Greek Priorities

Via Reuters:  Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee

“Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee. Customer traffic is stable,” said Kleanthis Kanellos, 34-year-old manager of the packed Old Flo cafe in a working class district of Athens.

Well, one has to have one’s priorities straight (although their propensity toward iced coffee does make me wonder).

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  1. Mu says:

    Wait until the Oxi voters realize that their new drachma doesn’t buy any coffee on the international market.

  2. lounsbury says:

    They’re about to learn quite a lot, the No camp.

  3. grumpy realist says:

    The problem is the EU probably will simply try to extend the bailouts Just One More Time.

    Greece really is like the alcoholic who keeps promising to sober up if you’d just lend him a fiver until next week.

    Oh well. Live and learn. The best thing would be to (politely) push them out of the Eurozone, with them bon voyage, and provide a landing stop for any Greeks who get fed up with the corruption and tax evasion and radical student Marxism.

  4. dazedandconfused says:

    The iced coffee deal is understandable once you’ve sampled how much of the world serves the stuff, mighty bitter and strong enough to bend a fork.

    Cold dulls nasty tangs, which is why our cheap beer industry’s ads spend a lot of effort on teaching it’s customers not to drink their product until it is as close to freezing as possible…

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @grumpy realist:

    Greece really is like the alcoholic who keeps promising to sober up if you’d just lend him a fiver until next week.

    You mean like all the banks the EU bailed out of all their bad loans that even a drunken blind man would know better than to make?

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @lounsbury: They’ve already learned that the IMF is wrong about everything.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Bad loans have bog-all to do with the incessant tax evasion and the black market Greece inflicts itself with.

  8. Tal East says:

    I tried an iced coffee for the first time about 3 weeks ago and it was an eye opening experience. I’m still not buying that Starbuck’s bottled stuff at a convenience store, but I feel like I could do it from time to time.