A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 06, 2021
‘When someone offers me decaf, I think, “Why are you trying to give me your brown sadness-water?‘“

"Decaf coffee? You mean brown sadness water?” is a saying that has been printed on many images.

“‘When someone offers me decaf, I just think, “Why are you trying to give me your brown sadness-water? What did I ever do to you?’ Nanea Hoffman“ is an image by Sweatpants & Coffee that was posted on Facebook and Twitter on July 24, 2015. This coined the term “brown sadness water” for decaf coffee.

“Decaf is just brown sadness-water” was posted on Twitter by Barbara_I on October 10, 2015. “Decaffeinated coffee is just brown sadness water” was posted on Twitter by Ali on October 17, 2015. “Decaffeinated coffee is just brown-sadness water” was posted on Twitter by April Savage on May 27, 2016.

“DECAF COFFEE? YOU MEAN BROWN SADNESS WATER?” (shown on an image) was posted on Twitter by Cupprimo on September 23, 2017.

“Virgin Margarita? You mean green sadness water?” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: Decaffeination
Decaffeination is the removal of caffeine from coffee beans, cocoa, tea leaves, and other caffeine-containing materials. Decaffeinated drinks contain typically 1–2% of the original caffeine content, and sometimes as much as 20%. Decaffeinated products are commonly termed decaf.

Facebook
The Outspoken Thoughts of an Introvert
July 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM ·
I can’t remember the last time I had “brown sadness-water”, and let’s just keep it that way. 😉
(The following text is shown on an image from Sweatpants + Coffee.—ed.)
When someone offers me decaf, I just think, “Why are you trying to give me your brown sadness-water? What did I ever do to you?”
Nanea Hoffman

Facebook
Mother of Serendipity
July 24, 2021 at 9:34 AM ·
Please, keep your dang sadness water. No time for that up here in Rebelshire. 
Spotted this over on Ramblin’ Rosie’s page. Which naturally I can’t tag, but you should look for her, because she’s got a gang of Gnomies and she moonlights as a Ninja Pirate Fairy.
Facebook really is a magical place, isn’t it? 😉
(The following text is shown on an image from Sweatpants + Coffee.—ed.)
When someone offers me decaf, I just think, “Why are you trying to give me your brown sadness-water? What did I ever do to you?”
Nanea Hoffman

Twitter
lost ~
@blanchettbian
Decaf: brown sadness water.
10:42 AM · Jul 24, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Cousin Tammy (Maya’s Mom)
@bballfann1
This cheap motel has brown sadness water. Quick trip to the store and problem solved. #basketballmomproblems
(The following text is shown on an image from Sweatpants + Coffee.—ed.)
When someone offers me decaf, I just think, “Why are you trying to give me your brown sadness-water? What did I ever do to you?”
4:38 PM · Jul 24, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Dr. Lisa Durff
@Durff
MsJaszy Ha ha—decaf is “brown sadness water” - how funny is that? shared by coolcatteacher
12:18 AM · Jul 25, 2015·IFTTT

Twitter
dixie.spice
@spice_dixie
Does anyone else think that decaf anything is just brown sadness water or is it just me?
11:11 AM · Sep 15, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Barbara_I
@Barbara102006
Replying to @Barbara102006
@Barbara102006 Decaf is just brown sadness-water.
10:56 AM · Oct 10, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Ali
@69bottles
Decaffeinated coffee is just brown sadness water
10:47 AM · Oct 17, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
April Savage
@WhattheSavage
Decaffeinated coffee is just brown-sadness water.
#sweatpants&coffee http://fb.me/CtWC4Im1
3:56 PM · May 27, 2016·Facebook

Twitter
Mark McNeff
@Mark_McNeff
Barista at @FidoNashville
just called decaf coffee brown sadness water. Classic. #hespeakstruth
11:15 AM · May 28, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Sabriye
@SabriyeXIV
Replying to @Kithrak_
Decaff, aka brown sadness water.
6:39 PM · Jun 6, 2016·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Cupprimo
@Cupprimo
Brown sadness water… #funniest #decaf
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
DECAF COFFEE?
YOU MEAN BROWN
SADNESS WATER?
9:28 AM · Sep 23, 2017 from Austin, TX·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
qb
@qbthatsme
Decaff coffee is just brown sadness water.
1:21 AM · Feb 20, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
MagnumEnergyDrink
@ChaosMaker2012
Decaf coffee is just brown sadness water.
6:11 PM · Jul 11, 2018·Facebook

Reddit—MoniMarieVincenr
Posted by u/MoniMarieVincent March 20, 2019
Brown sadness water. So true. So true.
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
DECAF COFFEE?
YOU MEAN BROWN
SADNESS WATER?

Twitter
Rob
@GenericZA
I realised that I’d walked into a decaff only coffee bar, more commonly known as “brown sadness water” and that’s
#WhenTheWorldStopped
6:04 AM · Sep 11, 2019·TweetDeck

Twitter
Your Coffee Fix @Your_Coffee_Fix
Decaf. Also known as “brown sadness water”.
#coffeetweet #coffee #decafcoffee #afternooncoffee #humpday #coffeeclub #coffeelover #javalove #caffeinefix #baristagram #coffeerun #coffeemom #coffeegeek
3:30 PM · Nov 13, 2019·Hootsuite Inc.

Twitter
Fiona Dodwell
@Angel_Devil982
Stop calling it “decaff coffee” and start recognising it for what it is: brown sadness water
1:35 AM · Sep 7, 2021·Twitter for Android

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