"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Beverages and Wine
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-09-2016, 10:29 AM   #41
Executive Chef
 
Mad Cook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: North West England
Posts: 4,165
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Putting my hand over the cup is my only recourse, I usually have a mouth full of food when they approach. Good manners dictate I don't talk with food in my mouth...
I don't think we have the pay-for-the-first-cup-and-get-free-refills thing over here. At least I've never come across it. The waiter may ask if the customer would like another cup but it's not usually free.
__________________

__________________
Donít look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Stomp along and switch the bl**dy thing on yourself.
Mad Cook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 11:50 AM   #42
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Park Drive Bar/Grill Los Angeles
Posts: 9,640
I've only been to few places where they pour without asking. Most coffee shops I frequent, even raunchy, hole-in-a-wall coffee shops ask if I want more coffee. It basically boils down to common sense.
__________________

__________________
roadfix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 02:50 PM   #43
Head Chef
 
Zagut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Friendship,MD.
Posts: 1,230
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Putting my hand over the cup is my only recourse, I usually have a mouth full of food when they approach. Good manners dictate I don't talk with food in my mouth...
It's good to see someone has good manners.

I'd have spewed whatever I was eating all over the place.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Cook View Post
I don't think we have the pay-for-the-first-cup-and-get-free-refills thing over here. At least I've never come across it. The waiter may ask if the customer would like another cup but it's not usually free.
Mad Cook, On this side of the ocean (I can't call it a pond) we have what is known as a bottomless cup of coffee.
If you like Java it's a good thing.


Quote:
Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
I've only been to few places where they pour without asking. Most coffee shops I frequent, even raunchy, hole-in-a-wall coffee shops ask if I want more coffee. It basically boils down to common sense.
Yep, Common sense is the key but how much of that exists in this day and age?
__________________
Zagut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 03:11 PM   #44
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Addie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: East Boston, MA
Posts: 19,068
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Cook View Post
I don't think we have the pay-for-the-first-cup-and-get-free-refills thing over here. At least I've never come across it. The waiter may ask if the customer would like another cup but it's not usually free.
We don't get it here in New England either. It is found more through the south and out west.
__________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
I don't want my last words to be, "I wish I had spent more time doing housework"
Addie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 03:27 PM   #45
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,393
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
We don't get it here in New England either. It is found more through the south and out west.
You'll find diners and similar restaurants give free refills. Tablecloth restaurants don't.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 03:43 PM   #46
Senior Cook
 
erehweslefox's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Hatfield, PA
Posts: 482
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kayelle View Post
We recently gifted each other with these very beautiful and very special Polish Pottery mugs. Mine is on the left. Somehow they seem to make the morning coffee special.
Isn't it nice to have good mugs? I have a collection of mugs, and ceramic cups which I have gotten all over the place. It is fun to have a bit of ritual about it, and I have mugs for different things, my wife when we first met used to just grab one from my cabinet, and I'd have to bite my tongue as she was using a tea mug for coffee, or my sunday morning mug on a Tuesday evening... I know I am weird.

Larry, my relationship to coffee is complicated, started drinking it in prep school, where it was just a Caffeine Delivery System, and we had either instant in the microwave, or a secret coffee maker hidden somewhere, no refrigerator access also, so it was black with sugar or nothing. I quickly eschewed sugar, and got used to drinking it black for convenience sake. I can say it is an acquired taste. For the longest time I thought it was bitter horrible stuff. It grows on you.

I got into tea when I was over in Russia, where that is pretty much what you drink to exclusion of water. We, when I got back, didn't really have much options for GOOD tea in the states, loose leaf, so until people like Upton Tea Imports etc... started getting available on the internet back in the early 90's I stuck to coffee.

Nowadays I mostly drink tea, and have a series of thermoses, tumblers, devices, and cheats so I don't have to rely on the restaurant I'm at for a cup, they generally have one of those horrible boxes of stale bags of Twinnings and Celestial Seasoning that has been there for a year.

I am partial to a good cup of black coffee on occasion, and I have trained myself to drink it black, I will do that in a restaurant. At home I have a mocha pot, and will make myself two shots of espresso, dilute it with a similar quantity of hot water, and add devonshire cream and a little bit of vanilla sugar.

So I agree with your point on service, I'd say in practice most people I know that are coffee drinkers take it in stride though. One reason for it, is that one of the key things about coffee is that it be hot, and it cools quick in those shallow six oz cups you get, it is generally not difficult to get it back to the sugar and cream you like by taste.

