Monday, August 18, 2008


Holy shit!

Tim Hortons!

In Scotland!

Too bad it tastes like utter shite.

Paul and I were walking home from dinner last night when I noticed that our local Spar was advertising that they now sold Tim Hortons coffee. I screamed and ran into the store to try some...and then noticed the dry and sad-looking British versions of my beloved Tim Hortons donuts. However, the coffee was what I was mainly interested in.

Alas I'm sad to report that the coffee doesn't taste anything like the Tim Hortons coffee in Canada; it tastes too acidic and of course, they offer milk - NOT CREAM - for your double-double (sacrilegious)!

It's a sad imitation of the real and glorious Tim Hortons that I know and love. Apparently it's not even a "real" Timmy's either. Rather, Tim Hortons has licensed out its brand to Cuisine de France in Ireland and the UK.

In the end, it just feels like a cruel joke; so close and yet, so far from the genuine and decent stuff! Why, Tim Hortons, why? Why not just open a damn store over here already!?

See that look on my face? That's the same face I pulled when I saw Spar advertising that they sold "Tim Hortons coffee".

Friday night, Paul and I had an amazing dinner at Rococo in Glasgow. I won a free dinner for two and seriously dudes? if you have $200 to drop on a dinner, I HIGHLY recommend Rococo.


David T. Macknet said...

I don't have any idea who Tim Horton is ... but I can ask the inevitable question: "you saw something in Spar that you thought would be good? Had you been drinking?"

Seriously, though: nobody in Glasgow knows how to make a decent cup of coffee. I know that I'm a bit of a coffee snob, having worked in a coffee shop in the Napa Valley during my undergraduate studies, but still: coffee grounds were never meant to do what they do here.

So. Ask yourself, now: was this imitation Tim Hortons better than regular Glasgow coffee?

Jennifer said...

Tim Horton was a Canadian hockey player, who later opened a doughnut and coffee store - which later became Canada's most successful coffee chain, Tim Hortons.

The coffee is indeed not the greatest but seriously, it's pretty good. And addictive. I don't know, it's smooth and pretty damn decent cup of coffee (and cheap too)!

I agree - finding a decent cup of coffee in Glasgow is next to impossible. Heart Buchanan on Byres road is good. I've heard Tinderbox on Byres road is good too.

The Tim Hortons imitation coffee at Spar is just upsetting and makes me yearn for the real deal/

David T. Macknet said...

I've simply given up and drink tea, when I have to. For the first time in my life I left a cup of coffee unconsumed, here in Glasgow, and that was it. The end. Only when I forget that experience do I end up drinking coffee here.

Instant is better than the Scots' interpretation of coffee.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could please post the address of the Tim's here in Glasgow. I'm visiting my friend (also Canadian) and she keeps saying that people have told her there is a Tim's in Glasgow, but no one seems to know where it is, and I can't find an addy online. She made me bring her a can from Canada when I came to visit, so even if it's crappy Timmy's it'll still make her very happy. Thanks.

-Corrina from Oakville

Jennifer said...


Be warned - it is NOT an actual Timmy's nor is it anywhere near Tim Hortons coffee! More like they hijacked the logo.

Anyway, it's located at 1087 ARYGLE STREET; just south of Kelvingrove Park...Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hmm... but is the hot choc any good? I take they don't the maple doughnuts either? My mates back home send me carepacks every 2 months. It's worth a try though.