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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:17 pm    Post subject: Coffee Consumption Reply with quote

(Brought on by a comment made by a co-worker)

Question; If you make a pot of coffee, are you obligated to finish the pot, not throwing out some small or other amount at the end of the day? Discuss.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waste not, want not. Specially coffee!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's say that everyone must leave suddenly. Someone sets off the fire alarm on a Friday afternoon, or whatever. Then on Monday morning you discover the coffee with an island of mold floating in it. Yep. toss that slime out!

With community coffee when someone notices the pot is empty (or empties the last bit) they really should make another pot. I knew a guy who loved the caffeine jolt of fresh coffee--which is not someone you want making your next pot. He'd start the brew process and as soon as the water started to come through the filter he'd snatch the pot away and hold his Styrofoam cup under the filter. When his cup was full he'd switch the pot for the cup. What filled the pot looked more like tea than coffee. Seems the first 80% of the coffee comes out with the first 20% of the water. Anyway, next person in the break room would toss the pot out and make another.

I'll save my other coffee story for later. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ScottyDM wrote:
Let's say that everyone must leave suddenly. Someone sets off the fire alarm on a Friday afternoon, or whatever. Then on Monday morning you discover the coffee with an island of mold floating in it. Yep. toss that slime out!

With community coffee when someone notices the pot is empty (or empties the last bit) they really should make another pot. I knew a guy who loved the caffeine jolt of fresh coffee--which is not someone you want making your next pot. He'd start the brew process and as soon as the water started to come through the filter he'd snatch the pot away and hold his Styrofoam cup under the filter. When his cup was full he'd switch the pot for the cup. What filled the pot looked more like tea than coffee. Seems the first 80% of the coffee comes out with the first 20% of the water. Anyway, next person in the break room would toss the pot out and make another.

I'll save my other coffee story for later. Wink


That "First Brew" is exactly why I don't allow my brother to make coffee. He swipes that first flow of "Magic Elixir", wondering why nobody touched the rest of the pot.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years ago a friend of mine was stationed in Thailand. The baht is their currency, and they have a food item called a baht bug, because they sell for 1 baht each. A baht bug is a giant water beetle. The baht bug can be fried, roasted on a stick over a fire, or boiled. It is said the body tastes a bit like scrambled eggs, the head a bit like crab, and with an overall licorice flavor.

The Americans would come into the office (where my friend worked) at 8 or 9 in the morning and someone would make a pot of coffee. They noticed the coffee tasted off, but no one knew why. Then one day someone came in early and found one of the Thai night-shift fixing breakfast in the coffee pot--he was boiling baht bugs. Mystery solved.

Anyway, American management was not pleased and a sign appeared above the coffee maker later that day: "Anyone caught boiling baht bugs in the coffee pot will be fired."

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Years ago a friend of mine was stationed in Thailand. The baht is their currency, and they have a food item called a baht bug, because they sell for 1 baht each. A baht bug is a giant water beetle. The baht bug can be fried, roasted on a stick over a fire, or boiled. It is said the body tastes a bit like scrambled eggs, the head a bit like crab, and with an overall licorice flavor.

The Americans would come into the office (where my friend worked) at 8 or 9 in the morning and someone would make a pot of coffee. They noticed the coffee tasted off, but no one knew why. Then one day someone came in early and found one of the Thai night-shift fixing breakfast in the coffee pot--he was boiling baht bugs. Mystery solved.

Anyway, American management was not pleased and a sign appeared above the coffee maker later that day: "Anyone caught boiling baht bugs in the coffee pot will be fired."


So, I was stationed TDY at Korat RTAFB, Thailand with the 474th TFW, F4-D Phantoms. The baht bug is a big bug, indeed Also not adept at taking off or flying. The wind would pick up, the bugs would beat their wings and hey, they're flying. Sort of.

At night, on the flightline we would use a light-all, a contraption about the size of a smart car. It had a generator inside that powered two mercury vapor floodlights on top. The lights could be cranked up in the air to give a wider pool of light. Seems the bugs would commit suicide into the lights for some reason which made it dangerous to have the lights close to the jet you were working on. You ended up with the light-all far enough away to be safe, but not so much light at that point. The bugs had plenty of kinetic energy, enough to hurt you if they hit you, like leave a bruise hit you. Enough energy from a big one that it knocked a base employed Thai National off his bike while he was riding it down the flightline road.

Had a fried baht bug. Not so good in a queasy stomach sort of way. The abdomen has a -slimy- sort of texture to it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never. Waste. Coffee.

Especially considering how close we are to it going extinct.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cookie wrote:
Especially considering how close we are to it going extinct.

Whut?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cookie wrote:
Especially considering how close we are to it going extinct.

Whut?


Oh yeah. Climate change is threatening coffee as a species. It already grows in a very limited region of Earth, and it's an extremely sensitive plant.

It's a real problem we may face in the future.

A simple google search on the subject will net you a plethora of results from various outlets, some reliable some iffy but all roughly the same story.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If coffee goes extinct, I'm not sure what I'll do. Mebbe start hoarding it now, vacuum packed in the freezer?

What a delimma . . . Confused

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cookie wrote:
Oh yeah. Climate change is threatening coffee as a species....

Hoo ha! Surprised

And while we're here, ghost coffee: #Eating smiley

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ScottyDM wrote:
Cookie wrote:
Oh yeah. Climate change is threatening coffee as a species....

Hoo ha! Surprised


I mean, you can dismiss it all you want, it won't stop it from happening.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not being dismissive, Cookie.

What will probably happen to coffee is that it will be pushed into other regions and the people who traditionally raised it won't be able to any more. An economic disruption. The growing area for coffee will most likely shrink as well. Which will put more environmental pressure on the few regions where coffee can be grown.

Hoo ha! Indeed.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ScottyDM wrote:
Not being dismissive, Cookie.

What will probably happen to coffee is that it will be pushed into other regions and the people who traditionally raised it won't be able to any more. An economic disruption. The growing area for coffee will most likely shrink as well. Which will put more environmental pressure on the few regions where coffee can be grown.

Hoo ha! Indeed.


Only problem is the plant's sensitivity to soil make-up is even greater than grape vines.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Volcanic soil, right?
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