Friday, June 29, 2012

Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Pre-Owned Games & Accessories - This Weekend Only

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Are you heading out this weekend to do some video game shopping? If so, you might want to know Game Stop just announced they are bringing back, "Our most popular promotion..." for the weekend only, and only at only, apparently not the stores, is running a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale on their used/pre-owned video games as well as accessories. *UPDATE: Apparently GameStop stores are also offering the "Buy 2 Get 1 FREE" sale! I believe most Game Stop store locations close early on Sundays, around 6:00PM, so you might want to call before you head out if you wait until late this afternoon/evening.

The sale is running today, Friday June 29, through Sunday July 1. You can see all selection of games currently available, here: Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Pre-Owned Games and Accessories at Expires 7/1

MarioCare, or ObamaCare? Dr. Mario Online Rx's Reported Hours

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Politics. Love the topic, hate the topic? Don't care about it?  Either way, if you have heard any news from outside of the video game world in the last day it probably had the words "Supreme Court", "ObamaCare", "Upheld", or something along those lines in it.

Dr. Mario Online Rx released on May 26, 2008 on the Wii, through the WiiWare service. The game released with a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10, and can still be downloaded for that price today. The game was developed by Arika and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with no content listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The 2011-2012 flu season has "officially" ended, and with the U.S. Supreme Court upholding ObamaCare, The Patient Protection and Affodable Care Act (PPACA), bill today, I thought now would be a good time to take another look at Dr. Mario Online Rx.

How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Dr. Mario Online Rx in the last 8 months? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Did Wii Owners Enjoy Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn? Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn's Hours Report

Can you name these characters?
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     Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was released for the Nintendo Wii on November 5, 2007 with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Nintendo's Intelligent Systems studio and published by Nintendo, and it received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Fantasy Violence, Mild Language" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.
     Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was the tenth game for the Fire Emblem series overall, and it was the first, and only, Fire Emblem game released for the Wii.

     How many hours have Wii owners spent with Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn over the last four and a half years since the game released in the U.S., and does it appear Wii owners enjoyed the game? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Vacation Planned? Go Vacation's Hours Report!

I have never done this in real life, but it does look fun...if you survive!
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Are you taking a summer vacation? The 2012 summer season is officially upon us here in the U.S., as of last Wednesday, June 20th.

What if someone offered you, and up to three other family members, a vacation package that included horseback riding, miniature golf, white water rafting, sky diving, surfing, and even snowboarding as just a few events as part of an all inclusive vacation package for only $29.99? Sound crazy?

Well, the vacation package's official description reads, "Go horseback riding around the mountain, ride jet-skis along the beach, or just take a long car ride on the island." I know, still crazy right? Well, with the wonderful digital worlds provided by video games, this very "all inclusive" vacation package is available, and yes, now for the very low price of just $29.99. Where can you sign up, right?

Go Vacation released for the Wii in the U.S. on October 11, 2011 with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Namco Bandai Games, and published by Namco Bandai for its North American release. It received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours have Wii families spent on vacation in Go Vacation with 258 days possibly reported? Brew some coffee, relax, and let's take a look!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A TKO Father's Day Gift! Nintendo Selects: Punch-Out!!

King Hippo's hours may be reported from the kitchen.
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What happens when you play Punch-Out!! from the Virtual Console, and Rage of the Gladiator a lot? Eventually, Punch-Out!! Wii may land on your list of "Wanted Games", as it did mine. Then what? Well, if you are/become a father, and your wife looks at your "Wanted Games" list, as Mrs. Coffee did mine, it may show up one year for Father's Day. Last Sunday, Father's Day, that's just what happened in the Coffee House!

Punch-Out!! was originally released for the Wii on May 18, 2009 with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Next Level Games, and published by Nintendo. The game received an ESRB rating of "Everyone 10+" with "Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief" listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

Last year, on August 28th, Punch-Out!! joined the Nintendo Selects lineup of games, and can now be found for under $20 brand new.

How many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent boxing in Punch-Out!! over the last 3 years since it released, and how many more U.S. Wii owners have reported data on the game since March 2011? Brew some coffee, and let's take a look!

