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Nestle Patents Coffee Beer

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the like-fried-chicken-and-doughnuts dept.

Patents 471

Dotnaught writes "New Scientist reports that Nestec, a Nestle subsidiary, has applied for a patent on a fermented coffee beverage. In other words, coffee beer -- it foams like beer and packs the caffeine of coffee, with "fruity and/or floral notes due to the fermentation of the coffee aroma."

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bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938830)

Ahhh yes, more god-aweful piss for americans to drink.

Here, I'll unzip my pants and give you a taste of the good stuff.

Re:bah (1)

Daedalus-Ubergeek (600951) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938898)

Contrary to popular thought, some of the best beer out there is American. Arrogant Bastard Ale and Storm King Stout, anybody?

Re:bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938912)

You mean lily-livered ale and sheep-urine stout?

I mean, better than "average" in the US is along the lines of "shit I wouldn't drink on a dare" most other places.

Nice try though.

Re:bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938960)

Allow me to solve this conundrum for all of you:

All beer is piss.

Got that? If you're looking for alcohol, go grab something else. Maybe some wine, perhaps some whiskey, maybe a Martini, perhaps even some Vodka. But beer? It's piss. All of it. No exceptions. So just do yourself a favor and avoid it. The only excuse you can possibly have for not avoiding it is that you want to get smashed out of your mind on the cheap, in which case you shouldn't be drinking anyway.

Re:bah (1)

back_pages (600753) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938989)

Contrary to popular thought, some of the best beer out there is American. Arrogant Bastard Ale and Storm King Stout, anybody?


No thanks.


Beats me where these are from, but try St. Peters Porter or Original Flag Porter. (Original Flag may be US? Regardless, it beats any of the numerous US porters I've tried.) Any stout must top the standards of that category - Guiness, Murphy's, etc., and Storm King didn't do it for me. Even Rasuputin Imperial Stout was a more interesting drink. There are about 9 million different competitors in the ale category. It's hard for me, personally, to hand the #1 award to Arrogant Bastard, but it isn't a bad choice.

mod parent down for uncouth spelling (0, Flamebait)

michaeltoe (651785) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938958)

You over-undereducated foreigners and your old-fangled dictionaries.

Drew Carey Beat them to it!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938831)

OMFG. Buzz Beer is teh shit! Kdawg will pwn your mother!

Re:Drew Carey Beat them to it!! (1)

Parham (892904) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938996)

I wonder how the Drew Carey staff can get in on this patent... Or better yet, what if they decide to claim this patent instead, how weird would that be. I mean, they did create Buzz Beer [tvacres.com] afterall.

What every college town needs (5, Funny)

iamjambon (927416) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938832)

More wide-awake drunks.

Re:What every college town needs (2, Funny)

coolidk (920131) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938907)

Well at least they'll be able to drive home without having to worry about falling asleep behind the wheel. I suppose that's a good thing :)

Not a bad patent... (5, Insightful)

Zouden (232738) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939008)

Actually this drink does not contain any alcohol at all. I don't think it is really beer.
But anyway, for all those nay-saying this patent, I think it's a fairly decent one. It certainly isn't obvious!

From TFA:
Nestlé admits it was tricky to preserve the characteristic coffee smell in the production process. Coffee beans are roasted normally, and the chemicals containing the natural aroma collected in a cryogenic condenser, before being converted into coffee oil. The remains of the roast are then ground to powder, mixed with yeast and sucrose, and fermented for 4 hours at just below 22C. At this temperature the yeast can still metabolise but does not generate alcohol.

The aroma oil is then mixed in with the liquid and nitrogen is injected to make it foam. Adding a touch of extra sugar also helps trap the aroma until the drink is poured, Nestlé claim.


Now, ask yourself, is that obvious? I think this patent is perfectly acceptable.

Redhook/Starbucks produced a coffee beer (1)

glomph (2644) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938833)

in the Seattle area (Double Black) years ago!

Another frivolous patent.

Patently ridiculous!

RTFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938920)

From a sibling post's link: "The use of Starbucks coffee as an additive is a bit gimicky..."

Double Black is beer with coffee added. This is not a new idea. One of Kurt Vonnegut's ancestors won an award with such a beer in the late 1800's.

This is beer made *from* coffee. It's fermented coffee. That's an entirely different thing, although its status as beer is questionable.

Re:Redhook/Starbucks produced a coffee beer (1)

vought (160908) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938956)

Gawd. Doublebalck stout was the shit. A chocolate stout brewed with coffee. Everyone I told about it made a face...until they tried it.

Bring back Doubleblack stout! Prior art!

Woohoo! (5, Funny)

sexybomber (740588) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938835)

I, for one, welcome our new drunk AND hyper overlords!

ObSimpsons (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938836)

Marge: "Caw-fee!"
Bartender: "Bee-er?"

Why do people drink this crap? (1, Troll)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938838)

Why do people willingly put crap like this into their bodies? Caffeine isn't good for you. Neither is alcohol. Combine the two and you're not helping yourself.

Indeed, many of the best programmers I ever worked with were strictly against the use of caffeine and alcohol. Why is that? Because they needed to be at the top of their game, developing software that cannot fail. Hyperactivity or a clouded mind does not lead to good code, even if some claim it does.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938866)

um actually both are not harmful to a person in moderatation.

in fact both have health benefits.

so you are flat out fucking wrong biatch

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938886)

They may not kill you, but they sure as hell don't help you. And no, they do not have health benefits. Certain alcoholic drinks, like red wine, contain substances that do offer health benefits. But the alcohol does not.

All alcohol does is impair the drinker's mind. Caffeine causes undue anxiety. Those are not good things to suffer from when you're trying to write solid software, especially when facing deadlines and changing requirements.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938939)

contain substances that do offer health benefits. But the alcohol does not.

Alcohol does have health benefits in moderation - for mental health, that is.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (4, Funny)

shmlco (594907) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938952)

"Caffeine causes undue anxiety. Those are not good things to suffer from when you're trying to write solid software..."

I don't know. A little extra anxiety and paranoia might be a good thing for people writing antivirus software and firewalls....

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

scotch (102596) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938966)

Caffeine has benefites for endurance athletes - runners, cyclists, etc. That's besides the obvious benefit of keeping you awake and alert. Not driving into a tree is good for your health. QED you fucking prude.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (2, Interesting)

teslafreak (684543) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938980)

Yeah, pretty much the only thing there (as far as I have heard, but, haven't really looked into it) is the grape seed extract. Which is very good for you, but can be bought in pill form, thus elimating the unhealthy aspects of drinking alcohol.

I haven't heard of any health benefits from caffeiene, although I haven't noticed it causing anxiety though, even in mass amounts. Although for me it slows the time it takes to recall things.

Interesting concept, but a coffee beer? Sounds vile.

bzzzt! wrong-o! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939000)

Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease - regardless of the type of alcohol. Lay off the absolutes and you'll go a lot further in persuading people to accept your views, m'kay?

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939012)

Ok, explain this wise guy: My grandfather was 92 when he died. According to him (when he lived) and to my parents he has not have a single cold or flue in his entire life. When asked why, he did not know. But one habit that he did have was: every day at around noon he would drink 50 - 100 mil of pure vodka. Nothing less and nothing more...

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938872)

Parent was only stating common sense, not trying to start a fight.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (4, Insightful)

Krach42 (227798) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938874)

WTF kind of programmers are you around? When I tell people that I avoid caffiene, they look at me like I'm crazy.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0, Troll)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938899)

WTF kind of programmers are you around? When I tell people that I avoid caffiene, they look at me like I'm crazy.

I worked with real programmers. The kind who develop mission critical software where mistakes are not tolerated. Aeroplane flight control software systems, for instance.

Such people cannot be impaired while coding, and thus avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages completely.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938959)

I worked with real programmers. The kind who develop mission critical software where mistakes are not tolerated. Aeroplane flight control software systems, for instance. Such people cannot be impaired while coding, and thus avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages completely.

