threads, I think I agree with you

  10. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    after reading other threads, I think I agree with you

    I generally try to give someone a couple of free shots before pouncing. :em58: Satire Trolls abound…but they generally don’t go from thread to thread pissing on the carpet. :em72:

  11. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    Typical con-servative. Can’t even embrace DIVERSITY in candy.

    Typical libtard.

    Can’t even talk about COFFEE without mixing in ‘isms.

    Go back to huffing glue and your (hopefully) suicidal thoughts.

  12. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    Lady H

    :em99: :em93: :em99:

  13. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    I generally try to give someone a couple of free shots before pouncing.

    ..drawing ‘em in,,then,, when they have enough rope,,
    u so wicked! :em93:

  14. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    Ya know, It takes a special kind of stupid for a socialist company to try to change a communist country.

    I do believe our moonbats are dumber than their moonbats.

    Watch them come back and say: “See, Capitalism doesn’t work!”

  15. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    Lady H:

    Go back to huffing glue and your (hopefully) suicidal thoughts.

    :em99: :em99: :em99:

    Somebody buy the Lady an offset!

  16. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    ..or maybe a hanky,, ‘reckon a fine smite like that’s sure to we a touch,, wet,,

    Nice one,, the G.L.O.R.S. are fiesty tonite!

  17. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Mope
    This is not meant to be snide. Maybe you could explain to me how Starbucks is Socialist. They are a world-wide conglomerate. They are on the stock exchange. They use predatory pricing to drive out their competition.

    Why do you think there is no capitalism in Russia? There is a huge problem with corruption and the Russion mob, but there are lots of companies.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/12/AR2007071202076.html

  18. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Let’s wait and see how political correctness plays in Moscow. All catering to the PC crowd here and in Europe. I have to admit, their delusions remain strong. As if the world gives a shit what San Francisco supervisors do..aside laugh at them, as I do.

  19. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    PC

    Maybe you could explain to me how Starbucks is Socialist.

    They may be a worldwide conglomerate, but I think what Mope was alluding to is that their politics, the causes and candidates they support, are on the left.

    Why do you think there is no capitalism in Russia?

    He wasn’t saying that. He was saying that when SBucks fails due to stupid business practices (No smoking!) and not being very appealing to their clientele, they will say it was because capitalism is a failure, not that their own idiocy caused it.

  20. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Caveman
    Maybe that’s fair, but the conservatives I know go there, except for the one that refuses to spend money at a coffee shop when she can make it at home cheaply (and is quite wealthy).

    “Starbucks is the rave in China”–you never know–will be interesting to see

    Now I’m getting the urge for an iced mocha.

  21. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    crunchie
    that makes sense about the failure attribution comments. To quote “Taxi Driver:” “Now I see clearly.”

    To me, Starbucks has good coffee and wifi (and evil people with sniffers). That’s all I really thought about them–have never followed their politics, etc. They’ve always been just another business chain to me.

    It’s interesting to get a new perspective.

  22. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    If Starbucks wants to sell coffee, they will cater to the desires of their customers. I have known several Russians, one from Moscow, and from what they tell me it will be tourists going there, not locals. Aside from watching tourists anyway. Myself, I love mochas too, double shot espressos. The Other Half and I are having one tomorrow, and Saturday at a local coffeehouse here which actually makes better coffee than Starbucks. And this shop is run and owned by a couple of conservative lesbians. Yes, they do exist, and cool people too. I love the place, we are regulars in this small town, like something out of Cheers.

  23. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    I’ve never liked Starbucks PC, and to be honest it has nuthin to do with their politics, that came later. There are two reasons, first being the coffee. I’m a purist on coffee I guess. If I can’t thin paint with it, or if it doesn’t make my hair stand up and salute, I don’t really want it. All those half calf half half mucus lactates or what nots are just to pretentious for my tastes.

    Second is price. Why in Gods green earth would I pay 5 freking dollars for what is offered as free refills elsewhere. I read some pundit, Johhny I Forgethisname, who was an ex-pat from behind the Iron Curtain. He said he realized that America was a great country when he was given his first FREE refill of coffee.