God of War: Ascension Pre-Order Bonus Announced for

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God of War: Ascension is currently scheduled for release on March 12, 2013. The game is being developed by Sony's Santa Monica Studio and will provide more backstory on Kratos (think the Star Wars pre-quels giving more information on Anakin/Darth Vader, but hopefully better received!).

The game has yet to receive an ESRB rating, but based on the game-play they showed for the game at E3 this year, I say we can safely assume God of War: Ascension will retain the "Mature" rating past God of War games have received.

Now with only 8 months and 17 days until the game releases, just announced a pre-order bonus for God of War: Ascension. Is it a life sized Kratos? A bag of Greek coffee? Or, something game related? Let's take a look!

Zombies Dominating the Wii? Call of Duty: Black Ops Dominating U.S. Wii FPS Hours

How most coffee drinkers look without coffee, or caffeinated energy snacks.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of "Mature" with "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language" listed as content for parents and games to be aware of.

This past November, we took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops' reported play-time over its first year on the Wii. It had already racked up over 10 million hours, and had become the most played FPS Wii game in the United States, per Wii owner, according to the reported data.

How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Black Ops in the last 7 months, perhaps spending many of those hours battling zombies? Brew some coffee on this fine day, and let's take a look!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Current 3DS Trade-in Values - & GameStop

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     Nintendo just held their Nintendo Direct conferences for Japan, North America, and Europe. They announced a new 3DS model, the 3DS XL, and you may be wondering, "Coffee, I already own one of the original 3DS systems. What should I do?"
     Well, if you perhaps really, really, REALLY want the new 3DS XL system, you have a few options.
     Option 1: Keep your old 3DS model, AND buy the new XL model. Not a bad option to have the older 3DS system around for when the inevitable day comes (maybe in another 20 years) that the new 3DS XL system stops working. Or, perhaps when its larger screen will crack, or you drop it because its larger size in general. In any case, you will be prepared with the original 3DS model in standby.
     Option 2: Sell your original 3DS model yourself, perhaps on sites like Ebay, Craigslist, or even Just make sure the site and your method of selling it on your own is safe.
     Option 3: Trade-in your old 3DS model, and use the trade-in credit to purchase the new 3DS XL model.

     The key is how much can you currently get for the original 3DS model though, and how much trouble do you want to go through. Brew some coffee, and take a look at the current trade-in values for the original 3DS system!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

God of War & Punch-Out!! Mixed = Rage of the Gladiator? Arena Hours Debut!

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What do you get when you mix a mythological game setting like the God of War series has, with game-play from the Punch-Out!! series? Well, I think the results would be Rage of the Gladiator.

Rage of the Gladiator was released on March 15, 2010 through Nintendo's WiiWare service, and has a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10. The game was developed and published by Ghostfire Games, and it received an ESRB rating of "Teen" with "Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

Rage of the Gladiator's game-play hours just arrived on the Nintendo Channel this week, and how many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent battling bosses in the arena? Brew some coffee, and let's take a look! Boss battle included!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Throw a Mario Party! Nine Times! Hours Spent Partying in Mario Party 9.

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Mario Party 9 released on the Wii in North America on March 11, 2012 with a MSRP of $49.99 in the U.S.

Mario Party 9, I believe, was the first game from the series to be developed by Nd Cube, instead of Hudson, and it was published by Nintendo. The game received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

How many hours have Wii owners reported partying with Mario Party 9 since it released just over 3 months ago? Brew some coffee, and let's take a look!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Black Ops 2 Wii U is Happening.

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*UPDATE #2: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been confirmed to be releasing only for the Nintendo Wii U, and not any other Nintendo system. You can read the post and what an Activision representative said about the issue HERE.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Xbox 360 was shown at E3 this year during Microsoft's press conference, and a portable version was talked about for the PS Vita during Sony's press conference.

What did Nintendo have to say/show about Black Ops 2 on the Wii, Wii U, or even the 3DS during their 2012 E3 press conference, and during E3 in general? Nothing.

Does this mean that Call of Duty: Black Ops II won't be releasing for the Wii U? No, and I believe there is more than enough evidence that shows Black Ops 2 will release on the Wii U in the launch window, and it will also offer some great use of the Wii U's GamePad for controls.

