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2014-03-01 08:34:46 AM
OMG.

I've had Tim's up north, they are so much better than Dunkin, McD's, anything we have.

There's spots in Canada where they opened a Tim's to handle the overflow from the Tim's a block away.
 
2014-03-01 09:07:28 AM
They will be welcomed as liberehtors.
 
2014-03-01 09:35:27 AM
I don't think their soup and a doughnut combo will catch on in the U.S.

www.timhortons.com

Coffee, doughnut, soup, and a roll?

Seriously, WTF?
 
2014-03-01 10:11:24 AM
Tim Horton's coffee is awful.  The only evidence you'll need is the existence of the double-double.

If you have to dump two packets of sugar and two pots of cream into your coffee to make it palatable, it's just plain bad coffee.

The donuts are pretty darn good, though.
 
2014-03-01 11:05:38 AM
Good luck with that. Krispy Kreme tried to get their paws into New England here a few years back, and lost. The only coffee places that are tolerated up here are D&D, Starbucks and Panera Bread.
 
2014-03-01 11:12:43 AM
As an American who moved to Canada I am thoroughly addicted to Timmie's.
 
2014-03-01 11:17:39 AM

Generation_D: OMG.

I've had Tim's up north, they are so much better than Dunkin, McD's, anything we have.

There's spots in Canada where they opened a Tim's to handle the overflow from the Tim's a block away.


Iced Cap.

My wife would love to have a bunch open up in Wisconsin. She grew up in in Canada, and last I heard, they don't make donuts in-store anymore. They still have that Iced Cappuccino she loves on a hot day.
 
2014-03-01 11:34:02 AM
I just think they know people are going to realize their coffee is crap, so they will eliminate all serious competition beforehand. Once again timmies is absolute shiat. They survive solely on price and convenience/saturation.

/second cup rocks
 
2014-03-01 11:36:45 AM
The only time I got to Tim Hortins is on Thanksgiving. When DD's is closed.
 
2014-03-01 11:38:03 AM
The Canadian Invasion is with donuts?  Why not? Dunkin' doesn't have a lot of competition; it
would be nice to see what the talk is about.  (By the way, doesn't Wendy's have an interest
in Tim Horton's?) Certainly, they couldn't do any worse than the overrated Krispy Kreme
(which wasn't that crispy, and the glaze tasted like rubber cement).
 
2014-03-01 11:39:05 AM

shortymac: As an American who moved to Canada I am thoroughly addicted to Timmie's.


Enjoying the free health care, I hope.
 
2014-03-01 11:54:18 AM
Horton's going to hear a "who?" is most of the US ...
 
2014-03-01 11:55:05 AM

Prophet of Loss: Horton's going to hear a "who?" in most of the US ...


/way to ruin the 'joke', brain
 
2014-03-01 12:18:16 PM

Li'l Robbie: The Canadian Invasion is with donuts?  Why not? Dunkin' doesn't have a lot of competition; it
would be nice to see what the talk is about.  (By the way, doesn't Wendy's have an interest
in Tim Horton's?
) Certainly, they couldn't do any worse than the overrated Krispy Kreme
(which wasn't that crispy, and the glaze tasted like rubber cement).


They did up until maybe 10 years ago, which is why central Ohio has a ton of them.
 
2014-03-01 12:19:28 PM
As much as I hate to say it, when McDonald's bought out their bean supplier, they have worse coffee than Mcdicks.

So I drink McDick's coffee.

Wicked awesome sandwich deals for lunch though. I love the BLT with a passion. It helps to know the staff, but I think they are trying to kill me with sweet, blessed, bacon.
 
2014-03-01 01:44:55 PM

The real beauty of Tim Horton's is that they are as good as they need to be, cheap, and very accessible...and frankly, in acountry full of empty space, being able to find a dependable coffee shop at virtually any highway exit is comforting.


There's free wifi, you can use the bathrooms even if you don't buy anything, and sit there all day for a couple of bucks. You can get an OK lunch for about five dollars, and it's open late and early for long drives. In towns, they are quasi community centres where you can meet up with your friends...I've had more than one business meeting at a Tim Horton's. They also provide good landmarks to meet up with folks.

They sponsor a lot of kid's activities, and the Tim's where I used to live had my kids' pictures on the wall. So, yeah, it's not the world's best coffee, but it's good enough when you consider the rest.

 
2014-03-01 01:46:28 PM

Generation_D: There's spots in Canada where they opened a Tim's to handle the overflow from the Tim's a block away.


The best is on major commuter route where they know nobody will make a left hand turn to get coffee, so you will find two Tim's literally across the road from each other. One to catch people commuting to work and the other to catch people commuting home.
 
2014-03-01 01:49:53 PM

dywed88: Generation_D: There's spots in Canada where they opened a Tim's to handle the overflow from the Tim's a block away.

The best is on major commuter route where they know nobody will make a left hand turn to get coffee, so you will find two Tim's literally across the road from each other. One to catch people commuting to work and the other to catch people commuting home.


Also, from my office I can currently visit 2 Tim's, with a third to open in the coming months, and 3 Starbucks without going outside. This is in my office block and the hotel across the road connected via a subway station.
 
2014-03-01 03:08:02 PM
Hopefully they come to Minnesota
 
2014-03-01 03:20:46 PM
Oh, good. (Grumpy Cat photo here)

That will get a lot of 'em off of my back and out of my way when I walk to work in the morning. Yup. Canada. Not big enough for 33 million of us if we all choose to live in the same GD warm bits near the border.

