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Geeks Have Big Mugs
But how fine is yer grind?

 1:01 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Okay, I filled up my HUGE coffee mug for about the 8th time since midnight and had to make another pot of coffee. It was while I was in the waiting state that I wondered how all you folks like your coffee?

I like several different coffees, but I tend to make a lot of Jamaican Blue Mountain, ground so fine that it is almost powder. Lots of sugar, no cream.

Good God is it Friday yet...?



 1:07 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

>> 8th time since midnight

And he wonders why he can't sleep? ;)

I like mine made as expresso in a thingy you put on the stove and then half filled with hot milk. Ivana is making me one right now on the condition that I turn the radio off for a couple of hours hehehe...

Added: Wait till mivox sees this, we'll never hear the end of that bloody coffee mug theft in Boston hehe!



 1:22 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Some of us will only allow Tea in our huge mugs, although preferably in a china tea cup with matching saucer. ;)


 1:25 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Fine grind is definitely the way to go. But too bad you're hiding that great flavor behind all that sugar... ;)

Cream, no sugar, thank you :)


 1:26 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

After I got out of the service I swore I'd never drink coffee without sugar again. I haven't. ;)


 1:28 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Coffee actually makes me physically ill - I've never been able to drink a whole cup (I quickly stopped trying, for obvious reasons). I'll stick to water and occational tea.


 1:30 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

preferably in a china tea cup with matching saucer

No doubt to be drunk with pinky extended? ;)

My coffee tastes have definitely changed over time - now, I'm partial to a strong brewed coffee made with espresso beans... Unfortunately, at the office most of the people find my brew too strong to drink, so I compromise with a more mellow Folgers Classic Roast. Sometimes I'll sneak in a scoop or two of Starbucks espresso blend in place of an equivalent amount of the Folgers... adds a bit of a kick but doesn't get too many complaints. :)


 1:53 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Lavazza espresso in a cafetiere accompanied by a roll-up as soon as I'm out of bed. Semi-skimmed milk, 1 sugar.

I'm incapable of lucid thought and any speech excluding grunts until I'm at least half way down my first mug.


 2:00 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Small, strong, sweet and black. Just like my women (Airplane?).

Lavazza red, but in a cafetiere!?, no sir, from a Moka, no milk. Repeat until shaking and agressive.


 2:05 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Lavazza espresso in a cafetiere accompanied by a roll-up as soon as I'm out of bed. Semi-skimmed milk, 1 sugar.

A man after my own heart. Same here, less the 1 sugar. And the roll-up (can't say I blame you though!).



 2:08 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

My condition has degenerated to the point that I'm now on a 'continuous feed' --don't much care about the quality, it's a quantity issue. There's a coffee-maker in the master bedroom now, one in the kitchen, and a big commercial one at work. People haul it to me by the barrel-load. Sad, really.


 2:09 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hm... most of the young (under 25) geeks I know don't drink coffee at all. In college, it was beastly caffeinated concoctions involving Mountain Dew (The worst, of course, was Dew-Tang, which involves mountain dew, tang powder, and no water. Don't eat the foam, it will burn a hole in your stomach lining. But if you're pulling an all-weeker, it's the only way.) and the like. Now, in the first job, it's generally either tea or coke. Though many of them are overcoming their coffee-hurts-my-tummy biases and starting to drink it a little bit, I don't know any budding gourmets yet.
I don't like coffee: it hurts my tummy and makes me have to poo. Icky.
I can't stand soft drinks in the morning, or really in the afternoon... I'll have one as a snack sometimes.
I drink tea if I need something warm. As a drastic measure I'll put some of the abysmal coffee from the coffee machine into the abysmal hot chocolate from the coffee machine, and drink that grumpily, and then chew an entire pack of gum to get rid of the coffee breath...
But mostly, I drink water. I have a huge refill mug from a... an eatery I used to frequent (Nick Tahou's Hots, Home of the Garbage Plate, 2260 Lyell Ave. Rochester NY, to read the text off the side) that holds about 40 oz. of liquid. I fill it up with water and ice and play a game: How many times can I empty it in one day?
This is the only way I get to leave my desk, ever-- to refill the mug and empty myself.
It gets me exercise and gives my kidneys a workout. Never had better skin, either. And it's impossible to be sleepy when you always have to pee.


 2:38 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't like coffee: it hurts my tummy and makes me have to poo. Icky.

mmm, too much information...I've tried to ween myself off the caffeine, only resulted in nasty headaches. I prefer Dunkins' over anything else, two scoops per cup and one for the pot.


