Food: Coffee
Two Cups Of Coffee   (+96, -27)  [vote for, against]

Just like a conventional cup of coffee, except there's two of them in this instance. A huge improvement.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005

Two Cups Of Coffee
Conceptual photograph of how the finished item might look in reality, were it ever to be built. [Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005, last modified Mar 18 2007]

a kind of cups. http://www.bellaonl...ticles/art18997.asp
[po, Jun 28 2005]

Cup size guide http://www.afraidto...ast/breastsize.html
[normzone, Jun 28 2005]

[Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005, last modified Jan 28 2007]

Name the shapes
Very tertially related but I am always curious. [bristolz, Jun 29 2005]

Too Much Coffee Man!
[Detly, Jul 01 2005]

Collapsible Cup http://www.highsmit...001&langId=-1&top=Y
"As is", unsuited for coffee, but if made from tough foam or ceramic, could hold varying numbers of cups of coffee. [Vernon, Jul 01 2005]

Lament for Cocoa http://bluehydrange.../03/21/john-updike/
A fitting John Updike poem (updated) [csea, Jul 01 2005, last modified Apr 28 2009]

The Sandwich Sandwich The_20Sandwich_20Sandwich
Could the slimline interlock system work with [Ian]'s Two Coffee arrangement? [theleopard, Jan 24 2007]

Klein bottle cup. http://www.kleinbot...ug_klein_bottle.htm
Coffee on both the outside and the inside, at the same time! You can drink it too! [webfishrune, Jan 25 2007]

(???) 100 cups of coffee
Futurama baked this for n=100 [Forthur, Mar 13 2007]

Caffeinated Creamers Caffeinated_20Creamers
With this you would't need 2 cups of coffee. [BJS, Mar 18 2007]

Room for 2 cups of coffee http://www.bayliner...howthread.php?t=673
Relevant Philosophy [csea, Mar 20 2007]

(?) Snowclones! http://itre.cis.upe...rchives/000350.html
Looks like we read the same blog... [jutta, Apr 03 2007]

A Retro Restyling of this Classic Idea
In a world where two cups of coffee has become the norm, people begin harking back to how it used to be in the old days... [zen_tom, Jun 28 2007]

Physicists see cosmos in a coffee cup
[cromagnon, Apr 28 2009]

a cup each Coffee_20with_20Strangers
[simonj, May 14 2009]

Couple cups http://www.inewidea...008/01/05/4229.html
two cups, one saucer [xaviergisz, Sep 30 2009]

A Canadian retail chain based on this concept
[rcarty, Mar 18 2010]

new starbuck size: http://starbucksgos...some-customers.html
trenta [jaksplat, Mar 18 2010]

how to pour the 2nd cup
[po, Jul 12 2010]

Pessimist Mug
You know it makes sense. [8th of 7, Jul 23 2010]

Tea for Two http://en.wikipedia.../Tea_for_Two_(song)
The popular song [csea, Dec 24 2010]

42 http://en.wikipedia...Guide_to_the_Galaxy
Origin of the meaning of 42 [csea, Dec 24 2010]

[marked-for-deletion] magic.

where does the other cup of coffee come from?
-- st3f, Jun 28 2005

The other one was there first.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005

Yeah, but then you'd have one cup of coffee... twice. Like two times one cup of coffee. Two one-cups of coffee...

[understanding dawns]

Two... cups... of coffee.

Mate, you're a genius.
-- st3f, Jun 28 2005

It's one of those stereoscopic things. If you cross your eyes you just see one cup of coffee, hovering above the table.
-- hippo, Jun 28 2005

Is this another sexual double entendre? You know, "Do you want to come back to my place for _two_ cups of coffee?" ?
-- coprocephalous, Jun 28 2005

"No, but I've got a dark brown overcoat."
-- angel, Jun 28 2005

<calls for illustration>
-- po, Jun 28 2005

Are the cups attached to each other?
-- DocBrown, Jun 28 2005

I've heard of "Two pints of lager" usually accompnied by a packet of crisps...
-- Minimal, Jun 28 2005

<captain darling>"Ah, cappucino! Have you got any of that brown stuff you sprinkle on the top?</captain darling>
-- hippo, Jun 28 2005

[IT] Re. Illustration - are you sure those aren't, how shall I put this, ...mugs? I don't see any saucers, which is my usual minimum standard for cuppiness.
-- coprocephalous, Jun 28 2005

It's conceptual. Imagine cups.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005

The illustration is not of two cups or mugs, which would indicate a distinction between the two. The mugs, although physically separate, are identical and linked by their positioning relative to each other: this makes them a pair of mugs rather than two mugs. Before there was a pair of mugs there was not one mug, but a mug.
-- wagster, Jun 28 2005

I see three mugs when I cross my eyes. But, the one in the center looks particularly delicious.
-- daseva, Jun 28 2005

Can the same concept be applied to other cup-contained beverages, say for example, tea?
-- zen_tom, Jun 28 2005

That's just crazy enough to work.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 28 2005

I'm not complaining, sure .... two cups of coffee.

Then, even if I have sworn off the stuff, I can share a cup to the memory of my two best departed buddies in the world.
-- reensure, Jun 28 2005

You just need two of everything that went into making the cup of coffee, (bags of beans, grinders, coffee makers). Not really that difficult.

(Or two coffee shops next door to each other)
-- oxen crossing, Jun 28 2005

Are these quantum cups? When you drink out of one, does the other one lose liquid too? If you seperate them by a large distance, does the simultaneous liquid loss transmit information faster than the speed of light?

