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July 21, 2009

Free Pastry at Starbucks

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:58 am

If you’re thinking of grabbing some coffee at Starbucks today, don’t forget the free pastry.

May 14, 2005

Coffee Update

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:29 pm

I shoulda listened to See-Dubya. The thermal carafe on Mr. Coffee is Mr. Crappy, as it made me a nice, cold pot of coffee this morning. I returned it and got a similar model, sans thermos, at Wal-Mart.

May 8, 2005

Attention Coffee Snobs

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:15 pm

My coffee maker bit the dust so I’m in the market for a new one and open to ideas. French presses are out, because they are (1) a pain in the butt and (2) French. Percolators are out out because the stuff they produce tastes raspy. Also out are any drip machines that aren’t programmable. Just about anything else is on the table. Right now, this model is the one to beat. Advantages of a thermal carafe are obvious; are there any nonobvious disadvantanges? Also, anyone experiment with roasting your own beans? Is it worth the hassle, and if so, does it matter what coffee maker you use?

Donkey shine, mercy bowcups and grassy ass.

UPDATE: I ended up with this model instead. I can’t figure out the difference between the two, aside from the fact that Wal-Mart carries one and Target carries the other. That, along with the fact that the Wal-Mart version goes for $48.83 locally (slightly more online) and the Target one goes for $59.99. I attempted to buy the Wal-Mart version on Sunday but found none in stock. I asked customer service about it, and they made me wait 10 minutes for someone to come back and say “yep, they’re out of stock all right.” Getting them to reveal any information at all about when they might have it in stock, let alone whether any other Wal-Marts might have it now, was like pulling teeth. A manager then told me they’d be getting new ones in yesterday, and would have them stocked by today. Today they were still out, and could only tell me that the previous manager had been “mistaken” (duh), and that the local warehouse was out, too. She then put me in touch with the Laguna Niguel store, who told me they were out but expected to get a new one in from the warehouse tonight. O-kay. So I ended up going to Target and paying the $11.16 “actually-get-the-goddamned-thing tax.” And least their price isn’t as horrible as the local “Best” Buy, which wanted $69.99 (they don’t have the chutzpah to charge that much online).

UPDATE x2: Today’s (5/12/05) Associated Press headline: “Wal-Mart Results Disappoint, Target Pleases.” Heh.


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