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ISSUE 118 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/4/2005

Caribou to serve Northfield

By Allie Helling
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 4, 2005

St. Olaf students and Northfield residents alike will soon be able to enjoy the specialty coffee drinks of Caribou Coffee, the second largest specialty coffee company in the country. Caribou Coffee will open a new store in Northfield on March 12.

The new coffeehouse will be located at 400 West 5th Street, in the same building as Movie Gallery, right next to Subway.

Since its opening in 1992, Caribou Coffee has spread from Minnesota to 12 other states in the nation. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company now employs more than 4,000 people and oversees a few hundred stores located in 13 states.

By far, the majority of Caribou Coffee stores are located in Minnesota, where the company began. However, significant numbers of Caribou Coffee stores also exist in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.

Inside its stores, Caribou Coffee offers a unique and inviting atmosphere for its customers to enjoy its drinks or spend time with friends. Caribou offers a "Northwoods" atmosphere, with fireplaces, leather couches and chairs and oak tables.

Tracy Pedersen ’07, who will be an employee of the new coffeehouse when it opens in March, believes that the music played inside the stores also adds to its overall relaxed atmosphere.

"The set CDs are usually pretty mellow,” Pedersen said. “It’s really ideal for studying or conducting business meetings.”

For St. Olaf students, however, the specialty drinks seem to be more important than the coffeehouse’s atmosphere. Caribou Coffee offers 22 different coffee drinks. The variety of the drinks range from ordinary roasted coffees to lattes, cappuccinos and mochas, as well as to more elaborate drinks unique to Caribou, such as the Mint Condition and the Caramel High Rise.

"The specialty drinks are really good,” Chris Stagno ‘07 said. “They’re better than a lot of other coffee houses’ drinks and are really unique.”

Caribou Coffee also offers cold coffee drinks, called Caribou Coolers, as well as hot teas, hot cocoa and smoothies. A lot of these choices seem popular with students who do not consider themselves coffee drinkers.

"The non-coffee drinks taste really good and are nice for people who don’t like coffee," Jake Leibold ’07 said.

Caribou Coffee will open its Northfield location on Saturday, March 12. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Store manager Christina Dunlap gave incentive for students to visit Caribou on the first day of business: The new location will give out coupons for free drinks.

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