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MNDEM2004 Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:48 PM
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Which is better? Caribou or Starbucks.
Of the two big name coffee joints, which one has better coffee? :hangover:
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Blue_State_Elitist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:50 PM
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1. This Californian
has never heard of Caribou, but frappucinos at Starbucks are amazing.


(Hiding under the desk waiting for flames from the anti-starbucks crowd.)
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:51 PM
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5. Have you tried the new Chantico?
Drinking chocolate...oh my god, it's devilishly good.
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Blue_State_Elitist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:00 PM
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9. I'll check it out
thanks for the devilish recommendation.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:47 PM
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24. I prefer Peet's.
http://www.peets.com

But starbucks will do in a pinch.
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:51 PM
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2. Starbucks
Also, I feel weird holding a Caribou cup...I don't know why...it seems less professional somehow...somehow... :dunce:
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:23 PM
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17. Maybe, but
My coworkers and I used to have the best time drawing add on genitalia and such to the caribou logo, then showing them to each other covertly, during long boring meetings.

I guess that is not what you mean by professional though is it?
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:51 PM
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3. I live on an island. We're lucky to have a Micky D's with
nasty boiled coffee.
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:51 PM
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4. Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf!
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:53 PM
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6. Man I love Caribou
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 09:54 PM by enigami
had them when I lived in chicago, alas, No Caribou here.

They beat the hell out of Starbucks
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 09:54 PM
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7. Starbucks donates 100% to Dems, by the way!
mmm... :beer:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:00 PM
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8. As an "MNDEM," you may not know that Caribou is not a
nationwide brand.

It originated in the Twin Cities, as did Dunn Brothers', and as a result, this is one of the few areas in the country where Starbuck's is NOT #1.

Personally, I like Caribou, but I frequent Dunn Brothers' because their stores offer free wireless Internet. I like Caribou's pastries better, though, and I usually know the answers to their trivia questions.

Now if only we could get Peet's Coffee in Minneapolis...
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MNDEM2004 Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:06 PM
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12. Thanks for the update.
Just in case you didn't know it. Caribou has now gone wireless as well. I have tried Dunn Brothers as well. It is good coffee, however it is hard to find them. I tend to drink more Caribou, but I have tried Starbucks. Starbucks pricing is a little bit cheaper for the size serving you get. :hangover:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:11 PM
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14. I hit the 'bou every day while on my month-long vacation to
Minnesota last year.

It's usually the first place we stop when we reach St. Cloud on the way in.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:04 PM
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10. Buy local!
C'mon ya know someone had to say it. :P I get my coffee from this crazy Turkish dude, his place has been in town forever, outlasted every other local coffee shop, still going strong despite a much larger Starbucks one block away.

The best part is that he sells a killer Turkish blend, it is like drinking sweet mud! I loves its I do! :headbang:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:19 PM
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15. Well, for us, Caribout and Dunn Brothers ARE local
:-)

However, I buy my beans from a company called Peace Coffee, which offers fair trade certified, organic, and shade-grown beans to co-ops and upscale supermarkets--and, best of all (I'm into alternatives to the car), it is delivered to the stores on bicycles.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:29 PM
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19. Damn you are a librul ain't cha?
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 10:32 PM by Redneck Socialist
Good on you. I can't speak to my guys certification (I suspect his coffee isn't) but it is damn tasty, and I don't have to buy my jo at some corporate behemoth.

My favorite part of one of the Austin Powers movies is that Doctor Evil invests in Starbucks. Funniest part of the movie IMO.

edited to correct Austin Powers reference
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:43 PM
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23. MoxieJava is a local brand around here.
But Starbucks and Caribou have permeated our market as well.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:49 PM
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26. There's no Caribou in Fargo.
At least, there wasn't last summer. None in Moorhead either.

I asked when we stopped for gas.

Moxie Java, interestingly, is an Idaho company. There IS a Moxie Java in Moorhead, I noticed. The last place I want to get coffee when I'm in MINNESOTA is frickinfrackin Moxie Java.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:56 PM
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29. Yes there is. I went to Caribou last weekend.
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 10:58 PM by SmileyBoy
It's in a strip mall on 25th Street. I'm pretty sure there's another location in the F-M area too.