I'm an agnostic on Tim Horton's. I don't drink a lot of coffee or eat a lot of donuts. But I would prefer them to the excess of Starbucks and Second Cup.

But this is hardly a new invasion. Tim Horton's has franchises in many of the border states.

Did you know that Tim Horton was a hockey player who started a doughnut shop when he retired? It's as if a famous football or baseball player morphed into a popular chain of doughnut shops.

As if Joe Louis, the boxer, were a restaurant, let's say. In Eastern Canada, Joe Louis morphed into a Vachon(tm) pastry like a chocolate Moon Pie (tm). The vanilla Moon Pie (tm) is named Mae West so that it's not racism, it's just love.
 
2014-03-01 03:50:17 PM
Tims was one of the mitigating factors when I lived in the Detroit area. Not that it was really great, but I liked having something bedsides DD and Starbucks.
 
2014-03-01 05:28:22 PM
Horrible coffee, shiatty breakfast sandwiches, donuts are ok though but where much better when they were made in the store from scratch....I'll go to McD's every time over Timmy's
 
2014-03-01 07:30:26 PM

kmfjd: Horrible coffee, shiatty breakfast sandwiches, donuts are ok though but where much better when they were made in the store from scratch....I'll go to McD's every time over Timmy's


I don't mind the breakfast sandwiches, but the half-baked donuts can go away. Besides, there are way too many superior, local choices here for artery-clogging goodness.

I don't get the love for Tim's coffee. It tastes like it was strained through a dishrag.
 
2014-03-01 08:13:22 PM
Come to Wisconsin, assholes.
 
2014-03-01 11:22:51 PM
I had Tim Horton's once a number of years ago. Once.
 
2014-03-02 12:28:31 AM
I've got no time, no time, no no no no time...for this.
 
2014-03-02 12:48:35 AM
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2014-03-02 02:03:59 AM

llortcM_yllort: Come to Wisconsin, assholes.


No shiat. My wife hates having to drive so far to indulge in an iced cappuccino.
 
2014-03-02 02:20:31 AM
Robo Beat:
The donuts are pretty darn good, though.

They're pre-made, flash frozen and trucked to the stores and it shows.  Terrible. I can tolerate the apple fritters but why bother?  I live in a town with many bakeries that make their own food.

Lately I've been getting my donuts from a bakery run by a little old asian lady.  They're fresh, yeasty and the icing doesn't have the texture of that crappy photo cake topping.
 
2014-03-02 02:48:20 AM

F1_Fan: Robo Beat:
The donuts are pretty darn good, though.

They're pre-made, flash frozen and trucked to the stores and it shows.  Terrible. I can tolerate the apple fritters but why bother?  I live in a town with many bakeries that make their own food.

Lately I've been getting my donuts from a bakery run by a little old asian lady.  They're fresh, yeasty and the icing doesn't have the texture of that crappy photo cake topping.


They've also shrunk some of them by about 20% at some point in the last 3-4 years. I rarely go to Tims, unless i need a quick breakfast in the morning omw to work.
 
2014-03-02 06:24:01 AM

kmfjd: Horrible coffee, shiatty breakfast sandwiches, donuts are ok though but where much better when they were made in the store from scratch....I'll go to McD's every time over Timmy's


That's a deal breaker here in the Pacific Northwest...

/ Coffee is serious business
 
2014-03-02 08:42:35 AM

F1_Fan: Robo Beat:
The donuts are pretty darn good, though.

They're pre-made, flash frozen and trucked to the stores and it shows.  Terrible. I can tolerate the apple fritters but why bother?  I live in a town with many bakeries that make their own food.


Are they?  That's disappointing to hear they've stopped making them fresh.  I actually haven't been to a Tim's in some years, since I moved out of the one part of the US that actually had them.
 
2014-03-02 02:37:20 PM

Robo Beat: F1_Fan: Robo Beat:
The donuts are pretty darn good, though.

They're pre-made, flash frozen and trucked to the stores and it shows.  Terrible. I can tolerate the apple fritters but why bother?  I live in a town with many bakeries that make their own food.

Are they?  That's disappointing to hear they've stopped making them fresh.  I actually haven't been to a Tim's in some years, since I moved out of the one part of the US that actually had them.


Well, maybe things are different in the US.  I'm in Canada and they're certainly not made on site.   The other thing that has turned me off of TH is the texture of the icing.   It's changed significantly in the last several years.  I think it's a peel-and-stick thing applied at the store... because it has a weird "bite" and you can almost lift one edge and peel the icing off whole.
 
2014-03-02 03:35:04 PM

shortymac: As an American who moved to Canada I am thoroughly addicted to Timmie's.


This.
 
2014-03-02 08:31:55 PM
I love a Timmie's coffee, but I can't bloody stand the restaurants.  The lineups at each and every one piss me off to the point of not going.  In Calgary it is literally impossible to get in and out with a coffee in 5 minutes either through the drive through or by going in, and the more food they add the worse the lineups get. I don't want farking doughnuts, sandwiches, ice cream, soup, paninis, cookies, or anything else from there.  I just want a coffee. The combined Timmie's/Wendy's are even worse. The traffic jams they cause outside of some of the restaurants are rage inducing.

 If they would figure this out and make some sort of express lane for people who want to be served in under 2 minutes I would go there almost every bloody day.  Either that or they need to open a good 50 of the proposed new locations in Calgary to ease the traffic.
 
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