By means of the linked liquid volume, can you create a perpetual motion machine by pouring one cup into the other?
-- Freefall, Jun 28 2005

How could one limit one's elf to so few cups?
-- sartep, Jun 28 2005

Dare I suggest that those coffees look mighty pale. perhaps if you double up on the amount of coffeegrounds in the percolator, you could have double the pleasure in only one manageable cup. eh?

ps. personally I can't drink two, but I did discover at Starbucks, the Espresso Brownie.......ummmmmmmm
-- dentworth, Jun 28 2005

When I look at the picture of those two cups, and cross my eyes, it looks like _three_ cups!
-- bungston, Jun 28 2005

How do you tell which one's male?

This is important. You have to keep the genders the same, or you'll end up with a litter of demitasses.
-- waugsqueke, Jun 28 2005

I believe this idea would make unsuccessful blind dates and unwanted chats with dad/mom last longer.
-- Pericles, Jun 28 2005

I don't understand so I'm just going to brewed.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 28 2005

Come on. You've simply assumed that current coffee technology is trivially scalable without giving any thoughts as to how. That's where the idea should lie.
-- Detly, Jun 28 2005

I wish I understood this.
-- bristolz, Jun 29 2005

If you know your numerical code, enter it now; otherwise, push 1 to be nudged to the end of the cueue, push 2 to be refilled.
-- reensure, Jun 29 2005

bris, he may have been standing at the photocopier too long.
-- po, Jun 29 2005

You could use two Tommie Tippee Cups tied together, with invisible string. The coffee couldn't be *that* hot, or they might melt/merge into one, and then you'd be back to just one cup of coffee again, making this suggestion seem frivilous.
-- blissmiss, Jun 29 2005

I have a complaint. The link says two cups of coffee, but quite clearly the mugs have "Cup of life" written on them. I suggest to save confusion and possible litigation, your link should mention "Contents may vary".

Plus the one on the right has some scum on it.
-- Ling, Jun 29 2005

That's not scum, that's evapouration caused by prolonged swearing. What should've been a quick shoot against an A3 sheet of paper out in the garden in sunlight required finding a mains adaptor plugging into a nearby mains extension because both Nikon batteries now have a life of about 5 seconds each. Restricted by the Sony mains adaptor cable length, I ended up sitting on the bench in the garden, facing the coffees, with a Lastolite circular reflector wedged between my knees, aimed at the shadows to try and soften the contrast - and held with my other hand. Every bloody time I got the composition (bearing in mind I have to hold the 995 upside down* because it's designed by idiots for the right-handed sector of the population) the wind blew the paper, or the Lastolite, or else the camera decided it'd hunt in and out, and in this case, quite oddly re-zoom (which I've never experienced it do before). By which time, one coffee had evapourated, despite the other not doing so (the evapouration probably fell into the other one, topping it back up). This is why I'm no longer a professional photographer - it's always vastly more work than people perceive.

* Fortunately, the Nikon 995 and other related 'twisty' two-half cameras of this design are pretty much the most suitable left-handable cameras I've encountered apart from my Mamiya C330 TLR, without actually being left-handed. Another reason is that unlike most other cameras, my nose doesn't hit the camera screen before my eye gets to the optical viewfinder, as the viewfinder is offset back quite a bit, being on a separate part than the body. Again, if people are right-handed, this probably isn't a problem as they're reasonably likely to be right-eye dominant too. If however one is left-eyed, like I am, most of the camera (on most other cameras) ends up wanting to occupy the position one's nose presently occupies.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2005

So the coffee was cold, too?

I don't know if I read it on the HB, but there is an easy check for the dominant eye:
Hold your thumb and forefinger in a circle, and your arm straight. Look through the hole at a small distant object, with both eyes open.
Now, without moving anything, continue to look through the hole, but close one eye at a time. Which eye can see the object?

Apologies if I am regurgitating something from the HB archives.
-- Ling, Jun 29 2005

In grasping for the enlightenment that so many others have achieved through this post, I have a question:

How about... <nervous jittering> three cups of coffee?!? <nervous jittering>
-- daseva, Jun 29 2005

One was okay, the other I had a bit later, after 30 secs in the microwave.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2005

You see, [Ian]? Scaling issues.
-- Detly, Jun 29 2005

Absolutely - a problem also exhibited by the kettle.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2005

My point exactly; hence the scum.
-- Ling, Jun 29 2005

Is scum scalable?
-- daseva, Jun 29 2005

I dunno, I'm still wiping the vomit off that Ling regurgitated.
-- blissmiss, Jun 29 2005

Oooh...any carrots?
-- Ling, Jun 29 2005

Are the batteries shot, Ian? Have they developed a memory or have they reached their cycle life?

Have you tried deep-cycling them by slowly depleting them using a small motor or lamp and then recharging fully and then slowly depleting and so on? This is usually a trick for Ni-Cad but can work, to a limited degree, with Li-Ion as well unless they've reached their cycle life.

I'm right-eye dominant.

Sorry, but I still fail to understand the idea here.
-- bristolz, Jun 29 2005

Wait a minute! I thi... no. Nevermind...
-- daseva, Jun 29 2005

[This is why I'm no longer a professional photographer - it's always vastly more work than people perceive]

You said a cupfull there. And another reason why I don't do wedding photography, except at the guerilla level.
-- normzone, Jun 29 2005

thank you for that Ling, I did not know that I am left eye dominant.

unfortunately that experiment took longer than I thought as I attempted to do it with a straight arm (as recommended by your good self) and *that* is impossible.
-- po, Jun 29 2005

Your breath is sweet Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky. Your back is straight, your hair is smooth On the pillow where you lie. But I don't sense affection No gratitude or love Your loyalty is not to me But to the stars above.

