Club-Mate bitte12 January, 2011
27c3 runs on Club-Mate. There are crates of this mysterious drink everywhere. Nerds are queueing up to buy it by the armful, stuffing it into backpacks, carrying it around the hackcentre, swigging it throughout the talks, knocking over the empty bottles at crucial points. 60,000 litres of it over four days can’t be wrong, right?
Ok, fine, what is this stuff? Once I’d learned how to pronounce it*, I bought some.
It comes in a glass bottle, featuring a not entirely reassuring character of indeterminate gender wearing earrings and a large hat. It’s yellow, gently carbonated, caffeinated and non-alcoholic. And it tastes mostly like prunes**, but it’s sort of nice.
* club MAH-tey
** This is odd, given that it is technically a kind of holly and contains no prunes whatsoever.