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miss maggie ([personal profile] bossymarmalade) wrote2015-03-21 06:38 pm

mr. coffee nerves

Upon rewatching Pulp Fiction, I realized during a scene with Esmeralda Villa Lobos drinking coffee in her car that when this movie came out and I was graduating high school, if you wanted to take coffee with you somewhere, you used a thermos and drank out of the cap. And how when coffee shops first started cropping up, it was confusing because we were all like, "Why would you ever go to one of those places and just sit there with coffee when you could go to an actual place with food?" We didn't have Tim Hortons out in Vancouver back then, heh.

And in other nostalgic coffee ruminations, we've been watching Family Ties on Netflix and in one episode Alex boldly stated (at age 16 or 17) that he would drink a cup of coffee with his uncle. And his mom told him, "Okay, but half milk, honey, because you haven't had coffee before," and I was like, fuuuuuuck. Remember those days? When you had to be OLD ENOUGH to drink coffee? My parents very occasionally allowed us weak half-milk instant coffee, full of sugar. That was it. When I was a teenager coffee was such an adult beverage, and now elementary school kids trot around with Starbucks. The world I growed up in is gone.
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[personal profile] likeadeuce 2015-03-22 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
There were a few girls in my HS band who drank coffee + would share the stuff our band director brewed in his office and it was *very grown up and daring.*
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2015-03-22 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, really? That's so strange! Coffee shops - not chains, though - had been a thing in Melbourne since my parents' generation. If you didn't live in the city you took the thermos and it was a cause for celebration when a country town had an espresso machine (my tiny town didn't get one until 2004). But I had the cultural knowledge of "cool/urban people go to coffee shops". Maybe it depends on where there were a lot of Italians?
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2015-03-22 11:08 am (UTC)(link)
Posh non-chain coffee shops over here still usually serve Italian roast coffees (and have been doing so since the 1950s). Italian incomers also used to be responsible for most of the best ice cream parlours. /Brit

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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2015-03-23 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
Must be the same wave of immigration! The 1950s coffee shops here weren't necessarily posh, though - your average pizza place or tiny cafe had the good coffee (and the good ice cream!)
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2015-03-25 11:55 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, yes, the 1950s coffee shops weren't generally posh. My mum used to hang out in one sometimes, hee! I just meant that the surviving non-chain specialist coffee shops today tend to be more upmarket than coffee chains or general cafes.
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[personal profile] wrabbit 2015-03-22 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
I first had coffee when I was, I think, in fifth grade. I didn't like it for a few years, though, I don't think.

We didn't have Tim Hortons out in Vancouver back then, heh. Tim Horton's is an essential part of my nostalgia for living in Vancouver :)
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[personal profile] starlady 2015-03-22 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Oh yes. I remember when Starbucks first came to Philly at the end of the 90s and it was A Thing and we all drank frappuccinos exclusively. I didn't try coffee at all until I was 17, after I'd already been drinking espresso drinks for over a year. Not coincidentally my sister tried coffee at the same time, but she was 12 and my mother was not pleased.
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[personal profile] via_ostiense 2015-03-22 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
now elementary school kids trot around with Starbucks

What? I've no idea if this is true or nonsense, but I thoroughly internalized the admonition that coffee will stunt your growth, so I never had any until I was 18. (Also, my family are not big coffee drinkers, and I thought the stuff smelled divine but tasted foul.)
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[personal profile] spiralsheep 2015-03-22 11:06 am (UTC)(link)
We had tea, coffee, and alcohol, in moderate quantities as kids. /European
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[personal profile] raincitygirl 2015-03-22 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)
When I was a teenager coffee was such an adult beverage, and now elementary school kids trot around with Starbucks. The world I growed up in is gone.

You are SO right!
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[personal profile] lavendertook 2015-03-22 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I had tea and alcohol as a kid, but coffee didn't appeal to my taste buds until my late 30's.
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[personal profile] rhivolution 2015-03-22 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I was allowed coffee at holiday meals from when I was about ten and it was a Big Deal (I used to put Cool Whip from dessert in it which was both amazing and revolting), but once I hit puberty it was totally okay for me to have a cup in the morning and after church on Sunday and stuff. Being tall, no one gave me the 'stunt your growth' bs. We also had a couple of coffee places nearish to my high school but not near enough so it was always an After School thing.

I think morning coffee was a cultural thing for my family, tbh--German Lutherans go through a lot of coffee--but at the same time, it totally wasn't the ubiquitous thing it is now, to have your takeout latte to hand ALL THE TIME.
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[personal profile] rhivolution 2015-04-22 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
You'd think people would have a better sense of the environment--at least get a reusable mug!

Here in the UK, it's not super common to get machine brewed coffee ('filter coffee') as takeout. Most places will give you an Americano as your plain coffee and not really acknowledge the difference, despite the fact that the taste isn't the same at all. For me an Americano has its place and a cuppa coffee has its own separate place, but it's a cultural difference I grit my teeth and bear.