Most pretentious coffee/espresso drink ever

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  1. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    How come practically every picture I've seen of the Asian girls they are doing the victory sign?
     


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    How come practically every picture I've seen of the Asian girls they are doing the victory sign?
    That's like asking why they're cute, or the what meaning of life is.
     


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    How come practically every picture I've seen of the Asian girls they are doing the victory sign?

    It's a peace sign. It's because they feel awkward and vulnerable in front of the camera, and in a way they're saying "I come in peace, don't hurt me."
     


  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    How come practically every picture I've seen of the Asian girls they are doing the victory sign?

    my wife does it all the time too. i dont get it.


    one time in sarcastic jest i did it as well.

    i actually came out looking really cute.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  5. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    In order to taste 'coffee' through all of the syrup, cream, and sugar, they over-roast their beans. They specialize in coffee-flavored drinks, not real coffee.

    True...

    we call it "Four"bucks

    You should go in there wearing this [​IMG]
     


  6. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Senior member

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    How come practically every picture I've seen of the Asian girls they are doing the victory sign?

    That's a very interesting question... if you ask ten Japanese people, you might get ten different answers. Some believe it dates back to after WWII -- the Victory symbol... or the Peace symbol from the 60's... some do it because they think it's cute... others do it because "everybody else does it"... some do it because it spices up an otherwise boring picture (and there are many modern variations on the traditional "V" peace sign)... some do it because if they didn't do it, the picture would almost be like a boring mug shot... but most just do it because they've always done it -- it's almost innate!

    Possible explanations from random Japanese on the streets of a Tokyo neighborhood for why Japanese people (and by extension, most of Asia) make the V sign with their fingers when they pose for a photo include (but not limited to):

    "programmed in [their] DNA"

    "foreigners mind-control"

    "it makes [them] happy"

    "it is cool"

    "The origin [goes] way back [to Commodore] Perry, St. Francis Xavier, MacArthur, Winston Churchil and the Beatles"

    it's "too boring to stand with a plain face, otherwise you just end up with a mug shot or ID picture"

    "when you say 'ni' (に or 二 meaning "two") in Japanese, you open your mouth horizontally"

    it's "a symbol of Japanese subculture"

    "When I was small, my mom asked me to make the peace sign and say 'peace peace' whenever she took my photo"

    "a V looks better than just clenching your fist"

    "because of the hit song, 'The peace' by Morning Musume (a female idol group)"

    "I can't give you any reason why I make the V sign"

    "It is very difficult to talk about the science of idiotic gestures"

    http://www.japantoday.com/jp/popvox/358

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ign#post441836
     


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    Its a gang sign, plain and simple
     


  8. contactme_11

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    Its a gang sign, plain and simple

    [​IMG]
     


  9. Spencer Young

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    I used to work for Starbucks in high school and college. As for most pretentious drink, I'd argue it's the Americano. Why? Because the only people who like it tend be be relatively knowledgable about coffee (at least relative to those getting mochas, frappuccinos, etc) and to those who don't know what it is (espresso + hot water) it sounds idiotic. Whenever somebody asks me what it is, they always look confused, and then quietly stupid for not getting it.

    As for most expensive... a venti iced white mocha with max shots would be more expensive because the iced venti cup is 24 oz, hot is only 20 oz. Also, I'd be interested in seeing if the volume of a "shot" of syrup is the same as a "shot" of espresso... perhaps a cup of syrup would be more expensive.

    I also recall having a customer request that we blend a brownie in their frappuccino, so in theory you could probably blend a lot of pastries together, but at that point it's getting a bit extreme.
     


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    I used to work for Starbucks in high school and college. As for most pretentious drink, I'd argue it's the Americano. Why? Because the only people who like it tend be be relatively knowledgable about coffee (at least relative to those getting mochas, frappuccinos, etc) and to those who don't know what it is (espresso + hot water) it sounds idiotic. Whenever somebody asks me what it is, they always look confused, and then quietly stupid for not getting it.
    Heh, I'm sipping on an Americano now and I guess I'd agree with that. [​IMG]

    How would that liquid chocolate drink that Starbucks used to have, rate on the pretentious scale?
     


  11. amerikajinda

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    Heh, I'm sipping on an Americano now and I guess I'd agree with that. [​IMG]

    How would that liquid chocolate drink that Starbucks used to have, rate on the pretentious scale?


    Oh God that thing was so sweet! What was it called again?
     


  12. jpeirpont

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    Oh God that thing was so sweet! What was it called again?

    I forget, but it was pretty good.
     


  13. robin

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    Oh God that thing was so sweet! What was it called again?
    Chantico - a 6-ounce cup had 390 calories, 21 grams of fat and 51 carbs. link
     


  14. Connemara

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    CHANTICO, OH MY GOD.

    One time my friend and I stopped at Starbucks after seeing a movie and got two Chanticos. These things were laced with LSD or something, because afterwards we were laughing uncontrollably and screaming out the window for no particular reason. I went to get one at some point last year and almost cried when I saw they were no longer served.
     


  15. amerikajinda

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    Chantico - a 6-ounce cup had 390 calories, 21 grams of fat and 51 carbs. link

    Right! I remember now... that didn't last long, did it? [​IMG]

    Never knew it was named for the Aztec goddess of the hearth... that is rather pretentious to name a drink after a goddess!
     


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