So, with the current official release date for Black Ops 2 being 11-13-12, November 13th, what is this "evidence" for Black Ops 2 releasing on the Wii U, probably as a launch title, later this year? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Play Control! Pikmin, Captain Olimar's Hours Report. Are New Play Controls, Better?

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     New Play Control! Pikmin released on March 9, 2009 for the Wii with a MSRP of $29.99. The game was originally a Nintendo GameCube game released in 2001, and like other New Play Control! Wii games it was updated with new Wii Remote/Nunchuk controls.
     The game received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Mild Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported controlling Pikmin with Captain Olimar in the game, since it released just over 3 years ago? Also, are the new play controls better than the original? Let's take a look!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Caffeinated Thoughts on Nintendo's 2012 E3 Press Conference

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     Nintendo's main E3 press conference was just over a week ago now. It was the first big showing for Nintendo's next home console, now officially named Wii U. A year had passed since Nintendo's initial showing of the console and some teaser trailers for it at E3 2011, but did another full year of development time for the console and games make much of a difference? Did that time allow Nintendo to bring the games and features for Wii U to their 2012 E3 to help sell the console before it's even available for sale?
     What did Nintendo show in their 2012 E3 press conference, and what coffee roast grade do I give it? Let's take a look!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Caffeinated Thoughts on Sony's 2012 E3 Conference

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     Sony's 2012 E3 press conference was last Monday night, at 9:00PM EST. While I was able to watch the first 20 minutes or so, I didn't watch much after that for the night. I was able to watch the entire conference last week though, on Thursday, thanks to the wonderful invention that is the internets and internet videos.
     What are my caffeinated thoughts about Sony's E3 press conference, and what coffee roast grade do I give the conference? Keep on reading below!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Caffeinated Thoughts on Microsoft's 2012 E3 Press Conference

If you ate all those coffee beans, how caffeinated would you be?
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E3 2012 has wrapped up, and I have now watched Microsoft's, Nintendo's, and Sony's E3 press conferences over the last week. While watching each conference, some parts of them multiple times, I usually had me a cup of coffee next to me with more coffee in the pot. I tried to make sure I was alert when watching them, and paying attention to what was being said and shown.

With a week having now passed since the conferences, what are my caffeinated thoughts on Microsoft's 2012 E3 press conference and what coffee roast grade do I give it? Let's take a look!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Want Your Own Pikmin Pet? Buy Your Own.

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Nintendo debuted Pikmin 3 at E3 this year giving it the first spotlight and coverage for their conference. As you can see in the image above, Mr. Miyamoto not only debuted the digital versions of the new Pikmin, but also came out with a stuffed red Pikmin "hiding" in his pocket.

When I saw him on stage with it, I actually thought, "Hmm, I wonder if those stuffed Pikmin toys are available to purchase?", so I did a search.

From my search online, only one major retailer carries Pikmin plush toys that I have found, and the selection available varies a good bit. Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R' US did not have any stuffed Pikmin toys on their sites, and only listed the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 game that will be releasing this Sunday when I searched "Pikmin". Perhaps those retailers have them available in their stores? If you know they do, a comment verifying that would be great!

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Where can you buy your own Pikmin pet?, both directly from Amazon and also from a third party vendor on, so make sure to look at the shipping costs if you see any you like. Take a look at the selection below:

Also, if you missed Pikmin 3's debut at E3 this year, below is the trailer Nintendo showed for the game:

If you're not aware, both GameStop and are now taking pre-orders/reservations on some of the Wii U games, and you can reserve Pikmin 3 on both below. Also, you can see the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 2 below as well, and it will be releasing this Sunday on the Wii.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Buy One Game, Get One for 40% Off! -

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Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have wrapped up their E3 conferences and with some new games being shown, apparently GameStop wanted to remind everybody about the games that are already out (as well as the consoles), and just sent out some new specials being offered on

Here are links for some of the deals they are offering:
     1) Buy one game priced $49.99 or more and receive 40% off a game of equal or lesser value. Expires 6/12. Use code: 40GAME
     2) $50 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned PlayStation 3 console at
     3) $25 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned Nintendo Wii console at
     4) $25 gift card with purchase of any pre-owned Xbox 360 console at

The promotions listed above run through June 11, so you have almost another full week to enjoy the savings being offered. Personally, Xenoblade Chronicles and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier look tempting with the deal. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is $59.99 and Xenoblade Chronicles is $49.99, so I could get both games for just over $90, instead of the usual $110 I would be paying at their current MSRP prices.

