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2nd May '17 6:01:04 PM Lumpenprole
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* Somehow a tradition arose in the US Navy that neither coffee makers nor drinking mugs should ever be cleaned. This supposedly made the coffee 'more' palatable (or rather, less unpalatable) then it would otherwise be. Possibly this was from a time when poor water quality and lowest-bidder coffee meant that the coffee would be bad no matter what you did. In any event, the result was a bad but ''consistent'' flavor that sailors grew used to.

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* Somehow a tradition arose in the US Navy that neither coffee makers nor drinking mugs should ever be cleaned. This supposedly made the coffee 'more' '''more''' palatable (or rather, less unpalatable) then it would otherwise be. Possibly this was from a time when poor water quality and lowest-bidder coffee meant that the coffee would be bad no matter what you did. In any event, the result was a bad but ''consistent'' flavor that sailors grew used to.
2nd May '17 5:59:24 PM Lumpenprole
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* Somehow a tradition arose in the US Navy that neither coffee makers nor drinking mugs should ever be cleaned. This supposedly made the coffee 'more' palatable (or rather, less unpalatable) then it would otherwise be. Possibly this was from a time when poor water quality and lowest-bidder coffee meant that the coffee would be bad no matter what you did. In any event, the result was a bad but ''consistent'' flavor that sailors grew used to.
23rd Apr '17 4:21:21 PM nombretomado
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* In the TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} setting ''TranshumanSpace'', "Martian coffee" is slang for "really bad coffee" (because of the poor water quality in the Martian colonies). The colonists tend to spice it very heavily to mitigate the taste.

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* In the TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} setting ''TranshumanSpace'', ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'', "Martian coffee" is slang for "really bad coffee" (because of the poor water quality in the Martian colonies). The colonists tend to spice it very heavily to mitigate the taste.
7th Apr '17 10:01:56 AM WhosAsking
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* Overtly bitter coffee cannot be made tastier by adding sugar or milk. Bitter taste is a tell-tale of a base present. Instead, sour (acidic) additives, such as lime or lemon, will neutralize some of the bitter taste.

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* Overtly bitter coffee cannot be made tastier by adding sugar or milk. Bitter taste is a tell-tale of a base present. Instead, sour (acidic) additives, such as lime or lemon, lemon juice (now you know why they're provided at coffee bars), will neutralize some of the bitter taste.taste. Mind you, if it's ''too'' bitter, the amount of lemon juice you'd need to neutralize it will make it start to taste ''salty'' instead (combining an acid with a base generally results in a salt).
6th Apr '17 8:32:22 AM Conradus
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* One of Jesse McCree's lines in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' at the start of a match in the Route 66 map while the team is in a spawn point that is a diner is "Yeah, I wouldn't drink the coffee. Always tasted like boiled dirt."

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* One of Jesse McCree's [=McCree's=] lines in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' at the start of a match in the Route 66 map while the team is in a spawn point that is a diner is "Yeah, I wouldn't drink the coffee. Always tasted like boiled dirt."
6th Apr '17 8:30:51 AM Conradus
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* One of Jesse McCree's lines in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' at the start of a match in the Route 66 map while the team is in a spawn point that is a diner is "Yeah, I wouldn't drink the coffee. Always tasted like boiled dirt."
1st Apr '17 6:37:58 PM billybobfred
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', after Florence the [[UpliftedAnimal Bowman's Wolf]] expresses concern about coffee being possibly toxic to her, Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02700.htm synthesizes a canine-safe substitute]]. It ''smells'' like a frightened rabbit, which is distinctly appealing to her wolf instincts, but the ''taste'' drove her to scald the taste off her tongue with regular coffee.
1st Apr '17 10:29:39 AM WhosAsking
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* By the same token, instant tea also has this reputation, only more so. It doesn't have much of a market, since it's not much cheaper than a lot of real tea (especially the crap they put in tea bags), and making normal tea only takes a few more minutes than instant (since you still have to boil the water to make instant, it's just a matter of waiting 3-5 minutes for your brew vs. drinking the instant, erm, instantly). On the other hand, instant green tea is getting more popular in Japan, where tea, like everything else there, is SeriousBusiness. This is due to the desire for greater convenience, Japan's aging population, and the ability to make cold and hot tea from the same powder. It also helps that a lot of the instant green teas include a bit of matcha for better flavor.

