Created By: Lumpenprole on April 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Antigone3 on December 24, 2013
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Bad To The Last Drop

Really bad coffee

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Chuckee: Eww! This coffee tastes like mud!
Tommy: It is mud!

Good coffee can be really good, while bad coffee is Bad To The Last Drop. It might be very cheap and/or very poorly brewed coffee, or it can be ersatz substitutes for coffee that just don't make the grade.

To some extent, even good coffee is an acquired taste; many people load it up with cream and sugar when they first start drinking coffee for this reason. That's not this trope. This is when the stuff's so awful that if the drinker wasn't in the midst of a Must Have Caffeine moment, it would be thrown out.

Sometimes subverted by coffee purists who argue that coffee should be cheap and poorly brewed, and call anyone invoking this trope on such beverages a snob.

The trope name is an allusion to the Maxwell House slogan "Good to the Last Drop".

While this trope most commonly features coffee, any bad non-alcoholic drink can go here. Bad alcoholic drinks should see the Sister Trope, A Tankard of Moose Urine. Klatchian Coffee may overlap with this, or simply be another Sister Trope.

Examples:

Advertising
  • A 1979 Yuban coffee commercial has a wife lamenting that her coffee is so bad, her husband "never has a second cup of coffee at home."
    • Parodied in Airplane!. "Jim never vomits at home..."

Anime and Manga
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has a running gag of the coffee in military headquarters being awful. And the one at the Northern HQ is not free.
  • One Piece: In Ace's cover story, the Marines on their ship are complaining about the coffee being really bitter and all-around distasteful. (Adding milk, courtesy of one Marine officer's dairy farmer daughter, seems to improve the coffee ... which as noted above is Truth in Television.)
  • In Zoids: Chaotic Century, Fiona's Trademark Favorite Food is salt. She puts it on or in everything she makes, including the coffee. Van normally likes drinking coffee, but can't drink anything she brews up because she uses salt instead of sugar.

Comic Books
  • Preacher: When a federal cop tells the state cop their coffee tastes like someone came in it, he replies that they were so excited to finally get a 'real' cop that they just couldn't contain themselves.

Fanfiction
  • In The Flight Of The Alicorn, Blueblood regularly burns his coffee while he's brewing it. Turns out he's never had a good cuppa in his entire life, so he thinks coffee is supposed to taste that bad. It's a revelation when Rarity brews him some good coffee.

Film
  • In Godzilla (1998), the lead French investigator finds the New York coffee his assistant gives him to be awful. He still drinks it.
  • One The Three Stooges sketch has the Stooges attempting to open a diner by building it themselves. One of their first customers complains about his coffee, so Moe drinks from the mug to see what's wrong. He grimaces, then says, "That's not coffee, that's paint!" He grabs another coffee mug, drinks from it, and makes an even worse face: "The paint was better." He takes another drink from the mug of paint as the scene ends.
  • Parodied in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Austin mistakes a stool sample for a cup of coffee.
    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.
  • We don't know because it's never tasted, but in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Rigby makes Swede a cup of his "java," which consists of an entire bag of coffee grounds and two raw eggs (including shells). But Rigby & Swede are shot before they drink it.
  • A running gag in Men in Black 3 has Agent K lamenting every morning that "This coffee tastes like dirt", to which Agent J (in the present) or Agent O (in the past) would reply, "It should, it was just ground this morning." (This joke clues O in on the fact that J actually knew K, after K was killed in the past by Boris the Animal.)
  • In Elf, Buddy sees a sign on a Greasy Spoon diner declaring they have "the world's best cup of coffee", and he naively believes it. Later, on his first date with Jovi, Buddy tries to surprise her with coffee at this diner.
    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!
  • In the Buster Keaton comedy short "The Navigator", a pampered heir tries to make coffee for the first time in his life; he uses ocean water. He adds a spoonful of sugar, tastes it- then dumps the entire container of sugar in his mug.

