Sun Apr 27 09:39:15 EDT 2008
You said it much better than I could.
I went to an auction last night where everything from lawn fertilizer spreaders to cut crystal was for sale. ( I bought a guitar, but that's a longer story.) At the concession stand they offered microwave popcorn, hot dogs, and coffee from a 40 cup urn that had been bought third or fourth hand. The grounds were scooped from a can straight from Big Star. The lady at the concession stand, who most likely would have thought 'barista' was a foreign insult, offered me a choice of a small (50 cent) or large ($1) styrofoam cup.
It was better than any Starbuck's frou-frou coffee I've ever poured out on the sidewalk.
> Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 08:51:19 -0400
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: NBC Starbucks
> To: BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG
> I hate Starbucks for THREE reasons. In order of importance:
> 1) I don't speak Starbucks. Anyone who calls a small coffee a "tall"
> coffee is perverting the Queen's English (a hanging offence). And we
> won't even discuss the innate snobbishness of "vente" and "grande" -
> just who the fuck do they think they ARE?
> 2) People who serve coffee are, well, servers. Not "baristas." I'm
> glad they got my pal Patrick's son through school, though.
> 3) The coffee tastes NASTY.
> In Canada, thank god, we have another chain or two. In descending order
> - from upper middle-class to working folk's nirvana - we have Second
> Cup, Coffee Time, and that Canadian institution, Tim Hortons (no
> apostrophe). The latter, sadly, is now owned by Wendy's, which I think
> is some sort of American"restaurant" chain that specializes in
> (with the coffee time blues)
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> you could be driving an ice-cream van.'" — Francis Rossi, Status Quo
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