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(Slate)   Coffee start-up plans to take on Starbucks by offering unlimited coffee to customers for $45 a month. Wasn't that the plot of a Seinfeld episode?   (slate.com) divider line 123
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2014-04-25 07:49:21 PM
"The genius of Cups..."

morirdeasco.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-25 08:24:01 PM
i.imgur.com

What my friend Donna will look like in a week with this deal
 
2014-04-25 08:41:59 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-25 08:47:13 PM
The catch is that the coffee is served in a 4oz cup and you can only get one at a time.
 
2014-04-25 09:03:04 PM
I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

What kinda coffee will they serve?
Who will write their software?

It better be good is all. God damn
 
2014-04-25 09:04:28 PM
Also? As of right now, my caffeine habit is $30 a month, this idea better be ducking awesome coffee.
 
2014-04-25 09:06:11 PM
Dilbert's Dad called. He'll be right over. He can't resist a challenge.
 
2014-04-25 09:06:48 PM
That's less than half of what the missus has spent so far this month... so count us in.
 
2014-04-25 09:07:20 PM

VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?


They're expensive and brew crappy coffee. Buy an aeropress and get 12 oz bags from a coffeeshop with decent beans. Ask them to grind a little bit finer than for a drip filter.
 
2014-04-25 09:07:37 PM
twenty and we're talkin douchebag.
 
2014-04-25 09:09:25 PM

BATMANATEE: The catch is that the coffee is served in a 4oz cup and you can only get one at a time.


That would kill it for me.
(reads TA)
Nope, not there.  I'm listening.

/not really, to practical, drink most of mine at home anyway.
 
2014-04-25 09:09:42 PM

clkeagle: That's less than half of what the missus has spent so far this month... so count us in.


I drtfa...I'm guessing this doesn't include all the "fancy" drinks and is limited to the traditional burnt water?
 
2014-04-25 09:10:07 PM
"too"
 
2014-04-25 09:10:14 PM
"If Israelis didn't screw us over," Rotem says, "then Americans probably won't."
-  And here is where you are wrong.
 
2014-04-25 09:11:34 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

They're expensive and brew crappy coffee. Buy an aeropress and get 12 oz bags from a coffeeshop with decent beans. Ask them to grind a little bit finer than for a drip filter.


My mother's k-cup machine, like the coffee always tastes burnt ...I couldn't live like that. Have you tried those espresso machines?

These machines are quite an investment.


\\Also--- the $45 doesn't include lattes or speciality drinks--- just coffee. Bullshiat.
 
2014-04-25 09:12:27 PM

VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

What kinda coffee will they serve?
Who will write their software?

It better be good is all. God damn


I used to drink a lot of Rockstar (the Rehab line, non-carbonated) and have since moved on to these:

www.drinkwhat.com

About half the ingredients list (they can use less preservative due to the lower fluid amount and the sealing top similar to a squeezy ketchup bottle), and you can control the amount of caffeine per your current state.  At 4 bucks a pop they far outpace Rockstar for value per ounce IMO.
 
2014-04-25 09:12:33 PM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: clkeagle: That's less than half of what the missus has spent so far this month... so count us in.

I drtfa...I'm guessing this doesn't include all the "fancy" drinks and is limited to the traditional burnt water?


You guessed right! You gotta pay $85 for lattes and shiat.
 
2014-04-25 09:14:00 PM

Nordschleife: VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

What kinda coffee will they serve?
Who will write their software?

It better be good is all. God damn

I used to drink a lot of Rockstar (the Rehab line, non-carbonated) and have since moved on to these:



About half the ingredients list (they can use less preservative due to the lower fluid amount and the sealing top similar to a squeezy ketchup bottle), and you can control the amount of caffeine per your current state.  At 4 bucks a pop they far outpace Rockstar for value per ounce IMO.


I've never tried those...ooooooo I'm going to now...oooo
 
2014-04-25 09:14:12 PM
www.shopmzb.com
best coffee for the money bar none. ~$8.00 a can.  way less than $45.00 a month.
 
2014-04-25 09:14:21 PM
Although I should probably get the brand right and mention they were Monster Energy Rehabs.  I did used to drink Rockstar, too.  The zero carb blue can I think.
 
2014-04-25 09:14:24 PM

VivianVivisect: are those k-cup thing economical?


If you buy the packaged cups, then they are expensive compared to a pot brewed at home.  After an investment around $100, it's about $0.65 per cup.  You can get that number down to around $0.50 per cup if you buy in bulk.  You can also chose the "My K-Cup", which is a refillable pod you put your own coffee in.

For me, it works out just fine.  I don't drink much coffee, and I hate dealing with grounds.  The prepackaged ones are fine for me.  I rarely use the "My K-Cup".  This said, I do love me my energy drinks... so most of my fix doesn't come from the machine.  For someone like my parents who drink a couple pots of coffee on the weekend or my grandparents who seem to keep a pot brewing at all times, it's going to be horribly expensive unless they use the refillable pod and buy their own coffee.