 2:48 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have 4 different coffe mugs, for different sizes, from ym small snoopy mug to my huge mug which I also use for soup and cereal ;)

Cofein never really been an issue, IU can drink coffee as a good night drink as well. Just NEED a mug in the morning or I feel like throwing up. It jsut settles my stomach.

I've had so much instant, that real coffee doesn't taste good to me anymore (I know, sad, but so is all of this.

I just spoon it in and use the hot water from the water cooler/heater for a truly instant experience.
It's ben years now that I've contemplated pre-mixing my coffy sure and powdred milk in the right mix for a faster mug, and one day I will, and I'll patent it, sell it and make a killing. it'äll be around 5-8 seconds for a large mug of coffee :)

Mostly I just like the taste, so I must be doing something wrong...

Hmm I warmly remember my very first mug of instant coffee... I didn't read the instruction and spooned in around 8 or 9 heaped spoons of it.... It was an interesting day, I probably barely miseed killing myself on an overdose (not that at the time I hardly drank any coffee, I was jsut a kid). I called everybody I knew, screaming into the phone while running in a circle. Then 2 seconds later I'd ring their doorbell because I ran over, not knowing what else to do... It was interesting...

PS: Now my favourite mugs are my sunshine mug given to my by my girlfriend ,my teddy bear "bottums up" (left behind by an ex employee whoom I really liked), my norwegian troll mug (a slim tall one, given to me as a present by a lover) and my small snoopy "I'm not worth a thing before coffee in the morning" mug, origin unknown.

PPS: Do you seem te ahve more and more mugs in your cupboard without knowing where they are from?


 2:50 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a tall Mocha Latte with a double espresso shot every morning.

But then again, the bottom floor of my office is a café so I get it "free" (well, actually, when you calculate rent, salaries, electricity, etc I think I am paying about $25 per mug).


 2:56 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I get my jo on the outside. If I don't get a large double double from Tim Hortons [timhortons.com] first thing in the morning I can't function.


 3:00 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I used to hit up a large Dunkin Donuts large cream and sugar...now I am on a diet and trying to save money so I hit up the office blend. It is the red can...Folgers? brewed kind of weak, but it is free and I will drink 2 mugs of it with sugar and powdered(fake) creamer.

I prefer something a bit stronger and better quality. At home I will drink Intellegentsia (prefer the Accidental/Occidental Blend )through a french press.


 3:18 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have my Starbucks House Blend made in my Starbucks Barrista Aroma coffee maker every morning, served in either my Harry Potter mug or one of my many computer company freebee mugs. Half-n-half plus a major amount of Sugar In The Raw (the golden crystal stuff) is necessary for the perfect flavor. I usually drink about 2 8 oz. cups each morning.

My mother drank a large cup of coffee before going to bed -- claimed it put her to sleep -- but I have to lay off around noon or I get the shakey hands symptom and can't type worth beans.

One of my earliest childhood memories is of playtime with my tea set where mom would fill the tea pot with milk and sugar and just a tiny bit of coffee. The nice ladies teaching Kindergarten were rather upset when I insisted I wouldn't drink plain milk and wanted my coffee and sugar or I wouldn't take a nap!


 3:18 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

My coffee cup has been aptly named "the Chalice"

I'm down from 1.5 pots a day to 1 chalice full.

Chalice = 3 normal cups of coffee. I'm an 8o'clock coffee fan (french roast).


 4:26 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

ground so fine it is powder, brewed strong and served with lots of half n' half (gave up whole stuff as a concession to my continually expanding derrière).

NO sugar, but anytime after around 2PM you can throw in a little B&B, Amaretto, or even plain old scotch and I won't refuse :)

How many cups a day? Probably between 10-20 depending on how late I'm up working.

Cup size? Smallish, so it gets all drunk up before it gets cold.


 4:32 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Two coffees a day. One in the morning and one in the early evening. The one in the morning goes like this...

One glass mug. Fill 75% with Parmalat (extended shelf life milk, has an awesome taste).

Stuff in microwave for exactly two minutes on high. Parmalat begins to bubble on top.

Remove and add one and a half teaspoons of Taster's Choice Dark Roast. Add one full teaspoon of sugar in the raw (large brown crystals).

Then, the kicker! Add one to two shots of Baileys. Yes, every single day I go through this routine and start off the morning.

Then in the evening, I take a drive down to Diedrechs or Starbucks and get a large or vente mocha extra hot (190 degress).