Two more cups of coffee for the road, Two more cups of coffee 'fore I go To the valley below.
-- wagster, Jun 29 2005

Wait a minute! I got it! Two cups of coffee, one for each nostril.

[Tindale], you dog!
-- daseva, Jun 29 2005

[Ling]'s dominant-eye-finding trick is how my opthalmologist determined mine (after doing all of the other tests with state of the art computerised equipment) when I got my mono-vision contact lenses (described in more detail in another place).
As for the idea here, I'm with [bz]; we must both be having blonde moments, coz I'm drawing a blank too.
-- angel, Jun 29 2005

That would be 'Coke', Daseva
-- gnomethang, Jun 29 2005

-- daseva, Jun 29 2005

you're all crazy.
-- yabba do yabba dabba, Jun 29 2005

[angel], you're having a blond moment whilst I am having a blonde moment. I suggest another cup of coffee. Perhaps rinsing your hair with it.
-- bristolz, Jun 29 2005

Sorry, [bz], I was sharing yours. I thought you'd finished with it.
-- angel, Jun 29 2005

bristolz, - batteries pretty much shot due to age. I've been deep discharging them recently with a small low voltage lightbulb, but no real improvement. I'm thinking of a lash-up rechargable AA assembly that can screw into the tripod thread on the flash bracket I use on the camera. There's an external power input that a Sony plug fits well.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2005

As opposed to slightly one-eyed?
-- wagster, Jun 29 2005

What if one of them was Decaf? Would they annihilate in a burst of pure energy?
-- 5th Earth, Jun 29 2005

UnaBubba, I definitely wouldn't have thought of this astounding invention had Vernon not staunchly defended his 'like an x, only bigger' idea for the day or so that his staunch lasted.
-- Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2005

//I don't do wedding photography, except at the guerilla level//

Oh dear...
-- Detly, Jun 29 2005

Two Halves Of Croissant. Inspired.
-- phlogiston, Jun 29 2005

Perhaps you folks know that a "cup" is an old-fashioned unit of measure, 8 fluid ounces or 237ml. Now, if you have a mug that holds one cup of coffee, and you enlarge it in all dimensions by the cube root of two (1.26, or 26% larger), then the resulting bigger mug will hold, TA-DA!, two cups of coffee.
-- Vernon, Jun 30 2005

Now I'm just waiting for Schroedingers coffee and this idea and annos are truly complete.
-- not_only_but_also, Jun 30 2005

//Most new digital camera have a display screen which obviates the whole left eye right eye thing.//

oh, you are *so* funny Pa`ve.
-- po, Jun 30 2005

pair o' what?
-- st3f, Jun 30 2005

Thinking about my coffee intake, I'm probably going to die of heart disease by the time I'm, oh, say 22.
-- Detly, Jun 30 2005

I'm pretty sure I died a couple of years back but the caffeine intake still maintains a semblance of life.
-- harderthanjesus, Jun 30 2005

I dare say, is no man brave enough to attempt to explore the 3rd coffee dimension?
-- waugsqueke, Jun 30 2005

is that what you call it?
-- po, Jun 30 2005

[waugs] - I'm living it.
-- Detly, Jun 30 2005

I feel so alive! Is that what unblinking is?
-- reensure, Jun 30 2005

It's equivalent to someone sipping on my c-spot. Not once but twice.
-- blissmiss, Jul 01 2005

-- bristolz, Jul 01 2005

The "Deliberately misunderstand the last person" post is over there ---->
-- Ling, Jul 01 2005

"Clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee, - I had some, I had some; dreams they were,"- You're so Vain - Carly Simon.
-- mensmaximus, Jul 01 2005

c-spot is like a g-spot on the tongue (for coffee)
-- po, Jul 01 2005

I only ever have one cup of coffee. I have tried having two (and I've tried having a pair) but I get a little tense and irritable. Three coffees and no one will work with me.
-- wagster, Jul 01 2005

it's my p-spot does it for me (pizza)
-- po, Jul 01 2005

I thought I left a lot to the imagination - you sure have a vivid imagination.
-- po, Jul 01 2005

yep, you sure do sit square on the highway with Tindale heading in one direction and Vernon with his pedal to the metal in the other.
-- po, Jul 01 2005

As much fun as you're all having, remember, that when a newbie presents an idea, and you MFD it for not being an invention, it'll drive them crazy to see stuff like "2 cups of coffee" not only remain, but have excess croissants. This may, of course, add to your fun.....
-- sophocles, Jul 01 2005

Except the MFD was in the first anno on this one, and [IT] didn't complain about it at all. The rest of this is a typical post [mfd] BS session. I could point this out, but it would spoil the fun (woops).

And besides, something about this idea feels like it's about 20 degrees west of some kind of brilliant discovery, and if you give up now, we'll never get there.
-- oxen crossing, Jul 01 2005

Krakatoa, north of Java.
-- Ian Tindale, Jul 01 2005

I admire the appearance of two cups, and Ling's reference to scum reminded me inexorably of John Updike's poem, see [link]. I think he must have had similar ideas in mind as Ian.
-- csea, Jul 01 2005

[wag] - I need at least one double strength coffee every few hours to function properly as a normal... er, functional human being. If I miss more than a few, my brain gradually implodes.
-- Detly, Jul 01 2005

Sorry, bris, been busy since I commented, but yup, it was my caffiene spot I was referring to. Just glad [po], got it.

