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No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (4, Interesting)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269029)

I've just had a look at the official How It Works [wpgourmetlattes.com] (wmv, bleh) video on Wolfgang Puck's site - and there's no mention in the (surprisingly good) explanation that the cans may explode (funny that).

Also, check out this guy's dissection [traffictrak.com] of a used can.

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (5, Informative)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269066)

Also, check out this guy's dissection of a used can.

Sorry to reply to myself, but Make Blog has a much better dissection [makezine.com]

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (0, Offtopic)

Tim C (15259) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269133)

Sorry to reply to myself

It's better than a new top level comment, and as we can't edit comments here, it's about the best you can do.

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (0, Offtopic)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269148)

It's better than a new top level comment, and as we can't edit comments here, it's about the best you can do.

I guess so - but the fact you can't edit comments is a good thing right?

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (-1, Offtopic)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269198)

I guess so - but the fact you can't edit comments is a good thing right?

Sure it is... Just imagine somebody post a link to a very useful illustration or picture, and once it has been modded up to +5, change it into a cute fluffy white goat...

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269236)

"Sure it is... Just imagine somebody post a link to a very useful illustration or picture, and once it has been modded up to +5, change it into a cute fluffy white goat..."

Oh my! What is that guy doing to that cute fluffy white goat?

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (-1, Offtopic)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269337)

Maybe they should allow editing your post, provided, either there was either no moderation or replies to your post. Or in the case that their was, you could only append to your post, and it was clearly marked that it was appended after the original post. It might be good to do this, even in the case of no moderation/reply.

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269515)

digg.com allows you to edit a comment for 180 seconds after posting it. To me that seems to be a reasonable compromise.

Re:No mention on Wolfgang Puck's site! (2, Informative)

Tim C (15259) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269421)

Mostly yes, although it depends on how it was implemented. Transparent editing (where you can't tell, or can't tell what was changed) would obviously be open to abuse.

If it was implemented so that rather than chaning the comment, you could add to it, that would be a different matter (imho) - that would let you do things like:

"Updated at $time: Found a much better explanation - see $someURL"

or

"Updated at $time: Oops, missed out a 'not' in that sentence!"

or even

"Updated at $time: Forget everything I wrote above, I'm a complete tool. Here's what I *should* have said..."

That way while you could still probably play games with the mods by changing the meaning of a post after it's been modded up

a) the original is still viewable (and combined with some sort of history view, you could tell exactly what was modded up)
b) who cares about karma anyway? It's meaningless for everything other than the automatic comment score modifier and petty bragging rights, as far as I can tell.

No mention on Ford's site! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269086)

"I've just had a look at the official How It Works (wmv, bleh) video on Wolfgang Puck's site - and there's no mention in the (surprisingly good) explanation that the cans may explode (funny that)."

Does Ford have an explaination of how the Pinto can explode?

Honestly (5, Funny)

Monkeys!!! (831558) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269034)

I've heard of starting the day with a bang but this is rediculous.

It works (5, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269129)

I've heard of starting the day with a bang but this is rediculous.

Exploding coffee: Guaranteed to wake your ass UP!

Re:It works (4, Funny)

Odin's Raven (145278) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269178)

Exploding coffee: Guaranteed to wake your ass UP!

Personally, I find coffee is more effective when applied to the other end of the gastrointestinal tract, but to each their own. ;-)

Re:It works (4, Funny)

Spokehedz (599285) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269531)

caffeine can be absorbed through the lower GI tract, as well as Alcohol and other nutrients. It's where the old joke...

****

A patient who was being fed rectally had a birthday when he was in the hospital, and the nurse decided to give him a treat on his birthday. She hooked up some icecream to his feeding tube and left the patient. A couple of minutes later, she heard screaming and groaning coming down the hall. Knowing what it undoubtedly must be, she rushed in and started to apologize profusely.

"I'm so sorry! Is it too cold?"

"NO! I HATE RUM RAISIN!"