  24. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    A true Marine, crunchie. My compliments. If I can’t break off a chunk and gnaw on it, I ain’t interested. A habit I picked up in the Navy, freezing my ass off on watches. I take it black, strong and hot. But the mochas here in town are great, I just gotta’ have a double espresso in it.

  25. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    I like their Valencia Orange Mocha…but not paying 3 bucks for it. I bought a bottle of the orange syrup and a bottle of Godiva Hot Chocolate Mix and I can have Valencia Orange Mochas all day long for the price of two from Starbucks. And they taste better. :em94:

  26. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    If I can’t break off a chunk and gnaw on it, I ain’t interested. A habit I picked up in the Navy, freezing my ass off on watches. I take it black, strong and hot.

    I cut my teeth (pun intended) on Navy coffee as well Caveman. Wasn’t freezing my ass off, but sure as hell needed high octane lifer juice on mid watch. I like it black and strong, but warm, not hot. Probably because I was drinking the stuff on a tower in the middle of a jungle. Later in the fleet, I could never get MRE coffee very hot using a heat tab. Just learned to love the stuff warm.

  27. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    A very good point, crunchie. It kept my hands warm. Those steel cups burn the shit out of you. Folks have seen me slam down a liter of warm black coffee like it was water….to keep me awake. I still do it in the morning if any remains, I just can’t waste it. Hard to explain, actually, just the way I am. There were times I could have killed for a cup a joe. And once you get through the heart palpatations, muscle spasms and the sweats, it’s ok. In one of my numerous drunken sprees, on a bet we smoked coffee grounds. Lots of stems and seeds. Anal? You bet, but you were in, you know the hairbrained shit GI’s pull.

  28. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    Yeahman, when desolation is the norm,,

    who was an ex-pat from behind the Iron Curtain. He said he realized that America was a great country when he was given his first FREE refill of coffee.

    I took my German bud’s, same background, to an allyakineet bbq, and they were kinda timid ’bout askin’ for re-fills,,at first.
    (”Can I have more than two plates?”)
    They caught-on quick enough,,then they discovered 24hr supercenters.
    This is after 10 years of German unity. Deeep imprint indeed.

  29. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    I’ve never paid for Starbucks but have drank plenty. Oceans of it was always out at MSNBC (yes, I spent time at that horrible place) in the hope that the cups would face the cameras on air. It’s pretty mediocre all around.

    Dunkin Donuts’ coffee is much better. And they are as conservative a company as Starbucks is liberal.

  30. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    Cheap did you say you were a Harrier? Several have suggested I’d like their outings.

  31. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    Starbucks is indeed overpriced, but it’s damn good coffee.

  32. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur Comment by Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur

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    Maybe that’s fair, but the conservatives I know go there, except for the one that refuses to spend money at a coffee shop when she can make it at home cheaply (and is quite wealthy).

    No thanks, PC. Over-roasted beans make a coffee that tastes like floor stripper. If you want a good cuppa, check out Seattle’s Best, which is now, somewhat ironically, owned by SB. There are other, smaller roasters here in the Pacific NW that make a really good cup of coffee, Dilanos, Cafe’ Del Arte, etc. I view SB as the boutique version of Folgers…yeechhh!

  33. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    BiW, Dwight is casting aspersions on you over at Heather’s. :em72:

  34. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    BlackisWhite sez:

    If you want a good cuppa, check out Seattle’s Best, which is now, somewhat ironically, owned by SB. There are other, smaller roasters here in the Pacific NW that make a really good cup of coffee, Dilanos, Cafe’ Del Arte, etc. I view SB as the boutique version of Folgers…yeechhh!

    well, Lewis Black (funny despite his politics) sez it best

    Hey, we missed our golf game this summer man

  35. Unregistered Comment by seagoon

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    Starbucks is big in China- with tourists.

    It’s fucking expensive, the coffee is (OK, not crap, if the competition is UBC or Costa) mediocre, and the service moronic.