There is not a G-Spot in coffee that I know of, other than "grind".
-- blissmiss, Jul 02 2005

How about this for a coffee G-Spot: Gayo Mountain, Aceh, Sumatra. "Aceh coffees are grown in the lovely mountain basin surrounding Lake Tawar and the town of Takengon. All are grown in shade and almost all without chemicals."
-- baconbrain, Jul 02 2005

\\...almost all without chemicals.\\

Impressive. What do they use; non-baryonic matter?
-- Loris, Jul 31 2005

That reminds me of my irk about "natural ingredients". Yep, everything in this product is from the periodic table - guaranteed.
-- Ian Tindale, Jul 31 2005

Oh god no, now it's going to get led into period quips.
-- blissmiss, Jul 31 2005

I still don't get it. How can you have two cups of one coffee? Does it make use of some other dimension? This is too advanced for me. Give me time travel any day.
-- dbmag9, Jul 31 2005


I get it.


-- DesertFox, Aug 01 2005

The thing I really love about this, is that it is great if you finish the one cup and still want more.
-- bungston, Jan 23 2007

They should be called "a scup of coffee" because they are plural from the front end of the word instead of the back end like most plurals. Best served with a croissant like this one +
-- xenzag, Jan 23 2007

This is incredible. I don't even drink coffee, and I think this is incredible.

I regret that I have but one bun to give for this idea.
-- m_Al_com, Jan 24 2007

Will this be like the war with number of blades in a shaver? Someone will invent Three Cups of Coffee, and then someone will invent Four Cups of Coffee...
-- phundug, Jan 24 2007

That reminds me of the Sandwich Sandwich. If ( = saucer, < = cup and c = coffee, you might like to play around with a few arrangements to your original two cup set-up. For instance:
(<cc>) or <c(c<) or even the wacky cc<(>)

Although some of these can result in slight blistering of the hands. Best to experiment with cold coffee.

[brevity] - 1.77
-- theleopard, Jan 24 2007

Great! Now define the set of all stable (<c-type structures, find out where it intersects with the domain of donut-type confectionary and you have a maths department meeting.
-- wagster, Jan 24 2007

That's a whole other can of worms. Suggesting that, at least in terms of worm-cans, (and potentially fish-kettles) this whole two-container paradigm can be more generally applied, and not just for hot beverages. More investigation is required, we must secure funding!
-- zen_tom, Jan 24 2007

[zen_tom] // we must secure funding // I'll give ya two dollars.
-- MoreCowbell, Jan 24 2007

We could devise a system to name all these permutations. Here's a start: in Latin cup = vas, saucer = saucer, coffee = capulus, arca, or archa, and reverse = ostendo sum, in promptu ponere, fateor, declaro, or aperio. So [theleopard]'s arrangements might be called suacvasbiarchaapvasapsauc, vasarchasaucarchavasapsauc, and archaarchavassaucapvasapsauc, respectively. I think there are 19,440 possible arrangements.
-- apocalyps956, Jan 24 2007

//Someone will invent Three Cups of Coffee// [phundug] - I did that one last summer - Mutual Mugs idea ;-)
-- xenzag, Jan 24 2007

<still brewed-ing>
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 24 2007

//Are these quantum cups?//

Klein cups? see link.
-- webfishrune, Jan 25 2007

I'd like to stick my neck out and suggest a further development of the concept:

Two coffee breaks?
-- TheLightsAreOnBut, Mar 12 2007

Futurama baked this for n=100 (see link), although those cups of coffee seem to be asynchronous. One can only wonder what 100 two-cups of coffee could do...
-- Forthur, Mar 13 2007

Great Link [Forthur]
-- gnomethang, Mar 13 2007

Those Futurama bastards - is there nothing they haven't thought of?
-- zen_tom, Mar 14 2007

wow 2 cups of coffee. what an innovation. i mean i never would have thought of two cups instead of one. but do not be fooled, i lack interest in this innovation. so i am giving you a boner.
-- drunkvader13, Mar 14 2007

//so i am giving you a boner//
You sexy thing.
-- methinksnot, Mar 14 2007

I think that this is a terrible idea. If you have to have two cups of coffee then, assuming no increase in the overall coffee supply, that means that only half as many people can enjoy the hyperactive benefits of coffee drinking. Inevitably the rich will move swiftly to ensure their own coffee supply is secured which will force up the price until us poor people can't afford it anymore. Without coffee to sustain the workers, productivity will fall, economic competitiveness will wane (sp: corrected) and there will be a massive economic depression. The now pauperised and coffeeless workers will have to rise up in a bloody rebellion to cast out the, by now, extremely jittery rich and re-instate the principle of one man (or woman) one cup of coffee. One deepest red fishbone from me comrade!
-- DrBob, Mar 15 2007

Ah, but no - this is two cups of coffee. The market modality has shifted from one of scarcity to one of plentifulness. It does have some drawbacks, admittedly - twice the amount of land will be required to farm twice the amount of coffee plantations, twice the amount of labour will be required to farm it, and twice the amount of potters and ghosts will be required to create twice the amount of cups. All for half the cost. The ramification of this is that the tea, hot chocolate and soup markets will expand through rife speculation, causing an illusory investment bubble to be maintained.
-- Ian Tindale, Mar 15 2007

Of course you can save all the trouble of increasing the production by simply making the two cups of coffee each half the size of the original one cup of coffee.
-- Galbinus_Caeli, Mar 15 2007

