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Dump Starbucks
Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2012 | Maggie Gallagher

Posted on 03/23/2012 5:57:22 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Opera House in Seattle was the setting for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and the annual board meeting of his church of Starbucks.

That's what it felt like -- what with the heart-stirring videos, the soulful songs of Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spalding, and a real Baptist preacher (Rev. Calvin Butts), not to mention free coffee and doughnuts.

Jonathan Baker, head of the National Organization for Marriage's Corporate Fairness Project was there to ask if the board really approved the statement that gay marriage is "core to the Starbucks brand."

Yes, Schultz said. Most of the room there applauded, but what happens in Seattle doesn't stay in Seattle.

Another shareholder asked how it could possibly be in the shareholders' interest to wade into a hot-button political and cultural issue. A few brave souls in the audience applauded.

I was going to ask a question, too, but Schultz cut off questions just before I spoke, leaving me the sole person standing before a microphone with a question in my heart to ask:

Millions of good, honorable, decent and loving people believe that marriage is the union of husband and wife for a reason -- these unions make new life and connect children to a mom and a dad. Of all the sustainable ecosystems Starbucks might want to support, surely this one is worthy of a company that bills itself as a company with a conscience?

I wanted to tell Schultz personally that we at the National Organization for Marriage were going to ask all his customers, employees and vendors who do not support gay marriage to make their presence known.

I don't generally support boycotts, especially not the kind gay marriage advocates have launched that target whole business enterprises if any one major partner personally donates to a measure like California's Proposition 8. It's wrong because the basic norms of business are that people of differing moral views, even on deeply felt moral issues like gay marriage and abortion, need to work together to grow a company to serve their customers and shareholders.

But Starbucks has voluntarily decided -- as a corporation -- to associate its brand with a major political issue, the CEO just confirmed. I was in the room. I heard him.

Customers across the world have a right to know that contrary to the promises made by the corporation in the Middle East and elsewhere, Starbucks does subsidize political causes. Drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee, sadly, means supporting gay marriage.

The National Organization for Marriage, which I co-founded, in response this week announced a national and international protest: DumpStarbucks.com. We are asking customers who oppose gay marriage to call both their local Starbucks branch and company headquarters to communicate that they wish to be able to buy a great cup of Seattle coffee without promoting gay marriage, and to switch to another brand of coffee.

Speak out, and stop being invisible to powerful men like Schultz. The business of America may or may not be business, but the business of corporations is to make an honest profit by serving all their customers well, both those who favor and those who oppose gay marriage.


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KEYWORDS: coffee; homosexualagenda; starbucks
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1 posted on 03/23/2012 5:57:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Anyone paying $5 for a cuppa leftwing coffee deserves it.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 5:59:42 AM PDT by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: Kaslin

My morning coffee stops are at a local business owned by a Tea Party patriot. I don’t do Starbucks anymore unless there’s nothing else available.

Hampton Roads FReepers, if you’re through Gloucester County, message me and I’ll send you over the website info for this place. Her coffees are far better than Starbucks can ever hope to be.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 6:00:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: Kaslin

My wife and I are ahead of the curve on this one. We dumped Starbucks a couple years ago. Haven’t missed it at all. Oh, if anyone is looking for a good bean for their home coffeemaker, try Eight-O-Clock Italian Roast. Beats anything we’ve ever had from a coffee outlet.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 6:04:34 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Kaslin
Seattle's Best is OWNED by Starbucks! Don't consider this a boycott alternative.
5 posted on 03/23/2012 6:05:35 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Kaslin

Just built a Starbucks near me.
Already have a Dunkin Donut near.
I wouldn’t use Starbucks even if the DD closed down. I would brew my own...
Any business that ties its name to perverts does not get my business


6 posted on 03/23/2012 6:09:08 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Kaslin

Problem with being on top is you start thinking you’re smart outside your field!

These new ‘moralities’ have nearly destroyed our country, but these guys are still on board for more: 41% illegitimate birth rate (53% for women under 30), 80 Federal programs costing $750 Billion per year to take care of these welfare babies (another $250 Billion at the state level), most of the unwed mothers plunged into poverty and state dependency for life, 70% of the residents of Federal prison come from these homes. Yeah, undermining traditional marriage is sure making things better.

I don’t want to see what things are like in twenty years or so when this crop of dysfunctional Ba****** takes over.