And what do these Real Red Blooded Programmers do after work? Sit around waiting for the Bug Alarm, at which point they slide down the Fire Pole leading from their basement above the office to the office itself? No rational person says to drink on the Job when it's Important. Like when you have to make Real True Programs.

But after a long day of Untrue Work nobody wants some arrogant Shitstain like you who can't handle his beer saying in a Fake British accent, "Oh, I honestly do say! Why do people ingest such vile fluids! My word! I certainly don't need alcohol to have a good time! Dear? Are you awake? Dear? Everybody Love's Raymond is about to commence! Dear? Oh, Dear!"

In conclusion, you are a Bloody Cuntflap.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938877)

A lot of people do it for the social aspect (go to a bar, pub, kegger, party, whatever) or for peer acceptance (don't want to come across as a wuss).

In other words, high school.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0, Offtopic)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938893)

Why are you so worried about what other people put in their bodies? You sound like a catholic bishop fretting about heretical groups that indulge in the most unholy & sinful outlawed texts.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938910)

Why are you so worried about what other people put in their bodies?

I don't want the developers of mission critical software being impaired while designing and implementing software. I'm talking about software that can result in people dying if it contains errors. The sort of software controlling nuclear power plant shutdown systems, or aeroplane flight control software.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (3, Insightful)

Slow Smurf (839532) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938947)

Is it wrong to assume there is some method of testing/supervision for new programmers and reviews for old to avoid that very situation happening?

I don't give a rats ass if a person is stoned, hyper on caffine or buzzed if they accomplish what they attempt, always. If there isn't a method to see if a person is capable for this mission critical software, THAT is the problem.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938895)

show me a development office that doesnt have a coffee machine, and I will show you a bunch of developers who work 8am-4pm and are very tierd by EOD.

You need the coffee for a kick. Beer I agree,does not help while developing (maybe for some people?)

I do most of my best work late at night and man, after working 9 hours in office, and 2-3 hours at home... I need coffee !

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (2, Insightful)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938918)

Regular exercise is a far better option than resorting to caffeine highs. With such exercise you're able to maintain a better mental state, and do not tire as easily. It's better to give developers a gym pass than a coffee machine.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

alanbs (784491) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938978)

You are right. The thousand monkeys I have pounding on keyboards churning out software could surely be more productive. I thought they were sitting around throwing excrement at one another because they are monkeys but now that you mention it, it could the espresso machine I just put in near the water cooler. I think I am going to have to take it out and put in a treadmill.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (4, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938903)

Why do people willingly put crap like this into their bodies? Caffeine isn't good for you. Neither is alcohol. Combine the two and you're not helping yourself.

It's fun to play chemistry with your body. Showdowns between Starbucks and NyQuil, NoDoz and Sudafed, Red Bull and Sleeping pills. It's legal so it can't possibly hurt me, right? ;)

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (5, Insightful)

afra242 (465406) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938916)

Off topic, but it comes up every now and again.

If it's in moderation, alcohol and/or caffeine is alright. Maybe you're thinking of extreme cases, like the unemployed guy down the street drinking 10 beers before lunch time. I have met many smart people who drink alcohol socially. Caffeine has been around for centuries and again, within moderation, it isn't going to kill you or make you stupid.

Before you start harping on people drinking caffeine or alcohol, take a look at what people eat. The nutrition value of meals these days, in the US, has taken a large nosedive. Obesity is huge, and it is mostly because of what people eat and the lack of exercise.

Moderated beer consumption doesn't make one a good or bad programmer....

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938977)

Sure. Lots of things are okay in moderation.

On the other hand, why? Just because drinking a small amount of alcohol or caffiene will have no serious side effects isn't enough reason to drink it.

I decided a while ago that alcohol, and to a much lesser degree caffiene have no real place in my life, and so I don't drink them.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13939013)

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Re:Why do people drink this crap? (4, Insightful)

dangitman (862676) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938924)

Indeed, many of the best programmers I ever worked with were strictly against the use of caffeine and alcohol.