    But it’s comfort for the tourists and homesick waigs, and sometimes, early in the morning, you just need a damn coffee and it’s better than nothing.

    It can’t fly outside of the big cities, because even trendy locals there can’t afford 20-50RMB a pop.

    Frankly the Chinese are going to get over it and remember that they like tea, or start making nasty-ass milk-tea-coffee like the Kongers do.

    Ick.

    I just have my arsenal of drip, espresso and french press coffeemakers, so I’m equipped to make a REAL coffee.

    (To paraphrase Erdos, an editor is a machine for turning coffee into salable text- I need my fix to function!)

  36. Unregistered Comment by LC & IB Random Numbers

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    I’m with Foamy when it comes to StarSchmucks. Any business or woman who lies about their cup sizes has lost me from the start.

  37. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    In one of my numerous drunken sprees, on a bet we smoked coffee grounds.

    I’ve eaten plenty of MRE instant coffee packs myself.

  38. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    If I can’t thin paint with it, or if it doesn’t make my hair stand up and salute, I don’t really want it.

    Well you would like M’s coffee Crunchie. It growls at you when you try to pour a cup….not to mention it takes you at least an hour to get your toenails to uncurl. :em99:

  39. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Damn, at least I take water with mine….. :em99:

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    The strongest meanest cup of coffee I ever had was at a Union Civil War re-enactors camp in Gettysburg. They prepare it and brew it up just like they did in 1863, they served it to me in a tin cup and I couldn’t see the bottom of the cup even after drinking a good part of it….YeeeeeHAAAAA

    :em95:

  41. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Mrs M The strongest cup of coffee I ever had got up before I could drink it, walked across the room, and kicked my dog square in the nuts for barking to loud. I didn’t sleep for a week. :em95:

  42. LittleRott84 Comment by LittleRott84

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    Random Numbers-

    Foamy is awesome.

    But I must say, Caribou beats Starbucks hands down any day of the week.

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    Starbucks is indeed overpriced, but it’s damn good coffee

    Damn good coffee used to be brewed by Armenian street vendors on a beach in the city of Batumi, in what is now the Republic of Georgia. At least that what it was twenty something years ago. In a copper vessel, on hot sand, a tiny cup that would make your heart pound.

    And that is another reason why I am sceptical about Starbucks’ new endeavor. Russians are traditionally more into tea, but many do know good coffee from sweetened brown water. At least they had chances to see the difference - even during the worst times.

  44. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Mrs M

    The strongest cup of coffee I ever had got up before I could drink it, walked across the room, and kicked my dog square in the nuts for barking to loud. I didn’t sleep for a week. :em95:

    Feh. The strongest cup of coffee I ever made… Well, you all heard about Afghanistan, didn’t you?

  45. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Caveman:

    Damn, at least I take water with mine…..

    Ya ain’t lived until you have tried it. Pour the instant on yer tounge and wash it down with a swig of lukewarm water straight out of the canteen.

    Guarandamnteed to get ya started for those long mid-watches . . .

  46. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Or, just a pinch between cheek and gum . .

  47. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    He said he realized that America was a great country when he was given his first FREE refill of coffee.

    Yeah, the free refills thing confused the Hell out of me too. I thought I was going to get charged for each one, like I did back home. Only in America!

    Ya ain’t lived until you have tried it. Pour the instant on yer tounge and wash it down with a swig of lukewarm water straight out of the canteen.

    Ah, the morning routine of champions. I always thought there was a market for toothpaste with instant coffee granules in it, so they dissolve right onto your gums and tongue while you brush…..

    I admit to drinking Starbucks on a semi-regular basis, but only the frou-frou drinks. I’m a huge milkshake (and associated beverages) fan and their mocha or caramel frappacino (sp?) has often taken the place of an actual breakfast for me on my way to the kennel…..

    But their no-ice-cubes-syrup-and-whipped-cream coffee tastes like they ground it from crematory ashes to me.

