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Old 02-14-2015, 09:54 AM   #21
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the beans are not overroasted like Charbucks
I wholeheartedly agree with you Jim. I usually tell my wife the only reason to stop there is if I need some kerosene for the lantern.
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:01 AM   #22
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I can always tell if I am approaching a community with a Tom Hortons by the increasing multitudes of discarded coffee cups in the road ditches on the way into town.
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Some Canadians are rather unhappy with Tim Hortons for laying off some long-time employees after they merged with Burger King (or the same company, anyway). I think McStarbucks has better coffee (not saying it's all that good) and way worse goodies, but I prefer to buy from the indies, which are usually better than Timmies or McStars. There's a great little drive-through in Grand Forks, BC called Jitters, which says it all (and there's one in Logan, UT, but not related).

But back to the topic at hand - if you're a coffee drinker (i.e., addict), be sure to have whatever you need to make a good brew while on the road. Nothing better than being able to pull over, escape in the Escape, and make a nice cup of coffee or whatever you enjoy and take a break. Escape from Reality got it right.
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Old 02-14-2015, 01:37 PM   #24
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Thanks so much for posting this list! I pick up just four days before you and now I've added quite a few more items I would not have thought about. Amazon order coming up. Convenient that my son lives in Portland - I will be shipping a lot there where I will visit for a week before going to Chilliwack. The back of the Jeep will be too full with dogs in crates, my clothes and cameras and stuff that I don't want to ship!

Question for all: I have purchased a small dehumidifier that I know I will need for Missouri summers. Do you think I will need it for the 8-day trip home down the coasts of OR and CA and across NM and AZ and TX to home?
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Old 02-14-2015, 01:50 PM   #25
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I doubt you will need the dehumidifier, they are mainly used for storage issues, not while camping. Your o/h fan and/or a.c should take care of any humidity while in use.
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That's what I'm thinking, Jim. Thank you.
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Though not wildly flavoured, it is not terrible either. At least the beans are not overroasted like Charbucks.
SO true. I don't understand the popularity of Starbucks with their burnt beans. Sometimes beans can be roasted extra dark, to the point where the oil burns, creating a smoky flavor. Most folks call it "french roast". BUT, that should NOT apply to virtually every roast in the store. I spent a couple weeks recently in Bogota Colombia, and the coffee was fabulous. Not a smoke flavored or burnt bean in the house.
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On a trip to Dominican Republic and another in a Mexico all-inclusive, I found the coffee tasted odd. Don't know exactly why. I opted for a beer.
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On a trip to Dominican Republic and another in a Mexico all-inclusive, I found the coffee tasted odd. Don't know exactly why. I opted for a beer.
Uh, the weather was hot, the beer was cold? Did coffee even stand a chance?

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SO true. I don't understand the popularity of Starbucks with their burnt beans. Sometimes beans can be roasted extra dark, to the point where the oil burns, creating a smoky flavor. Most folks call it "french roast". BUT, that should NOT apply to virtually every roast in the store. I spent a couple weeks recently in Bogota Colombia, and the coffee was fabulous. Not a smoke flavored or burnt bean in the house.
I think the blind attraction to Starbucks is a yuppie thing, Robert, because most of the coffee lovers I know can't stand Starbucks. One of my son-in-law's uncles worked for Dunkin' Donuts and was in charge of bean roasting. He said that whenever they over-roasted beans, Starbucks would purchase the whole batch. It actually came up during a conversation about coffee while we were all eating dinner this past Thanksgiving.
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