The only word of caution is that there are reports that Keurig is going to start putting the coffee-pod equivalent of DRM on future brewer models to force manufacturers to pay a licensing fee.  So, that's pretty evil.
 
2014-04-25 09:16:25 PM

VivianVivisect: Also? As of right now, my caffeine habit is $30 a month, this idea better be ducking awesome coffee.


It's only for non-Starbucks shops...

So yeah, it's at least got that going for it.
 
2014-04-25 09:21:25 PM

AcademGreen: VivianVivisect: are those k-cup thing economical?

If you buy the packaged cups, then they are expensive compared to a pot brewed at home.  After an investment around $100, it's about $0.65 per cup.  You can get that number down to around $0.50 per cup if you buy in bulk.  You can also chose the "My K-Cup", which is a refillable pod you put your own coffee in.

For me, it works out just fine.  I don't drink much coffee, and I hate dealing with grounds.  The prepackaged ones are fine for me.  I rarely use the "My K-Cup".  This said, I do love me my energy drinks... so most of my fix doesn't come from the machine.  For someone like my parents who drink a couple pots of coffee on the weekend or my grandparents who seem to keep a pot brewing at all times, it's going to be horribly expensive unless they use the refillable pod and buy their own coffee.

The only word of caution is that there are reports that Keurig is going to start putting the coffee-pod equivalent of DRM on future brewer models to force manufacturers to pay a licensing fee.  So, that's pretty evil.


It's hard for me to commit $100 to something I don't think I'll use that much considering I'm a coffee slut-- I'm very pernicious when it comes to my coffee.
 
2014-04-25 09:21:25 PM
No thanks I will just keep buying shots of espresso at the bar in our building for $0.50/per and make my own on the weekends.

Oh and fark Starbucks...I want my Supersonics back.
 
2014-04-25 09:21:58 PM

VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

What kinda coffee will they serve?
Who will write their software?

It better be good is all. God damn


I use the refillable K-cups and just put whatever coffee I feel like that month in there, currently HEB Cafe Ole Pecan ( not a coffee snob) or some flavor of Dunkin, it's cheap. Between that and the free crap at work $45 sounds wicked high.
 
2014-04-25 09:22:52 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?

They're expensive and brew crappy coffee. Buy an aeropress and get 12 oz bags from a coffeeshop with decent beans. Ask them to grind a little bit finer than for a drip filter.


Honestly, the beans matter more than the production. Grind fresh daily and use a Mr. Coffee with a metal reusable filter, and I think it's awesome.
 
2014-04-25 09:23:28 PM
I get all the stale Maxwell House I want for $5/month at work.
 
2014-04-25 09:27:10 PM

VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?


Depends on the situation.  Last company I worked for did single-serving coffee in a couple of styles over the years.  The cost per cup was way higher than if they had pots or urns but the bullshiat factor was reduced to 0.  Nobody doing the "it's not empty" thing by leaving 1/8" of coffee in the pot.  And no burned out pots because nobody wanted to be the one to make the next pot.  Nobody complaining that "Bill makes it too strong" and "Kathy makes it too weak".  It's hard to put a dollar figure on that kind of peace.

But, for an individual, not really much of a money saver.  And all those little plastic cups can't be good for the environment.  It might eventually save you money if you run regular grounds thru it using the reusable mini-filer they sell.  But then you have to dump the grounds and rinse the filter after every cup.
 
2014-04-25 09:27:58 PM
Are you guys terrified at the amount of empty sugar calories you consume a day in your coffee? I tried coffee black. I can't do if again .....
 
2014-04-25 09:28:57 PM
I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore
 
2014-04-25 09:32:09 PM
Um, Bruegger's already does this with the Bottomless Mug, and its cheaper, too.  Plus you can fill it up at any of them.
 
2014-04-25 09:32:48 PM

sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore


French presses are like $10? Right?
 
2014-04-25 09:33:50 PM

VivianVivisect: Are you guys terrified at the amount of empty sugar calories you consume a day in your coffee? I tried coffee black. I can't do if again .....


Not at all.

Because I drink coffee, not vaguely coffee-flavored, sugar-laden fantasy drinks.

But seriously, it's a matter of finding a coffee that tastes good by itself. Not every coffee is good to drink black and with no sugar

/and fark artificial sweetener
//stopped adding sugar to coffee and tea rather than use sweetener
 
2014-04-25 09:35:11 PM

VivianVivisect: Are you guys terrified at the amount of empty sugar calories you consume a day in your coffee? I tried coffee black. I can't do if again .....


Why add sugar? I throw some Folgers and hot water in a French Press, and it works well and is very economical. Doesn't taste like burnt ass and no calories. Putting it in a carafe and keeping a full pot perpetually heated will break down the coffee and make it taste terrible.
 