No more than two cups a day if I can avoid it! Now, if I can break away from the two cans of Red Bull everyday, maybe I'll be able to get a decent nights rest! ;)


 5:00 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)


I have one of those mugs Overture sent out last Christmas. Very nice mugs. Whatever you do, do not drop one of these mugs on your big toe! I did about half an hour ago and I'm still in pain. :(

Now go ahead and laugh at me!


 6:05 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

> Tim Hortons

Horto's! Where you at? I've only been to one, in Buffalo, but my boyfriend swears they're the best fast-food doughnuts ever.

Is it just me or is it a little icky that after their founder was killed in a gruesome car accident they named their donut holes "TimBits"?

Fabulous fare for road trips, btw. Except that my boyfriend is a slob and managed to cover himself and the car's entire interior with the little peanut bits from his donut.


 6:25 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Coffee: One of a two different organic, fair-trade whole bean blends from Dean's Beans. Currently I'm ordering their Marrakesh Express blend in 5lb bags. I ordered a few bags of a custom blend (sumatran/ethiopian) from them, that I'd specially designed to have maximum flavor and body with minimum possible acidity... but the Marrakesh blend suits me fine, and costs $1 less per pound than a custom blend.

Grind: Run through an electric burr-grinder set to the next-to-finest setting (at the finest setting, my espresso machine chokes).

Use: Brew 4 shots in the morning in a cheapo Krups electric pump espresso machine, for a stiff 16oz latte (used to be 20oz, until my giant mug bid me adieu in Boston, and that is all I will say about The Mug, thankyewverymuch, jatar. ;) ).

I usually nurse it all morning, which is why an insulated mug is a MUST... But that does me fine for the rest of the day... Sounds like I'm one of the caffeine lightweights around here. hehehe. It's all about the quality not the quantity.

[edited by: mivox at 6:31 pm (utc) on July 24, 2003]


 6:27 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

4 modest mugs, of whatever Aldi sells in a 3lbs can, made in an electric perkolator. Unfortunately that is about all the caffine I am allowed anymore :p

However, when I treat myself it is to Sumatra, Mandheling, dark roast or pure Kona, straight up. Both are pure bliss.


 6:34 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Vanilla latte here :) I bought myself an espresso machine with the first profit from my online business ;)

Once late November hits, I switch to an eggnog latte. Yum! It is always so depressing when early January hits and there is no more eggnog for another 10+ months.


 6:48 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

thankyewverymuch, jatar

and they say mivox doesn't hold a grudge, I mentioned it in another thread yesterday, not in this one., hehe.

Nick, I can get in enough trouble by myself thanks with out you inadvertantly setting me up ;)

I'm with rc, quantity.

I hate walking in to all these coffee shops now and I ask for a large coffee and the twit behind the counter looks at me blankly.

The person behind me then walks up orders some 20 word mouthful and the same twit screams across the counter and another twit starts churning away.</grumpiness>

I'm just a simple fellow, a cup o' joe 'll do thanks, more cream than sugar and I'm happy.


 7:48 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

One of my absolute favorite words - twit! Seems to apply to all sorts of service personnel and should be applied liberally when appropriate; like in this case to the coffee emporium's servers ;)


 7:58 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

thankyewverymuch, jatar

and they say mivox doesn't hold a grudge, I mentioned it in another thread yesterday, not in this one., hehe.

That's what I get for reading more than one thread at a time. lol... I guess that SHOULD have read, "Thankyewverymuch Nick_W" in reference to this thread... hehehehe (Did I mention I hadn't made it very far into my morning latte when I started posting today?)

Incidentally, I'll take a good cup of plain coffee, cream and sugar, over a lousy 20-word-something made by an incompetent twit any day. ;)

I had a friend who worked at an espresso shop once... upon receiving an order for a "double tall skinny decaf latte," he turned and called over his shoulder, "One double-tall why bother!" Miraculaously, the woman didn't hear him properly, and still gave him a tip.


 10:19 pm on Jul 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ummmm, why has no one mentioned Hot Chocolate?!? I live on Swiss Miss. None of the crap they have out now though, marshmellow lovers, low fat, blah, blah, yuck! Just straight hot chocolate in my favorite snowman coffee mug, even if it's 90 degrees outside. If I'm feeling dangerous I add whip cream or vanilla ice cream. If I can't have that, then I head for the tea, also in my snowman mug, with about 3 teaspoons of sugar.

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