While many of the best humans I have ever met are strong advocates of caffeine and alcohol use.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0, Flamebait)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938940)

Actually, those people don't exist. You hallucinated them while extremely buzzed on caffeine, and drinking piss from your father's cock (thinking it was good ol' American beer).

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

teslafreak (684543) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939014)

Ouch...

Seriously though, consuming either substance doesn't make you a bad person. Also, a ton of the code out there was written by people hopped up on caffeine, and works perfectly.

It may hinder some people's ability to concentrate, but as with any other drug it effects people in different ways. Some people are just fine.

I agree with you on one thing though, I wouldn't want someone developing mission critical software while sloshed. Your practically asking for errors. Of course if their software is a collabrative effort (and most inportant stuff should be) then chances are someone would notice the bugs and correct them.

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938965)

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

Hunter S. Thompson

Re:Why do people drink this crap? (1)

Donald Ferrone (863523) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938974)

You stupid FUCKING FAGGOT. Virtually nobody on Slashdot works on mission critical software, so this is a moot fucking point, virgin. The most high-end coder here you'll find is Joe P. Suckstuxdick who just loves to code on phpMyBasicArithmetic; I doubt coffee will really hinder that.

Come on... (1)

fredistheking (464407) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938995)

parent is obviously trolling.

Java? (1)

Private Taco (808864) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939015)

I code Java while on acid.

You sound like the mom from the Peanuts movies. (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939022)

You're just miffed that they don't brew coffee over there at SCO. It's understandable, really. I'd be cranky too! Plus if it weren't for the occasional game of five against one, I'd be barking mad, or at least worse than I usually am, at any rate. And that explains a lot of things, I think. Oh! You're gonna bitch about that, too I can hear it now--Something about how Carnal Tunnel Syndrome is a life long debilitating disease, and how it rots the brain, and causes arthritis and manus capillus! Well, you can take that thought, fold it until it's all sharp corners and shove it up your ass! And we'd better not catch you enjoying that.

OMG (1)

SecureTheNet (915798) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938839)

I don't drink beer, because I don't like the taste, but this sounds GOOD. mmmmm caffeine!

This will be perfect for late night problem sets (3, Funny)

Physics Nobody (688399) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938840)

The coffee keeps you going and the beer makes sure you don't have to care too much.

Beer and coffee, together at last! (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938841)

This is the best invention since Nuts & Gum.

Homer

Re:Beer and coffee, together at last! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938888)

They'll call it buzz lite-beer.

No alcohol..? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938843)

What is the point of this product?

Free? (1)

tezbobobo (879983) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938844)

So much for 'free as in beer.'

Re:Free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938938)

Actually, this coffeer could be offered free-as-in-beer. Due to the patent, it is not free-as-in-speech, though.

Here we go... (1)

evil agent (918566) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938846)

One step closer to chocolate beer.

How deliciously absurd!

Re:Here we go... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938933)

Um, pooo bahh. Pooh bahh.

There's already such a thing. They have it at the liquor stores around here in Minnesota. I don't remember the name but its something like double chocolate.

Sounds sick, so I've never tried it.

Young's Double Chocolate Stout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938971)

It's actually really, really good. Trader Joe's carries it, among many other places.

http://www.youngs.co.uk/ProductPage.aspx?pageID=11 &&productID=6 [youngs.co.uk]

your wish is already granted (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938942)

Pyramid Brewries has it. [pyramidbrew.com]

Buzz Beer (5, Insightful)

Sohgin (823654) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938847)

I think Drew Carey has a lawsuit.

Re:Buzz Beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938934)

Yep. Looks like they stole an idea from The Drew Carey Show and are patenting it as if it's their own. Too bad Drew Carey probably did not patent the idea. And I remember there being a favorite fictitious drink poll being mentioned. I'm surprised that Buzz Beer didn't get mentioned there. So will writers of The Simpsons patent Skittlebrau?

