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Old 09-19-2006, 07:35 PM   #11
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Check these:

http://www.all4coffee.com/0wizard.htm

http://www.dynamic-living.com/sugar-dispenser.htm
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:33 PM   #12
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I don't like a sugar dispenser. I use Sweet and Low for my coffee and if I am having company I put out the little sugar cubes along with a holder for Sweet and Low or Splenda.

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Old 09-21-2006, 04:56 PM   #13
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(eternal optimist enters the room)....

I can see where coffee shops would benefit from this idea. First and foremost, next time you're in a coffee shop, see how many packages of sugar are wasted. You'll see where people grab a handful, then use 2 and throw the rest away. Also, I've seen people spill their coffees on the sugar packets, so they all had to be thrown away (that person must have really needed their daily caffeine!)
If they used their own bulk sugar, it would be cost effective, and wouldn't require the use of any unneeded paper. Too bad it couldn't be constructed like a gumball machine, where the user would crank a handle to dispense the sugar. That would eliminate the use of batteries, electricity, etc. (and, in the event of a power outage, people at Starbucks could still sweeten their coffee!)
Along those lines, are you needing to make a machine, or just a simple convenience item? Here's one of the latter, and I won't even charge you ;)

Ever thought of making a straw-type object, which, when unwrapped, would dispense sugar, and then you'd use the outer casing (or, "the straw")
to stir the coffee? Of course, then my "no need for excess paper" theory flies right out the window.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:32 PM   #14
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For home use, the size and weight would make it impractical. For food service, I'd hesitate because constant use by many hands would require constant cleaning. PCs are so much easire in the retail world.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:35 PM   #15
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I have issues with wasted paper and detest styrofoam. I will always opt for something I can wash rather than dispose of.

Having said that, most of the paper used for sugar packets is recycled paper. A case of 2000 packets costs about 9 dollars. It is going to be very hard to beat both the price and the 'green' benefits.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:46 AM   #16
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This isn't a bad idea, but if I used it at home, I would want it to be smaller. Picking up something that weighs between 3 and 5 lbs. would be cumbersome if I only wanted a teaspoon for a cup of tea. I've been trying to think of other food items you could use this idea for, but I'm afraid my imagination isn't working well today.
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:51 AM   #17
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Hey I recently bought a peper dispenser that works in a similar way.

My mother had a stroke a couple of years ago and she loves ground black pepper but could not grind it herself, this gadget is battery operated and grinds the pepper when you press the button.
Lesley - today at the gourmet kitchen shop, I saw something similar - it was a pepper grinder that had batteries, but you didn't need to press a button. All you had to do was turn it upside down and it started grinding. Cool!
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:39 AM   #18
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For Italy (and,I think, for the whole UE), the problem doesn't exist: free sugar is forbidden in coffe shops or bars. Only packaged.
And three or five lbs are really too heavy at home. One is enough, but, for only one, is sufficient you shake it a little.
May be that you can change it in something vertical, from which sugar falls down in the cup more or less quickly, depending from the opening of a rotational cap......Something similar to alcool dispensers, or coffe measures in expresso machines....
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