    Alas, I have yet to experience the various coffees that inspire out armed forces to go the extra kiloton, but the coffee machine at my old work would keep adding espresso shots into your custom beverage until the mixing chamber filled up. Nothing starts the day like six doses of sugar, six shots of espresso (weak, but not bad for a machine) and several shots of non-dairy creamer-goop, all diluted by about two teaspoons of regular coffee……

  48. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    NCLivingBrit:

    Sounded pretty good until you got to “diluted by about two teaspoons of regular coffee……”

    Back when I was a wee lad of an E-2 Private, an old Master Sergeant taught me how to make sock coffee. Take a CLEAN GI sock, put a pound of the Army’s kickstart columbian inside, tie a knot, and toss it into a 5 gallon pot of boiling water for about 20 minutes. Yum, yum! The importance of the word “clean” cannot be overstressed.

    ‘Course, this was the same man who served the Battalion Fresh Venison for Thanksgiving Day Dinner whilst we were out on a little impromptu camping trip in the woods of Camp Swampy.

  49. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    LC Wil

    Having been in close proximity to Her Majesty’s version of the dirty GI sock, failing to take the clean into account could be fatal, or at least lead to blindness, fainting or severe head trauma.

    If this thread keeps up, I am going to need to replace all the coffee gear that got mangled during the move. I mostly guzzle the Royal Cup stuff we have at work (Holiday Inn Express) and it’s pretty decent, so I’m not entirely without bean juice.

  50. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    I’ve worked in hospitals where I swear they treated the coffee urn like a starter for sourdough. If you sensed it was getting low, pour more grounds on top and add a little water, just never let it run dry.

    I swear sometimes it poured like syrup and you had to use the edge of the cup on the spigot to cut the string.

    Great stuff for graveyard shift, but I did have a problem sleeping on weekends. :em95:

  51. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    If ya make it right, you have trouble sleeping four days into your vacation in Hawaii . .

  52. Skul Comment by Skul

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    My Grandmother made the strongest coffee I ever saw.
    After it was done at the end of the week, she’d throw the pot out in the backyard, wait for the coffee to crawl out and stab it with a pitchfork. Honest.

  53. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    The closest I ever came to death while I was in the Corps was the time I was on a work party and had to field day the Gunny’s office. I went to wash the coffee stains out of his mug.

    “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?! You’re about to wash away 17 years of Marine Corps history.”

    The inside of that mug was pure dark brown, no hint of white anywhere to be seen. Many years later I stopped washing the mug I use at work and ya know what, that’s some good tasting coffee! The ol’ Gunny was on to something. Only problem is sooner or later some smart ass will scrape some pithy saying into the stains.

  54. MasterGuns, Imperial Marine Comment by MasterGuns, Imperial Marine

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    I have a couple cups just like that Crunchie.

    The coffee does indeed taste better from them.

    Semper Fi

  55. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    LC 0311 crunchie

    The inside of that mug was pure dark brown, no hint of white anywhere to be seen.

    MasterGuns, Imperial Marine

    I have a couple cups just like that Crunchie.

    Ever had a good Meerschaum pipe?

  56. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Or a good frying pan, where the patina of previous uses just makes everything taste that much better :)

    Someone scoured my fry-pan when I was short order cook to my group of drinking buddies……. boy was I pissed.

  57. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten

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    Coffee: Truck Driver Heroin

  58. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    Or a good frying pan

    My Mom had me scour the iron skillet every night with dutch cleanser and steel wool. When I got married and I applied that technique to my wifes “crusty” skillet the marriage almost ended right there. :em41:

  59. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    My Mom had me scour the iron skillet every night with dutch cleanser and steel wool. When I got married and I applied that technique to my wifes “crusty” skillet the marriage almost ended right there.

    You’re lucky she didn’t apply that skillet at speed to your head :em93:

    Cleanliness is one thing, but a well seasoned pan is another thing entirely. Same for grills!