7 posted on 03/23/2012 6:16:41 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Kaslin
Drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee, sadly, means supporting gay marriage.

No problem avoiding Starbuck's - there are plenty of other places to get a cup of joe.

8 posted on 03/23/2012 6:16:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

I love the coffee drinks but most Cafe’s I have been to are run by the same creepy people who want to “save the world”
Or, they tolerate it because it is somehow expected?
Sort of like the nature and backpacking sites are infested with libs who all know better than everyone else.
I guess becaue they claim to care about the environment. So, obviously only they, and they alone, can appreciate nature and the outdoors.
The same way they alone care about “real” science, too!
“Right-wingers” are anti-fresh air and clean water, and anti”real” science,afterall.
We know progs care because they leave thier houses they turn off their murcery lightbulbs and drive to cafe’s in their coal generated “green” cars to voice their concerns for the environment from their plastic (petrolleum based)laptops.
My point, and thanks for letting me vent, is buy yourself a cappucino maker with the little cream steamer.
It would help the economy a little without supporting leftards and their retarded ideas.


9 posted on 03/23/2012 6:19:18 AM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Kaslin

Starbucks coffee is the worst commercially available swill I have ever tasted. What they do is over-roast the low quality beans they buy to increase the bitterness so that it tastes strong even though they cut back on the quantity the use with each brew. You pay $5-$6 per cup for weak, bitter swill.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion x)
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To: Kaslin

Since I am a coffee connoisseur who just loves a cup of fine java I never go anywhere near a Starbucks. As far as I’m concerned it’s over roasted swill. I’m sure much of their customers come for the fruity-tooty mocha-lowka super sweet coffee flavored drinks rather than a real cup of joe.


11 posted on 03/23/2012 6:27:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: muir_redwoods

I don’t do starbucks, over roasted beans and over
inflated prices.
Even McD has better coffee today.


12 posted on 03/23/2012 6:35:02 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: circlecity

They sell coffee at Starbucks?


13 posted on 03/23/2012 6:35:48 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Kaslin

Proud to report I’ve never been to a Starbucks. Mostly because the prices are ridiculous. Now I have a real reason.


14 posted on 03/23/2012 6:38:24 AM PDT by upchuck (Where others hold a window into the world, nobama holds a mirror. h/t - Don Surber)
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To: Kaslin
I'd boycott Starbucks if I ever went there.

I feel like the lone person that isn't crazy for the place :)

15 posted on 03/23/2012 6:40:26 AM PDT by CAluvdubya
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To: Future Snake Eater

Hah! That cracked me up - thanks


16 posted on 03/23/2012 6:41:15 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: muir_redwoods
What they do is over-roast the low quality beans they buy to increase the bitterness so that it tastes strong even though they cut back on the quantity the use with each brew.

So that's why I've never liked Starbucks. . .You've just described what it is that makes their coffee taste so bad to me. . .now on the other hand, Dunkin Donut's coffee, heck. . even McDonald's coffee tastes better by a long shot.

17 posted on 03/23/2012 6:49:25 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Kaslin
Way ahead of you, bro.

I haven't darkened the doorway or drive-thru window of a Starbucks for years. We've been aware of their left-wing lunatic worldview for quite a while now.

Thanks for the reminder that we're doing the right thing.

18 posted on 03/23/2012 7:00:44 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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19 posted on 03/23/2012 7:07:44 AM PDT by narses
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To: Kaslin

I got an email the other day about Starbucks. Allegedly, Marines in Afghanstan wrote to Starbucks asking them if they would send some coffee. Allegedly, Starbucks responded by telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

Don’t know if it is true or not, has anybody else heard about this? Or is it urban myth?


20 posted on 03/23/2012 7:16:14 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Kaslin

I got an email the other day about Starbucks. Allegedly, Marines in Afghanistan wrote to Starbucks asking them if they would send some coffee. Allegedly, Starbucks responded by telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

Don’t know if it is true or not, has anybody else heard about this? Or is it urban myth?


21 posted on 03/23/2012 7:16:29 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Kaslin

I got an email the other day about Starbucks. Allegedly, Marines in Afghanistan wrote to Starbucks asking them if they would send some coffee. Allegedly, Starbucks responded by telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

Don’t know if it is true or not, has anybody else heard about this? Or is it urban myth?


