Where do you go for coffee?

Where?

  • Dunkin Donuts

    Votes: 14 35.0%
  • Starbucks

    Votes: 6 15.0%
  • Cumberland Farms or other convenience store

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • McDonalds (or BK I guess)

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • Gourmet Donuts

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Like Thomas, I ONLY use a French Press for my coffee you heathen!

    Votes: 6 15.0%
  • Other (specify)

    Votes: 12 30.0%

  • Total voters
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Claremonster

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For the most part, I just brew my own at home. Typically buy the organic from the coffee lady at the local Farmer's market. Everyone's different, but honestly Dunkin Donuts is a last resort for me. I prefer Mary Lou's, McDonald's for $1, or Starbucks. Coffee Break Cafe in Quincy is also good. I just don't understand what the attraction is to DD, to be honest.

Given the options, I voted Starbucks. I think their coffee is great, and I don't mind paying a little more for a quality cup and friendly service. I've never had an issue there whereas McDonalds and DD tend to screw up orders

For me, it's nostalgia. I grew up outside of a small ("Distant Rural") city with nowhere to go and nothing to do, except party. On a school night. This meant parking my ass at a DD counter with repeated cups of coffee. It was far better than the store-bought shit my mother bought.

There's no DD out here anymore (used to be one near the airport), but knowing my luck, I'd think it sucks now.

A for Starbucks, or Charbucks, I've only had three coffee blends they got right - New Guiana Peaberry, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and "Komodo Dragon". Everything else? Blaaaah. Unfortunately, the Peaberry and Blue Mountain are rare offerings.

Tully's is another place out here. Their French Roast is good, and their Dutchman's Blend is outstanding. I get their K-Cup French Roast for day-to-day "grab a cup out the door".

There are independent roasters all over out here. Mostly "Fair Trade" blends that, to be honest, don't taste right. Maybe it would taste better if there was more human misery connected with it. I don't know. :coffee:
 

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Guys really, what you want tom keep things simple is one of these.

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It's a proper espresso maker and is not expensive, probably no more than USD100 in the US.

You get great results everytime because you just fill the puck with your ground beans and then the machine does the rest with 9 bar pressure.

To make a simple Americano/filter style coffee just fill an espresso measurement into a cup and top up with hot water. You don't have to dick around supervising like a french press or Moka pot. And you get proper espressos. Easy to make lattes and cappuccinos as well with the milk frother.
 

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Honestly guys. Coffee is one thing you shouldn't overthink. Just go to DD and stay out of Starbucks, you will do just fine. Every once in while it's OK to get that $1 coffee at McD's if you are driving by one anyway..

Not sure if McD's coffee in Canada is the same as in the US, but Canadian McD's coffee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> DD. Better than Tim Horton's too. Starbucks is the worst, especially their dark roasts (in Canada anyway). Tim Horton's dark roast is vile garbage. And I prefer dark roasts.

I don't buy coffee out very often, but I like McD's muffins so I grab the $2 coffee + muffin deal as a treat from time to time.

Much prefer making coffee at home. Best I've ever had was in Cuba, pretty much everywhere I went, but this one home Mexican restaurant was amazing from top to bottom - everything was delicious and the coffee was the best I've tried.
 

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Well shit. Coworker bought me a Starbucks medium roast coffee today, hadn't had one in forever. I'm struggling to swallow this sludge :(
 

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That's about the best recipe for Starbucks I've seen yet. :clap:

I think ppl go there just bc they "think" it's supposed to be good and if it costs a lot it "must" be good. AmIRight?

Isn't that why Blue pet food sells so well? $$$ but Terrible for your pets.
And Taste of the Wild, too. It was formulated by a 17 HS student who didn't want to take her Home Ec final. 100% True.

Sorry to get off track (but not really).

Interesting.

My wife tells me to get that since it's "better" and the dogs seem to like it.

We've used Wellness as well. Not sure what you think of that.

Which would you recommend?
 

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Interesting.

My wife tells me to get that since it's "better" and the dogs seem to like it.

We've used Wellness as well. Not sure what you think of that.

Which would you recommend?

You didn't ask me, but this site [ http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/ ] is very, very useful. You can look up pretty much any big name food and get detailed information regarding ingredients and nutrition. They also have scores/ratings based on a transparent criteria, which helps for comparison purposes. Also user feedback and reviews and it's sorted categorically so you can find food based on your preferences (ie. grain free).

IIRC, cost is ignored and the evaluations and information presented concern quality only.
 

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You didn't ask me, but this site [ http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/ ] is very, very useful. You can look up pretty much any big name food and get detailed information regarding ingredients and nutrition. They also have scores/ratings based on a transparent criteria, which helps for comparison purposes. Also user feedback and reviews and it's sorted categorically so you can find food based on your preferences (ie. grain free).

IIRC, cost is ignored and the evaluations and information presented concern quality only.

Thanks!

I browsed the top list and it reminded me of another one we've used in the past Merrrick.
 

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Interesting.

My wife tells me to get that since it's "better" and the dogs seem to like it.