****

Comes from. Of course, Ice cream cannot be tasted through the rectum--it is merely a joke. But the surface area of the rectum is much greater than that of the stomach, which allows the absorption of said chemicals/liquids to be absorbed MUCH quicker. Much like the vaporized alcohol that's beginning to show up in some yuppie-fied bars as-of-late that you simply inhale and get blitzed for about an hour.

But the idea of rectal feeding has been pretty much removed with the advent of modern intravenous methods. I've heard that unless your going to be doing some physical work, you can actually get all your required nutrients through an IV. I'm thinking 'heads in jars' are in store for some of us.

Re:It works (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269299)

so i don't have to turn the tv on to get `fresh terrorism news`,
i'll just have my morning coffee in the bad along with the bombings
and casulties. i can ever record some jibberish stuff on a tape and
pretend it was osama :)

Re:It works (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269517)

What a great day. Stand in line at the airport. Coffee explodes on me. Then I find out there are SNAKES ON THE PLANE!

Now I'm pissed off, have 2nd degree burns and calcium oxide all over my hands, and the poison is making its way up my leg. Geez, some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

-Eric

Re:Honestly (1)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269355)

I've heard of starting the day with a bang but this is rediculous.

What's the colour got to do with it?

Re:Honestly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269416)

I had a girlfriend that liked to start her morning with a bang.... Ahh... those were the days!

Nathan

Wow, these are still around? (4, Interesting)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269035)

I remember having a sample of one of these in Target around hurricane season. They were trying to pass them off as a good way to get a hot cup of coffee when and if the power went out. I probabbly would have bought a few, but then they proceeded to give me a sample. This is, by far, the most disgusting "coffee" drink I've ever had, and this come from someone who's been known to suck on plugs of grounds like chewing tobacco when there's no hot water around...

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269051)

Not only that, the can is a disgusting waste of material that just ends up in landfills.

If I need my coffee on the go, I'll stick with room temperature Starbucks Doubleshots.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269096)

Not only that, the can is a disgusting waste of material that just ends up in landfills.

If I need my coffee on the go, I'll stick with room temperature Starbucks Doubleshots.


Where do you think your starbucks cups end up? In landfill too.

Sure, it doesn't generate as much, but god there's a lot of litter around starbucks stores. (and its a pity starbucks don't recycle more too)

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269119)

didn't starbucks have a thing where you could bring your own mug? It sure sounds like something they do considering their clientelle...

Yes... (1)

cogg (864885) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269270)

They do, and in (parts of?) the UK at least give a (small: 10p) discount to customers who bring their own mug. Also my local sbux observably* makes full use of the council recycling facilities. *Different types of rubbish get put out just prior to the different collection runs. Many local businesses just put all their rubbish out for the mixed waste pickup.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (2, Interesting)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269122)

Yes, but even the worst Starbucks pollution doesn't include Calcium Oxide in any concentration. And the Double Shots are all aluminum, so if you have community recycling, you can put it there. I don't think there's a way to reclaim the materials in the self-heating coffee.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (2, Interesting)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269134)

Yes, but even the worst Starbucks pollution doesn't include Calcium Oxide in any concentration. And the Double Shots are all aluminum, so if you have community recycling, you can put it there. I don't think there's a way to reclaim the materials in the self-heating coffee.

Calcium oxide is just lime - its not particularly bad for the environment. I thought you were objecting to the large quantities of plastic in the can.

A more enviornmentally (and wallet) friendly idea is to just buy a thermos and fill it with coffee from home.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269540)

Calcium oxide is just lime
Yeah, but don't let any dihydrogen monoxide get near it. They react EXOTHERMICALLY!!! These things are an accident waiting to happen.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

Yartrebo (690383) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269428)

The big issue is the amount of waste generated. The self-heating coffee is about 50% packaging. A normal cup is maybe 5% packaging (which is already very wasteful). CaO is non-toxic, but it is packaged in plenty of plastic and it still has to be mined and then landfilled.

And an alternative already exists ... Dewar flasks. Coffee put into one of those will stay hot all day and it's perfectly reusable.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (5, Insightful)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269233)

This is, by far, the most disgusting "coffee" drink I've ever had, and this come from someone who's been known to suck on plugs of grounds like chewing tobacco when there's no hot water around...