2014-04-25 09:35:23 PM

VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?


There's from $10 to $100 and everything in between. I have a cheap $6 one and a fancy bodum that was about $60. If your office has a hot water kettle, you're set.
 
2014-04-25 09:35:24 PM

VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?


If you use a french press, you could also try brewing cold coffee in the fridge over night.  Just fill it in cold water and let it sit with the grounds.  I find it makes the coffee less bitter, if you don't like black coffee.  Still, it'll be black coffee without the bite.
 
2014-04-25 09:37:19 PM

AcademGreen: VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?

If you use a french press, you could also try brewing cold coffee in the fridge over night.  Just fill it in cold water and let it sit with the grounds.  I find it makes the coffee less bitter, if you don't like black coffee.  Still, it'll be black coffee without the bite.


Oooooo danggggggg that sounds soooo good
 
2014-04-25 09:37:25 PM

VivianVivisect: Are you guys terrified at the amount of empty sugar calories you consume a day in your coffee? I tried coffee black. I can't do if again .....


A collision as a teenager cured me of putting sugar in regular coffee.
 
2014-04-25 09:38:31 PM

VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?


$8 at Tuesday Morning, 32-oz glass beaker type. Compared to my $25 eight-year-old Mr. Coffee machine which holds more but has a coffee-infused burner and probably some mold somewhere.
 
2014-04-25 09:40:23 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE COFEEE
 
2014-04-25 09:40:25 PM

jtown: It might eventually save you money if you run regular grounds thru it using the reusable mini-filer they sell.  But then you have to dump the grounds and rinse the filter after every cup.


Oh Jesus. Is it really too hard for you to pass water through a f*cking upside down filter?

We have a french press but are considering the K-cup w/filter. Only thing I dislike about the french press is that over time the mesh breaks down and you get too many grounds in your coffee.
 
2014-04-25 09:40:28 PM

rebelyell2006: VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?

$8 at Tuesday Morning, 32-oz glass beaker type. Compared to my $25 eight-year-old Mr. Coffee machine which holds more but has a coffee-infused burner and probably some mold somewhere.


You have a Tuesday morning toooo? I thought it was a mom and pop store. Cool
 
2014-04-25 09:43:10 PM

VivianVivisect: rebelyell2006: VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?

$8 at Tuesday Morning, 32-oz glass beaker type. Compared to my $25 eight-year-old Mr. Coffee machine which holds more but has a coffee-infused burner and probably some mold somewhere.

You have a Tuesday morning toooo? I thought it was a mom and pop store. Cool


No, it's a national chain. Like a Big Lots but slightly higher respectability.
 
2014-04-25 09:44:16 PM
My friend says I need a special bean to brew in a French press? Is she a liar liar pants on fire?
 
2014-04-25 09:45:04 PM
www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com
 
2014-04-25 09:45:24 PM
Caffeine makes your nuts small.
 
2014-04-25 09:45:33 PM

rebelyell2006: VivianVivisect: rebelyell2006: VivianVivisect: sotua: I get free coffee at work.

It's so good I buy beans from the Starbucks across the street and brew my own with a 500ml French press.

/Sumatra, Guatemala and Verona ftw
//and fark Starbucks for not bringing regular Komodo Dragon anymore

French presses are like $10? Right?

$8 at Tuesday Morning, 32-oz glass beaker type. Compared to my $25 eight-year-old Mr. Coffee machine which holds more but has a coffee-infused burner and probably some mold somewhere.

You have a Tuesday morning toooo? I thought it was a mom and pop store. Cool

No, it's a national chain. Like a Big Lots but slightly higher respectability.


TIL big lots isn't respectable.

It used to be called a pic N save.
 
2014-04-25 09:45:46 PM

VivianVivisect: My friend says I need a special bean to brew in a French press? Is she a liar liar pants on fire?


It just needs to be coarse enough that it can be filtered by the press, so nothing super-finely ground.
 
2014-04-25 09:46:49 PM

VivianVivisect: I'm considering changing my rockstar habit back to k-cups or coffee, are those k-cup thing economical?


I used to work in a home housewares/kitchen gadget store before I got my big boy job. I sold those machines to bored, stupid housewives. Under no possible circumstances are those economical. I phrased it as "Yeah, they're a little pricier than traditional coffee but when all you want is ONE cup rather than the whole pot, they can be pretty convenient. It's your choice but it is a pretty neat toy (point to the display unit)."

If you want plain coffee with no frills, get a machine. If you want fancy coffee, get the stuff for it and commit to using it. If you want mediocre tasting flavors with way too much cream flavor out of some desire to not wash anything, then get a K-Cup machine.

/I was a damn good salesman though
 
2014-04-25 09:46:49 PM

VivianVivisect: My friend says I need a special bean to brew in a French press? Is she a liar liar pants on fire?


Completely.
 
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