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It's time you knew beans about coffee
by Arinn Dixon
On the left side of the serving
counter in Caribou Coffee is a large
science fair-type backdrop that
screams, “It’s time you knew beans
about coffee!” Underneath is a map of
different coffee-producing countries
with a bit of info about each. To the
left of the map is a chart labeled
“Caribou’s Whole Bean Color Coding
System,” which measures both the
acidity (that is, the crispness and clar
ity associated with the most interest
ing coffees) and the body (a measure
of how heavy a coffee feels in your
mouth). The menu boasts such things
as Tiramisu and Sumatra Mandheling.
Obviously, the folks at Caribou take
their coffee pretty darn seriously.
The serious mood of Caribou stops
at the coffee, however. It’s not the
kind of place where people with po
etic minds go to brood, like other
coffee places in Raleigh. The music,
rather than having that low, mellow
sound associated with most coffee
houses, is instead an eclectic mix of
1920’s big band music and old Tears
for Fears, with a little bit of Cindi
Lauper thrown in. It’s played loud
enough to be heard, but not loud
enough to dominate every conversa
The shelves on the back wall hold
a selection of board games waiting to
By Arinn Dixon
be played and old books waiting to be
read. People don’t huddle exclusively
around their tables talking only to one
another; instead everyone smiles and
chats with each other and a constant,
but comfortable, hum permeates the
The originators of Caribou have
created a fun atmosphere for the aver
age Joe who knows nothing about
coffee, and who probably has no de
sire to become a coffee connoisseur. 1
went in there with a friend one Friday
night at about 8;30, and I didn’t even
think about leaving until the place
closed at midnight. We brought back
childhood memories with a vicious
card game of War, played Scrabble
until they kicked us out, and tried four
different kinds of coffee in between.
The guys at the table next to us
grabbed the Jenga set and scared the
mess out of everyone in the place
every time someone put just one too
many block on top and the whole
thing scattered across the floor. There
were people hustling and bustling all
around and lots of conversations go
ing on at once, but it wasn’t crowded
- it was homey.
Just like the atmosphere, the menu
• During Cornhuskin', SGA and the Service Coun
cil are sponsoring a canned food drive. You are
encouraged to help promote campus unity by
giving to those who are less fortunate than you.
Look for barrels around campus during the week.
• Suggestion boxes have been placed around
campus by the Student Life Committee. If you
have any concerns or suggestions, please take the
time to fill out your card and place it in the box.
does not assume that everyone knows
all about coffee. Each drink on the
menu board has an explanation right
below it, so if you didn’t know that
cafe mocha is chocolate coffee with a
dollop of real cream on top, that’s no
problem. That cafe mocha is only $2.45
for a tall cup, which is a good deal.
Cafe latte is only $ 1.80 for a small and
$2.00 for a tall, and a medium
cappuccino is $2.35.
For those who didn’t like the taste
of coffee Caribou has Mexican hot
chocolate, hot tea, Snapple, bottled
water and juice. They also liave scrump
tious desserts like German chocolate
cake and raspberry torte.
On the side wall, they have items
for sale such as t-shirts, mugs, tea and
coffee canisters, coffee blends and
grape and cinnamon syrups.
Caribou Coffee is located on
Hillsborough St. beside McDonald’s
across fromNCSU. It is open Monday-
Friday from 6:30am to 12:00am, Satur
day from 8:00am to 12:00am, and Sun
day from 8:00am from 11:00pm. Just
remember if you decide to go, and 1
hope you do, that it is not your run of
the mill coffee house — it’s much
more fun. Caribou is a place where
people can meet friends, have a cup of
coffee, and just enjoy themselves.
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