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Old 05-11-05, 07:15 PM   #1
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Just when you thought the public couldn't get any lazier or more distracted

Latte comes in a self-heating can

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In a mobile society with a technology fascination and a taste for culinary innovation, food that cooks itself might just be the next big thing.

Eating in the car has become part of everyday life. Half of the consumers between the ages of 18 and 24 eat on the go more frequently than they did two years ago, according to Mintel, a Chicago-area market research firm. In this universe, the self-heating can will try to find a place.
Lovely... I can see a nice rash of accidents, injuries and lawsuits now. Also, anyone find it disturbing that people might be hauling around 6-packs of what amounts to be chemical-reactant grenades?

As a coffee lover, I'm also disgusted by this.
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I used to work for Reynolds Metals a few years back. They supposedly had some research folks working on a self-cooling can. Some sort of PV=nRT type deal.
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I think it's a great idea...basically it's a whole barrage of darwin awards in a can.

I love coffee as well, but I finally decided that the filthy heathens will get whatever they want...means MOREOFTHEGOODSTUFFFORMYSELF...HUZZAH!!!!
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Well, it would be great for camping trips...

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There was a huge thing on Slashdot about this last year. Half the people posting though the coffee would actually self heat itself and got freaked over what could potentially be in what you're drinking that self heated.
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I used to work for Reynolds Metals a few years back. They supposedly had some research folks working on a self-cooling can. Some sort of PV=nRT type deal.
japan has already done it self cooling and self heating.
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I have a self cooling can. Just use one of those instant ice packs and duct tape it to a can of coke.
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I used to work for Reynolds Metals a few years back. They supposedly had some research folks working on a self-cooling can. Some sort of PV=nRT type deal.
I was talking to someone who worked for a company that developed a can like that. It was for ice cream in a can or something like that. The market didn't catch on.
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As a coffee lover, I'm also disgusted by this.
Me too. I had an argument with a coworker who was going on and on about how she must be a serious coffee addict because she had to have a cafe latte every morning. It isn't coffee! It's 90% milk with a tiny shot of coffee for flavoring! Sheesh.

(Okay, man. Maybe I need to cut back on the joe...)
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Me too. I had an argument with a coworker who was going on and on about how she must be a serious coffee addict because she had to have a cafe latte every morning. It isn't coffee! It's 90% milk with a tiny shot of coffee for flavoring! Sheesh.

(Okay, man. Maybe I need to cut back on the joe...)

Latte has a shot of espresso in it. Assuming its done right (an iffy proposition), it has about as much caffeine as a regular coffee.
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Actually I have nothing against lattes. I rather like them. When I say disgusted, I meant it literally. True I haven't tried that particular coffee in a can before but based on the ones I have tasted, all I have to say is that this whole thing reminds me of when Michelob (or was it Budwesier?) was extolling the virtues of their "wide-mouth" cans. It seems a gimmick to sell substandard products. Okay, I'll admit it... I'm also a beer-snob.
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Latte has a shot of espresso in it. Assuming its done right (an iffy proposition), it has about as much caffeine as a regular coffee.
One shot of espresso and about 12 oz of steamed milk, foam, and whatever other crap most people put in it to kill what little coffee flavor remains. If you like it great, you are welcome to it, but I don't consider it coffee.
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I put at least six shots into a 20oz. glass when I make a coffee drink that involves milk.
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I don't see how this is any worse than people chatting on cellphones, applying makeup, or eating McDonalds while they are driving.

I saw a guy about a month or two ago, driving down the road and shaving with an electric razor.
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I don't see how this is any worse than people chatting on cellphones, applying makeup, or eating McDonalds while they are driving.
It isn't. It's the same. That was my point. The industry seems rather hell-bent on catering to a population of people already overloaded by distractions. People who in general have neither the training nor desire to receive the education and training required to manage all those distractions while driving. Aside from the gimicky aspect and the probably poor quality of the contents of the product, my main beef is not with the technology itself but the cultural push behind its inception.
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That's 'cause as sprawl spreads, commutes get longer and road congestion increases, *some* people do spend an inordinate amount of time in their cars these days. These companies are marketing 'all the comforts of home' to you...for use in your vehicle. Of course it's dangerous, but they don't care, as long as they are make a buck...
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That's 'cause as sprawl spreads, commutes get longer and road congestion increases, *some* people do spend an inordinate amount of time in their cars these days. These companies are marketing 'all the comforts of home' to you...for use in your vehicle. Of course it's dangerous, but they don't care, as long as they are make a buck...
I've said it before... I still maintain that the average driver or even person in the US doesn't like driving. They think they do. They're often told they do. They superficially believe they do. They probably like the idea that they do but in reality they want nothing to actually do with driving. They look for the latest distraction (TV/DVD, radio, food, etc... I've even seen prototype vehicles with washing machines) that offer no actual benefit to the operation of the vehicle. Yet with all this, the general populace wrinkles their nose at the thought of public transportation. Some say it's because they don't want to give up control yet their desire for distractions while driving betray the fact that deep-down, that's really what they actually want. The human psyche is a weird thing. I have no problems with people who actually are driving enthusiasts... the ones that study, analyse how to operate a vehicle properly and actually put it into practice. These are not the idiots in the Acura Integra flying down I405 at 90MPH weaving in and out of lanes during the afternoon rush hour while chatting on their mobile phones. The real "professionals" and I include this to mean anyone who acts like a professional driver whether or not they are one will drive appropriately. If they want to go fast, they'll do it on a proper course such as a track and they won't be popping a can of self-heating latte while doing it.
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Latte comes in a self-heating can

Lovely... I can see a nice rash of accidents, injuries and lawsuits now. Also, anyone find it disturbing that people might be hauling around 6-packs of what amounts to be chemical-reactant grenades?

As a coffee lover, I'm also disgusted by this.

New drinking technology sucks! All these self-heating and self-cooling cans are for picky drinkers who can't tolerate just being happy they have something to drink at all. New drink technology engineers should all be taken out and shot.

Except for the guy that invented the nitrogen pills in cans of Guinness. He's my hero.
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New drink technology engineers should all be taken out and shot.

Except for the guy that invented the nitrogen pills in cans of Guinness. He's my hero.
Yeah but the new design of the floating nitrogen thingamabobs (yes that is a proper engineering term) don't work as well as the old ones and they're even less effective in the bottle version. Of course none of this stops me from enjoying a pint of Guinness.
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