hillside coffee self heating

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hillside coffee self heating

Postby bishopmarine » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:21 pm

anyone seen these hillside coffee, chai tea, hot chocolate, tomato, and chicken soup in a can deals. they are in a self heating can and are 2 bucks at wal-mart. they are pretty good just though i would pass this along. shelf life is about a year.
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Postby kman » Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:23 pm

No, I haven't seen those yet but I'll keep my eyes open for them. I have seen (and tried) the Wolfgang Puck self-heating coffee cans. They worked well enough but were pretty pricey.

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Postby Doc » Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:45 am

Are they similar to our "caldo-caldo" ?
http://www.caldocaldo.it/

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Postby bishopmarine » Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:14 am

go to www.ontech.com for a list of products and pics.
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"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army."

Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;

shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered

to not wear their khaki leggings.

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Postby MCIera » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:29 pm

Isn't Ontech the company that produced the cans for the Wolfgang Puck brand of self-heating coffee that was pulled from the marketplace, at Wolfgang Puck's request/demand, due to safety concerns about the cans?

bishopmarine wrote:go to www.ontech.com for a list of products and pics.

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Postby bishopmarine » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:32 pm

im not sure this is the first experience i have had with this type of product. i tried one and my wife tried one we had no problems. it does have some warnings on the can about how to operate. so i guess could be as dangerous as mcdonalds hot coffee and we know how that can go. some people could get injured with a cotton ball.
"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army."

Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;

shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered

to not wear their khaki leggings.

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Postby MCIera » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:50 pm

The instances that were documented seemed to be all product design related rather than cases of pilot error. Things like the cans getting too hot and exploding, or the calcium oxide that is used for the heating element leaching into the beverage itself, or the exterior of the cans being too hot to touch.

Since this is all pre WWII technology, I don't know why they experienced such difficulties, but then I don't know if these problems were also present in the WWII rations that used this technology or if there was such a danger potential in the products that were attempted for the retail market in the Post-WWII era.


bishopmarine wrote:im not sure this is the first experience i have had with this type of product. i tried one and my wife tried one we had no problems. it does have some warnings on the can about how to operate. so i guess could be as dangerous as mcdonalds hot coffee and we know how that can go. some people could get injured with a cotton ball.

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Postby DangerousDave » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:30 pm

I saw those. I actually ran over one with my Crown RR, on the shipping dock, from a busted pallet. Looks interesting. The ones I saw at Wally were on sale, 1.59, I think. They had all the weird flavored coffee ones, and couple different cocoa ones. They need to make a plain black coffee one. I'll probably try 1 soon, as long as some 14 year old kid does'nt figure out how to make an explosive out of them, and trys to take out his social stidies class. :wink: :)

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Postby Treesuit » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:28 pm

I just want to comment on these. I checked two different Wal-Marts in two different states. One near Tacoma didn't even carry these at all, even though the website says that Wal-Mart is one of the main stores that carries the brand. Another one in ID I checked at kind of had them in stock but only one flavour: hot chocolate. That and the cans were in a hard to find location near the coffee section. I did manage to buy two of them at 2.30 a piece. :?
I did try both and the flavour was very good but after heating the cans up and popping the top I found they didn't hold the heat in very well and cooled off somewhat quickly. That and the weight of the cans is kind of confusing when you hold them. It feels like there is a lot of fluid in them but after drinking them you still have a pretty heavy can and only got a few gulps out of it. :roll:
I think it would be best to say that these drinks could be used for a quick supplement in a cool or cold environment where you may need something fast. But then again waiting the 5-8 minutes for the heating element to get to the desired temp may not exactly be fast. Still I think it's a great idea that somebody thought of this invention. :wink:

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Ontech self-heating beverages

Postby kturnerga » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:20 pm

Hello
I went to Wal-Mart one week and they had a stackbase of these items. I don't know that being near Robins AFB had anything to do with it but I went the next week and all they had were register endcaps of soup.

I like the concept and think that sporting goods stores, if nobody else, might consider this idea. I wish, however, that Ontech would furnish regular coffee or just plain water so we can add whatever we wish.

Maybe Wally World will restock unless the average consumer is too cool to the concept.

KT


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