There's a reason for this. It's called aspartame . I bought a 4 pack of the Wolfgang Puck coffee when it came out last year. I had no problems with any of the cans, they all worked fine. However, it wasn't until I got home with my purchase that I looked at the ingredients list and saw aspartame as an ingredient. I don't know why so many beverage manufacturers refuse to accept the fact that the vast majority of consumers despise the taste of this artificial "sweetener".

There probably are a few sick individuals who actually like the taste, but I've talked to people who drank diet drinks regularly and almost all of them told me that they didn't like the taste of aspartame, but put up with it to get a reduced calorie beverage. I don't think the beverage industry has ever really understood that
tolerate != like
Besides, lattes are not meant to be diet drinks anyway. It seems to me to be contradictory to make a latte and then make it a diet drink.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269439)

I actually know people who think diet coke tastes okay.. I like coke and cherry coke, but the diet versions are just horrible.. really dont get the point, I'd rather just drink water (and I do for the most part)

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

birder (61402) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269536)

It's probably cheaper. Sucralose (Splenda) seems to be a better choice for a sweetener and some drinks do use it. As you've said, I've never heard anyone say they like the taste of aspartame or saccharin for that matter. Plenty of people I know have switched to Splenda for their coffess.

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

saforrest (184929) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269561)

There probably are a few sick individuals who actually like the taste, but I've talked to people who drank diet drinks regularly and almost all of them told me that they didn't like the taste of aspartame, but put up with it to get a reduced calorie beverage.

That and the brain diseases. Mmm, brain diseases [wikipedia.org].

Re:Wow, these are still around? (1)

uniqueUser (879166) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269530)

and this come from someone who's been known to suck on plugs of grounds like chewing tobacco when there's no hot water around...
I thought that I was the only one who did this. I'm always sure to take some whole beans with me when I go back packing. They are great to chew on on the trail.

Man, that's gotta hurt (3, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269037)

Your hands would be Pucked!

Re:Man, that's gotta hurt (1, Offtopic)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269164)

Hello?

Wolfgang Puck self-heating latte cans exploding

Your hands would be Pucked

-1 Offtopic? Clearly someone very special has mod points today. And I thought it was just the metamoderation that sucked.

Japan (4, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269042)

Haven't self-heating cans been used in Japan for years now? Why not just use the same design as there?

Re:Japan (4, Informative)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269059)

Haven't self-heating cans been used in Japan for years now?

Yup, and a quick look at this wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] shows that they've been around everywhere for over 100 years

Why not just use the same design as there?

The design is pretty old & pretty standard - the problem is almost certainly poor quality control (Brandsource trying to be cheap). Presumably they spent too much money buying the rights to Wolfgang's name to spend money on the production process.

Re:Japan (2, Informative)

silasthehobbit (626391) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269087)

Yes, and they also have canned drinks machines that are heated, so the can comes out hot - and thus the contents are as well.

Which was very handy on a cold day in Nikko station. Hot coffee and a hand warmer in one!

--
silas

Re:Japan (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269097)

Two reasons: 1) Japan uses the metric system. Can't have a drink measured in liters on the American market. 2) No can on the Japanese market comes close to the size that Americans expect.

Re:Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269370)

No can on the Japanese market comes close to the size that Americans expect.

Weird, the second biggest mug i have is _from_ japan.

The first one is self made from clay and can contain around 0.7 litres of coffee ...

Re:Japan (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269211)

The "design" is just old fashioned convection heating. These seem to be more portable, though if you are never far away from a vending machine it doesn't matter much.

Re:Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269295)

Patented.

Coffee is too individual to be canned (5, Interesting)

fhmiv (740648) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269050)

I don't like my coffee very sweet, so Wolfgang and Starbuck's pre-packaged coffee beverages, cold or hot, don't appeal to me.
I did try a few of Puck's self-heating latte beverages when they first came to satisfy my curiosity. One of the pack of four failed to heat, but luckily for me, none of them exploded or meltied their packaging.
It's spiffy to be able to heat your own coffee in such a small package, but when you seal up pre-mixed coffee in a can or a more complicated contraption like this one, you lose one of coffee's primary advantages as a beverage --- it is an excellent platform for customization.