Have I gone to heaven? (1)

rah1420 (234198) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938849)

Here's a food innovation that's up there with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Sheer inspiration.

Buzz Beer (0, Redundant)

cwalk (899502) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938852)

Wow Nestle, way to steal a fictitious product from a hit sitcom (The Drew Carry Show). Another example of how/why patents don't work...

Skittles! (3, Funny)

Bifurcati (699683) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938857)

Aside from being a disturbing combination of knock-me-out and perk-me-up, I think that Skittlebrau [slashdot.org] has a much better chance of being successful.

NB. I said beer was "knock-me-out" not "knock-me-up", so don't go getting any ideas. Not that the two are mutually incompatible, I guess...

Clarification (2, Informative)

Ctrl+Alt+De1337 (837964) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938859)

If it looks like beer, foams like beer, but smells and tases like coffee, then it's this stuff. It has caffiene, but no alcohol. I'm wondering if this is just a novelty, or if there really is some place for it in the market since I think this probably would be more expensive than regular coffee. I would think if people want coffee they'd get coffee, and if they want beer they'd get beer. It just strikes me as a solution without a problem. A very clever solution, but still one without a problem.

Re:Clarification (1)

alanbs (784491) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938919)

I am not sure that when you are talking about the realm of random consumer products (especially foods) there has to be a problem to come up with a "solution". There is only so long that the same muffin can retain its appeal. Any change gets peoples' interest whether you just change the color, add some bubbles, put it on a stick ... whatever.

It is a shame that this is not actually coffee beer. It would be the next best thing to a Red Bull/vodka. There's nothing like mixing your uppers and downers, ... Woooooo!

   

Re:Clarification (1)

nerdup (523587) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939032)

Is a new type of food a ever a "solution" to anything? Was the first guy to use onions in cooking solving a problem that faced his community, or just wanting to try something new?

Good (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938860)

Now someone please patent beers like blackberry honey wheat stout and things like pumpkin spice ale (ie "gay" beers or "beer for people who don't really like beer"). Then please sue the makers and get them off the market.

Drink Javahol! (1)

LightningBolt! (664763) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938862)

But don't drink too much, or you'll javomit.

What a happy marriage! (0)

Erchie (103202) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938863)

My two most favorite beverages, both rolled into one! Well, I also like single malt scotch, straight out of the bottle, sans ice, sans water, but I could probably afford to drink more of the coffee-beer. Just wouldn't get quite as happily snockered.

YRO? (2, Informative)

kihjin (866070) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938867)

You'd think they'd at least come up with a better name for this 'drink,' instead of concatenating the two ingredients. Anyone who wants to see the patent application, the it's here [wipo.int] [pdf]. I think I'll pass on the taste-test.

Drew Carey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938873)

Wasn't the beer they made on the sitcom coffee beer

The final stage (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938875)

Can I make ice cream out of it? (That should be one of My Rights Online too!)

Re:The final stage (1)

GodOfCode (878337) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938897)

Can I make ice cream out of it? Sorry, you cannot. I hold the patent for that!

Dang, my mistake (1)

bensafrickingenius (828123) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938879)

At first I thought it said "coffee *bar*" as in energy bar. I was INTO that idea! Edible coffee? Hell yeah!

Glorious! (1)

evenSong (795250) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938880)

We need a beer that gets us wasted but keeps us awake to bask in the glory that is drunkeness! If there ever were a God, this proves it! Hangovers, away with thee!

OK, that one's done, anybody know if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938883)

the patent is still open on Crack + Horse Tranquilizer? Pretty much the same thing, that special feeling that picks you up and calms you down.

Why this is a terrible idea. (1)

handmedowns (628517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938900)

As much as people already abuse energy drinks, mixing a caffeinated beverage with an alcoholic beverage is insane. Now with people that will migrate their addiction to a new level, I see a pandemic of people becoming dangerously dehydrated.

Re:Why this is a terrible idea. (1)

handmedowns (628517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938911)

ok so beat me with a stick.. I didn't rtfa first.. no actual alcohol.. got it.

