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22 hours ago, Bearman said:

Has anyone got a good name I can give the "barista" ( pretentious tawts) when I am asked to give my name in Starbucks? 

Copied and pasted this, he is a Canadian Skeleton Slider, Dave GRESZCZYSZYN 

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22 hours ago, Bearman said:

Has anyone got a good name I can give the "barista" ( pretentious tawts) when I am asked to give my name in Starbucks?  

Try Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache - and make the beggars write it out in full.

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13 hours ago, gingerjon said:

It isn't nice. The only time I have Starbucks these days is if I'm in need of a caffeine refuel at a motorway service station.

I was given a coffee pod machine for Christmas. Having now rid myself of the awful Dolce Gusto own brand stuff I can now heartily recommend the ones you get via the Real Coffee Company. They appear to be recyclable too.

A whole other rant is WHY AREN'T COFFEE PODS RECYCLABLE YOU MORONS.

My sister has one of those pod machines, or a "Clooney Coffee" machine, as she calls it. The results are fairly passable.

However, the combination of an Aeropress and even Sainsbury's budget own-brand beans knocks the conkers off every pod coffee I've tasted. Buying better-quality beans pays serious dividends, though. And when I wish to really indulge myself, I buy green beans and roast/dry-fry them myself. That's a bit of a faff, but the resulting brew is a whole higher level of pleasure.

Starbucks take mediocre coffee beans and incinerate them. Then they brutalise the results and charge a stupid amount for the privilege of forcing the customer to order it in infantile cod-italian jargon.

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6 hours ago, Futtocks said:

My sister has one of those pod machines, or a "Clooney Coffee" machine, as she calls it. The results are fairly passable.

However, the combination of an Aeropress and even Sainsbury's budget own-brand beans knocks the conkers off every pod coffee I've tasted. Buying better-quality beans pays serious dividends, though. And when I wish to really indulge myself, I buy green beans and roast/dry-fry them myself. That's a bit of a faff, but the resulting brew is a whole higher level of pleasure.

Starbucks take mediocre coffee beans and incinerate them. Then they brutalise the results and charge a stupid amount for the privilege of forcing the customer to order it in infantile cod-italian jargon.

If you get your pleasure fiddling with your green beans I'll not judge you.

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I have this real stick up my a@@ about American franchise chains. Never been to Starbucks. Went to McDonalds once, in 1975.  Went to Pizza Hut once in the early 80s.

When it comes to coffee I was always a big Lavazza fan but, in general, I think the critical issues are bean choice and time between roasting and drinking. Most big producers go heavy on the Arabica beans to appeal to mainstream consumers but any serious blend needs more Robusta to give it any edge.

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McDonalds does genuinely do the best basic coffee of any of the chains.

Or at least in the UK it does. I imagine it varies country to country.

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2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

McDonalds does genuinely do the best basic coffee of any of the chains.

Or at least in the UK it does. I imagine it varies country to country.

Yes. Very handy for a Mcpee when Im out working too!

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2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

McDonalds does genuinely do the best basic coffee of any of the chains.

Or at least in the UK it does. I imagine it varies country to country.

McDonalds on the seafront in Plays Del Ingles charge 1 whole euro for an excellent brew + it's handy if you want a Mcpee.

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3 hours ago, Farmduck said:

I have this real stick up my a@@ about American franchise chains. Never been to Starbucks. Went to McDonalds once, in 1975.  Went to Pizza Hut once in the early 80s.

When it comes to coffee I was always a big Lavazza fan but, in general, I think the critical issues are bean choice and time between roasting and drinking. Most big producers go heavy on the Arabica beans to appeal to mainstream consumers but any serious blend needs more Robusta to give it any edge.

Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.

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2 minutes ago, JonM said:

Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

It was all the Greek and Italian migrants who started that. I grew up in a country town and until I was about 14, I don't think we even had coffee in the house. Now I haven't had a cup of tea since maybe 1980 except for when I was married to a Chinese woman and it was just standard to drink green tea with meals.

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Cyclists....












Not in general but ones with lights that can be seen in outer space.

I know you need to be visible but having when I am walking down an unlit bridleway, I don't want to be blinded by something from a 90s style rave. I'm sure they wouldn't be legal on a car.

Oh and with all your flashy kit you could at least invest in a small bell rather than shouting coming through from distance.