Are there any recently released games such as Diablo III, Max Payne 3, or even Ghost Recon: Future Soldier or Xenoblade Chronicles you think would be great to grab with this deal?

Zombies Run Nintendo - Zombie Iwata & Zombie Reggie?

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Nintendo just wrapped up their E3 conference, and during the conference Reggie Fils-Aime's true form was revealed with the power of the Wii U's GamePad scanning capabilities. Take a look:
He was mumbling something about "French food", perhaps he meant "French roast"!?

His body WAS ready, but apparently not anymore.

As for the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, he waited until after Nintendo's E3 conference to reveal his true zombie form. Take a look:

Either these two guys need to drink some coffee and perk up, or the Wii U GamePad really does show them for what they are: zombies.

Many have wondered why video game developers seem obsessed with making zombie games, especially over the last few years. I think now we know why game developers love developing zombie games.

There is the phrase, "You are what you eat.", I say we can now apply this to game developers as well, "You are what you develop.", with Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime being the proof.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I'll be piecing together some more "complete" thoughts on E3 probably Thursday after it wraps up, and probably doing another post just for fun later tonight.

In brief though, after just watching the Nintendo conference, I thought it was pretty "underwhelming, not exciting, very bland, almost boring" in short. Outside of ZombiU which is a third party game, I can't think of many exclusives shown that we didn't know about before this week started (technically I guess we did know about ZombiU with Killer Freaks from Outer Space, but that game is no more). More on all this later.

You can pre-order ZombiU on below:

Monday, June 4, 2012 Raises Price of Wii U Games

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     For a while now, has had the few Wii U games they have listed as showing with MSRPs/list prices of $49.99; that changed yesterday. had the Wii U titles Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Tekken, and Dirt all listed with $49.99 MSRPs. updated their listing prices on those Wii U games yesterday though, and they now appear with a MSRP of $59.99.

     Welcome to the HD gaming generation?

Caffeinated Thought/Question
     While some Wii owners may not be happy about the $10 increase from the Wii's MSRP for most games, at least it's not a return to the Nintendo 64's days (yet), when I paid $70 for some N64 games. While I'm cheap with my money, as long as games use the Wii U's controller and/or online services in unique ways, I will be okay with the price increase.
     Do you think raising the prices of these listed Wii U games confirms that most of the console's games will list at $59.99?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mario Kart Wii - The Best? The Worst? Doesn't Matter, Its Hours Destroy Like a Blue Turtle Shell!

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Mario Kart Wii was released on April 27, 2008 in the U.S. with a MSRP of $49.99, and it was bundled with the Wii Wheel accessory. The game was developed by Nintendo's EAD studio, and of course published by Nintendo.

Mario Kart Wii received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Comic Mischief" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

Just how many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported battling with blue turtle shells in Mario Kart Wii over the last 4 years, and where does it stand in the Mario Kart rankings? Let's take a look!

Friday, June 1, 2012

May Brewed - Coffees Consumed, Games Played!

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     So, May marked a "return" of sorts to a more normal posting schedule here on CoffeeWithGames, since the beginning of the year! What games did I play, and coffees did I consume in May? Let's take a look!

