December 18, 2015

Grumble grumble

One of my biggest beefs with Starbucks is that they have taught everyone that the proper way to roast coffee is to stop just before it catches fire. Everything is over-roasted these days. I've been trying different brands of coffee trying to find one that isn't roasted too much, and I just found one. The Safeway house brand "breakfast blend" actually tastes like coffee, not like charcoal.

Why in hell does everyone seem to want me to create an account and log in? UPS just changed their web site so that you can't see when your package is expected to be delivered unless you log in first. Why in hell do I need to log in for that? I didn't used to.

There are a lot of reasons why I resent HorribleSubs, but maybe the biggest is the way they say, "This is brought to you by the HorribleSubs fansubbing team". Horseshit! Maybe there's a team, but the subbing is being done by Crunchyroll and Funimation. I wish they'd be more honest about what they're doing -- or perhaps "less dishonest" would be more to the point. I guess there has to be a team, because there's no damned way a single person could do all the stuff they do. But they don't sub anything.

Maybe I'll go take a nap.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 02:21 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 By the way, this post is not a request for suggestions and advice.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 18, 2015 02:32 PM (+rSRq)

2 I'm sadly familiar with the coffee problem. We found that Whole Foods sell passable coffee, in particular Colombian. Our latest workaround is to order from one of gourmet places. I can't seem to find an empty box with the name though...

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 18, 2015 06:16 PM (XOPVE)

3 For those of us who are drug addicts, overroasting is a double problem. Not only does it ruin the flavor, it also destroys a larger percentage of the caffeine. A light roast leaves more caffeine intact.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 18, 2015 11:18 PM (+rSRq)

4 Personally, I'm a tea drinker. Coffee smells heavenly, but the taste is shockingly different. At least tea doesn't pull a bait and switch on you.
Now, if somebody could come up with a beverage that tastes like coffee smells, I'd switch to it in an instant.
I suspect what's going on here, is that the people making the decisions are so deep into the product, and have been for so long, that they get jaded, and make their decisions on that basis. Like this fad for acidic wines. I swear, my sister gave me a bottle of wine a couple years ago that was more acidic than the vinegar I normally use!

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at December 19, 2015 05:15 AM (l55xw)

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