I'd rather go without than drink a coffee beverage brewed or mixed to appeal to some marketeer's average consumer taste buds. If I wanted a sweet, pre-mixed beverage, I'd drink a soda.

Re:Coffee is too individual to be canned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269340)

I think your post was insightful, coffee is a very personalised drink; heck, how your girlfriend likes her coffee (if she does at all) is usually an important part of dating! I can't believe they are prepackaging it.

Expectations (5, Funny)

cffrost (885375) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269057)


From TFA:

OnTech's launch campaign for the self-heating product is "It Does What?"

"It takes time to educate the world to what [self-heating] is about," Weisz said.


It takes time, no doubt in part because the answer is, "it explodes."

Re:Expectations (2, Funny)

Monkeys!!! (831558) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269089)

"....it takes time, no doubt in part because the answer is, "it explodes."

Actually that will be one of the quickest educational experiences you will ever have.

Maaan!! (0, Flamebait)

mrmort (972991) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269058)

Why the hell do they have to come up with stupid ideas like this. This is the kind of thing that really gets my goat. What the hell? If someone could please explain to me the worth of this invention I would be utterly fascinated. What's the matter with the state of coffee as it stands? Not hot enough for you? Or is it the act of pouring that your delicate wrists find too strenuous? Why not invent something useful like a cup that you don't have to throw into the dump that was our planet. Oh wait, they did that already. Too Stupid!

Lawsuit Material (5, Funny)

Matilda the Hun (861460) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269060)

Now, instead of all the "Contents may be hot" labels, everyone's going to have to start putting "Warning! Contents may detonate" on their coffee cups to avoid lawsuits.

Re:Lawsuit Material (1)

biobogonics (513416) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269293)

Now, instead of all the "Contents may be hot" labels, everyone's going to have to start putting "Warning! Contents may detonate" on their coffee cups to avoid lawsuits.

How long until the ambulance chasing lawyers on TV get hold of this one? "Have you been burned by an exploding coffee cup? Dial 1-800-..."

Self heating can? Bah! (4, Interesting)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269064)

Who wants a self heating can when you can get a self cooling beer! [engadget.com]

(although I'll wait for the non-miller version, as I prefer my beer with flavour thank-you-very-much).

Re:Self heating can? Bah! (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269502)

I can just see Miller's ad campaign -

"Now you too can have what looks like a 20 ounce can of beer but actually only contains 6 ounces!! But at least it isn't warm, right?"

IT??? (4, Interesting)

eander315 (448340) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269072)

First of all, how is a self-heating coffee can related to IT? I'm not sure I see where the Information part of IT is at in this instance.

..."A recall has been announced -- here's hoping the flaws can be 'patched' soon."

Why? The first time I saw one of these, I thought it was pretty cool. Then I saw how much of the can is comprised of chemicals used to heat the coffee. It looks like half the volume of the can is contained in the chemical pouch, which seems a little excessive. This is not good technology. Until they can find a way to be a little less wasteful to do the same job, I hope they don't patch the problem.

IT???-That hot cup of Linux in the morning. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269116)

"First of all, how is a self-heating coffee can related to IT? I'm not sure I see where the Information part of IT is at in this instance."

It runs Linux. :)

Re:IT??? (3, Funny)

indifferent children (842621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269188)

First of all, how is a self-heating coffee can related to IT?

It's a new platform for Java. Though it does sound like they were too aggressive with the overclocking.

Re:IT??? (1)

henryhbk (645948) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269352)

Because they used the old Apple PowerBook 540 batteries from the mid nineties which got really hot and burned...

Re:IT??? (1)

racebit (959234) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269353)

I'll tell you how it realtes to IT. Now you can get an exploding coffee mug for that annoying project manager of yours and put your deadlines behind you! oh, Hi Boss!