-- zen_tom, Mar 15 2007

No, but thanks for asking, [zen_tom].
-- Canuck, Mar 15 2007

I am wondering about the legal ramifications for one who has -hypothetically- indulged in 'two cups of coffee' on every occasion of coffee consumption since reading about this idea. Does the Creator of this idea retain any intellectual property rights over said idea, and so have a claim/claims pursuant to the unauthorized usage of the idea, leading to the production of 'two cups of coffee' in an unsanctioned beverage producton area, whereby; cups other than those depicted are used, and coffee of increased strength is brewed. In short, am I free to go about swilling coffee at twice the rate that I have been in the past, or can I expect an order to desist to arrive in the mail shortly? Of course the lack of such an order will be considered; a licence to prepare and imbibe The beverage at will, and acceptance by the inventor of responsibility for the actions that I may take while under It's influence. Now excuse me, I have to go get mesummmoore ccc-cofffeeey yay!
-- the dog's breakfast, Mar 18 2007

[DrBob] (sp. "wane")
-- hippo, Mar 18 2007

Recognizing the strategic importance of coffee beans to the nation's security, I have initiated steps to protect our supplies of this critical resource. I have directed the Secretary of Defense to prepare plans for a preemptive strike against all those who would threaten our peace-loving nation with Weapons of Mocha Destruction. I have authorized the Secretary of State to issue clear warnings to java-terrorists and their sympathizers. We will use all the forces at our disposal and whatever means are necessary to protect the security of our morning cups.
-- nuclear hobo, Mar 18 2007

But you don't understand - it marks the shift from an economy based on scarcity to market of plenty. The only possible down-effect is the total devaluation of money, in much the same way as if we'd invented a matter replicator. Or two.
-- Ian Tindale, Mar 18 2007

...or one of my cups of coffee is getting cold! I hate cold coffee, unless it's iced coffee, then I'd have 2 cups of iced coffee, but then again, iced coffee is served in glasses and then it would be 2 glasses of iced coffee..
-- xandram, Mar 18 2007

Ok, I'm not going to euphemize by saying I don't understand the idea. I understand the idea. I suppose I'm just not fun-loving and innocent as the 41+ people who were able to get into this. Maybe I just have balls enough to know I don't have to agree with the pack. I don't mean to rain on y'all's parade, but this proposal, being called an idea, could be likened to myself suggesting that one "Take a left turn in a vehicle." and trying to call it an idea. In fact, I'm going to do just that, and watch the happy halfbakers bone the f**k out of it. And why? Why?
-- monk, Mar 18 2007

I don't understand why this "idea" still exists, or how it ever got as many votes as it did.
-- BJS, Mar 18 2007

//And why? Why?//

Because being silly the same way twice, well, that's just silly.
-- imaginality, Mar 18 2007

Damn. I can't find the other cup.
-- nuclear hobo, Mar 19 2007

[monk], [BJS]: It all depends on your expectations. What do you think the HB is about? A smile now and then is beneficial for your health (I've been told).

And face it, this idea doesn't cost you money, time, energy, bandwidth. Don't let it ruin your day, health or mood.

Although... The idea might cost you money, but only if you tried to implement it; which would be true for most, if not all, of the ideas here.
-- Forthur, Mar 19 2007

A pessimist would see two cups of coffee and assume that the third one had been stolen.
-- phundug, Mar 19 2007

Or see two cups of not-tea. Or notice that one of them was chipped.
-- TheLightsAreOnBut, Mar 20 2007

Added philosophical [link] that seems apropos.
-- csea, Mar 20 2007

heh - excellent.
-- Ian Tindale, Mar 20 2007

I really must have missed something here.
-- RayfordSteele, Mar 20 2007

I believe this idea should be referenced in future [mfd] statements - fairly often, you see an idea that says essentially, "This idea is just like a conventional <thingy>, except there's two/more/bigger/smaller/more green/eleven/something mysterious of them in this instance. A huge improvement."

Whenever you spot an idea that follows that pattern, you can show your disdain by simply typing: [marked-for-de1etion] Two Cups of Coffee.
-- zen_tom, Mar 21 2007

I've actually used that snowclone template many times before on the HB, in the form of "like an X, only bigger".
-- Ian Tindale, Mar 21 2007

Bring back "Mega Pie"!
-- Jinbish, Mar 21 2007

No can do. I ate it with my 2 cups of coffee?
-- blissmiss, Mar 21 2007

"What do you think the HB is about? A smile now and then is beneficial for your health (I've been told)." It didn't cause me to smile.

"this idea doesn't cost you money, time, energy, bandwidth." It does cost time to read it.
-- BJS, Mar 21 2007

Looks like BJS got two cups of DECAF this morning.
-- Galbinus_Caeli, Apr 03 2007

"Your breath is sweet Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky. Your back is straight, your hair is smooth On the pillow where you lie. But I don't sense affection No gratitude or love Your loyalty is not to me But to the stars above.

One more cup of coffee for the road, One more cup of coffee 'fore I go To the valley below." Bob Dylan 1975
-- Zimmy, Apr 05 2007

[Forthur], we need people like monk to maintain moderation. Because with out him, how would we know if we were smiling too much?!
-- Night, Apr 05 2007

why 2, 2 is waaaaaay to low a number of cups, aim for 17
-- the extreme baker, Apr 05 2007

It's all just a matter of lucky timing coupled with a lucky choice of wording. Somehow this idea/concept/whatever it is, posted here, pushed the right buttons to make me bun it.

