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#51 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:49 PM

And for the local color:

I agree with the others. This place is always worth my patronage. Yeah, it's a coffee shop just like a million other coffee shops, but there is a very inviting feel to this place.

First of all, you don't have to feel like a little part of your soul just died every time you go here, as opposed to Starbucks. Plus, Atlantique doesn't have the identity crisis going on at Cosi... Is it a coffeehouse? A pizza place? A sandwich shop? A bar? Nobody freaking knows. But Atlantique knows what it is and doesn't try and do too much. It's also a lot nicer than Dunkin' Donuts, so you will actually want to sit and drink your coffee out of a mug instead of a paper cup! Crazy... I know...

The moral of the story: support your local little guy when you want a cup o' Joe.


Not sure why everyone goes gaga over this place. This morning was a bland one egg & and the thinnest slice of cheddar cheese on a croissant. $4.50. Served by a surly and bitchy team that have no right working the a.m. shift (was there at 9am) - hung over much?



#52 elder

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:02 PM

As for the culture, the real, independent coffee houses are much different than the contrived starbuck's types.

When I was a struggling artist out in southern CA, the local coffee house was the place that other artists and artist types hung out during the day. A culture a lot like a local bar, but different. Centered around a different drug after all.

There was usually music and the clientele was always colorful. I miss it in a way, although at the time i had to scrounge together the change to drink that coffee.

#53 vinandtonic

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:18 PM

We serve Starbucks in our cafe at work but I never drink it b/c it's disgusting...their beans are so overroasted they taste burnt. I very rarely drink coffee--maybe once or twice a year---but when we were in Europe their coffee was so delicious I drank it at least 3 times a day (and it didn't rip up my stomach). I prefer tea. :)

But I do miss the small coffee house culture, it was a great place to hang out with a friend for a few hours (or even go on a first date).

#54 Java Time

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:20 PM

I don't get the obsession with DD... I guess its because they use cream? I drink mine black, and I can't get a cup of DD down.


I think it is the cream...and they always put plenty in it to the point where you can't taste the coffee...I also think their coffee sucks and still wonder how they get away with using styrofoam cups...it should be illegal (I thought it was in suffolk county NY)!!!

all you taste is styrofoam anyway...and presweetened cream :undecided:

and they have gone down hill in just a coupla years...donuts suck now...even the chocolate cream!!! :sad:

#55 little frog

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:33 PM

coffee <3

#56 Jambear

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:43 PM

I got my usual hi from everyone this morning, iced coffee fixed how i like it and they remembered what i did this weekend and asked me how it went.

Some folks are still cool. :smile:

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:19 PM

I found this out the other day: "They [Dunkin Donuts] reached an agreement in December 2005 to sell the brand to a consortium of three private-equity firms, Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners."


I didn't go there very often to begin with, but this is enough reason for me to boycott them altogether.

I'm tired of coffee. Don't get me wrong, I drink it. But, I'd rather have lemonade or Gatorade if I'm thirsty, and when I need to feel awake it's so much cheaper, easier, and convenient to take a JetAlert pill.

I think some people are just extremely social and avoid being alone at all costs, so they find places to hang out such as bars, crack houses, AA meetings, or coffee shops.

I used to hang out at the arcade when I was a kid. There aren't any around anymore because everyone has their own console at home. I wonder if I'd be too old to hang out in an arcade now.

#58 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:20 PM

This morning I ground up some Guatemalan from my local roaster, brewed it in my surrender press, looked in the mirror and said, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"

#59 Tim the Beek

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:24 PM

...their beans are so overroasted they taste burnt.


QFT

#60 TEO

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:28 PM

My current favorite coffee house.

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#61 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:32 PM

We have a new local place 2 min walk from my house called "CUP" that I suppose is good by coffee house standards. . . BUT they kill me with friendliness. There's always a cute young barista who greets me from across the room when I first walk in and just want to grunt and get my coffee. Then there's the whole obligatory CA "How are you" exchange that grows into "what are you doing today" and maybe an exchange of jokes and talk of the weather.

Then we move on to the coffee selection and there is a story behind each new brew they have that day, then a detailed discussion of precisely how much room should be left for cream, whether I want a special organic sweetener for an extra $0.25, then the sell on the scone of the day, then I finally get my coffee and am expected to make polite eye contact with all the customers sitting there with their laptops as I proceed over the "creamer station" where fresh polished spoons are waiting in "clean" and "used" bins and I have a choice of 3 kinds of sugar and more artifical sweeteners than I knew existed.