Re:IT??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269487)

It's obviously IT related. Java? Duh. Get with the program.

nasty (2, Interesting)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269078)

I tried one of those coffees a few weeks back. It wasn't nice at all, I can't imagine when I would need a hot coffee so bad that I would drink one again.

Too much waste, anyway (4, Insightful)

CortoMaltese (828267) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269091)

This was probably discussed at length a year back, but I'm glad this product failed: I just think it produces too much waste per unit sold. I really don't care how handy or revolutional or whatever the product is, if it's difficult to recycle. Even if the coffee tasted good in it. It's not worth it.

Of course, that's just the opinion of a person who lives in a country where over 95 % of all beverage cans and bottles are recycled. I think realizing how well the system really works positively affects your attitudes towards recycling.

I can see it now.. (1)

Awod (956596) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269099)

---------- Warning: This mug may explode when using it for it's intended purpose. ----------

Patching the flaws (5, Funny)

Ithika (703697) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269115)

I'm no great Java programmer or anything, but shouldn't the virtual machine prevent serious damage to the rest of the system (hand)?

It could be argued in this case that the software is not at fault, but the hardware. So no amount of adding in extra parentheses will fix the problem. Tis not just a matter of removing the line that says:

if ((date.month).contains('r')) {
igniteCan(SAFE_IGNITION * 50);
} else {
igniteCan(SAFE_IGNITION);
}

frist (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269120)

Frist Post

Silent prayer (1)

harris s newman (714436) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269136)

Lets all hold hands today at 11:00 and prey not for world peace, but for Wolfgang puck's success in his endevors.

"here's hoping the flaws can be 'patched' soon."

Don't you think your being alittle crazy here? Have you heard of ice coffee?

From another site (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269139)

http://www.hirzel.com/washingtonpost_com.htm [hirzel.com]
Why did it take the makers so long to shake up the can? Industry executives blame an over-emphasis on cost cutting and a series of mergers throughout the past two decades, which kept the industry's focus on integrating companies, not tweaking their products. "The business model for cans has been, for some years, 'increase production and reduce cost,' " said Ben Miyares, vice president of industry relations at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, a trade group. "If you were thinking of innovating, the response, almost universally, was 'only if it does not cost more.' "

Ladies and gentlemen... err.. I mean.. Gentlemen! I give you your explanation!

Activation button on the server (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269168)

Who pushed the heating activation button on the server? It's melting!

We had those in the UK! (2, Interesting)

jjeffrey (558890) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269174)

We had self-heating coffee cans in the UK under the Nescafe brand (Nestle). They were sold at petrol (gas) stations mainly.

Problem was not many people bought them. The coffee was nothing special, and because the cans were mostly filled with heater mechaism there wasn't even that much of it. They were expensive too.

I haven't seen any for a couple of years now. Instead a lot of petrol stations just have a coffee machine, or cans of coffee that are kept in a heater.

Boom! (4, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269201)

From TFA: it overheated and then blew up, sending her to the hospital.

It blew her that far? Now that's an explosion!

Hot Coffee (1)

qazwart (261667) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269210)

You know how hard it is to find a cup of hot coffee in the U.S. Maybe there needs to be a few more Starbucks.

This is coffee placed into a can, stored for God knows how long, then reheated. Sounds delicious.

Wolfgang Puck is suing the manufacturer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269253)

In an interview on CBC radio the other night, a representative of Wolfgang Puck said his company is suing the manufacturer of the cans. He alleges that the design of the can as originally specified worked well. The manufacturer is accused of changing the materials the can is made of in order to cut costs.

Usually when I hear a company rep. on the radio, I'm skeptical. I listen closely for weasel words. In this case, the guy sounded pretty straight up, honest and believable.

MRE's (2, Informative)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269259)

I was looking at some packs of civilian MRE's (for camping). You can apparently get them either with or without heating packs. The heating packs appear to take a small quantity of water and produce some sort of chemical exothermic reaction (wouldn't be surprised if they also use Calcium Oxide). Anyway the US military's been using them for many, many years.