I think maybe it provokes the wannabe zen master inside of me. The idea isn't so much the idea itself, as it is the idea of posting it here--and yet, phrased so simply and with no trace of irony or satire, how could it by anything more significant than what it actually says?
-- 5th Earth, Apr 06 2007

This was done in many old cartoons. The character would have a row of about a dozen cups of coffee and move down the line gulping them down in the morning. Also baked when me and my wife each have a cup of coffee. Sorry, this is not an invention, idea, or even in my opinion a good attempt at humor.
-- 21 Quest, Apr 06 2007

It's causing quite a stir (or two)
-- gnomethang, Apr 06 2007

The voting is currently +51, -17, indicating that for two cups of coffee, the positives are 3 times the negatives. If we assume that for one cup the positives and negatives would equal, then we can extrapolate perhaps that *three* cups of coffee would yield 9 times as many positive votes as negatives. You know what, I think I need three cups right now.
-- phundug, Apr 06 2007

I did that one last year under title of Mutual Mugs... they even had Interlocking handles ! It managed one measly [+] and one even more measly [-] .... (sighs)
-- xenzag, Apr 06 2007

I love the response to the His and Hers admin
NO, my coffee, MINE! Grrrr
-- stilgar, Jun 24 2007

(sorry, off topic) Anyone deems 'tall starf.cks coffee' a stupid measure? I mean, the 'tall' one is the 'small' one. The 'large' one is the medium-sized one, and of course no 'extra-large' size exists.

May I have a double-ironic, Alanis Morrisette-free, tall, hot chocolate without any cream?

For here. It's cold out there!! (Boston experience)
-- mayihave, Aug 05 2007

this is so completely tophat. not beleted though, and that makes me glad. has it been grandfathered?
-- k_sra, Aug 06 2007

It's been cuckoo'd
-- Ian Tindale, Aug 06 2007

oh my.
-- k_sra, Aug 06 2007

wait, wait

how the f...

-- methinksnot, Apr 21 2009

I have a question which interests me. In [Ian]'s original picture, it looks like a stereoscopic pair of pictures, but it may be my imagination. If i stare at it cross-eyedly, it looks three dimensional. Does anyone else get the same thing or am i imagining it?
OK, welcome to Sadville, population: me. The cup on the right has a tide mark at the level of the coffee in the cup on the left, and the shadow on the left of the cup on the right is smaller than the equivalent shadow on the left of the cup on the left. The handle is also at a very different angle. Consequently, I think this is - ONE cup of coffee. I think the one on the right has had a sip taken out of it and is photographed from a different angle or has been picked up and put down again.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 22 2009

it's your imagination: take a look at the inside of the cup; they have different stain patterns. Small wonder your brain thinks it's stereoscopic though: they are pretty identical.
-- FlyingToaster, Apr 22 2009

[nine...] DON'T concentrate on the FINGER, or you will miss ALL the heavenly glory! <appologies for shouting>
-- 4whom, Apr 22 2009

No, it's only one cup, people! Conjugate vision leads you all to believe there are two, but you're wrong!
-- nineteenthly, Apr 22 2009

[nine...] stop concentrating on the finger!
-- 4whom, Apr 22 2009

Isn't two for the price of one baked for many items? { everything has a price }
-- wjt, Apr 23 2009

Schrödinger's coffee: you don't know if you have one or two cups of coffee until you drink it/them... and then you have no cups of coffee.
-- bonkers777, Apr 23 2009

[wjt], there is no mention of price in this idea.
-- Veho, Apr 23 2009

It has to be said that the original illustration is more like two cups of (weak) tea rather than 2 cups of strong black coffee. It is widely known that the best way to make coffee is to max out both filter and water containers.
-- bigsleep, Apr 23 2009

But it was neither strong, nor black. It was medium-strength (of a mild kind of coffee) and obviously with milk in.
-- Ian Tindale, Apr 23 2009

Yay Say there Mr. T. This being the halfbakery I would strongly suggest that it is Half and Half. Not milk at all.

Does the rest of the world have such a product or are we the only place on the face of the Earth that is lucky and rich enough to have such a fine liquid...she pondered.
-- blissmiss, Apr 23 2009

Yes, the rest of the world has coffee.
-- Ian Tindale, Apr 23 2009

No, it doesn't.

At least I don't.
-- methinksnot, Apr 23 2009

I've never been able to reliably source half-and-half here in the UK, the closest thing being gold-top from the milk-man - sadly unavailable to those like myself who live in vertical habitation units.

This makes the task of mixing a proper white russian very difficult indeed.
-- zen_tom, Apr 24 2009

It would be theoretically possible to concoct your own "DIY", or "homebrew", version of half-and-half by mixing together cream and milk in approximately equal proportions.
-- hippo, Apr 24 2009

Theoretically, yes - But is it half by volume, by weight, or is it based on some kind of Avogadrian calculation? It's just too risky a business to leave open to amateur tinkering.
-- zen_tom, Apr 24 2009

Half and Half is the most over rated beverage in the US. It coats my tongue and makes it hard to breathe in the morning. I've taken to scraping off the insides of my coffee (two) cup (s) with a miniature pastry knife thingy. It is rather addictive though. I drink it regularly.

Ssshhh...I quietly suspect it's the reason behind our nation's seriously obese behinds.
-- blissmiss, Apr 24 2009

While needing to double-bake this idea this morning, I thought: 1 shot of tequila. Just like 4, except there's only one of them in this instance. A huge improvement.
-- shudderprose, Apr 27 2009

Adds up perfectly to me.
-- blissmiss, Apr 27 2009

Hmm... so, the whole concept can be used in other instances?