Literature
  • In the In Death series set in the 2050-2060s, genuine coffee is an expensive luxury that only the rich can afford, most people making due with an artificially flavored substitute. Lt. Dallas's coffee is like the nectar of the gods by comparison to the usual cop coffee.
  • Robert A. Heinlein's Glory Road. The protagonist Oscar Gordon describes coffee as coming in five descending stages: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe, and Carbon Remover. Carbon Remover is this trope.
  • In the Discworld, we have the brew provided by Sham Harga, the one-cook biohazard who runs the renowned eatery, Harga's House of Ribs. Sam Vimes likes the coffee here, which is indescribably foul.
  • There's a tea example in Exile's Valor — Alberich got some vile drinks as part of the Sunsguard, but even he considers the herbal teas at City Guard stations undrinkable.

Live Action Television
  • Barney Miller: The coffee is almost always horrible. Everyone thought it was the way Nick made it, until one time when Nick felt unappreciated and Wojo made some.
    Nick: makes sour face All this time I thought it was just me.
  • Castle: Rick claimed that the coffee in the squad room tasted like a monkey had peed in battery acid. It was so bad he bought the squad room a cappuccino maker.
  • One episode of Kojak had an elderly woman come to the station to give a statement. While there she asked for a cup of coffee, and upon tasting it gently tells the detective interviewing her that it's absolutely terrible.
  • In the sci-fi series Starhunter, Percy comments on how bad the coffee in her cup is. She is seen chewing it.
  • Stanley in Rizzoli & Isles makes really bad coffee. Jane accuses him of putting his sweat socks in the coffee maker.
  • Blackadder the Third: Blackadder gives one of his circuitous insults to Mrs Miggins, owner of a coffee shoppe.
    A cup of your best hot water with brown grit in it - unless, of course, by some miracle, your coffee shop has started selling coffee.
  • Mash had several examples:
    B.J.: This coffee is terrible, even by my standards!
    Hawkeye: And this is coming from a man who drinks lime koolaid with strips of bologna in it!
    .
    Klinger: Colonel, how would you like a delicious cup of coffee?
    Potter: I'd love it!
    Klinger: Me too, this stuff stinks.
    .
    Potter: I told 'em strong, not lethal!
  • Narrowly averted in an episode of Night Court. The case of the night concerns the ashes of a man named Herb, whose two wives each want to keep the ashes. They are temporarily in Harry's custody. Meanwhile Harry's coffeemaker is on the fritz and the building manager Art fixes it. Later Harry finds the urn empty.
    Art: Oh sorry, your honor, I had to use that herb tea to test the coffeemaker.
    Harry: Art, that wasn't herb tea, that was Herb.
    Cut to Dan frozen in place with a cup just about to touch his lips

Music
  • In the song "I Don't Want No More of Army Life", one of the verses goes:
    Oh, the coffee in the army, they say it's mighty fine.
    Looks like muddy water, tastes like turpentine!

Newspaper Comics
  • The bus drivers in Crankshaft endure Lena's notoriously bad coffee (which is still better than her unspeakable brownies).

Tabletop Games
  • The Deadlands setting has a spell called "Coffin Varnish" note , which conjures coffee of this kind.

Web Animation
  • One of the "MessageMates" (small programs which display a short humorous animation and end with a message ... and try to infect your computer with spyware), titled "Bad Coffee", is about the characters complaining that the coffee they're drinking tastes like "monkey piss" and then discovering an actual monkey inside the coffee vending machine.

Webcomics
  • In The Order of the Stick's 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.
    • In one strip, Vaarsuvius pranks Belkar by leaving out "Explosive Runes" brand coffee that he filtered through Roy's sweaty socks. Then, after a disgusted Belkar goes to read the brand of the coffee, he is (nonfatally) blown up.

Western Animation
  • Monsters, Inc. 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.
  • In one "Mr. Know-It-All" segment of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bullwinkle goes to a coffee shop and waiter Boris suggests "Cafe Minuto". Bullwinkle drinks it and cringes, then Boris says it "should be bad to last drop."
Community Feedback Replies: 86
  • April 23, 2013
    Larkmarn
    It should be noted that it's occasionally subverted by purists who think that coffee should be cheap and poorly brewed, and anything else is being a snob.

