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What Do You Think?

May 27, 2007

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: People who will happily pay $2, $3 or more dollars for a cup of coffee have too much money, are following the crowd, really know their coffee, or like good coffee?

"Coffee, yes, I like good coffee, but those frothy girlie drinks ain't coffee. If you want hot chocolate milk disguised as coffee, that's ludicrous. Is ludicrous a registered trademark? The hapless coffee farmers are paid so poorly they come to America to be reviled as illegal aliens who are forced to raise all those whining, Prozac-gobbling, spoiled progeny, while daddy and mommy are out lambasting the rest of us about family values on their cell phone whilst driving gas-guzzling SUVs over my neighbors cats. Somebody say something about coffee? I'll have another cup, yes. No sugar! No cream! Just black and bitter, just like my disposition."

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"So what if people prefer iced lattes to basic black java? I personally like both, just depends on what I've got a hankering for. And since I am the only one in my household that drinks the stuff and I'm not a 'daily drinker,' it's better for me to enjoy my occasional coffee - in whatever form it takes - latte, cappuccino, straight old java juice - at a coffee shop."

"I, for one, would not pay 2 to 3 dollars more for a cup of coffee. It must be the caffeine for those who do. Buy the coffee from the market and make it at home. That's saving money."

"I would never pay more for a cup of coffee than is charged in the local mom and pop restaurant. These 'coffee' emporiums would go out of business if they depended on my patronage. Besides, I never have coffee after breakfast."

"Fresh ground at home is the cheapest and best tasting coffee there is!"

"Makes about as much sense as paying $8 for a glass of wine or $9 for a martini. If you can afford it, what the hell. If you can't, stick to water."

"Go get yourself some good ol' 8 o'clock home-brewed coffee and think about it ... or stop in at Port City Java and try one of their globally grown, artisan-roasted coffees ... good coffee either way to help you answer intelligently."

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