Coffees Consumed
     May was pretty simple as for the coffees. All the blends we had were Maxwell House, which Mrs. Coffee buys quite often. First up was the Maxwell House Master Blend. It is a nice mild coffee blend, which they say is "perfect for every morning.", but I can testify it's pretty good throughout the entire day as well.
     Second, we had a big container of the Maxwell House Gourmet Roast and its flavor description says it is "Deliciously Smooth". I prefer my coffee black, and RARELY (about as rare as the Bigfoot sightings, maybe more-so) put cream and/or sugar in my coffee, but I think I have reached a point now where if a coffee is "mild", I don't notice much of a flavor difference. It's definitely not a bad thing, and perhaps it's a reflection that I'm drinking coffee to help me to stay awake, more than just to enjoy...though I do both.
    The last blend in the Coffee House for May was Maxwell House Dark Roast. Its description reads, "Rich & Full Bodied", and I do think this one has the "Dark Roast" part down very well. It's definitely noticeable as a dark roast coffee, but not so much that it tastes burnt. Being that I enjoy "strong" coffee flavors, I enjoy this blend a good deal, and have a cup of it right now, with another cup in the pot.
Can you name them all?
Games Played
     Jett Rocket - I downloaded this WiiWare demo last year, and have played through it twice now, enjoying it both times. As I was preparing the above image, our oldest Bean saw Jett Rocket and asked, "Who's that!?", which then ended up with me finding a few YouTube videos for him to watch while I was piecing it together. I haven't downloaded a WiiWare game in a long-time, but I'm hoping that Nintendo will confirm next week that all WiiWare/Virtual Console purchases already made will transfer to the Wii U, without any major issue(s). If they can finally announce that, I might just perhaps download Jett Rocket and give the full game a try. If you missed the WiiWare Wednesday post on Jett Rocket's reported game-play hours, you can read the full report HERE.
     Sanctum - Sanctum is the very first demo I downloaded after I started my Steam account. I had attempted it last year I believe, and it ran pretty rough due to my GPU at the time. In January, I upgraded my PSU and GPU, and then at the beginning of May I finally gave the Sanctum demo another try, and completed the full demo. Sanctum is a "tower defense" type game with a FPS view, and it does have weapons to shoot at the enemies (not sure how this is compared to other tower defense games). It was the first tower defense game I can recall playing, and the more time I spent in the demo, it started to remind me of chess games. It really does seem to require a good strategy to setup the defenses around the level, and try to be planning ahead for the next waves of enemies that will be coming, even though you aren't sure what those may be.
     Rayman Origins - I started playing Rayman Origins, again, from the beginning on May 18, and finished the campaign yesterday afternoon. According to the Nintendo Channel data, I put just over 27 hours into the game, in 2 weeks! Now, I do know some of that time was the game being left on, as I was going to check on the little Beans at night, and I also recorded some footage one night for the data report on the game, but I would suspect most people should get a good 20 hours out of it easily. Which makes me wonder how/why the reported game-play hours for it are barely over 10 Hours "Per person", as I showed in my "Platforming Awesomeness! Rayman Origins Hours Report" post.
     Red Steel 2 - What happens when you reserve a game with $5 down on it about a month before the game releases, but fail to purchase the game? Then skip 2+ years into the future? Well, you can't remember if the $5 credit is still on the game, if you already used it on another game, or if the wonderful corporation that is Game Stop made it magically disappear. I reported on Red Steel 2's reported game-play hours over the last 2 years in May, and the same day I left the house and decided to stop by Game Stop to see if my $5 credit was still on the game. While the credit wasn't anywhere to be found, I did end up purchasing Red Steel 2, and so far I have played it just under 30 minutes. I'm enjoying the art style, but still getting used to the controls and I'll try to share more thoughts on the game when I either finish it, or perhaps as I progress through it more.
     Rage of the Gladiator - I decided to battle the first boss in Rage of the Gladiator using the game's Wii MotionPlus control settings before I started playing Red Steel 2. While I did defeat the first boss, I failed to defeat him perfectly! One hit too many. If you haven't played Rage of the Gladiator, you can find the WiiWare demo for it on the Nintendo Shop Channel.
     PAYDAY: The Heist - What happens when you go to Game Stop, and spend cash on a game? Well, you come home and find an incredible sale on a PC game, that you can't believe! had PAYDAY: The Heist on sale in May for only $5! I own the PS3 version, but was curious as to how/if my PC could run the game. For $5 bucks, I figured it was worth a try, and sure enough, the game runs pretty well, and I already completed the first "heist" in the game. When I was purchasing it from, I didn't realize the game was actually going to run through Steam, but that's what it does. Fortunately, I already had the Steam account, so that wasn't an issue for me.

     What games did you play in May, and did any coffee blends help you survive the month?
     Also, if you have any questions about the games I played in May, or the coffees I consumed, feel free to ask in the comments below or by contacting me directly.


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