    Compare A Tankard Of Moose Urine, which is a similar idea but for beer.

  • April 23, 2013
    aurora369
    Sometimes called "coffin varnish". The Deadlands setting has a spell of the same name, which conjures coffee of this kind.
  • April 23, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Needs A Better Name - "Vile Sludge" isn't clear if you don't already know it's about coffee.

    • Barney Miller: The coffee is almost always horrible. Everyone thought it was the way Nick made it, until one time when Nick felt unappreciated and Wojo made some.
      Nick: makes sour face All this time I thought it was just me.
  • April 23, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Bad To The Last Drop?

  • April 23, 2013
    Bisected8
    Could this be expanded to include tea (and other hot beverages) or would A Spot Of Tea cover that?

    I can think of plenty of "bad tea" examples, but aside from the drink, they're pretty much the same thing as this trope...
  • April 23, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Bad To The Last Drop...I like it!
  • April 23, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In The Order Of The Stick's 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.
  • April 23, 2013
    ChunkyDaddy
    Monsters Inc 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
  • April 23, 2013
    foxley
    Castle: Rick claimed that the coffee in the squad room tasted like a monkey had peed in battery acid. It was so bad he bought the squad room a cappuccino maker.
  • April 23, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Vile Sludge now renamed Bad To The Last Drop.

  • April 23, 2013
    Hodor
    Another example from Order Of The Stick- in one strip, Vaarsuvius pranks Belkar by leaving out "Explosive Runes" brand coffee that he filtered through Roy's sweaty socks. Then, after a disgusted Belkar goes to read the brand of the coffee, he is (nonfatally) blown up.
  • April 23, 2013
    StarSword
    TV:
    • One episode of Kojak had an elderly woman come to the station to give a statement. While there she asked for a cup of coffee, and upon tasting it gently tells the detective interviewing her that it's absolutely terrible.
  • April 23, 2013
    ohnoesazombie
    • Sherlock - The one time Sherlock tries to be nice to John and get him a cup of coffee, the following exchange takes place:

    Sherlock: "Here you are John, nice hot cup of coffee." John: "It's cold." Sherlock: "Nice cup of coffee." John: "It's horrible." Sherlock: "Cup of coffee." John: "I'm not even sure it is coffee." Sherlock: "Cup."
  • May 5, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In the American Godzilla, the lead French investigator finds the New York coffee his assistant gives him to be awful. He still drinks it.
  • May 5, 2013
    MetaFour
    • One The Three Stooges sketch has the Stooges attempting to open a diner by building it themselves. One of their first customers complains about his coffee, so Moe drinks from the mug to see what's wrong. He grimaces, then says, "That's not coffee, that's paint!" He grabs another coffee mug, drinks from it, and makes an even worse face: "The paint was better." He takes another drink from the mug of paint as the scene ends.
  • May 5, 2013
    JonnyB
    • A 1979 Yuban coffee commercial has a wife lamenting that her coffee is so bad, her husband "never has a second cup of coffee at home."
      • Parodied in Airplane!. "Jim never vomits at home..."

    • Parodied in Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Austin mistakes a stool sample for a cup of coffee.
      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.

  • May 5, 2013
    TonyG
    It should be noted that the title is a reference to Maxwell House coffee's slogan "Good to the Last Drop".
    • In one "Mr. Know-It-All" segment of Rocky And Bullwinkle, Bullwinkle goes to a coffee shop and waiter Boris suggests "Cafe Minuto". Bullwinkle drinks it and cringes, then Boris says it "should be bad to last drop."
  • May 6, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Robert Heinlein's Glory Road. The protagonist Oscar Gordon describes coffee as coming in five descending stages: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe, and Carbon Remover. Carbon Remover is this trope.
  • May 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    We don't know because it's never tasted, but in Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid Rigby makes Swede a cup of his "java," which consists of an entire bag of coffee grounds and two raw eggs (including shells). But Rigby & Swede are shot before they drink it.
  • May 6, 2013
    Korodzik
    Web Original (?)

