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A tragedy. My daughter threw away...

...My green plastic coffee scoop, from one of the last cans of Chock Full O'Nuts in which I remember finding a scoop. So, yes, I should've stopped just once and figured out exactly how much that scoop held. I should've found a backup.

But it was so funny this afternoon to realize that for as long as I've used that scoop, every single thing I use regularly in my kitchen has been replaced at least once, mostly twice, as our income has trended upwards. Coffeepots, cookware, potato masher thingy... Sure, there are heirloom items I received when my grandmother passed away, but that was about 13 years ago. But daily, for longer than my oldest child has been alive, I've grabbed that green scoop.

I've decided it would be too harsh to make her dumpster dive. But I won't lie, I thought about it.

RIP, at least 18yo Chock Full O Nuts coffee scoop. You will be missed. I'm sorry we didn't recycle, but I think it's fair to say you've done your job well, my old friend.

(Also, someone please tell me they still include coffee scoops, and I will track down a can immediately!)

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  1. i just did a quick Google search and i'm sorry to say it appears they did away with the plastic scoops several years ago, presumably for environmental reasons. but i imagine it was a standard-size coffee measure, so you can just replace it with a stainless scoop.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Melodrama aside, scoops now seem to be much smaller - we've got an inadequate little scoop trying to double-time and fit the bill today, but it's Just. Not. Right.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Further googling reveals that the chock full o'nuts scoop was 3T.

        Why, yes, my life is kind of boring lately, what?

        1. re: shanagain

          I just measured my CFON coffee scoop (which probably dates to the 80s), and it's *exactly* 2 T. This is not surprising - 2 T has been the standard coffee measure for many years.

        1. re: FishTales

          You are amazing. I sort of thought about it, then thought I have GOT to be the only insane person in the world that gives a damn about CFON scoops. It's like elation AND validation.

          You win the internets today. Nicely done.

          1. re: shanagain

            awwww....way to go FishTales! That is so nice of you! I just use 2 Tablespoons per cup of coffee BUT do I know what you mean, shanagain, about those little handy items in the kitchen that we love to use and become *attached* to. What a nice chow community it is here!

            1. re: shanagain

              <then thought I have GOT to be the only insane person in the world>

              Another way to put that would be we're nuts... sure'nuff, chock full!

              Cheers!

              1. re: FishTales

                LOL. BTW, my husband does think I'm chock full o'nuts for bidding on a bunch of plastic scoops.

                "Shan, you said they're 2T, so..."
                "It's just not the same."
                "Shan, uh, really?"
                "I didn't bother you about your baseball cards.. Oh, well.. I did. Uh, want a cup of coffee?"

                1. re: shanagain

                  Don't know why, but for some reason I am really glad that this story has a happy ending! Best of luck with your new scoop(s)!

          2. I really had to laugh when I read your post as I have wondered for years how I would handle the loss of my CFON coffee scoop. After trying several different scoops and never being able to make the coffee taste the same as I do with the CFON scoop, I finally found a scoop that is as close to the CFON scoop as I think I will ever come. The CFON scoop says on the bottom of it 29.6 cc. I happened upon a coffee scoop in a store today that was 1/8 cup and said it was a coffee scoop - (I never realized that it said 29.6 cc on the bottom of the CFON scoop). Anyway - 1/8 cup equals 30 cc or one ounce. So, after many years of searching, People who have never used teh CFON scoop probably don't realize just how much those little scoops mean to those of us who have used them for years. I treasure mine - and actually went online tonight to see if CFON still made them by any chance. I found the coffee scoop today at a general store in NH - and now I wish I had bought more than one.
            Hope this helps.

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            1. re: Goldens10

              I will have to be on the lookout. This eBay tale had a sad end. I was eventually outbid.

              I am now compromising with another little cup I found in the cabinet... which I scalped from a bottle of Pepto Bismol. (We never use the cups provided with medicines.)

              But you're so right, there are at least three of us in the world, you, me, and the evil person who outbid me (at over $7 - I won't lie, that cracks me up) on eBay who understand..

            2. I feel for you, as we have one of those magic scoops here at work thats been used for so long for that perfect pot of coffee. No, you cant buy it, BUT, I will tell you that its 51cc, which is about 3.5 Tbls. I hate to think what my co-workers would do when this thing totally dies, as the little tab is cracking away from the body. We use 2 slightly to moderate heaping /rounded scoops for the standard 12 pot coffee maker. As you can see, its very scientific.

              1. DEAR SHANAGAIN,

                MY NAME IS RICHARD. I HAVE LOTS OF CHOCK FULL O NUTS COFFEE SCOOPS THAT ARE NEW.

                IF YOU TRUST ME AND GIVE ME YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AND NAME I WILL BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU NOT ONE BUT TWO OR THREE.

                I HOPE I WAS OF SOME HELP.

                SINCERELY,

                RICHARD

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                1. re: pepper12

                  Hi Richard,
                  I also somehow threw out my favorite CFON green plastic scoop recently. I loved it & would like to replace it. Could I possibly get you to send me one-brand new if you have it. I would be eternally grateful. Is there a way to communicate with you privately, outside this message board?
                  Thanks
                  Tony

                  1. re: ADVANCED

                    I'M SORRY IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET BACK TO YOU. IF YOU WISH,YOU CAN CALL ME AT 210-543-8645 AND I WILL BE GLAD TO SEND YOU ONE. OR YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT RKLEIN4119@AOL.COM

                    RICHARD

                  2. re: pepper12

                    Richard, I just saw this, thank you SO much for the offer! How on earth did you end up with extras? I mean, those things are like GOLD!

                    We need to find a way to exchange info because I'd love one!

                    Shan

                    1. re: shanagain

                      I'M SORRY IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET BACK TO YOU. I HAVE A NICE COLLECTION. I EVEN HAVE A WHOLE BOX OF THE OLD MOST ACCURATE SCOOPS. THE CBI COFFEE SCOOPS ALL IN RED. IF YOU REMEMBER THEY WERE THE ONES THAT WERE ALMOST DIAMOND SHAPE FROM THE OLD AND UNFORTUNATELY DECEASED COFFEE BREWING INSTITUTE ON WALL STRETT IN LOWER MANHATTAN. FROM EBAY. EVEN CAME WITH LITTLE PAMPHLETS ON HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE. YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT RKLEIN4119@AOL.COM OR 210-543-8645.

                      SINCERELY,

                      RICHARD L Z KLEIN