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Find Coffee on the Road

Coffee by sachman75For those of us who are addicted to coffee and its many variations, finding a decent cup of java while on the road can present a challenge. I’m a big Starbucks fan, but I occasionally frequent independent coffee shops, just for a little variety.

Yesterday, I thought I would try McDonald’s new iced coffee drink that is being advertised. I’ve tried Burger King’s iced mocha in the past, and it would do in a pinch. I’ve also sampled Sonic’s frozen coffee blend, which while the taste was decent, I could feel the fat contained in this concoction sliding down my throat and straight to my behind. Well, all I can say about McDonald’s new iced coffee is, “Run away!”

McDonald’s iced coffee was the most disgusting thing that has ever passed through my lips.

I usually try to find something redeemable to say in my experiences and to make my opinion a bit more palatable, but there is no other way to word this opinion.

So, how do you find good coffee while on the road?

Text: Send a text message to Google (466453) with the subject coffee

Web browser: Find the nearest Starbucks at mobile.starbucks.com

Phone: If all else fails, call 800-235-2883 and the Starbucks operator will assist you in locating the nearest Starbucks.

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  1. If there’s one thing the British do well, it’s instant coffee!

    While I usually have brewed coffee at home, I always travel with a jar of Nescafé Gold Blend.

    (I have a couple of those little immersion heater things … one works off mains; the other plugs into my car cigarette lighter)

  2. You could always pack an electric kettle and a cup style brewer. Of course, then you’d have to stop for a little bit of time waiting for the dripping to drip.

    It’s hard to find a good local shop at times. Especially when you want a Frappacino. That’s about the only thing I can only get at Starbucks – have yet to find another place with as good a Frappe.

    McDonald’s coffee isn’t that great.

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  4. I have been a coffee aholic forever and have found that nothing is more satisfying than seeing a dunkin donuts on the horizon. Why? It is ALWAYS hot and brewed perfectly- and perfect black! I can’t always say that for Starbucks… their coffee is great for those who need cream and the works- drinking their coffee black, can be very bitter.

    So… i would love to frequent local venues when on the road… but I know I will never be disappointed with Dunkin!

  5. Coffee when you’re traveling can give you a fresh view on the place you’re visiting. I like Starbucks, and I try to go to indpendent coffee places when I can.

    There are some interesting coffee shops in my neck of the woods… Bisbee, Arizona has two coffee shops of note. One is the Bisbee Coffee Company (http://www.bisbeecoffee.com/) and another is Old Bisbee Roasters (http://www.oldbisbeeroasters.com/). Both roast their own coffee. Bisbee is a town of only about 6,000 people, but they do great coffee.

    Then there’s Sierra Vista’s new Cafe Sierra in their public library that serves locally roasted coffees. Plus, Sierra Vista has tons of diners where the locals congregate with great German pastries and a mug o’ joe.

    Douglas, Arizona has a special project that dubs itself “coffee with a conscience.” It is a coffee grower cooperative based in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas Mexico, with facilities in Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico and Douglas, Arizona. Their goal is to “develop a Chiapan-owned company providing viable economic incentives for young and old to remain on family lands.”

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