*still think its a bad idea though* =P

Re:Why this is a terrible idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938955)

I agree completely, thats why I get worried when I see my friends downing Red Bull and vodka mixes in bars. Im not saying it should be banned but ... cmon...

Re:Why this is a terrible idea. (1)

belial (674) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938975)

Ever drink irish coffee?

Prior Art? (0, Redundant)

mr_zorg (259994) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938901)

Uh, wouldn't Buzz Beer from the Drew Carey show be considered prior art?

Prior Art (0, Redundant)

mlmitton (610008) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938904)

Surely Drew Carey can get this patent rejected! Or, if not that, Mimi could scare them into giving it up.

Give me Java Porter any day... (3, Informative)

GileadGreene (539584) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938922)

Eh. This stuff has no alcohol content. No thanks! I'll take one of the Mountain Sun Brewery's [mountainsunpub.com] Java Porters over this crap any day.

Maybe it'll be tasty... (1)

golemB (928093) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938923)

Two reasons:

1) Cappucino has a nice froth effect, as does macchiato, and they are delicious.

2) Ice coffee from vending machines is a staple in Japan, and it's delicious. It often has a bit of a foamy effect as well. Think soft drink, not hot beer!

Ah, they avoided prior art (1)

Tau Zero (75868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938930)

I know someone who's been putting espresso into some of his homebrew for years (a bottle of it keeps you awake while you're working on a bender) but keeping the alcohol out is a new twist and might be worthy of a patent.

Emetic (1)

baomike (143457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938935)

That's the first thing I think of.

Molson Kick Is Already Here (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938950)

It tastes like crap, but http://www.molsonkick.ca/product.php?LANG=en [molsonkick.ca] Molson Kick is caffenated beer. "*Contains 3 g of guarana / 55 mg of caffeine per 341 ml bottle **Contains 3.1 g of guarana / 57 mg of caffeine per 355 ml bottle/can"

Oh yeah? (1)

grumpyman (849537) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938961)

I thought my grandma patented apple pie!

Buzz Beer!!! (1)

adolfojp (730818) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938964)

I claim prior art! Drew

Alcohol and coding skill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938969)

After three or four beers, whatever programming skill I have goes downhill fast (pot is much more helpful). Coffee, on the other hand, is pure employment engine oil. More on-topic, coffee + milk + vodka|rye makes a nice ghetto White Russian.

a couple of contentions (2, Informative)

Kargan (250092) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938973)

There are actually a ton of coffee beers, although not in the same sense as the article suggests:

http://www.ratebeer.com/ [ratebeer.com] and search for 'coffee', 'mocha' or 'java'.

However, these are simply Porters, Stouts, etc. that are brewed as they would normally be but with the addition of coffee, being a complimentary and intuitive adjunct since roasted malts frequently contribute a coffeeish, roasty sort of malt bitterness and flavor to many dark beers.

In fact, this Nestle product wouldn't even seem to be eligible to be called beer since it doesn't appear to contain malt, a prime ingredient of beer along with water, hops and yeast.

Prior art! (1)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938992)

One of my favorite breweries already does this. Dogfish head's Chicory Stout [dogfish.com] is pretty decent.

From the URL:
"A dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, and licorice root."

I'd hope that the patent office would at least bother doing some research.

looks like... (1)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938997)

..they beat Starbucks to the punch. Probably a good thing, when you think about what a hazard it would be if everybody who went to Starbucks got beer.

On the other hand, there's a Starbucks in the library at my college, and beer + studying = bearable studying.

will they call it... (1)

lucky130 (267588) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939003)

"Buzz Beer" or "Cap-Beer-chino?" :)

Stay up and get drunk all over again!

NO, officer... (2, Funny)

laughingcoyote (762272) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939025)

That's not BEER you smell on my breath, it's coffee. COFFEE! Hey, put those damn handcuffs away!

This isn't new (1)

Inaffect (862616) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939026)

Goblins, trolls, orcs, demons, lizardmen, ogres, and werewolves have been drinking this stuff for years.
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