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Coffins & Coffee: Starbucks to Open Inside Upstate Funeral Home
News Channel 7 ^ | July 11, 2012 | Graeme Moore

Posted on 07/12/2012 10:48:15 AM PDT by null and void

EASLEY, SC -- Those grieving the dearly departed at Robinson Funeral Home in Easley will soon have a little something extra to soothe the pain: a cup of Starbucks' joe.

The fourth-generation funeral home and crematory is adding a new section to its existing facilities which includes business offices, a chapel, and a special wing aptly named "Coffee Corner," where soon a Starbucks will open.

The owner, Chris Robinson, explains how coffee has always been part of the family business, saying his great-grandfather started the funeral home inside a main street general store, where people would gather and drink coffee.

Robinson, who's a bit worried people will get the wrong idea about the coffee shop, says it's simply one more service for people to choose, but one that's certainly not mandatory.

"You walk in the front, and it's off to the side," Robinson said. "It's not like it's right up front."

Robinson has hired staff to run the Starbucks franchise which will be open to the public, not just to those attending services.

Starbucks will install equipment and menus at the end of July, and Robinson expects the shop to open sometime in August.

If funeral-goers worry about not getting free cups of coffee at visitations and other services, fear not, the owner says.

"We'll still have the homemade Robinson coffee, too," he said.

The Robinson Starbucks will be the first in Easley, but because it's not a full-sized store, they're not allowed to put Starbucks' signage on the building's exterior as part of the agreement with the coffee giant. 


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Will Darksheare be the first franchise owner?
1 posted on 07/12/2012 10:48:21 AM PDT by null and void
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To: Darksheare

Hey!


2 posted on 07/12/2012 10:51:06 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void

I know about capitalism but this is beyond the pale. Anything sold at the funeral home should be done so outside of the funerary and peri-funerary observations, for decorum’s sake. If part of the package is to cater coffee to all visitors from Starbucks, then fine but Starbucks ought not to be selling at the funeral home.


3 posted on 07/12/2012 10:53:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void

more crematory for your coffee, sir?


4 posted on 07/12/2012 10:57:42 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Darksheare

It could be worse. Dark’s Wake-The-Dead coffee would put the funeral business out of business.


5 posted on 07/12/2012 10:59:01 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

i bet people are just die-ing to get one of them coffees...


6 posted on 07/12/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: null and void
Coffins & Coffee: Starbucks to Open Inside Upstate Funeral Home

Because when I'm at a Funeral Home, the first thing I think of is a big steaming hot cup of Java.

7 posted on 07/12/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: null and void

i can see it now:

he: “hey! wanna get together over coffee?”
she: “Ok, sure”
he: “Great! meet me down to the funeral home!”
she “um...”


8 posted on 07/12/2012 11:02:10 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: UCANSEE2

*shrug* it would be good for awake...


9 posted on 07/12/2012 11:03:02 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void
Egad! There is such a place!
10 posted on 07/12/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void

11 posted on 07/12/2012 11:05:01 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: UCANSEE2

Will Starbucks introduce a new line of Consolation Coffee?


12 posted on 07/12/2012 11:07:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void

Those were tasty sprinkles on my latte. Oops, that was grandpa!


13 posted on 07/12/2012 11:10:06 AM PDT by bgill
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To: null and void

A line in the guestbook for the attendee’s latte order would be a nice touch.


14 posted on 07/12/2012 11:10:42 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (The patient is bleeding to death! Apply more leeches!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Wow...There is some easy joke material in their re: cremation receptacles and coffee cans etc.

The Dude will not abide.

“...F’ing Walter...this is not about Vietnam...”


15 posted on 07/12/2012 11:11:16 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: rbmillerjr

“That wasn’t Aunt Bertha! That was used coffee grounds!”


16 posted on 07/12/2012 11:16:11 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void

Taste to die for.


17 posted on 07/12/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


18 posted on 07/12/2012 11:42:35 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: chrisser

A killer coffee!


19 posted on 07/12/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Slings and Arrows; null and void

“WARNING - Not to be taken internally!” - Slings and Arrows

In 12 cup drip percolator pot, fill to 6 cup mark with water.
In filter, put 6 heaping scoops of coffee.
Medium roast works best, just make sure it’s a robust blend.
Found a maxwellhouse ‘medium roast’ that was rather anemic.
Put pinch of salt in filter, about as much as it would take to cover the surface of a dime with one even layer.
This keeps the coffee from tasting burned too quickly, it doesn’t age well brewed this way.

Brew, recirculate if need be, usually not.
Add sugar and dairy creamer.
Creamora and coffeemate are not recommended unless you like the heart racing that Ranger Pudding gives.
That, and the nondairy creamer will give you both a headache and a buzz with the coffee.

I usually put about 8 spoons of sugar in this stuff, it ends up being like Russian Kava, thick and sweet with that bitter overtone to it.

Oh, and I am NOT responsible for seeming demonic possession of the coffeepot, or the coffeepot ending up acting as if it has been damaged.


20 posted on 07/12/2012 12:07:36 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Darksheare

What? No Zombie Deer disclaimer?


21 posted on 07/12/2012 12:11:02 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

A good dollop of Calgon is needed for that.


22 posted on 07/12/2012 12:19:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: null and void
I've always thought that Starbucks over-roasted its coffee. At my local coffee shop, they're known as the BBCC (Burnt Bean Coffee Company). Now they can really overdo their dark roast, at least when the crematory isn't being used.
23 posted on 07/12/2012 12:38:16 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

Agreed.


24 posted on 07/12/2012 12:40:44 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

Starbucks “coffee”? I guess their proximity will be convenient if the establishment runs out of embalming fluid....


25 posted on 07/12/2012 12:52:02 PM PDT by Capn Freedom
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To: null and void
Just don't order cafe au lait if you are there for your mother's wake.

A guy did that in Albert Camus' novel The Stranger and he was guillotined for it. Well, he did kill someone in between, but since it was just an Algerian he wouldn't have been sentenced to death except for the cafe au lait at his mother's wake.

26 posted on 07/12/2012 1:14:44 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: null and void

Too creepy.


27 posted on 07/12/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: null and void; TheOldLady

The Zombie Deer?
Oh, TOL is their keeper.
No disclaimer needed.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 4:11:01 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: null and void

Only a matter of time before they open bars at funeral homes. Something about attending wakes always makes me want to drink heavily.


29 posted on 07/12/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Darksheare; null and void

The zombie deer pretty much keep to the forest near our house. They’re too shy to wander out into the cornfields until the corn is high enough to hide them in their hunt for small animal brains.

They’re harmless. Usually. Okay, sometimes. Gak! All RIGHT, never. You dragged the truth out of me!


30 posted on 07/12/2012 6:05:37 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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