Also, obligatory mention for 'french press' as the best way to make coffee.
-- daseva, Apr 28 2009

It's a cafetiere
-- hippo, Apr 28 2009

I've got a french press. Not really sure why I need to press the plunger down - it simply moves the coffee from up, to further down, but there's no actual 'pressing' of the coffee involved - it still has plenty of room to swim around in.
-- Ian Tindale, Apr 28 2009

//there's no actual 'pressing' of the coffee involved// Yes, but the term "French urge" was somewhat ambiguous.
-- Veho, Apr 28 2009

//something about this idea feels like it's about 20 degrees west of some kind of brilliant discovery// [oxen crossing]. Link.
-- cromagnon, Apr 28 2009

Two cusps of caustic?
-- coprocephalous, Apr 28 2009

Veho, - true. I wouldn't want to attempt to make coffee and end up doing the French Mistake.
-- Ian Tindale, Apr 28 2009

It's pretty much widely known that the cafetiere provides the best temperature control of the extraction process, minimizing the degradation of key components as you can safely steep the coffee at some temp. lower than boiling. All other processes use water at 100C and, thus, suck.
-- daseva, Apr 28 2009

Well, this I have to test...... I will sacrafice myself in the name of science to drink a whole pot of perk and one of press and I'll get back to you.
-- daseva, Apr 28 2009

//I will sacrafice myself in the name of science//

I hope you include water hardness as part of your experiment write-up.
-- bigsleep, May 14 2009

//Ive never understood how this idea became so well received.//
Me neither - it should be "there are two", not "there's [there is] two".
-- coprocephalous, Oct 01 2009

//it should be "there are two", not "there's [there is] two".//

The seemingly tautological juxtaposition of the singular verb with the plural noun merely heightens the frisson of this spectacular idea.
-- csea, Oct 01 2009

sp. solecistic
-- pertinax, Oct 01 2009

[copro and csea] after percolating over your criticism of use of "is" vs "are" I have come to the energizing conclusion that to change it thusly would be to denigrate the invention. This is indeed an invention of the unit of 2 cups of coffee.

or is that what csea just said, I really am clueless
-- dentworth, Oct 01 2009

Yes Dentworth, the unit for Two Cups of Coffee is now widely accepted as being The Tindale (Ti)

Using standard notation then, a KiloTindale is 2000 Cups of Coffee, and a MegaTindale is quite simply, lots of two cups of coffee.

Conversely, since the single unit is unity, smaller scalings are performed in such a way that One centiTindale is 0.01 of a Two Cupses of Coffee and 15 centiTindales is a double espresso.
-- zen_tom, Mar 18 2010

Ah, but there’s strength, also, too.
-- Ian Tindale, Mar 18 2010

Surely then, the Tindale could be a unit measuring the "standard" Two Cups of Coffee? The standard being, not a specific amount of a particular coffee brand and volume of water, but actually twice the volume of a cup of coffee that Mr. Tindale deems "just the way I like it" (at the current point in time).
-- Jinbish, Mar 18 2010

Strength, frothyness, milk/cream ratios are all vectors in the complex eigenspace that underlies the standard "Euclidean" Tindale - but what's at its heart is the specific one-dimensional transformation that's required to provide a huge improvement, in this instance. Other transformations may be applied simultaneously while still maintaining unity. There are countless other non-Euclidean Tindales that are all just as valid.
-- zen_tom, Mar 18 2010

And then there's [csea]'s heightened frisson to take account of too.
-- hippo, Mar 18 2010

I think [jinbish] has really nailed it. there can't be variables without the Tindale blessing.
-- dentworth, Mar 18 2010

[Conducts futile search for jurist's anno referred to by dentworth. Even checks under loose papers on desk, just in case.]
-- DrBob, Mar 19 2010

so sorry- meant Jinbish, need to clean my optical focus enhancement or perhaps I need more coffee.
-- dentworth, Mar 20 2010

In the cup under the coffee is printed it's elegy: "There were ... two cups of coffee"
-- reensure, Jul 23 2010

Sp. "its"

-- 8th of 7, Jul 23 2010

Having two or three minutes to finish one's food is a serious empediment on the consumtion of coffee. Regardless, I continued to take the extra 20 or 30 seconds to pour myself two cups of coffee.

Every morning, I added subsequently more ice in hopes that it would not be too hot to drink, however, I had high standards for my coffee, and refused to pour so much ice in them that they became tepid, or worse; cold.

The zenith of my training experience was the third to last breakfast at that particular chow-hall:

I had consumed all eight hard boiled eggs, a pear and ... TWO CUPS OF COFFEE!

The joy of my personal victory was doubled by the suddenly realized parralel to this idea. I am, by no means, an overtly compassionate person, but in the midst of that training, I alsmost cried tears of happiness thinking about the HB.

Just want you all to know that I love you all...

except [21quest].
-- MikeD, Sep 03 2010

I thought this would be a good idea, so I had two cups of coffee this moring. But now I'm feeling kind of sick.
-- EdwinBakery, Sep 03 2010

We luv ya too [MikeD] and feel yo' pain on the coffee/ice front - that way lies Frappuccino and the associated perils.
BTW A double espresso is small and exists in one cup. Just a though but it doesn't quite hang with the 'Two Cups' Idea.....
-- gnomethang, Sep 04 2010

I witnessed a two cups of coffee catastrophe this lunchtime.

A colleague had foolishly decided that they would attempt to partake of two cups of &c, and were carrying one in each hand, with a handbag on a shoulder. As they went to place the cups on a low table, the bag slipped off the shoulder, jolting the cognate arm and sending scalding hot coffee over a wide area.

Due to this unforseen drawback of two &c, I therefore propose that the cups of coffee be fitted with manditory protection.
-- Loris, Sep 28 2010

You're meant to carry them both in one hand, silly.
-- pocmloc, Sep 28 2010

Duh, it's obviously a photoshop trick.
-- doctorremulac3, Sep 28 2010

A handbag?
-- Ian Tindale, Sep 28 2010

<rolls up sleeves for the Lady Bracknell quotes contest>

"To lose one cup of coffee may be regarded as unfortunate, to lose both looks like carelessness."
-- DrBob, Sep 29 2010

sp. "mandatory"

...or, possibly, sp. "mandible"...