On edit: There's only one.

Fargo
1450 - 25th Street SW
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 298-7745
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:01 PM
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30. Is it new?
We drive through Fargo 2-4 times a year.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:13 PM
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34. It opened last summer.
They also opened two Starbucks here last summer.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:55 PM
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28. Yay! I'll have to check them out...
I can hardly do any damn thing anymore without being crippled by guilt, I'm glad I can buy a cup of coffee that doesn't contribute to the destruction of songbird habitat. Do they have Internet ordering/do they deliver out of their local area?

Thanks for mentioning them.

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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:18 PM
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35. Yup, they do sell by mail order
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 11:21 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
http://www.peacecoffee.com

Enjoy!

ON EDIT: Depending on where you live, there may be a retail source. The website has that information.
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:05 PM
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11. Where is Tim Horton's?
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mrbassman03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:30 PM
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20. CANADA!!!
Woooo, you can get a doughnut instead of fries!
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:09 PM
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13. Caribou is the best coffee on the planet.
In fact, my MIL brought us some tonight.

No Caribou here in the west. I come from Caribou's birthplace!

Here, I patronize Starbucks.
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Scooter24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:22 PM
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16. Starbucks
:)

I usually crave a Vinti White Chocolate and Cinnamon Mocha every morning. It starts my day off great each time.
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:24 PM
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18. Caribou
There's none around here though
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:37 PM
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21. We just got a Starbucks! We just got a Starbucks!
That is saying something for where I live! It's like finally jumping into the modern world, or something. :bounce:

Do I sound too happy? Too bad! I love Starbucks. Of course now that there is one within close proximity to me, I will have to be very careful with money. Yes, it is good, but wow, is it expensive.

I have never seen or heard of Caribou, so I cannot compare. I visit my sister who lives in Chicago, and she has never mentioned Caribou. She has a major Starbucks habit, though. The people who work in the one close to her start making hers as she walks in the door, LOL!

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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:48 PM
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25. Try Caribou next time you are in Chicago
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 10:54 PM by enigami
avoid doing what we did to the logo though.

see post 17
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:41 PM
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22. Starbucks coffee sucks. It tastes like turpentine or something.
I drink a lot of coffee, and have had good coffee from all over the world, and Starbucks coffee is just about the most bitter crud I've ever tasted. No wonder people put all that sugar and cream and whipped cream in and on their coffee--to try to disguise the taste of it.

Caribou is definitely preferable to Starbucks.

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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 10:50 PM
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27. Caribou is the most perfect beverage ever.
*sob*

I was homesick already, very homesick lately, and this thread is making me even more so.

Sometimes my brother calls just to chat, and invariably he'll tell me he's sipping on a Bou.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:02 PM
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32. A couple weeks ago I got a latte at Caribou
and it was so good that I called my SO just to crow about the fact that I'd had the best latte EVER from Caribou.

My SO was all :shrug:

But it was just that good--I had to tell someone right that minute!



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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:05 PM
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33. And I totally understand.
It's just that way with the Caribou.
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Starlight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:02 PM
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31. I spent a week in western Arkansas a few years ago.
Edited on Thu Mar-03-05 11:02 PM by Starlight
There were NO COFFEE SHOPS!!! None. Not a one. Nothing. Anywhere. I would have driven 50 miles, if necessary. But nothing. I was having major withdrawal, I tell you. It was horrible. I still wake up in a cold sweat sometimes. :scared:
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Zing Zing Zingbah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:24 PM
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36. I thought you were talking about the animal.
I didn't realize there was coffee joint named Caribou.
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MNDEM2004 Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 10:05 PM
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37. Yes it's true.
The founders came up with the name while on vacation. They sold the company, and are now working on a restaurant concept.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 10:10 PM
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38. My guess is...
...the Natives of this state would say caribou.
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 10:15 PM
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39. neither has beans as good as the beans at whole foods
their espresso bean is unsurpassed. I was a starbucks junkie (red-eye or dopio machiatto) for YEARS. Now I make my own. Comparing the two though, caribou can't hold a candle to bux, and I have compared in the same day on many occasions.
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