February 17, 2006


Why is it so impossible to just buy a simple cup of nice coffee. You bascially have a choice between stock Nescafe instant stuff out of a machine which takes absolutely awful, or a rather confusing choice of 15 fancy things with all sort of muck in them.

I have eventually ascertained that a 'latte' is about the nearest thing and so I have bought these from both 'Roccoco' and 'Cafe Library' or whatever they are called now. Don't get me wrong, in both cases the coffee itself was very nice but you have to fight your way through the froffy milk on top before you can get to it. This also means that for £1.15 or whatever, the coffee reaches only just past the half way mark, the rest is milk and air.

I just want a cup of coffee with a splash of milk in it, does everything have to be so damn trendy???

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  1. Sounds like you're looking for an Americano (espresso + water) with milk.

    17 Feb 2006, 10:31

  2. Or indeed a filter coffee. The filter coffee in the arts centre is generally not too bad and early in the morning (before it has been stewing too long) the filter coffee from the other outlets is fine.

    Must be honest, though – I'm not that impressed with the fair trade stuff

    17 Feb 2006, 11:03

  3. Americano, filter or cafe au lait me thinks

    17 Feb 2006, 11:15

  4. It's the same with everything, not just coffee.
    Try and buy a bog standard mobile, pc, tele. That sort of thing.
    This might be slightly off the topic, but simple things just aren't really available anymore. In fact… there's a gap in the market.

    17 Feb 2006, 12:59

  5. Thanks, I shall try each of these when i need coffee on campus and see. For the time being I have my own cafetiere and hence have a cup of coffee every day for about £3 every few months.

    And gavin: yes I know what you mean, I have a now rather ancient nokia 3310, which does the job perfectly with no nonsense. I'd buy simple things, so there is definately a gap somewhere!

    17 Feb 2006, 13:39

  6. Cars are going that way if you look, like the new peugot (sp) 107 thing (and other brands of the same car). Im lost though most of the time with stuff like that when it comes to choosing. Come September i am supposed to be the owner of a car but i havent a clue which one to choose – except that i want it to be black. Any suggestions?

    17 Feb 2006, 17:15

  7. Not from me. I don't have much of an idea of what to buy if you want something that looks good. My choice of car was similar to my choice of phone: cheap and practical.

    I bought it two years ago for £300. 5 speed, 5 door hatchback sort of thing, 1.6l engine, electric windows, central locking, sunroof, fair size, good working condition and japaneese with only 60,000 on the clock. 'Too good to be true' I hear you say. 'Where's the catch?' you ask! Well, its a Nissan Sunny, possibly the most dull car in the world. Does the job though and was cheap.

    19 Feb 2006, 23:44

  8. hrf

    as the americans say:

    20 Feb 2006, 20:08

  9. Quite. And yes, that is indeed it. Linked from my own site no less!

    20 Feb 2006, 23:14

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