  60. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    You’re lucky she didn’t apply that skillet at speed to your head

    Luckily, not much damage was done, and I still had the skillet in my hand. I think there I only damaged the last year or two. :em99:

  61. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    My Mom had me scour the iron skillet every night with dutch cleanser and steel wool.

    THAT will get your ass pistol whipped, tarred and feathered, and run out on a rail here in the Deep South. :em96:

    My cornbread skillet only gets a paper towel applied to it….cornbread NEVER sticks to it. The larger skillets get hot water (and a Dobi Scrubber if needed), and that is only to get gravy, or other such gooey substances off. NO SOAP.

  62. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    THAT will get your ass pistol whipped, tarred and feathered, and run out on a rail here in the Deep South.

    Please. No more. You think having your sweet new bride turn into a screeching harridan in a nanosecond doesn’t teach you right from wrong. Damn, I thought I’d shot her cousin and was reloading to get the rest of her kin.

    Of course that episode got me out of doing pot and pans for the next 20 years. :em93:

  63. Alan K. Henderson Comment by Alan K. Henderson

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    What’s the over/under on this latest Starbucks brainfart tanking like a bogged down PzIID in the Pripyet Marshes? Two days? Three?

    This marketing ploy needs to have a name - how about Operation Starbarossa?

    Oh, and just because I feel like it:

    Decaf :em93:
    Caf :em95:

  64. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    The inside of that mug was pure dark brown, no hint of white anywhere to be seen. Many years later I stopped washing the mug I use at work and ya know what, that’s some good tasting coffee! The ol’ Gunny was on to something. Only problem is sooner or later some smart ass will scrape some pithy saying into the stains.

    That’s seriously funny right there, Crunchie!

    You see, I’ve had the exact same relationship with my coffee mugs for as long as I’ve been drinking that heavenly nectar. The HOWLS when the Empress decided to be nice and throw my favorite mug in the washer :lol:

    Of course, by then it was too late, but I think that was one of the numerous occasions where she realized that she’d married a madman ;)

    Your Gunny had it right, and it thrills me pink that, although I’ll sadly have to go to my grave without ever having had the opportunity to earn the honor of calling myself Marine, at least I have a lot in common with some of you :em69:

  65. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    I understand, Sire. My mother in law, seeing I had forgotten my sacred coffeee mug, couldn’t scrub the crud out. I like crud, it flavors it just the way I like it. Sadly, not a happy ending, she desecrated my coffee mug, raped it…….I almost cried. Ten years of crud….she had filled it with bleach… Argh! The agony. Tearfully I shitcanned it. I will not even take my mug to their home now……it stays home, nice and safe. It’s like a favorite cast iron skillet…no soap, water only.

  66. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Your Gunny had it right, and it thrills me pink that, although I’ll sadly have to go to my grave without ever having had the opportunity to earn the honor of calling myself Marine, at least I have a lot in common with some of you :em69:

    A helluvalot in common Sire, a helluvalot. :em69:

  67. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    Plastic can achieve almost the same status, if you nurture it properly.

    I have my ceramic mug at home, but for work and travel I have a big honking mug with a lid. Coffee through the mornings, then cold water in the afternoons. I think there’s enough caffeine impregnated in it’s pores that I don’t really need the water to be black anymore.

    One of the saddest days was when I left my old plastic mug on the side of my truck and it fell off while I was backing up and I ran over it. It almost felt like I ran over my dog. That mug had carried me through many a hang-over, well pull, pipe fitting….always there in spite of the abuse, then I drive over it.

    Good news is, I found one just like it, and now, after 6 years, I’ve gotten over the old one and have bonded with my new mug. If there time later, I’ll tell you of some of the trips we’ve taken. :em34:

  68. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    how about Operation Starbarossa?

    :em99:

    Bravo Alan, bravo!

  69. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Anybody for that Turkish coffee in those tiny cups?

    I never used to wash my coffee cup at work. People were just appalled. You would have thought I was worshipping the devil.

  70. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    I have a friend who’s Armenian, and when I first got to know his parents..long ago, they’d offer me one of those “little” cups of coffee. Out of respect I’d politely take it, and smile, swallow it in a sip then 20 minutes later wonder why I couldn’t shut up or sit down. Damn. it was nothing but condensed caffeine and sugar.