It's hard to say.
-- pertinax, Sep 29 2010

A friend of Oscar Wilde once said "Men always want to be a woman's first cup of coffee. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last 2 cups of coffee."

people were smarter then.
-- dentworth, Sep 29 2010

[dentworth] Ah - I didn't realise "cup of coffee" was a euphemism... <goes back to the top and rereads everyone's annotations in a new light>
-- hippo, Sep 30 2010

Two cups, or not two cups: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The sludge and harrow of instant Arabica,
Or to take arms against a sea of imposters,
And by opposing end them? To drink: to sleep no more...
-- infidel, Sep 30 2010

My two cups of coffee brings all the boys to the yard,
And they're like
They're better than yours,
Damn right they're better than yours,
I can teach you,
But I have to charge

-- hippo, Oct 01 2010

//A friend of Oscar Wilde once said "Men always want to be a woman's first cup of coffee. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last 2 cups of coffee."//

Love the way he says nonsense. That is all, carry on...
-- daseva, Oct 01 2010

I have come to realize there is a strong correlation between two cups of coffee and two cups of tea.

Two cups of tea has long been memorialized in the song "Tea for Two." [link]

It turns out that "tea for two" is also "for tea two," long realized as the answer to everything. [link2]

Thank you.
-- csea, Dec 24 2010

//To drink: to sleep no more...//

Bravo, [Infidel]!
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 25 2010

//people were smarter then//

I beg to differ, though I admit that many of them were better educated. I would argue that much of the real dumbness of present-day western societies can be traced back to the influence of the apparent smartness of Wilde and Freud. I hold them both responsible for the triumph of knowingness over knowledge (but see also Lytton Strachey, William Burroughs and many others).
-- pertinax, Dec 29 2010

////"Men always want to be a woman's first cup of coffee. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last 2 cups of coffee." //Love the way he says nonsense//

Nonsense? He was saying middle-aged men wanted young women: they were after physical attractiveness and fertility, and so they tried to marry virgins (first cup of coffee). And that young women wanted older men -- old enough to have wealth and status, and, ideally, old enough to die not too long after (last cups of coffee) bequeathing his wealth to the widow while she was still young enough to marry up.

The one-cup / two-cup thing is a little less clear, but seems to mean the men wanted brief relationships with a series of young women, while the women, not necessarily less cynical, wanted something perdurable.

//I would argue that much of the real dumbness of present-day western societies can be traced back to the influence of the apparent smartness of Wilde and Freud// Argue away: give us the thesis in full. Sounds interesting.
-- mouseposture, Jan 01 2011

I was musing on this just now. I like it very much, but it seems wasteful of the second cup. Really, you cannot drink them both at once.

If there were a way to contain twice the amount of coffee in the same cup, you would have something. Once could do this by freezing the coffee in a cylinder which protruded upwards from the cup. A built in warmer heats and melts the bottom of the cylinder. Insulated ducts, or perhaps a straw would carry the coffee back up to the rim for drinking.
-- bungston, Feb 18 2011

On thinking about the inability to drink both cups at once, it seems to me that a marketable scheme would entail two complementary flavors of coffee, in seperate cups, which should be alternated.
-- bungston, Feb 18 2011

This idea could go viral if you added one girl.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 18 2011

Make sure they're at exactly the same time. Concurrent cups only. As per the idea there must be two cups in the same instance for it to be an improvement.
-- rcarty, Feb 19 2011

The same place in space as well as time?
-- pocmloc, Feb 19 2011

If so, one of the cups will have to be upside down.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 19 2011

Oh.. I got it. Simply brilliant !..
-- VJW, Feb 20 2011

baked? I had two today
-- simonj, Feb 21 2012

Yes, but at the same time, and utilizing the proper Two Cups method. I think not.
-- Alterother, Feb 21 2012

// The same place in space as well as time?//
No, obviously Pauli's Exclusion Principle would preclude that.
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 29 2012

Why is this in the //food// category?
-- pocmloc, Feb 29 2012

Because there isn't a "genius" category?
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Feb 29 2012

If you wake with double vision, you'll see four cups.
-- popbottle, May 25 2013

//I don't know if I read it on the HB, but there is an easy check for the dominant eye: Hold your thumb and forefinger in a circle, and your arm straight. Look through the hole at a small distant object, with both eyes open. Now, without moving anything, continue to look through the hole, but close one eye at a time. Which eye can see the object? //

I just came across this annotation (not literally) and discovered something truly bizarre. If I make the circle with my right hand, my left eye is dominant. If I make the circle with my left hand, my right eye is dominant. How odd is that?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 30 2013

And for those types there's a quicker way. Whichever hand you hold out, poke yourself in that eye.

The other eye is dominant.
-- FlyingToaster, Dec 30 2013

I was going to mention "two s***w g****s"

but decided against it...
-- not_morrison_rm, Dec 30 2013

//If I make the circle with my right hand, my left eye is dominant. If I make the circle with my left hand, my right eye is dominant. How odd is that?//

Thinks....Xmas...too much liquid lubrication...maybe you started with two virtual objects.
-- Ling, Dec 30 2013

//Look through the hole at a small distant object// Not possible, there are 2 holes.
-- pocmloc, Dec 31 2013

I always enjoy the second cup more.
-- UnaBubba, Jan 01 2014

Well, we'll, well...
-- 4whom, Jan 02 2014

2 snowglobes - "Just like a conventional snowglobe, except there's two of them in this instance. A huge improvement" - always better to smash over some idiot's head who thinks they are inventing something new, when they aren't grrrrrrrr
-- xenzag, Jan 02 2014

random, halfbakery