We've used Wellness as well. Not sure what you think of that.

Which would you recommend?

You didn't ask me, but this site [ http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/ ] is very, very useful. You can look up pretty much any big name food and get detailed information regarding ingredients and nutrition. They also have scores/ratings based on a transparent criteria, which helps for comparison purposes. Also user feedback and reviews and it's sorted categorically so you can find food based on your preferences (ie. grain free).

IIRC, cost is ignored and the evaluations and information presented concern quality only.

Wellness is a good food.

Re DogFoodAdvisor. Ask yourself who owns the site and what their qualifications are to assess the nutrition in hundreds of different foods. All too often these sites aren't what they appear.

There are only 2 things you need to see on a package of pet food.

1. "Complete and Balanced" means it's nutritionally sound for it's intended use.

2. The Nutritional Statement, required by law on every bag or can of pet food. It's usually boxed off and on the back or side of the bag but some companies (that have something to hide) bury it in the marketing banter in hopes you won't see it.

This is what you want it to say.
THIS FOOD MEETS AAFCO REQUIREMENTS BY FOOD TRIAL FOR ADULT DOGS. (or puppies...there is no such thing as "all life stages" dog food)

You do NOT want it to say THIS FOOD IS FORMULATED TO MEET AAFCO REQUIREMENTS FOR ....

Go here for more info
http://vet.tufts.edu/nutrition/faq/frequently-asked-questions-about-general-pet-nutrition/
 

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Myths about pet food.

1. There's no such definition for holistic or organic pet food. These are marketing terms only. They don't exist in AAFCO guidelines.

2. By-Products. The definition is "meat plus edible internal organs". There's nothing wrong with by-products. Plenty of Brits eat kidney (lol). By-products keep the cost of foods down but provide sound nutrition.

3. Cereal grains. They're fine for all but 1:10,000 dogs that has a gluten allergy (they have chronic severe diarrhea). Companies that boast "NO CEREAL GRAINS" substitute white potato (high glycemic index and no nutrition to speak of) which is cheaper for them but they charge you more.

Blue made 2 & 3 popular through shrewd marketing & other companies have followed suit but that doesn't mean Blue was right. In fact, Blue actually does use by-products in their food but doesn't print it on the pkg. Life Source Bits as a nutritional supplement...haha. Gotcha! Blue has been sued multiple times and has yet to win a case as far as I know.

Fact: Almost no designer food does food trials because they are expensive. Be a very skeptical consumer. When you're walking down the aisle in the pet store and a clerk offers to help, ask him/her where they got their degree in veterinary nutrition (they're $10/hr employees who tell you what their manager tells them to tell you) BE SKEPTICAL.

Rant over
 

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Fact: Almost no designer food does food trials because they are expensive. Be a very skeptical consumer. When you're walking down the aisle in the pet store and a clerk offers to help, ask him/her where they got their degree in veterinary nutrition (they're $10/hr employees who tell you what their manager tells them to tell you) BE SKEPTICAL.

Rant over

So you are telling us to act like an ass because the clerk at Petco isn't a vet?
 

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That's about the best recipe for Starbucks I've seen yet. :clap: I think ppl go there just bc they "think" it's supposed to be good and if it costs a lot it "must" be good. AmIRight? Isn't that why Blue pet food sells so well? $$$ but Terrible for your pets. And Taste of the Wild, too. It was formulated by a 17 HS student who didn't want to take her Home Ec final. 100% True. Sorry to get off track (but not really).
*shrug*. SBs is much, much better than DDs in my opinion , and it's not even close.
However , mom and pop coffee houses are by far the best, followed by making it at home.
 

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Wellness is a good food.

Re DogFoodAdvisor. Ask yourself who owns the site and what their qualifications are to assess the nutrition in hundreds of different foods. All too often these sites aren't what they appear.

Did you check the site? Not meant to sound accusatory, just a question.

They don't pass judgement from some weird criteria to rate them and approve or disapprove of different foods (ie. push one brand over another). Each food page is basically a breakdown of all ingredients, with explanations of what they are and what benefits (if any) they provide for the dog. Then there is also an analysis of the composition (ie. percentage of fat vs crude protein vs carbs). Scores are simply a calculation of the quality of ingredients, which may not be useful by itself but can be used to compare foods.

The site doesn't test dog food but instead presents and explains the information each manufacturer lists on its bags/website. Essentially, it's meant to be a tool to better understand whats in the food and can be used to identify foods that have higher than normal 'filler' ingredients or abnormally low protein content, etc.

I stand by my recommendation. It's a very useful site, especially if you've identified a handful of brands to use and want a more detailed explanation of the makeup of each food.

As the site says though,

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.
 

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So you are telling us to act like an ass because the clerk at Petco isn't a vet?

I wouldn't act like that but the couple times I was met by an employee I tell them, "thank you for the advice but I prefer not to change brands at this point."

I am a petco employee favorite because we are in so often looking at the critters. The women think I am so sweet bringing my kids in all the time.
 
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