Still prefer tea most of the time for drinking, but coffee is a nice change of pace.

Cheers,

TBS
__________________
sourdough isn't a recipe, it is a process.
erehweslefox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 06:18 PM   #47
Master Chef
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 8,285
Kayelle, those mugs are a very pleasant way to start your morning. How much coffee do they hold? One year I bought a huge (22-oz) mug for Himself as a Christmas gift. ordered from the Christmas catalog. It was hand-made in Ecuador and had pretty graphics and a nice glaze. He says it's too big. I tell him he can fill it only half-way.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
We don't get it here in New England either. It is found more through the south and out west.
I thought Connecticut was part of New England. We treat ourselves to brunch at a cute little cafe in Putnam. Not only do they keep your coffee hot and the cup full, when you are ready to leave they ask if you would like a fresh to-go cup.
__________________
... nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have... ~~~ LeBron James
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 06:38 PM   #48
Master Chef
 
Cooking Goddess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Body in MA ~ Heart in OH
Posts: 8,285
Quote:
Originally Posted by erehweslefox View Post
...It is fun to have a bit of ritual about it, and I have mugs for different things, my wife when we first met used to just grab one from my cabinet, and I'd have to bite my tongue as she was using a tea mug for coffee...
You are not alone in your weirdness when it comes to which-cup-what-liquid. I'm the same way. As far as "Day of the Week Cup"? You're on you own with that one.
Quote:
Originally Posted by erehweslefox View Post
...Nowadays I mostly drink tea, and have a series of thermoses, tumblers, devices, and cheats so I don't have to rely on the restaurant I'm at for a cup, they generally have one of those horrible boxes of stale bags of Twinnings and Celestial Seasoning that has been there for a year....
Are you familiar with Harney & Sons tea? They offer a product called a "Tagalong", a round tin with five sachets of tea. They also sell their same quality loose tea in boxes of 20 sachets, so you could always slip one or two wrapped sachets into your pocket and ask your server for "a cup of hot water, please?" I did that in the past and never got an argument. Now, I just drink water when we go out.
__________________
... nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have... ~~~ LeBron James
Cooking Goddess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 09:40 PM   #49
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 16,914
Quote:
Originally Posted by Addie View Post
We don't get it here in New England either. It is found more through the south and out west.
Your neighborhood /= New England.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2016, 12:19 AM   #50
Senior Cook
 
erehweslefox's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Hatfield, PA
Posts: 482
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cooking Goddess View Post
Are you familiar with Harney & Sons tea? They offer a product called a "Tagalong", a round tin with five sachets of tea. They also sell their same quality loose tea in boxes of 20 sachets, so you could always slip one or two wrapped sachets into your pocket and ask your server for "a cup of hot water, please?" I did that in the past and never got an argument. Now, I just drink water when we go out.
H&S are good, I keep a couple of their bags with some Twinning at work in the break room, mainly the darjeeling Twinnings and the Russian Caravan H&S blend.

I also have a friend from India that got me as a gift six silk teabags. They are looser than I'd expect silk to be, so I'm not convinced if they are made of silk, or that is the name, but they are reusable as heck, don't hold flavor, you just have to rinse them off and dry them and they are ready to go, and they are the most awesome thing ever. I keep them in an altoids tin, and when I go out for serious dinners at nice place, and I want a very good cup of tea appropriate to a good meal, I fill them with my favorites.

Generally I will at a fancy place tell the waiter I brought my own tea, and just charge me for a cup of tea and bring hot water. Everyone is cool with it, except once, at a very fancy Indian restaurant, chef sent me out a pot of his own private tea, and came out, it was if you know teas a SFGFOP1-CL from Margareta's Hope Estate, 1st flush, he had gotten it sent over from India, and came out to talk with me about teas.

I gave him the content of one of my little bags (they are awesome I won't give a one of them up), which was a Temi Estate Sikkim FTGFLOP1-CL, also first flush which he hadn't seen. Damn, to explain all this I should find or make a tea thread?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you might have thought I had a minor stroke, and am only capable of stringing nonsense letters together. TL;DR is TEA GOOD.

CG, yeah I have a couple of mugs only for certain days, it sounds weird, but I only have about 20 mugs, right? I also have a sad mug, a happy mug, and one I keep in my darkest cabinet, that is only used on Friday the thirteenth and Halloween.

Cheers,

TBS
__________________

__________________
sourdough isn't a recipe, it is a process.
erehweslefox is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coffee

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.