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* By the same token, instant tea also has this reputation, only more so. It doesn't have much of a market, since it's not much cheaper than a lot of real tea (especially the crap they put in tea bags), and making normal tea only takes a few more minutes than instant (since you still have to boil the water to make instant, it's just a matter of waiting 3-5 minutes for your brew vs. drinking the instant, erm, instantly). On the other hand, instant green tea is getting more popular in Japan, where tea, like everything else there, is SeriousBusiness. This is due to the desire for greater convenience, Japan's aging population, and the ability to make cold and hot tea from the same powder. It also helps that a lot of the instant green teas include a bit of matcha (a ''good'' powdered green tea with exacting standards because it's the standard bearer for tea ceremonies) for better flavor.
27th Mar '17 2:19:59 PM Vir
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* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', the lead French investigator finds the New York coffee his assistant gives him to be awful. [[MustHaveCaffeine He still drinks it]].

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* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', ''Film/Godzilla1998'', the lead French investigator finds the New York coffee his assistant gives him to be awful. [[MustHaveCaffeine He still drinks it]].



--> '''Austin:''' Crikey! This coffee smells like shit!
--> '''Basil:''' It ''is'' shit, Austin.
--> '''Austin:''' Oh well then it's not just me. [Drinks] It's a bit nutty.

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--> '''Austin:''' -->'''Austin:''' Crikey! This coffee smells like shit!
-->
shit!\\
'''Basil:''' It ''is'' shit, Austin.
-->
Austin.\\
'''Austin:''' Oh well then it's not just me. [Drinks] It's a bit nutty.



--> '''Buddy:''' Reach out in front of you and take a sip. Don't look.
--> ''[Jovie is blindfolded. She sips the coffee and makes a face.]''
--> '''Buddy:''' Well?
--> '''Jovie:''' It tastes like a crappy cup of coffee. ''[Removes the blindfold]'' It ''is'' a crappy cup of coffee.
--> '''Buddy:''' No, it's the world's ''best'' cup of coffee!

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--> '''Buddy:''' -->'''Buddy:''' Reach out in front of you and take a sip. Don't look.
-->
look.\\
''[Jovie is blindfolded. She sips the coffee and makes a face.]''
-->
]''\\
'''Buddy:''' Well?
-->
Well?\\
'''Jovie:''' It tastes like a crappy cup of coffee. ''[Removes the blindfold]'' It ''is'' a crappy cup of coffee.
-->
coffee.\\
'''Buddy:''' No, it's the world's ''best'' cup of coffee!



* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' subverts this trope by showing a scene in which Waternoose turns the spigot on a "coffee" machine, and a thick sludge slowly oozes out of the machine. This is ''expected'' of Monsteropolis coffee (much as smelling bad which normally calls for the use of odorants).



* In ''Videogame/MaxPayne'', Max makes a stop during his one man war on to mob at an [[GreasySpoon all-night diner]] where he drinks several cups of coffee that in his own words "tasted like engine oil."

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* In ''Videogame/MaxPayne'', ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', Max makes a stop during his one man war on to mob at an [[GreasySpoon all-night diner]] where he drinks several cups of coffee that in his own words "tasted like engine oil."



** In the graphic novel "Start of Darkness", Xykon is something of a bad-coffee ''fan'', as drinking a really horrible cup of coffee reminds him of all the good coffee he can compare it to. He's infuriated when he tries his first coffee after becoming undead, and can't taste it at all, good or bad.

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** In the graphic novel "Start of Darkness", Xykon is something of a bad-coffee bad coffee ''fan'', as drinking a really horrible cup of coffee reminds him of all the good coffee he can compare it to. He's infuriated when he tries his first coffee after becoming undead, and can't taste it at all, good or bad.



* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' subverts this trope by showing a scene in which Waternoose turns the spigot on a "coffee" machine, and a thick sludge slowly oozes out of the machine. This is ''expected'' of Monsteropolis coffee (much as smelling bad which normally calls for the use of odorants).
11th Mar '17 1:47:54 PM Elan
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** Parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. "Jim never vomits at home..."

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** Parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.''Film/{{Airplane}}'' (with the same actress). "Jim never vomits at home..."
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