    One of the "MessageMates" (small programs which display a short humorous animation and end with a mesage... and try to infect your computer with spyware), titled "Bad Coffee", is about the characters complaining that the coffee they're drinking tastes like "monkey piss" and then discovering an actual monkey inside the coffee vending machine.
  • ^ Think that would best be organized as Web Animation. There's an ongoing effort to divide the Web Original category into separate forms of web media.
  • May 6, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    In sci-fi series Starhunter, Percy comments on how bad the coffee in her cup is. She is seen chewing it.
  • May 6, 2013
    JonnyB
    A running gag in Men In Black 3 has Agent K lamenting every morning that "This coffee tastes like dirt", to which Agent J (in the present) or Agent O (in the past) would reply, "It should, it was just ground this morning." (This joke clues O in on the fact that J actually knew K, after K was killed in the past by Boris the Animal.)
  • May 6, 2013
    Melkior
    Why is this trope confined to just coffee? Obviously coffee would be the "main offender" but why not allow for any ersatz of coffee as well, just so long as it's in the form of "this X is really bad" implying that beverage X can be good?

    If the trope is expanded to include other beverages, I have an example from the ElfQuest "Future Quest" stories.
  • May 7, 2013
    MetaFour
    • In Elf, Buddy sees a sign on a Greasy Spoon diner declaring they have "the world's best cup of coffee", and he naively believes it. Later, on his first date with Jovi, Buddy tries to surprise her with coffee at this diner.
      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!
  • May 7, 2013
    DunDun
    By the name alone, I thought this was Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk. If this is staying to coffee, why not Vile Coffee? I don't think this needs to be confined to just coffee, though, and Vile Beverage could be just as well. Obviously, I like the other name this draft had...
  • May 8, 2013
    AgProv
    In the Discworld, we have the brew provided by Sham Harga, the one-cook biohazard who runs the renowned eatery, Harga's House of Ribs. Sam Vimes likes the coffee here, which is indescribably foul.
  • May 10, 2013
    MetaFour
    Even if we do make a supertrope about disgusting drinks in general, I think there are two things that make nasty coffee a distinct subtrope. First, even good coffee is something of an acquired taste (unless you're adding a lot of sugar and milk/creamer to it) so when coffee is bad, it's really bad. Second, a lot of people don't drink coffee for the taste, but because they need it to wake up. Just like people who want to get drunk fast are more willing to tolerate a Tankard Of Moose Urine, someone who needs their caffeine fix is more willing to drink a mugful of liquid death. Doesn't mean they won't complain about it.

    By that logic, I suppose we could lump vile-tasting energy drinks in with vile coffee, but I can't think of any media examples of those.
  • May 13, 2013
    Melkior
    • In the ElfQuest Future Quest stories, the humans have a beverage called Jakala which is implied to be alcoholic, but which in contrast to real life alcoholic drinks is best when fresh and becomes worse with age. On one occasion, a character thinks his complaint, "Euuuckkk!! Jakala Breath... Old Jakala Breath..." and on another, a guard complains to a companion, "Yea... the Jakala was ancient, too."
  • June 3, 2013
    Antigone3
    How strongly do they imply that Jakala is alcoholic? I ask because if it is, then Tankard Of Moose Urine is probably a better match for that example.

    Not the original poster, but I don't see why nonalcoholic drinks of all types couldn't be rolled into Bad To The Last Drop, considering that Tankard Of Moose Urine (clearly inspired by beer) includes cider and rum examples.
  • June 3, 2013
    Lyendith
    • Fullmetal Alchemist has a running gag of the coffee in military headquarters being awful. And the one at the Northern HQ is not free.
  • June 3, 2013
    foxley
    • In Castle, the coffee in the squad room is so bad that Rick buys the detectives a cappuccino maker. He claims their original coffee tastes like "a monkey peed in battery acid".
    • Stanley in Rizzoli And Isles makes really bad coffee. Jane accuses him of putting his sweat socks in the coffee maker.
  • June 8, 2013
    Melkior
    ^^^ It's implied because on one occasion a senior officer is drinking Jakala on duty and a junior officer mentions that she's going to have to report it (the senior officer doesn't care because as he soon reveals, he's resigning and is choosing said junior officer to replace him).