I'm pretty much awake from all that rigamarole before my first sip of coffee.

#62 hoagie

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:32 PM

here are the two local places in town here. oth are awesome, but America's Cup is the only place you can hang out/sit, etc.

Asbury Roastery is also amazing stuff, but no real store to chill in, just 2 storefront locations.
http://www.aproastery.com/

http://www.yelp.com/...-co-asbury-park

#63 hoagie

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:33 PM

We have a new local place 2 min walk from my house called "CUP" that I suppose is good by coffee house standards. . . BUT they kill me with friendliness. There's always a cute young barista who greets me from across the room when I first walk in and just want to grunt and get my coffee. Then there's the whole obligatory CA "How are you" exchange that grows into "what are you doing today" and maybe an exchange of jokes and talk of the weather.

Then we move on the coffee selection and there is a story behind each new brew they have that day, then a detailed discussion of precisely how much room should be left for cream, whether I want a special organic sweetener for an extra $0.25, then the sell on the scone of the day, then I finally get my coffee and am expected to make polite eye contact with all the customers sitting there with their laptops as I proceed over the "creamer station" where fresh polished spoons are waiting in "clean" and "used" bins and I have a choice of 3 kinds of sugar and more artifical sweeteners than I knew existed.

I'm pretty much awake from all that rigamarole before my first sip if coffee.


my man, you just sound anti-social...

#64 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:37 PM

my man, you just sound anti-social...


Piss off, loser! :lol:

#65 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:38 PM

We have a new local place 2 min walk from my house called "CUP" that I suppose is good by coffee house standards. . . BUT they kill me with friendliness. There's always a cute young barista who greets me from across the room when I first walk in and just want to grunt and get my coffee. Then there's the whole obligatory CA "How are you" exchange that grows into "what are you doing today" and maybe an exchange of jokes and talk of the weather.

Then we move on to the coffee selection and there is a story behind each new brew they have that day, then a detailed discussion of precisely how much room should be left for cream, whether I want a special organic sweetener for an extra $0.25, then the sell on the scone of the day, then I finally get my coffee and am expected to make polite eye contact with all the customers sitting there with their laptops as I proceed over the "creamer station" where fresh polished spoons are waiting in "clean" and "used" bins and I have a choice of 3 kinds of sugar and more artifical sweeteners than I knew existed.

I'm pretty much awake from all that rigamarole before my first sip of coffee.


Aw, shaddup! Does the barista have a nice rack?

#66 PeaceFrog

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:39 PM

I can understand not wanting to interact.

Small-talk kind of grates on my nerves, because there's usually something more important that I'd rather be thinking about.

Other people seem to really love it.

Takes all kinds.

#67 hoagie

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:41 PM

Piss off, loser! :lol:


Im always pissing off someone :wink:

#68 PeaceFrog

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:43 PM

you're a pisser

#69 Tim the Beek

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:47 PM

We have a new local place 2 min walk from my house called "CUP" that I suppose is good by coffee house standards. . . BUT they kill me with friendliness. There's always a cute young barista who greets me from across the room when I first walk in and just want to grunt and get my coffee. Then there's the whole obligatory CA "How are you" exchange that grows into "what are you doing today" and maybe an exchange of jokes and talk of the weather.

Then we move on to the coffee selection and there is a story behind each new brew they have that day, then a detailed discussion of precisely how much room should be left for cream, whether I want a special organic sweetener for an extra $0.25, then the sell on the scone of the day, then I finally get my coffee and am expected to make polite eye contact with all the customers sitting there with their laptops as I proceed over the "creamer station" where fresh polished spoons are waiting in "clean" and "used" bins and I have a choice of 3 kinds of sugar and more artifical sweeteners than I knew existed.

I'm pretty much awake from all that rigamarole before my first sip of coffee.


Prolly oughta move back East to Boston, where they hit you with shit if you smile at them, or New York, land of "What the fuck you lookin' at."

#70 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:49 PM

Prolly oughta move back East to Boston, where they hit you with shit if you smile at them, or New York, land of "What the fuck you lookin' at."


Or Connecticut, where they just look right through you unless they're trying to rob you.