Nothing new (1)

jandersen (462034) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269272)

I remember seeing this sort of thing in a backwater like Denmark years ago - more than 6, perhaps as much as 10 years.

Apart from that, this sort of thing is yet another example that sums up all the most stupid things in modern society. You take 'modern technology' (in this case a simple process that has been known at least since Roman times) and use it for the most pathetic and useless thing you can imagine; and then you just market it as 'Wow, soooo cool'. Sometimes I think the people who 'invent' kind of things must be laughing themselves silly. Just imagine getting people to pay more money for something that is worse than anything anybody could make on their own with no effort at all.

So, why was it again that anyone would buy this? Why pay for: a glass of water, a spoonful of instant coffee, a little bit of milk powder or similar and 20+ additives which they hope will disguise the fact that the actual coffee is crap; plus of course a container and half a handful of quicklime - I mean, why, for heaven's sake?

Benefits far outweigh the risks (4, Funny)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269281)

Stop all the snivelling, cavilling, whining, Nervous Nellyism. No Progress can be made without taking risks. Did a few minor scalds and burns stop Chuck Yeager?

Would you like to go back to the dark ages, before antibiotics, the flush toilet, and self-heating coffee cans? When women were barred from advancement, trapped in a lifetime of relentless toil over hot coffeepots? When people routinely perished from exposure walking miles through blizzards attempting to reach the nearest Starbucks? When greedy vending barons forced workers to dig into their pockets for their last few coins, then laughed sadistically as their machines tauntingly dispensed chicken bouillion instead of coffee?

I say, who wouldn't gladly risk a few small explosions in order to be able to enjoy a hot can of gourmet rich expresso lattee [wpgourmetlattes.com]--say, what's in this stuff, anyway? Ingredients: Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee (Ingredients (Water, Coffee segmentation fault: core dumped

Re:Benefits far outweigh the risks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269314)

Out of stack space?

Why not a universal heat generator ? (1)

tchiwam (751440) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269283)

Just make a heater unit, put in the bottom of a Thermos bottle or cup, put coffee / tea / soup / meal on top, That's it... You could even buy the heating elements with different temp rating. Oh why patent these simple things in complicated single use cups ?

They suck (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269289)

I tried one, they taste pretty nice so I bought a bunch of these them figuring I'd use them for the morning drive. After a failure rate of greater than 50% (either not heating properly or having a worrying chemical aftertaste) I just went back to Starbucks :)

Re:They suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269327)

After a failure rate of greater than 50% (either not heating properly or having a worrying chemical aftertaste) I just went back to Starbucks

But I thought coffee not heated properly or having a worrying chemical aftertaste was the standard for Starbucks? Pretty much the same thing except without the fireworks. =)

Re:They suck (1)

Nycteris_a (829110) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269331)

Oh saying they taste pretty nice is a sort of charitable exaggeration. I really didn't care for the taste. I saw someone describe them as "hummingbird vomit" since they are so sweet.

Re:They suck (1)

Zerbey (15536) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269425)

Nope, I'm standing by it. They tasted pretty nice, not gourmet coffee or anything but definitely not bad.

Are self-heating cans new? (1)

Bushcat (615449) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269312)

I've been drinking self-heating cans of sake on winter hikes for years. The walls are some kind of cardboard to provide a little protection for the fingers. Push the button on the bottom and wait around 5 minutes. So this can't be a new technology. There is a plastic cover over the metal base, which has vents presumably to let air in or something else out. Rats, I now realise I haven't investigated the can enough and the season's over :-( I also have MRE heaters in my earthquake kit. The heaters also work well but are messy. On the other hand, they give off hydrogen so one can heat an MRE and have fun popping the gas.

Eye Protection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15269339)

In the meantime, coffee lovers can purchase Wolfgang Puck safety goggles.

Imagine... (1)

MImeKillEr (445828) | more than 7 years ago | (#15269491)

Imagine drinking one of these while driving.

Now imagine not having cup holders.

Now imagine holding one of these between your legs.

Now imagine it exploding.

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