    I'll take a look at Tankard Of Moose Urine and add the ElfQuest example there.
  • October 24, 2013
    Antigone3
    This had been sitting for a few months, so I went ahead and rolled the examples into the main entry.
  • October 24, 2013
    Bisected8
    Regarding the Godzilla example; The French agent complains his partner told him it was "French Roast", and said partner holds up the (French Roast) beans he made it from, making it a Subverted Trope.
  • October 25, 2013
    DAN004
    • One Piece: In Ace's cover story, the Marines on their ship are complaining about the coffee being really bitter and all-around distasteful. They then gets a shipment full of milk (from one of the Marine officer's dairy farmer daughter) which makes the coffee much better.
  • October 26, 2013
    Antigone3
    Would that really be a subversion, Bisected? I'm not a coffee drinker, but I know you can screw up high-quality teas by brewing them wrong. I'd expect the same to apply for coffee, so "French Roast" or not the coffee was still awful.
  • October 26, 2013
    nitrokitty
    Also sister trope to Klatchian Coffee.
  • October 26, 2013
    Chabal2
    Preacher has one where the federal cop tells the state cop their coffee tastes like someone came in it, he replies that they were so excited to finally get a 'real' cop that they just couldn't contain themselves.
  • October 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Blackadder the Third: Blackadder gives one of his circituitous[sp] insults to Mrs Miggins, owner of a coffee shoppe.
      A cup of your best hot water with brown grit in it - unless, of course, by some miracle, your coffee shop has started selling coffee.
  • October 27, 2013
    MetaFour
    Fanfiction:
    • In The Flight Of The Alicorn, Blueblood regularly burns his coffee while he's brewing it. Turns out he's never had a good cuppa in his entire life, so he thinks coffee is supposed to taste that bad. It's a revelation when Rarity brews him some good coffee.
  • October 27, 2013
    BlackMageJ
    Unless they used the exact same dialogue in both, that Sherlock example is actually from Cabin Pressure. Still Benedict Cumberbatch, but he (as Martin) was in the role attributed to 'John', while the 'Sherlock' lines were from John Finnemore as Arthur.
  • October 28, 2013
    Antigone3
    I cut the Sherlock example until we can confirm it.

    Is there anything else this needs (besides hats)?
  • October 29, 2013
    JoeG
    • Music: In the song "I Don't Want No More of Army Life", one of the verses goes
      Oh, the coffee in the army, they say it's mighty fine.
      Looks like muddy water, tastes like turpentine!

  • October 29, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    I call meh on the name. i prefer Bad To The Brew. but that's just me.
  • October 29, 2013
    DRCEQ
    I have a quote for the top of the page:

    Chuckee: Eww! This coffee tastes like mud!
    Tommy: It is mud!

    BTW, it's "Anime & Manga", not "Manga & Anime". Alphabetizing ;)

    • In Zoids Chaotic Century, Fiona's Trademark Favorite Food is salt. She puts it on or in everything she makes, including the coffee. Van normally likes drinking coffee, but can't drink anything she brews up because she uses salt instead of sugar.
  • October 30, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    requesting title crowner before this gets launched.

    options are:

    although i'm the only one who seems to not like the title so OP can launch this as is anyway...
  • October 30, 2013
    DAN004
    I don't understand the pun with Bad To The Brew.
  • October 30, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • October 30, 2013
    Antigone3
    I've never done a title crowner, but I'm willing to look up how to do it if the group wants to change the current title.

    (And I thought there was a push to put everything as "Manga and Anime" a while back — guess I was wrong.)
  • October 30, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    right here, How Crowners Work

    "hooking" it in this YKTTW involves well, putting a link to it somewhere in the description.

    for future help, check out anything underAdministrivia.
  • October 30, 2013
    DRCEQ
  • October 30, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the Buster Keaton comedy short "The Navigator", a pampered heir tries to make coffee for the first time in his life; he uses ocean water. He adds a spoonful of sugar, tastes it- then dumps the entire container of sugar in his mug.