#71 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

Aw, shaddup! Does the barista have a nice rack?


They seem to only hire super hot 20-ish year olds who wear super tight jeans and show super massive cleavage. The tip bucket is always full. :lol:

It's a real shame about the apron covering the camel toe. :lol:

#72 tyedyedee

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

at starbucks they used to literally hold it against you in a review if you didnt greet the customers within 10 seconds of them entering the store :bang:
you could tell people hated it as much as we did :plain:

#73 Jambear

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:01 PM

There's always a cute young barista who greets me from across the room..........................I am surprised you havn't shown her the "Creamer" yet.

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#74 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

:rotf:

#75 u.s.blues

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:22 PM

i'm not a fan of coffee shops...you can get good coffee for less elsewhere.

#76 Java Time

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

Prolly oughta move back East to Boston, where they hit you with shit if you smile at them, or New York, land of "What the fuck you lookin' at."


whoa... and just what the fuck do you mean by "New York land of the What the fuck you lookin' at"










:funny1:

#77 hoagie

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:36 PM

at starbucks they used to literally hold it against you in a review if you didnt greet the customers within 10 seconds of them entering the store :bang:
you could tell people hated it as much as we did :plain:



WELCOME TO MOE'S! (god I hate that!)

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:10 PM

whoa... and just what the fuck do you mean by "New York land of the What the fuck you lookin' at"










:funny1:


That look is everywhere. Even in Hawaii, the locals have an expression for it. "I owe you money, or wot?!"

#79 Java Time

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:36 PM

at starbucks they used to literally hold it against you in a review if you didnt greet the customers within 10 seconds of them entering the store


I believe that should also hold true for the VG's...I WANT MY GREETING NOW!!! :joker:

#80 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:13 PM

I believe that should also hold true for the VG's...I WANT MY GREETING NOW!!! :joker:


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#81 Tim the Beek

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

whoa... and just what the fuck do you mean by "New York land of the What the fuck you lookin' at"


:lol:

#82 Java Time

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:23 PM

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ahhhh...there are some good things on the west coast :smile:

#83 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:28 PM

I'm Jack's raging bile duct.

#84 In A Silent Way

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:48 PM

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Why does the greeter have a female body but a penis head?

#85 KrisNYG

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:52 PM

Prolly oughta move back East to Boston, where they hit you with shit if you smile at them, or New York, land of "What the fuck you lookin' at."

Or Connecticut, where they just look right through you unless they're trying to rob you.


:lol: So true!

When people ask me "how are you today?" I like to respond with "terrible!" They're usually left speechless after.

#86 INarvi

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:20 PM

I used to do SB but I got tired of bad coffee. I got my own espresso machine and grinder and now I get my fix almost for free and get great espresso at the same time.

#87 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:28 PM

had no idea this thread would become such a scary monster :lol:

#88 KrisNYG

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 09:28 PM

Riiiiight. :lol:

#89 Java Time

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:08 PM

Why does the greeter have a female body but a penis head?


why she's a dickhead por supuesto!

:funny1:


#90 Julius

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:40 PM

Why does the greeter have a female body but a penis head?


Something for everyone!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:41 AM

:lol: So true!

When people ask me "how are you today?" I like to respond with "terrible!" They're usually left speechless after.



I say " Lousy, but thanks for asking."

#92 Count P-Funk

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:42 AM

Your favorite brewed beverage sucks.

#93 KrisNYG

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:43 AM

Your favorite brewed beverage sucks.


FTW!!!

#94 Julius

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:50 AM

How are you today?

Oh, horny as a tasmanian devil in heat that just ate a viagra factory, how about you? :lol:

#95 KrisNYG

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:21 AM

I don't think they get coffee delivered during their two week hiatus. :coffee:

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:58 PM

My local Starbucks is actually staffed with friendly people who don't expect a tip, and their blonde roast is close to Dunkin Donuts. Plus their breakfast sandwiches are better than Dunk's. But I only go there once in a while since it's not on my commute to work (plus it's right by a train station, so I imagine it'd be packed in the morning).

Basically, my ideal coffee chain would have Dunk's coffee and Sbux's sandwiches.

#97 hoagie

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:16 PM

:lol: So true!

When people ask me "how are you today?" I like to respond with "terrible!" They're usually left speechless after.


They dont ask you why? I would.