22 posted on 03/23/2012 7:16:47 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: tet68

McDonalds coffee is GOOD. I never go to Starbuck’s because it is ridiculously expensive. I guess an idiot is born every hour.


23 posted on 03/23/2012 7:21:41 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Already have a Dunkin Donut near.

You're lucky, out here in the land of the fruits, nuts, flakes and crappy coffee, we get our DD coffee supply either shipped in or brought back in suitcases on trips to the east coast.

24 posted on 03/23/2012 7:27:16 AM PDT by ssaftler (Obama 2008: "Hope and Change" Obama 2012: "Excuses and Blame")
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To: ScottinVA

I went from my local starbucks to an independently owned coffee shop. The lady running the place had a baristika (Obama Logo) on her pin collection.

Gay marriage is a fad, it will pass. But Obama’s destruction of this nation will have effects for years to come. ANYBODY but Obama.


25 posted on 03/23/2012 7:31:42 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: ssaftler

The closest Dunkin Donuts is in Las Vegas. But I travel to Phoenix every couple of months - they have a bunch there!


26 posted on 03/23/2012 7:43:54 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: Kaslin
I never liked Starbucks coffee. It was too expensive and I never liked the taste. I always thought it was for suckers.

It's like those idiots who believe TSA is great at screening for terrorists because they are so expensive.

27 posted on 03/23/2012 7:43:56 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : "I will just make insurance companies give you health care for 'free, What Mandates??' ")
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To: Kaslin
Uh oh, my future daughter in law has worked for Starbucks for over 5 years in asst. mgr position. There is usually a gay guy on every shift at every store she works at, in Seattle.

But she already knows how I feel haven't bought a Starbucks coffee in 20+ years, did my own personal boycott years ago. Had a friend that lived in Schultz neighborhood, very fancy neighborhood. He was building a house on Lake Washington and asked his friend the Mayor of Seattle if he could put his driveway through the neighborhood park to his home as it was easier and cheaper, of course the mayor said yes and my friend went ballistic, gathered petitions and stopped the creep from ruining her park.

28 posted on 03/23/2012 7:46:33 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin
No problem here. Never did like that 40W crap they call coffee. Someone gave my wife a Starbucks gift card for Xmas a few years back. That was the first and last time I tried Starbuck's swill. I order WaWa coffee on line.
29 posted on 03/23/2012 7:48:16 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Sorry,no tag line today.)
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To: bcsco
My wife and I are ahead of the curve on this one. We dumped Starbucks a couple years ago. Haven’t missed it at all. Oh, if anyone is looking for a good bean for their home coffeemaker, try Eight-O-Clock Italian Roast. Beats anything we’ve ever had from a coffee outlet.

You found the best kept secret in coffee...!

30 posted on 03/23/2012 8:00:33 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Prov1322

Agree about 8’o’clock coffee.

Gevaglia is good too, but much more expensive.


31 posted on 03/23/2012 8:06:06 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Kaslin
Several months back there was some threads on FR about Starbucks being pro 2nd amendment and to shop there and support them.

Several months ago there was threads on FR about boycotting Home Depot due to their pro gay stance and people said to shop Lowes. Well the last two weekends I went to Lowes they had Girls Scouts selling cookies in their lobby and there have been numerous threads on FR about why you should not by Girl Scout cookies and the GS's were now a progressive organization.

Sooner or later every store will have some policy I disagree with so screw it I shop where I want and don;t let this little stuff bother me.

SRS, who can keep this crap straight?

32 posted on 03/23/2012 8:09:56 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: upchuck

-—Proud to report I’ve never been to a Starbucks. Mostly because the prices are ridiculous.-—

For me, it’s the size names. You’ll have to cut my nuts off before I’ll say “Can I have a venti, please?”


33 posted on 03/23/2012 8:16:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: muir_redwoods
"Starbucks coffee is the worst commercially available swill I have ever tasted. What they do is over-roast the low quality beans they buy to increase the bitterness so that it tastes strong even though they cut back on the quantity the use with each brew. You pay $5-$6 per cup for weak, bitter swill."

Exactly. They don't understand that strong doesn't mean bitter. Also, I have no patience with jumped-up soda jerks who call themselves "baristas", and insist that you use stupid names like "grande" for a large cup of coffee.

