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Are you a "coffehouse" person?

Are you a "coffehouse" person?   26 members have voted

  1. 1. Do you frequently hang out in a "coffehouse?"

    • Quite a bit, a least 2 or 3 times a week
      4
    • Now and then
      6
    • Rarely
      6
    • Never have
      2
    • Never have and never would
      8

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While I may hate the summertime cold coffee-based drinks or the $4 coffee drinks, I really like the coffeehouse environment - Starbucks, Peet's, Borders Cafe, B&N Cafe. I go there to write my to-do lists, write other crap, read the paper, think....for me, it's a cerebral environment that has a good atmosphere. And I get by on less than $2, ordering either hot tea or iced tea.

Sometimes, the best coffee houses are of the "non-chain" variety. In Northern California, there is LaBou and Bella Bru (each has a few stores here and there). In the small town of Chico, there is a really cool one called "Bidwell Perk," taking its name from Bidwell Park, the 2nd largest city park after Central Park, except that this one sprawls into the foothills canyons, complete with deer, coyote and mountain lions.

Do you spend much time in a cafe' or "coffeehouse?"

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well, coffeehouses were cool back in 96 i think.

that said, i paid 2.63 for a depth charge at starbucks today....but alas it was through the drivethru....

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Since the company I work for was bought out by a Canadian company, Tim Hortons is all we hear aboot now.

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well, coffeehouses were cool back in 96 i think.

I voted rarely, as I'm not a coffee drinker at all... but reg's post hit on something: back in '95 & '96 the wife and I, while dating, would spend a lot of our time hanging out in Princeton and we'd usually end up in Small World Cafe (a cofee house; she'd get coffee, I'd get hot tea). She's still a Star Bucks person (her company is installing one inside of their new building), but I rarely step inside of a Star Bucks myself. So to me (and reg), coffeehouses were cool in the mid-'90s :P

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well, coffeehouses were cool back in 96 i think.

Really? There's a regular laptop brigade in these places nightly. Reg, you're making me feel like a dork.

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Certainly. As you know they're a big part of social life over here.

Sim. Nao esquici.

Brasileira (com Fernando de metal), Suisa, Versailles, Nicola...mais aqui nao temos os bolos de nata. :(

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Really? There's a regular laptop brigade in these places nightly. Reg, you're making me feel like a dork.

at least in 2008 vs. 96 you don't need an ethernet cable with your laptop

i'm all about central perk if a pokey Jennifer Aniston is still serving the drinks........ :)

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Sim. Nao esquici.

Brasileira (com Fernando de metalo), Suisa, Versailles, Nicola...mais aqui nao temos os bolos de nata. :(

Aha, another person converted to our 'Pastéis de Nata' :AH-HA_wink:

How are things going?

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There's always the alternative.... :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

McDonald's Fights Culture

i want to talk about coffee & mcdonald's for just a minute.

here's the scene: two women are sitting in a bookstore cafe sipping coffee by a fire. think liberal arts grad students. not exactly mcdonald's bread and butter clientèle.

they break away from their NY Times and Dostoevsky and have an exchange similar to the following:

blond white girl: "Hey, so i heard mcdonald's makes lattes now."

jewish girl: "Well that's...that's...fantastic," she says, social consequences be damned.

and then they say things like i don't have to listen to jazz all day long! i can read gossip magazines again! i can watch reality tv! i don't really know how to speak french! i don't even know where paraguay is! what's paraguay?

And then the pitch: Try mcdonald's McCafe coffees. all the coffee, hold the attitude.

and i wonder aloud: who is Ronald McDonald appealing to with this ad?

McCafe commercials are just annoying.... ugh. :stupid:

I voted now and then... I like Starbucks... their coffee and atmosphere. They usually have a couple of different coffees brewed so ask what they're serving when you order a drip. Try something different. :)

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I used to go all the time in the early 90' when people were still talking about art and literature but nowadays, the independent coffehouses are mostly gone and Starbuck's is full of bible study groups. So the answer is NO!

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but nowadays, the independent coffehouses are mostly gone and Starbuck's is full of bible study groups. So the answer is NO!

Yes, a lot of fundy Bible study groups and Amway (or facsimiles thereof)....pick your poison.

Seriously, you can spot those a mile away and stay away from those types.

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I loathe Starbucks because of all the bible thumpers who hang out there. I dont care about the fate of my soul, I just want to eat my f@#king scone.

There are 3 small coffee houses that I do go to when I have some free time and a hankering for coffee. Two of them are withing a couple miles a work, neither is appreciably better than the other, so which one I go to depends on traffic. The other is about halfway between my house and work, they have live music (usually decent music) on Sunday nights and an improv troupe on Thursday nights. Plus, they have some pretty good sandwiches.

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Next time, whip it out and ask if they'd be interested in buying a tube steak.

Oh, and its Quixtar in North America now. I've seen their freaking commercial about 7 times in the last 3 days.

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When I lived in Ann Arbor in the mid '90s, I spent a lot of time in a local coffee house downtown... studying between classes, hanging out with other grad students and studying together for exams. There was a Starbucks, IIRC, but they weren't everywhere like now. Back in 2001-2002, when I was out of work for a while, I hung out in Colorado Springs in a neat local place called Pikes Perk--all the independent consultants hung out there, what with the appeal of the free internet (which wasn't so common back then). I often would go there 3-4 days a week and hang out all morning, talking w/ consultant buddies, working on business plans, and other tech ideas...we ended trying to launch a company out of those meetings, but for lack of funding had to go back to regular jobs, working for the Man (i.e. normal corporate jobs).

These days, I brew coffee at home, drink the coffee at work, or drink a cold Starbucks double shot. In summer in the disgusting oven of Phoenix, it's hard to get into drinking a hot coffee..

I do like a traditional, independent coffee house enivronment in a gray, rainy place... where I can while away the hours reading the paper, reading a book, listening to a local band. Doesn't fit in well in the always sunny, always warm reality I'm in now. I miss gray and rain. Even Colorado doesn't have that many gray, rainy days.

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Oh, and its Quixtar in North America now. I've seen their freaking commercial about 7 times in the last 3 days.

LOL. Sh!t under a different name still smells the same.

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Doing the coffee thing has to be one of my favorite things. Do it almost every morning, read the papers, watch the people...great transition for the workday ahead. I go for the more upscale, trendier ones. Better muffins and pastries and better coffee.

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On the weekend, I look forward to just relaxing on a coffehouse patio, either alone or with friends...luv it.

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I hate coffee (and most caffeinated products), and when I want some decaf tea I'll grab a Lipton teabag and make it myself, so I frequenting coffee houses isn't really my thing.

My one visit to this type of environment was in a Borders cafe three years ago. I sat there and read for a while just to get away from the lunacy for a bit, and I had heard it was a decent place to meet people. The experience wasn't all it was cracked up to be IMO.

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um... yeah.

The only time i Buy coffee is either in a can at the store or a iced cappif@#kingwhatthehelldoyoucallit at Tim Horton's when its my turn to buy donuts for the guys at the shop. other than that I brew my own it costs penny's and stays hot all day even the next day in my ancient asbestos filled thermos it will steam in the mug. Mine doesn't have that A on it and the chrome has camo duct tape on it for when i go hunting its not reflective.

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No coffee here, ever. No time to sit (well: to gussy up, drive somewhere & sit) and ponder the inadequecies of my life, either.

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