The current issue of NOW may be focusing on coffee in general and where to get the best cup, but this is an informal grassroots study of Tim Hortons, which put “double-double” into the language (“A Canadian term used to describe how you take your coffee—two teaspoons of sugar and two creams. Preferably used in any Tim Hortons location,” says Urban Dictionary).
If you want to play a cruel joke in a Mcfast-food joint, address the counterhand by the name on his or her badge and ask confidently for “the usual.” Chances are you’ll get a deer-in-the-headlights stare followed by a panicky: “Huh?” Do the same thing in a Tim Hortons (we’ve tried this in about half a dozen around the city) and there’s more likely to be the briefest pause and then: “Medium double-double?”
We’ve noticed more and more people lately ordering a “triple-triple.” In posher establishments, this would be classed as a latte, and you’d pay accordingly. Either way, if you’re in a car, rather than joining the drive-through line and spewing pollutants into the atmosphere as you idle, it’s usually quicker to park and buy your coffee-to-go at the counter. Less chance, too, of your muffin order getting mixed up with the guy behind’s cruller.
Meanwhile, from the other side of the border, a Toronto Star blogger reports that not only are there several Timmies in and around Detroit, but their medium cup is the same size as our large. Canadian consumers get screwed once again.
Photo by Bill Taylor/Torontoist