We brew our own Dunkin Donuts at home, STRONG and not bitter.

34 posted on 03/23/2012 8:33:47 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Kaslin

Ever since this nonsense I have stopped going to Starbucks. I save about $100 per month and do not miss it. the problem is that Starbucks seems like it is in decline and they are trying anything to attract customers. The quality is not what it used to be and would not be surprised if the company went away in a few years.


35 posted on 03/23/2012 9:09:32 AM PDT by GilGil
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To: Kaslin

Think outside the cup...

Chick-fil-A

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Section/Drinks

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Section/Breakfast-Items

.


36 posted on 03/23/2012 10:04:23 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: muir_redwoods
You pay $5-$6 per cup for weak, bitter swill.

Actually, it's only a dollar or two for a cup of weak, bitter swill.

Many, though, then pay another $4 for additives to kill the taste.

37 posted on 03/23/2012 10:41:14 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

“Any business that ties its name to perverts does not get my business”

Amen, FRiend. I refuse to quaff that burnt, overated swill sh!t.

Spanish coffee and Jacobs here in Germany are far, far better!


38 posted on 03/23/2012 10:58:55 AM PDT by Levante
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“You’ll have to cut my nuts off before I’ll say “Can I have a venti, please?”

LOL, you and me both. The few times that I have been in a Starbucks (HORRIBLE coffee, btw) I refused to use their stupid names - I use small, medium, or large.

It really takes no effort to brew your own coffee in the morning and you save so much money. Sad to say that over the years I have become a dedicated instant coffee drinker. I now have a taste for the stuff.


39 posted on 03/23/2012 11:00:22 AM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Kaslin; All

I guess I’ll just have to bombard Starbucks with emails that ask WHY ARE YOU SO INSENSITIVE? WHY DO YOU THINK HOMOSEXUALS ARE TO BE “FAVORED” OVER HETERSEXUAL COUPLES WHO CAN ACTUALLY PRODUCE ANOTHER HUMAN?

But don’t get me started. They don’t like military, either. So, look! LOTS of emails can spring from that stuff! YES!

Join me, please...


40 posted on 03/23/2012 11:21:19 AM PDT by Monkey Face (If you think health care is expensive now, wait til it's free.)
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To: gortklattu

Unfortunately, Phoenix and Las Vegas aren’t regular stops for me. But with family in Boston, Cleveland and Fort Lauderdale, there are enough opportunities to keep running. And, in a pinch, it’s not too expensive to ship on a per pound basis if I order 5-10 pounds at a time...

The stuff they sell in Costco and other stores with the “DD” brand name (orange bags) just ain’t the same, by the way.


41 posted on 03/23/2012 11:30:52 AM PDT by ssaftler (Obama 2008: "Hope and Change" Obama 2012: "Excuses and Blame")
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To: Kaslin

This thread is Chock full O’Nuts.


42 posted on 03/23/2012 11:45:10 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: Kaslin

This thread is Chock full O’Nuts.


43 posted on 03/23/2012 11:45:10 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: tomkat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Mjnzqi5gs


44 posted on 03/23/2012 1:18:22 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: ScottinVA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Mjnzqi5gs


45 posted on 03/23/2012 1:19:43 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: muir_redwoods

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Mjnzqi5gs


46 posted on 03/23/2012 1:22:30 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: CAluvdubya

You are not alone! You have me and you have the “ultimate Jew” for company.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Mjnzqi5gs


47 posted on 03/23/2012 1:24:39 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: RipSawyer
LOL .. thanks !   :-))
48 posted on 03/23/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by tomkat (FU.baraq)
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To: Kaslin

Make your expresso at home, use a medium roast blend like Seattle Mountain Blend. Toss the very first second of the pull and you will have a coffee that puts starbucks to shame. The sour flavors are all in the first black second of the pull. The bitters are on the last part. So short pull your coffee and you will not believe how good it can be.

Never again will I buy starbucks, first because they use their profits to destroy my country, secondly because there coffee is bitter and awful.


49 posted on 03/23/2012 4:48:45 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

What do you mean by “Toss the very first second of the pull ?” Do you mean throw away whatever comes through the filter at first?

I don’t know the intricacies of brewing coffee; it’ll be good to learn from someone who knows that they are talking about.


50 posted on 03/24/2012 11:27:22 AM PDT by gingerales
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