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On ‎09‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 6:59 AM, gingerjon said:

McDonalds does genuinely do the best basic coffee of any of the chains.

Or at least in the UK it does. I imagine it varies country to country.

Not been in Maccy's for 30 years.

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On 09/01/2018 at 10:42 AM, JonM said:

Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.

Can't beat a Gloria Jean's flat white.

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3 minutes ago, Derwent said:

Can't beat a Gloria Jean's flat white.

I prefer Gloria Jean's white flat. :girlblum:

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23 hours ago, Bleep1673 said:

Not been in Maccy's for 30 years.

Not since they destroyed that Rugby League bar in Carcassonne

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Piers Morgan makes me really sad that Nigel Farage isn’t on Question Time. 

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28 minutes ago, ckn said:

Piers Morgan makes me really sad that Nigel Farage isn’t on Question Time. 

Even worse, Delingpole is on BBC This Week.

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On 9/1/2018 at 11:42 AM, JonM said:

Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.

 

On 9/1/2018 at 11:50 AM, Farmduck said:

It was all the Greek and Italian migrants who started that. I grew up in a country town and until I was about 14, I don't think we even had coffee in the house. Now I haven't had a cup of tea since maybe 1980 except for when I was married to a Chinese woman and it was just standard to drink green tea with meals.

I was stunned by how good hte coffee was in Melbourne.  I had Aussies tell me it was that good, but they also insisted every single thing was amazing compared to England, so I ignored them.  When it came to coffee, I was surprised to find it was genuinely close to world class.

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More of a random observation that a rant but anyway, this story about the 4th grader in Wisconsin whose homework included the question, "List 3 good reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons"  (I assume they meant "List 3 reasons in favour of slavery and 3 reasons against slavery.) Here was the kid's result:

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Naturally, predictable outrage followed but my point is forget the racism, how bad is this kid's handwriting? and spelling? He's been writing for 4 years?

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I'm instituting a merry new year's purge. Every retailer or delivery service that has failed me without explanation or apology gets blacklisted. If they have failed, but made the minimal effort to keep me informed on how they intend to sort out a problem, that's okay. If, however, they expect me to eat sh!t and like it, they are dead to me.

I've permanently cancelled three accounts this year and it feels good! 

Call it Darwinian selection, but the ones who have been axed really went above and beyond the call of slackness and incompetence, so I am not being draconian. I am looking to reward a level of service that is adequate or better.

I am not holding them to my own professional standards, because that would be unfair. 

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7 minutes ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

STUFF!!! The accumulation of stuff! I have too much stuff!!! 

I recently sold a lot of stuff on eBay.  I used the money to buy more stuff, rather than pay down the credit card which was used to buy the initial stuff.  

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I love reading about the European Immigration "Crisis." The sheer boundless hypocrisy of those Eurof@@ks astounds me. All those countries who have happily supplied members of various UN groups who've toured Australia and condemned our racism and our treatment of undocumented immigrants, year after year.

Great statement today from Gérard Collomb, France’s interior minister, "France must accept refugees, but she cannot accept all economic migrants ... it’s impossible to give a dignified welcome to 185,000 people a year." Seriously? Your wealthy First World country with 67 million people can't take 185,000 people a year? Gee, down here in the "most racist country on Earth" we're averaging 200,000 every year and 240,000 last year. We've only got 25 million people but we can somehow stretch our resources to fit them in. Weird because as you Eurotrash have told us so many times, we're the most racist people on Earth.

So we are able to take up to 1% of our population every year since? 1947? But the European Union hasn't been able, over the last 3 years, to take 0.4% just as a one-off exercise? It's a good thing you don't get inspections from UN agencies. They might think some very unkind thoughts about you.

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On ‎09‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 10:42 AM, JonM said:

Australia (well Sydney/Melbourne anyway) had a cafe/proper coffee scene a couple of decades before the UK did.

Not really a fan of paying £3 or £4 for a load of milky hot water myself. Another vote for the Sainbury's own brand beans though.

When I was in Australia in 1999 for the tour, my last weekend, I decided to blow the rest of my A$ on a meal on the Rocks, I found this restaurant, and managed to bag a window table, got the menu and ordered Morton Bay Bugs, and a nice bottle of wine, as I am sitting there I looked across the street, and there was Rugby Union legend David Campese, serving coffee in his own coffee shop, after I finished my meal I went across to have a coffee in his shop, and had a chat to him too, nice bloke.

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