- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2008

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (UPI) — Coffee and doughnuts from a national chain in Canada are gaining converts among NATO troops in Afghanistan, company officials said.

Tim Horton’s, founded by and named for a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player in the 1960s, has 2,750 stores across Canada and about 350 locations in the United States. Soon after Canadian troops joined the NATO mission to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the company learned that they missed their “Horton’s,” so the most remote store was opened at the Kandahar military base.

One of the Canadian workers who serve six-months stints at the shop, Amy Barbarie, told the CanWest News Service that the store was winning over U.S. and British troops and the Nepalese Royal Gurkhas.

“The Gurkhas are real fighting machines, so I don’t know if they want people to know they like froufrou drinks that aren’t so manly, but they really love their French vanilla cappuccinos and their honey-dipped doughnuts,” she said.

Manager James Vergie said Canadians are known for liking coffee “double-double” sugar and cream but recalled that one U.S. soldier ordered an “eight and one.”

“I called that a medium sugar with a bit of coffee,” he said.

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