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Posted: 15 September 2012 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Dr. Techie - 15 September 2012 07:32 AM

unbelievable ... it didn’t happen in real life.

Your certainty about this makes me again want to ask, ”What color is the sky on your planet?

Now, that was a glorious thread! (no accreditation regarding winners or losers)

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Posted: 15 September 2012 08:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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jtab4994 - 15 September 2012 11:56 AM

Saying Half & Half to a Canadian can make them think you want half Caf and half Decaf.

What would be the purpose of that? Please tell me it isn’t a real order.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 02:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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kurwamac - 15 September 2012 08:35 PM

jtab4994 - 15 September 2012 11:56 AM
Saying Half & Half to a Canadian can make them think you want half Caf and half Decaf.

What would be the purpose of that? Please tell me it isn’t a real order.

Ummm… It has less caffeine than full caf but not none?

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Posted: 16 September 2012 03:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I don’t know how you would ask for it in the Starbucks language, but half-caff coffee is a real thing.  It’s sold as “lite” in U.S. supermarkets.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 09:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Ah, I didn’t know you could get ground (or bean?) coffee half-caf, but my wife is the coffee buyer at our house.  In restaurants, etc., its just a mixture of brewed decaf and “normal” coffee, and as Faldage says it’s quite a common order, by patrons who want some caffeine but not as much as would be in the quantity of normal coffee they want to drink.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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It is actually possible these days to wash the caffeine out of whole coffee beans and retain the flavour (so I’m told; I only drink caffeinated myself). Here’s the website of the company that developed the process.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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jtab4994 - 16 September 2012 03:24 AM

I don’t know how you would ask for it in the Starbucks language, but half-caff coffee is a real thing.  It’s sold as “lite” in U.S. supermarkets.

I“‘ve never heard of “lite” to mean this. Lite usually refers somehow to calories. But googling suggests that there is such a thing.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Whether Alan Bennett made up the whole thing or not, we shall never know for sure, but I’m inclined to think he did, for dramatic effect.  When in Canada or the States, (ie like last week) or even here in the UK, my husband (the coffee drinker) simply orders an Americano then adds cream (cream, not milk), not because he’s trying to be inoffensive by using a non-colour descriptor, but because the term Americano is universally understood nowadays and he can add as much cream as he likes. 

Did Starbucks introduce or popularize the term “Americano”?

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Posted: 16 September 2012 04:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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ElizaD - 16 September 2012 03:50 PM

Whether Alan Bennett made up the whole thing or not, we shall never know for sure, but I’m inclined to think he did, for dramatic effect.  When in Canada or the States, (ie like last week) or even here in the UK, my husband (the coffee drinker) simply orders an Americano then adds cream (cream, not milk), not because he’s trying to be inoffensive by using a non-colour descriptor, but because the term Americano is universally understood nowadays and he can add as much cream as he likes. 

Did Starbucks introduce or popularize the term “Americano”?

Not sure, but you are right. at my coffee house the term exists, but, to be honest, I don’t know what it means. I’ll ask next time. I’ve never ordered it. :-(

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Posted: 16 September 2012 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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I rarely visit Starbucks, for reasons of both parsimony and geography, but I happen to know that their Americano is espresso diluted with hot water to approximate ordinary (drip or perk) coffee.  This usage is apparently widespread enough to have a Wikipedia entry: see Caffe Americano.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 06:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Now, that was a glorious thread! (no accreditation regarding winners or losers)

The topic itself appears to be both sticky and thorny.

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Posted: 16 September 2012 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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ROFL: when I visit the tar-baby thread now, there is an advertisement for an “intimate fairness” treatment. Now that’s something African American spokespersons should be incensed about. (as per attached)

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Posted: 17 September 2012 03:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Wow! I use Adblocker on Firefox, so I don’t see ads like this, but that’s pretty amazing. Not only is wildly inappropriate for the content of the thread, but the linguistic circumlocutions the ads and websites for Lactacyd go through to intimate what the product does without actually saying it are pretty amazing. But I guess if you sell a feminine hygiene/skin whitening product you have to jump through hoops to get your message across without drawing ire.

I also note the product is not available for sale in the US, UK, or Canada. (Or at least not officially marketed under that name.)

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Posted: 17 September 2012 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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when Americans say coffee with cream, they mean coffee with milk. I had the idea in my mind that in the US, people were adding actual cream to their coffee.

I drink actual cream in my coffee every morning.

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Posted: 17 September 2012 05:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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OP Tipping - 16 September 2012 07:02 PM

ROFL: when I visit the tar-baby thread now, there is an advertisement for an “intimate fairness” treatment. Now that’s something African American spokespersons should be incensed about. (as per attached)

These ads seem to be added in present time and may be more related to the browsing history of the poster than anything special about the thread in which they appear.  Going over this old thread I got an ad for the next four Cubs home games.

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