    P.S. I prefer Bad To The Last Drop too.

  • October 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I personally prefer Bad To The Last Drop, but I'm afraid it might be subject to Trope Namer Syndrome (you need to be familiar with Maxwell House Coffee's slogan). Vile Coffee is Clear.
  • October 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I didn't even know that this title had a Trope Namer and I understood it fine. There's nothing wrong with Bad To The Last Drop.
  • October 30, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^it's not much of a trope namer as it is too generic. which is my problem. it could be milk, beer, juice or anything from the name. while brew will only be either coffee or beer. though your right, vile coffee is certainly the clearest so far.
  • October 30, 2013
    MetaFour
    Well, the OP decided that this trope could cover any non-alcoholic, nasty beverage.
  • October 31, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    wasn't aware of that part. then i'm backing down.
  • November 1, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    So, do I go ahead and hit the launch button?
  • November 1, 2013
    JonnyB
    Film
    • In one tense scene in Mulholland Drive, a mobster and coffee aficionado is given "one of the finest espressos in the world." He ends up spitting it into a napkin and exclaiming, "Shit."
  • November 1, 2013
    mew4ever23
    This looks well ready to launch. It's got plenty of examples, a clear description, and a great title. I move to launch.
  • November 1, 2013
    Antigone3
    Launch away, Lumpenprole.
  • November 1, 2013
    KarjamP
    Removed an hat because the title's pun was lost on me until I've read the laconic stating it's about coffee, for the similar reason as DunDun's, but with assuming that he's very bad instead of a synonym to Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk.
    By the name alone, I thought this was Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk. If this is staying to coffee, why not Vile Coffee? I don't think this needs to be confined to just coffee, though, and Vile Beverage could be just as well. Obviously, I like the other name this draft had... ~Dun Dun's post
  • November 1, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    uh... so bad to the last drop is an actual phrase?

    google says its about bottled water...
  • November 1, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^So, Google proves that the title's inappropriate for this trope, as while this trope's about bad coffee, the term's about bottled water. [/redundant words which was originally the result of interpreting you as defending the title]

    That, and this is a name of a book which describes bottled water vs tap water, as revealed when you look closer at the search results.

    It's also a name of an article about the same subject.
  • November 1, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Uhh... you did Google "Maxwell House", didn't you?
  • November 2, 2013
    Diask
    YKTTW description says this trope isn't strictly limited to coffee, so Bad To The Last Drop seems appropriate to me.
  • November 2, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ and yet for some reason someone mistook this for Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk.
    I now disagree with such expansion. until someone can pitch in a non-coffee example because as far as i know, all examples at the moment here are all coffee (or at least, brewable, like tea).


    2013-11-01 13:23:32 by Karjam P
    heh, was expecting confusion. either way, i'm not too keen on the current name as i previously said.

    2013-11-01 18:33:26 by Lumpenprole
    that's irrelevant. though it does seem to prove that they Snowcloned Bad To The Last Drop rather than the other way around. twisting known phrases is a good way to make a slogan. Seen It A Million Times in election campaigns.

    also spotted some Square Peg Round Trope.

    The Three Stooges and Austin Powers examples are both I Drank What. as shit and paint are not actual drinks.
  • November 2, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    ^perhaps, but they were taken for coffee.

  • November 3, 2013
    JoeG
    ^ And in The Three Stooges case, the actual coffee was worse than the turpentine that was mistaken for it.
  • November 4, 2013
    JonnyB
    The googled articles containing the phrase "bad to the last drop", being about water, are all turn of the phrases on the Maxwell House commercial phrase and applying it to water instead of coffee. It doesn't show that "bad to the last drop" is about water, it shows that the term, "good to the last drop", is a phrase that has passed into common usage in popular culture.
  • November 5, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ & ^ so basically, any I Drank What that involves coffee would belong here? fair enough.

