I love cafe chatter

Except when they cause me to lose track of what I am doing. Then I have to write a story about it.

These are just a few of the real conversations I heard behind me this morning. I heard all of this because the guy had the back of his chair banging into the back of mine. And, I did not make any of this up:

“Protect yourself from the crazy people on the internet. Use VPNs. My favorite is the sever in China. It’s real safe.”

“The only thing I like about the apple computers are the lighted keyboards. Beyond that, I am totally confused.”

“I don’t like Itunes at all. I don’t want big brother to know what music I stole.”

“Wow, my computer is acting real weird, I better shut it down. Someone is probably hacking into it right now.”

“What do you think about Linux over Windows 7 or, what is the OS on your Mac? You don’t know, that’s strange.”

“I don’t like Norton Antivirus. If you let the subscription expire it actually turns into a virus too,”

“Do backup into the cloud? I prefer to backup to portable USB drives. Here is mine right here – I take it with me everywhere.”

“My laptop keeps blue screening. That’s OK, I’m used to it. It does not bother me much.”

“My wife has a MAc, my daughters have Ipads, IPhones, Ipods and all those other apple things. I like my old dell best.”

What is the strangest cafe conversation you over heard recently?

Do not pollute the bean

In my most humble opinion, Great Bold Bean should not be polluted with cinnamon, sugar, whipped cream or any other contaminant, I mean condiment.

The flavor of Great Bold Bean should be savored across the palette without the interruption of a sugary donut or creamy bagel.

The best of bean should be enjoyed without the toxins from such foods as Fruit Loops, Cap’n Crunch or even worse, a Pop Tart. These foods may be enjoyable, but they destroy the beauty of Great Bold Bean.

A cup, mug or French Press of Great Bold Bean is a treasure for any morning. Enjoy it alone without any other food product.

Have your cereal, donut, bagel, pop tart of muffin with your milk, orange juice or a glass of water.

Enjoy your Great Bold Bean alone and you’ll find that it is much more enjoyable.

Now, if you disagree with me, that is all well and good. Lots of people ignore what I suggest. Here is a business Insider report of 25 who failed to heed my words of advice and the blunders that resulted.  I hope you do not become one of these statistics.

Bean Facts worth knowing

I’m reading Starbucked by Taylor Clark. I learned some interesting information from Taylor which I want to share with you:

1.) In 2006 a $3.95 cup of Starbucks Frappuccino breaks down like this financially:
$0.20 – Coffee – (5%)
$0.40 – Dairy Product (10%)
$0.07 – Cup, sleeve, lid (2%)
$2.84 – Labor & Overhead to serve (72%)
$0.44 – Profit (11%)

2.) Dunkin’ Donuts did a survey in 2005 and found that most of the respondents would give up sex before giving up their daily coffee

3.) Another Dunkin’ Donuts survey found that habitual coffee drinkers have more sex than those who abstain, from coffee that is.

4.) There is more caffeine in a Sunkist Orange Soda then there is in a similar serving of Coca-Cola or Barq’s Root Beer.

5.) In England a cappuccino now costs more than a line of cocaine.

6.) Good bean such as Coffea arabica has forty-four chromosomes. Humans have forty-six. Cheap poor quality coffee beans only have twenty-two chromosomes.

7.) Kopi Luwak beans are harvested from the droppings of a catlike animal called the Indonesian palm civet – the creature eats ripe coffee cherries, partially digests them before passing them on enhanced. It’s a special gift to the world appreciated mostly in Japan and costs as much as $300 per pound.

8.) Starbucks has been wrongly accused of running off many Mom & Pop coffee houses over the years. Contrary to this belief, many Mom & Pop shops thrive right next door to a Starbucks.

9.) In 1999 the Panda keepers at the National Zoo in Washington DC found that Hsing-Hsing loved blueberry muffins. Not just any muffin would do though – he only wanted Starbucks blueberry muffins. This was important since they hid his arthritis medicine in the muffins.

10.) A Texan who calls himself “Winter” has made it a full time pursuit of visiting every Starbucks store on the planet. By 2007 he had visited Sixty-Five hundred locations.

11.) Starbucks only purchases 2% of the worlds coffee production each year

12.) The Big Four coffee conglomerates are Nestle, Proctor&Gamble, Philip Morris and Massimo Zanetti (which bought the Sara Lee coffee Brands). They provide over 60% of America’s coffee supply and make massive profits at it. One way they achieve this is buy diluting the good bean with Robusta bean, a poor quality coffee bean. Estimates are that the major blends of Folgers and Yuban are not 65% Robusta.

13.) in 1927 Gus Comstock, a Minnesota barbershop porter challenged anyone to drink more coffee then himself. He previously drank sixty-two cups in ten hours. Then H.A. Streety of Armadillo Texas drank seventy-one cups in nine hours while Perry Wilson of Canyon Texas drank seventy-two cups in ten hours. A mob showed up for the challenge and sat around for seven hours and fifteen minutes to see Comstock down eighty-five cups of coffee. A record that has not been broken yet. (Note – it must have been weak coffee because eighty-five cups (5 Gallons) of good bold coffee would have up to thirteen grams of caffeine in it, well over the highly fatal dose of five to ten grams.)