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Wheres the DOSBODS Costa franchise?

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14 minutes ago, The Generation Game said:

Do they exist any more? Was quite surprised when I went to visit the famous Betty's in Harrogate a couple of years ago that it was no more expensive than the large chain coffee houses. 

Or .... High street coffee places are just a expensive as Betty's, which is really good.

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You ever tried getting a cup of tea in an American Hotel - stayed at the Bellagio in Vegas and it is just impossible. I did find one place that would serve me a cup of hot water but only one barista would do it. The rest refused. Even resorted to trying to buy a kettle - they don't exist as far as I can tell.

Bunch of backward hillbillies. 

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Ha! It's ridiculous the lengths I've had to go to getting a cup of tea, always take tea bags when I'm away. Just have to try and get the most normal thing to green milk and boiling water then. Travel kettle wouldn't be a bad addition maybe. I absolutely love tea, just normal tea well made.

 

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5 minutes ago, Carl Fimble said:

Ha! It's ridiculous the lengths I've had to go to getting a cup of tea, always take tea bags when I'm away. Just have to try and get the most normal thing to green milk and boiling water then. Travel kettle wouldn't be a bad addition maybe.

Agreed. My best method at the moment is to use the coffee percolator with nothing in it, or the microwave if staying somewhere with a kitchenette.

And I hate that funny foreign tea. Always travel with a bag full of tetleys.

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5 minutes ago, Cunning Plan said:

Agreed. My best method at the moment is to use the coffee percolator with nothing in it, or the microwave if staying somewhere with a kitchenette.

And I hate that funny foreign tea. Always travel with a bag full of tetleys.

Why were they not just giving you hot water, I presume you offered to pay?

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1 minute ago, Carl Fimble said:

Why were they not just giving you hot water, I presume you offered to pay?

Yes I offered to pay. But it didn't compute since there was no button on the till. They aren't always free thinkers in these places.

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7 minutes ago, Cunning Plan said:

Yes I offered to pay. But it didn't compute since there was no button on the till. They aren't always free thinkers in these places.

Just hit the button for.... whatever, coffee or something, I don't know. FFS!

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2 hours ago, Cunning Plan said:

You ever tried getting a cup of tea in an American Hotel - stayed at the Bellagio in Vegas and it is just impossible. I did find one place that would serve me a cup of hot water but only one barista would do it. The rest refused. Even resorted to trying to buy a kettle - they don't exist as far as I can tell.

Bunch of backward hillbillies. 

I stayed at a posh Hampton Inn and they had all manner of specialist teas.

They even out-poshed me as I rejected the Orange Pekoe ("Who wants orange tea?") which I subsequently discovered is the first tips and regarded as the best tea going.

Derrrr....

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56 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

I stayed at a posh Hampton Inn and they had all manner of specialist teas.

They even out-poshed me as I rejected the Orange Pekoe ("Who wants orange tea?") which I subsequently discovered is the first tips and regarded as the best tea going.

Derrrr....

I don't want posh tea. I want a mug of builders.

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Just now, Cunning Plan said:

Handy hint. I have been (almost) reliably informed that there is a golf club within 3 miles of every motorway junction. They always do very good tea and much better food and surroundings than any service area.

Probably cheaper as well.

I don't think there is any greater rip-off in the UK than services.

Four quid for a sandwich that tastes of paper mache?

GTF.

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3 minutes ago, Sgt Hartman said:

That's not so bad. I got shafted for a cup of coffee from Costabucks or whatever it was. Nearly a fiver I think (large) and it went in the bin. Undrinkable. 

 

We have a costa(lot) franchise where I work.  Would not go near it.  Overpriced liquid shite.  

See the thread on tos on coffee machines. Expensive but if taken in relation to the cost of costa(lot) coffee, it has paid for itself many times over.  And makes very nice coffee 

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Just now, One percent said:

We have a costa(lot) franchise where I work.  Would not go near it.  Overpriced liquid shite.  

See the thread on tos on coffee machines. Expensive but if taken in relation to the cost of costa(lot) coffee, it has paid for itself many times over.  And makes very nice coffee 

I got myself one of those little Dolce Gusto jobbies that takes the little capsules and makes coffee from those.

It's not half bad however they've gone for the printer business model which is to sell the machine for bugger all but charge mightily for the cartridges.

Works put at about 50p a cup - dependant on what it is so it's still cheaper than the high street but expensive enough to make me watch my caffeine intake.

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2 hours ago, Frank Hovis said:

I stayed at a posh Hampton Inn and they had all manner of specialist teas.

They even out-poshed me as I rejected the Orange Pekoe ("Who wants orange tea?") which I subsequently discovered is the first tips and regarded as the best tea going.

Derrrr....

Most of the time it is simpler though.  Last place I went to was a 'tea room' and had '22 types of tea' along with a smile.  Smile went when I asked for Darjeeling.  I mean, if you haven't got Darjeeling then you haven't got tea.  Ceylon, no.  Assam, no.  The smile returned and they offered Peppermint.  I mean, really.

I also get annoyed with places that offer tea but only seem to have Earl Grey.  Why would they assume that if I wanted tea it I'd definitely want it to be smothered in Bergamot oil?

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