    ^ hmm, so I have it backwards. kay then. still don't like the name though.

    but ya won't get another crowner request from me at least. hatting this one.
  • November 7, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^^ Still doesn't get around the fact that there's people who misinterpreted this as Jerk With An Heart Of Jerk.

    Also, have you read Everythings Worse With Snowclones?

    Yeah, it applies to trope names, but in this case, I think it should apply to this trope as it's ambiguous what the trope actually is about with the current title for the following reasons:
    • A mistaken idiom, which has already been pointed out a few times, and
    • We don't know what "drop" is.
  • November 7, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • In How I Met Your Mother, Ted had an old coffeemaker that not only made terrible coffee, but also shocked him every time he used it. Despite this, he loves the coffeemaker and is saddened when it gets replaced (though it's partially out of fear that things are changing).
  • November 7, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Maybe it's just a generational thing but people of my cohort would instantly recognize the pun on the Maxwell House slogan.

  • November 7, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Live Action TV
    • M*A*S*H: Quite often played straight throughout the series.
      • —>Hawkeye: Vile to the last drop.
      • —>Radar: Colonel Potter made the coffee really strong, he says it puts hair on your saddlehorn.
      • —>B.J.: This coffee is terrible, even by my standards!
      Hawkeye: And this is coming from a man who drinks lime koolaid with strips of bologna in it!
      • —>Klinger: Colonel, how would you like a delicious cup of coffee?
      Potter: I'd love it!
      Klinger: Me too, this stuff stinks.
      • —>Hawkeye: Now that'll dissolve your fillings!
      Potter: I told 'em strong, not lethal!
  • November 8, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ take into account that Maxwell house is probably only in america

    or only uses that slogan in america then you'll understand why many here don't recognize it.

    hell i never even heard of maxwell house until now. my coffee had always been Nescafe.
  • December 12, 2013
    Mauri
    I see it tropeworthy and heck it is a reason why it is related sometimes to Klatchian however... I will go with the other factor that it will have some shades of "too watery" to actually be coffee. There might be an example or two out there and I will see what I can fish. Also in the case of the inversion you might want to add the region since Maxwell coffee isn't universally sold and at least where I live it is only sold at a very specific market . However if you can filter there are some quotes that could fill the Real Life section: here, here, some are around but it is up to you to filter. However I'll leave one of mine:
    • The coffee I get at the cafeteria is either water with grit or colored water. That is why I carry my own instant coffee everywhere.
  • December 12, 2013
    abateman
    Due Date, the ash coffee.
  • December 12, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Narrowly averted in an episode of Night Court where the case of the night concerns the ashes of a man named Herb, whose two wives each want to keep the ashes and they are temporarily in Harry's custody. Meanwhile Harry's coffeemaker is on the fritz and the building manager Art fixes it. Later Harry finds the urn empty.
    Art: Oh sorry, your honor, I had to use that herb tea to test the coffeemaker.
    Harry: Art, that wasn't herb tea, that was Herb.
    Cut to Dan frozen in place with a cup just about to touch his lips
  • December 24, 2013
    freesefan
  • December 24, 2013
    KarjamP
    Not without the name problem being resolved.

    Not everyone knows about the slogan that this trope's name a pun of.

    Not me, that's for sure.
  • December 24, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    I'm unsure of launch etiquette- when is there considered to be a consensus to launch a YKTTW?

  • December 24, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^ 5 hats and 3 days. It's been well beyond 3 days since this proposed trope was written up, and there have been 5 hats for a long time now.

    That's all it takes to launch the trope. If anyone has an issue with the name, they can take it to the TRS after a few months of waiting and seeing how the trope turns out.
  • December 24, 2013
    freesefan
    ^Yep. There is no "name problem"—this trope has five hats, is correctly formatted, is ready to go. I'm gonna see if it's possible to give a sixth hat.
  • December 24, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Launched.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=x1et5tnsna51tl1u1lxs4j40&trope=BadToTheLastDrop