Monday, November 10, 2008

Who Are You People?

So, last Monday I instituted Music Mondays over here just in case I needed it as a crutch during BloMe (NaBloPoMo to those with fancy tongues), but since I don't need it, I reserve the right to do Music Monday on any other day this week if I damn well feel like it.

Today, though, I've no need for such a crutch (hey, I'm rhymin'!). Instead I have a question. Seriously. All kidding aside, I want to know:

Who Are You People?

The other day, I did not go and treat myself to a Friday latte because I would never do that when I should be (ahem) saving money. While I wasn't there, they did not attempt to give me the incorrect drink nor hand me the following receipt (yay Oregon with zero sales tax!) for said non-correct and non-existent drink:


Firstly, I don't believe in the sugar-free thing for me, but I understand that lots of y'all do, and I get that, kind of, even if I think whatever weird chemicals those are have to be worse than the 50 calories or whatever, but hey, your call and not all that odd.

Where we run into my sarcastic sincere question is this whole bit about it being 180 degrees. I had an old boss who used to send me almost daily to Starbucks with his order (and cash for mine, sometimes about 5 others, too - gawd I miss that boss), and his order always included the words "extra hot" (he kind of was, too, shh...). Even that made sense to me.

But 180 degrees? Seriously? What if it was 178 degrees or 182 degrees? Would you know the difference? Can I pretty please do something like a taste test but with temperature to see if you can really tell? Are you this much of a pain in the ass all the time or just in the line in front of me at Starbucks? I'm sure you are probably (maybe) nice, but even you realize this makes you sound kind of fussy and finicky, right?

Who are you? And are you here reading this? You can't be all bad if you are, but you do have me so intrigued and so very much wanting to prepare you a latte that is 178 degrees, and I usually don't like making them for anyone but me.

18 comments:

  1. now that's a bill i've never seen. i think i'll get a very dull look and a shaking head if i asked for an 180 degree coffee..... nope, it wasn't me!

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  2. Do you drink tea at all? If you do, what kind(s) do you like?

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  3. @stan - I like pretty much any tea - green, herbal, black, flavored, not flavored. My favorite loose tea is "genmaicha" with roasted brown rice for a nice roasted flavor, but really any tea is a good tea.

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  4. I heard a guy ordering a drink once with five different things, the last being an inch of soy.

    I think I am with you on this one...what if they only put in 3/4 of an inch? And do you pay the full extra for the soy, even though you are not getting all the soy milk you pay extra for?

    Peoples are weird. They just are.

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  5. Sometimes I think people order stuff like this to appear they are smarter. In turn, they just come off as an asshole.

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  6. I had never even heard of 'extra hot' until yesterday, when I took my DIL to Starbucks. (Because I'm just that kind of guy) She ordered hers that way and I thought to myself, WTF? EXTRA hot? Like that shit ain't hot enough to begin with?

    PUL-LEASE!!

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  7. Strange. I didn't know they heated the coffees to a certain temperature. Heck, I didn't even know they handed out receipts!

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  8. That's so funny! What a silly request--I could never tell without a thermometer whether my latte was 178 or 180 degrees, and I wouldn't want to carry one around with me to make sure the barista got the drink right. :)

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  9. hahaha! what an odd button to have on the register. because you know in order to get that printed on the receipt because it has an "nc" on there for "no charge... that it must too follow that there is a "180degree" button. I wonder if they have a "178degree" button. because that would be a lot of buttons if they had all the temperatures. what about iced?

    is there a "-178" button?

    can you get someone on this?
    :)

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  10. OMG - too funny. I would bet my ass though, my MIL would be the one to nail the poor clerk to the wall if it was off by 1 degree.

    Me? I could care less about the temp, only the taste. And having served 20 years in the Navy, where the coffee is the real 'adventure', I'm not really all that picky about the taste either. Sludge works fine, as long as it contains caffine.

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  11. Nice.

    If the drink is over 180 degrees, does it change from no charge to having a charge on it???

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  12. if that person is that picky about coffee, can you imagine what he/she is like with everything else? Just be thankful that person's not part of your life ;-)

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  13. So who is going to ask the clerk at Starbucks the next time they are there why they even have a 180 degree button on their cash register and why exactly someone would ask for their coffee that way?
    Inquiring minds just have to know!!

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  14. I've been craving lattes since the weather turned cold here. Haven't given in yet, but the time will come soon, I'm sure!

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  15. Whoa. I had no idea. That's pretty fru-fru.

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  16. Ahem. um. So, I've been instructed that when ordering for Isobel, I must state the following, in this precise order:

    "a kid's soy no whip 100 degree unsweetened hot chocolate."

    Ahem. I'm really not an asshole. She just doesn't drink cow's milk or have much sugar (in this case, it means without a shot of vanilla, not the aspartame-infused stuff) and really doesn't appreciate burning her mouth off as she gulps it down in a small person's version of beverage lust.

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  17. Wow. We're like coffee soul-mates or some junk.

    I heard a guy in front of me order a blah-blah-blah-yackity-shmackity-180-degrees macchiato the other day and I found myself wondering the same thing. Like, where did you get the '180' from? Can I order mine at 168? 195? How hot does it come if I don't specify a temperature? And how do you even know they're using whatever fancy milk you request? Can you really taste the difference on top of the vanilla-caramel-double-shot with extra foam?

    I think I need more coffee...

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