    I loved it.

  71. Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P. Comment by Sir Guido Cabrone, LC, M.o.P.

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    Caveman

    In one of my numerous drunken sprees, on a bet we smoked coffee grounds.

    For the ultimate in caffeine hits, make yourself a batch of chocolate speedballs.

    Dig out your favorite recipe for chocolate peanut clusters. Substitute fresh roasted coffee beans for the peanuts. Eat carefully. (Be gentle about chewing on any brigework, in other words.) Carefully drag the loose bits of coffee beans out from between your cheek and gum, and swallow.

    Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery. (Or even carry on a conversation!), for the next several hours…

    Oh, and your handwriting will REALLY suck for a bit!

  72. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    Mope
    This is not meant to be snide. Maybe you could explain to me how Starbucks is Socialist. They are a world-wide conglomerate. They are on the stock exchange. They use predatory pricing to drive out their competition.

    I just spent the better part of two days looking for the comment that beseeched me never to comment to a certain poster. And, as a contractual obligation to be met, this certain commenter had promised never to comment to me ever again.

    Alas, as this long-winded beast hasn’t the decency to keep her word, or her words short, I find it difficult to be provoked by her adolescent ramblings.

    Nevertheless, if any of you should stumble upon her ramblings, I suggest this phrase:

    “Shut the fuck up.”

    Do, dear reader, take the opportunity to look at the page that tells us who posts comments the most. Indeed, she is number 3. In the three months she has commented, she has become the third highest commenter. Imagine that.

    How do you learn when your too busy yapping?

    I have not ended my search, but with 1080 comments in three months, this may take some time. Please bear with me as My search continues.

    Thank-you Crunch-ster for elucidating my point.

  73. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Mope

    At one point, you said something civil around me, so I thought the hostility had gone away, which is why I posted to you after having sworn not to. I am such a poor judge of character. I admit I said I wouldn’t–you don’t have to paw through my archives. Yuch–now they’ve been contaminated.

    Speaking of rambling, you are doing an excellent job. It’s good to know you are hovering around like a bird of prey. You’re tracking how long I’ve been here? How obsessive. A lot of the posts were questions, asswipe, so I could learn. The “adolescent ramblings” comment should keep me amused the rest of the night. Crunchie was very helpful, and I thanked him for it. Some people have class, and others are best left unclassified.

    By the way, you waited to post until the thread was dead. Barely anyone will see your comment, oh wise one.

  74. Rurik Comment by Rurik

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    Psychochick

    I never used to wash my coffee cup at work. People were just appalled. You would have thought I was worshipping the devil.

    I was under the impression that in those other academic circles in which you generally travel, worshipping the devil was widely admired as highly chic. :em99:

    BTW, I have my doubts about Starbuckovich; all the Russians I know prefer chai, beer, or vodka (in increasing order of preference.)

  75. Alan K. Henderson Comment by Alan K. Henderson

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    For those who want smoking with their Starbucks…

  76. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten

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    I was under the impression that in those other academic circles in which you generally travel, worshipping the devil was widely admired as highly chic.

    Nah. That would require admitting that there was a higher power than science. :em93:

  77. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    For those who want smoking with their Starbucks…

    That’s just wrong man…….. :em98:

    funny though
    :em99: :em99:

  78. Unregistered Comment by LC Elchonon, Imperial Chief of Civil Disobedience

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    I drink 2 large cups of coffee daily, like 20 ounces each I believe? So I had tried summatra extra bold beans..12am.. 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am… still couldent sleep!! I swore off extra bold beans!

    I have a burr grinder, I grind beans fresh every morning and cook in a french press.

  79. Alan K. Henderson Comment by Alan K. Henderson

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    There’s always the re-imagined Starbuck…

  80. Alan K. Henderson Comment by Alan K. Henderson

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    Or Starbuck and Starbuck at Starbucks :em93: