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Hard News: Because it's about time we had another coffee post

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  • recordari, in reply to Danielle,

    Wash your mouth out. Politics is only for doyens of dearth.

    Or is that darth? Aaaand, Starwars.

    It's the circle of life ;-)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    As well, there's always that favourite drink they had during the war - ersatz coffee. Acorn tipple, anyone?

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Sobering exploration of German memorial architecture by Chris Barton, but you may need a coffee to get through it (long).

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Clearly Danielle didn't forward you the memo.

    Until you drink instant you have no right to be left.

    Us and them - yeah that's the universal solution.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Sacha,

    Sobering exploration of German memorial architecture by Chris Barton, but you may need a coffee to get through it (long).

    Amazing. Perhaps weirdly my thought was that if ever I were in a position to build my own house, I'd like Barton to design it. It would be nice to know you are living in the antithesis of the architecture of mass murder.

    Reminded me also of visiting the Old Jewish cemetery in Josefov, Prague.

    Think I need a special 'coffee' now. Also wondering what we might be accused of now.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Danielle,

    Which was a pretty common coffee additive in Louisiana, because they were poor.

    Drank a bit of that growing up, I had a cup here at one point and it was quite the olfactory blast from the past. Not bad tasting either.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    Since no-one seems to have posted it yet, more on Venti. From "Role Models":

    From Youtube

    (EDIT - linking may or may not work - how does one embed now?)
    (EDIT - Oh never mind, same as before then)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Sacha,

    There has been a fair bit of construction near my workplace in recent months. every day I see hard-hatted labourers lining up at Fuel along with the suits. My local Pak'n'Save has a large range of grounds and beans. If Gingercrush believes that an interest in nice coffee is a elite phenomenon, then I'd say it's Gingercrush who's out of touch.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Sandra Simpson, in reply to Sacha,

    Thanks Sacha. Printed a page but did still get the multi-coloured ad. Previously the printable version was words only ...

    Tauranga • Since Jan 2007 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Sandra Simpson, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Thanks, Robyn too.

    Tauranga • Since Jan 2007 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Sacha,

    As a short black drinker I'm not sure I like your metaphor..

    Ah, so you're one of 'those people', who prefers to take it 'straight'. Not that there's anyhing with that, of course.

    Good, basic no-frills. no-nonsense, but enormously satisfying when done right.... :)

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Sacha,

    To me, it's the notion that you can only talk about either coffee or politics, and that this site is somehow a hotbed of smug luxury lifestyle discussions

    But....but...HOW CAN YOU STAND TO TALK ABOUT SUCH TRIVIAL SUBJECTS WHEN THERE ARE WORKERS BEING OPPRESSED!

    GOD, YOU BOURGEOIS SCUM MAKE ME SICK!

    Ahem. Ginger seems a little overwrought. Perhaps he or she should consider switching to decaf.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Gingercrush's little rant on Te Standard would have been farcical if it wasn't so deadly serious. Vaguely reminiscent of Lindsay Perigo's rant on the Battle in Seattle.

    Shouldn't Ginge be more concerned about nouveau riche ladder-kickers? The differences between "latte liberals" and said ladder-kickers are obvious. To name just one of them, a sense of good taste.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    What's I think most laughable about the rant is that - wait for it... instant coffee is actually more expensive than proper coffee. So the effete liberal out-of-touchness boils down to the fact that the crowd here fails to conform to the (alleged) taste of "most New Zealanders". As if in order to be sympathetic to the working class you needed to practice an almost calculated lack of refinement and taste.

    Amazingly, the main problem with that view is not how patronising it is - it's how retrograde it is. Even if this "taste of most New Zealanders" (English miner food out of some bad 90s flick?) was actually a thing, there are plenty of working class immigrants who would gladly spit into your average instant coffee, and for whom cultivating a very cultured taste in food and drink is entirely compatible with socialist leanings and class solidarity.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich Lock,

    enormously satisfying when done right

    it's all in the tamping..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    As if in order to be sympathetic to the working class you needed to practice an almost calculated lack of refinement and taste.

    John Key is waaaay ahead of you then. Oh and me as well, it would seem.
    Once upon a time, somewhere, ladling in a lovin’ spoonful of Instant Coffee was hipsville. Or have I got it wrong and instant coffee hadnt been invented yet…..

    And he finishes with a healthy cough probably from use of the natural accompaniment (back then) to your cup 'a java.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    English miner food out of some bad 90s flick

    The cliche'd English working man would avoid coffee altogether, instant or not.

    Ginge should probably switch to tea for extra-bonus-class-awareness points. Milk and four, thanks luv.

    Still, it's reassuring to know that we'll still be able to get a hot beverage of some description after the revolution, even if it is just instant. It'll give me something to look forward to after a hard days kneeling in a mud puddle self-denouncing while I'm interred at the Waiheke Re-education Centre for Enemies of the People.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Personally I'm just bitter that I don't count as a PAS liberal, having expressed many pages back that I don't mind the odd cup of instant. I had a nice one today on Waiheke served by a good honest boilermaker, and I actually chose condensed milk over fresh (just for old times sake). The only thing missing from the communist poster in this was in his beach-house.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    had a nice one today on Waiheke

    that's enough to count

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sacha,

    The cliche'd English working man would avoid coffee altogether, instant or not.

    Curiously, many of the working class people I know avoid coffee altogether. But their reason is usually that they can't just take a piss any time, the way office folks can.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to BenWilson,

    But their reason is usually that they can't just take a piss any time, the way office folks can.

    The ability to take toilet breaks at will is highly underrated as a job perk, I've always thought.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to BenWilson,

    I had a nice one today on Waiheke served by a good honest boilermaker, and I actually chose condensed milk over fresh (just for old times sake).

    It doesn't taste like coffee from a fancy roaster or some a priori conception I have of coffee.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to BenWilson,

    beach-house.

    Cue...

    Actually, left Laneways before they played as my back started to remind me standing up for 8 hours is for the kids.

    Best coffee on the day goes to Monteray stand, one of my favourite little Coffee Lounges from Richmond Road.

    Laneways this year truly was a walk in the park. Best organised out door festival I've ever been to.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Sam F,

    Oh, Sam, I had almost forgotten. Let's you and I make a solemn vow, right here and right now, that we will never let 'a priori conception of [noun]' die. :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    The ability to take toilet breaks at will is highly underrated as a job perk, I've always thought.

    You don't miss it until it's gone.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

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