3-5 regular cups of coffee per day.
two venti a day, mocha, macchiato or americano
instead of coffee, i take chocolat
A cup of coffee "plus tip"? WTF are they talking about? Who the shit tips in Beijing, much less for a cup of coffee?
I've had coffee at Starbucks in Beijing, Seoul, and Taipei in the last six months, and at none of those places did it cost $7. However, it did cost pretty much the same as in New York, which is kind of retarded given the cost of living comparisons and the general cheapness of coffee beans in the world.
To answer your first question, when I lived in the US and had an office job, I would definitely drink more than a Venti per day -- though I would buy them at Dunkin' Donuts or McDonald's, where they're called "Large".
Ami, I cannot fucking believe you actually read a publication called Commodities Now.
ps - Seoul has the best coffee by a thousand percent. They actually care about coffee there. But at Starbucks it tastes the same everywhere.
I have no idea what idiot would go to Starbucks for a straight up coffee when you can get better coffee at places like 85C for 8 kuai, or even Costa if there is one near by. Seriously. Starbucks make the worst coffee for the price.
i just wish coffee in starbucks could be cheaper
i now only drink vietnamese drip coffee (unless i'm really desperate) that i make at home with coffee bought from saigon. when i run out i know it's time to either visit vietnam again or eat at vietnamese restaurants whenever i want coffee..
so fucking addicted to that shit it's not even funny.. :(
I had no clue about coffee before recently. Didn't even like coffee until I started drinking instant with lots of sugar and milk. Then I started researching a bit, ending up buying a espresso machine which is nice for making anything from double espresso's to mocca's, cappucino and what not..
Next step was to start chasing the best possible coffee in Beijing. I learned about roasters, who roast green beans for you on request, then deliver the next day. If you want conveinience, that would probably be the best and most preferable choice rather than even doing the roasting process youself. For Beijing situated coffee-lovers, check out this in-depth article by Sarah Peel @ BeijingBoyce:
I'm usually buying from www.arabicaroasters.com, but I'm planning to check more out :-) Feel free to pass me a message with suggestions.
Oh, and I usually drink 3-5 double espresso's a day, going all in on the work-o-holic mode :-)
PS! Another great resource for reading up on coffee is www.coffeegeek.com ;-)
China is developing
...a really shitty and unwarrantedly snobby coffee culture. As if SB wasn't bad enough for overpriced crap and generic interior ambiance, there are places like UBC, SPR, and SIT that are even worse. The Illy stuff they sell at the Bridge Cafe is the only coffee I ever get that's consistently good and worth the price.
Then again, I've never been much of a coffee drinker. I'm a naturally early riser due to irritable bowel syndrome; I'm as awake as I am gonna get after an 8am shit and shower. Anything more than a cup will give me the bad guts anyway, and I hate having to take a shit again in the afternoon, especially with the laxative effects of caffeine turning my lower GI tract into a magnetic rail cannon. That "not so fresh" feeling really throws off my meager swagger.
But when I do drink coffee, I prefer to use a french press for simple convenience; a water heater and chopsticks are always close at hand. Cheap grinds make it all muddy and bitter at the end, just how I like it.
Ekki: "vietnamese drip coffee"
That stuff is god tier with sweetened condensed milk. I'm jelly.
Gosh u do have an opinion about everything dont you Dando, wait, dont be too hasty to intellectually attack me, i mean i appreciate it!
back to the point.. like 5cups a day it is pretty bad, im rather paranoid about the state of my pearlies.
iii love strong black coffee and personally find the Chinese Coffee shops pretty odd i mean since when did it become so sophiscated, when i need to get up i drink some coffee then i fuck off
I have no opinion about my level of opinionatedness.
Dando - thats the only way to drink it!!
unfortunately, sweetened condensed milk is hard to find in my neighbourhood (believe me, i did a thorough trawl in all the shops) so i have to stock up whenever i can find it (usually at jenny lous).. this all makes for a very complicated and troublesome procees just for a cup of (really fucking good) coffee!
I'm going to have to try Vietnamese coffee now.
Also, I've not been to any of the other places Dando brought up but UBC actually make a really, really good coffee. I mean, you get hardly any of it for your money but damn, I can't fault it. They serve it to you in the little espresso percolator they make it in. They even sell those funky spherical coffee makers that do it by vaccums and induction and what not but they are way over priced. I can't remember what they are called but they make totally god teir coffee. I need to get one for my apartment.
Kieran: Siphoon Coffee, or Vacuum Pot :-) I wanna buy a Siphoon gizmo myself, look like you're making ready a meth-lab or something and voila - a fine cup o' java! ;-)
2-3 cups....but I prefet my coffee with a lllllllllllllloooooooooot of milk... ^^ yay....my friends say it's no coffee at all....@.@
I had a feeling it's name had "vaccum" somewhere in it! I felt stupid calling it a vaccum pot though. The coffee that comes out those is the richest and smoothest imaginable. If I rated the various methods of coffee I'd go for:
- Vaccum pot
- French press
- Espresso machine
- Eating the grind
- Snorting the grind
- Instant coffee
- Inhaling the grind
- Rectal suppository
- Via the eye
Yeah, I've heard of that coffee... I'm not sure if I really want to try it though.
My "Coffee Drinking" habit was almost turned into a "substance abuse". The first thing I did when I got into the office was making an expresso, sometimes I drunk 5-6 mugs of coffee. It was not too convenient to get coffee from Costa Rico which I really loved. Most Chinese think coffee is not healthy, partly true, but coffee also helps smooth bowl movement and it can increase dopamine in the brain to treat depression.
Due to the financial crisis, coffee price is on the hike and I kind of feel that coffee addiction is a burden. it took me a whole week to withdraw coffee intake during which I could hardly stay awake and experienced serious headaches.
Now I have switched to milk with motherwort honey, it feels much easier but I also put on 10 pounds (disaster....)
Notably, I happen to find out that thanks to my coffee withdrawal, I am able to cut a few corners in my living budgets (basically coffee powder and milk), in total, about USD 300-400 a year.