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Topic: New beanery in family, aka Re: +new "coffee beanery" in town (9 msgs / 286 lines)
1) From: Jim Gundlach
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While people are talking about different brands of coffee shops, I  
have been informed that a daughter-in-law is now manager in training  
to run a coffee house called Caribou Coffee in or near Atlanta.  Since  
they know I'm into coffee and we visit them regularly I can see some  
situations arising.  Does anybody know if their coffee is drinkable?   
Is there a possibility that she may actually be learning how to pull a  
shot?
      Pecan Jim
On Oct 31, 2007, at 4:53 PM, Sandy Andina wrote:
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While people are talking about =
different brands of coffee shops, I have been informed that a =
daughter-in-law is now manager in training to run a coffee house called =
Caribou Coffee in or near Atlanta.  Since they know I'm into coffee =
and we visit them regularly I can see some situations arising. =
 Does anybody know if their coffee is drinkable?  Is there a =
possibility that she may actually be learning how to pull a =
shot?
   =   Pecan Jim  On Oct 31, 2007, at 4:53 = PM, Sandy Andina wrote:
Well, just because they have = certain bulk bean varietals for sale doesn't mean they can brew them up = to order.  A select few, who have Clover machines or dedicated = per-cup grinders for individual press-pots or cup-top drips, might be = able to (and they tend to reserve them for premiums like JBM); but most = coffee shops have an espresso and a decaf espresso grinder (each = preloaded with the day's supply), one grinder for bulk beans and one for = flavored bulk beans (if that many), and usually brew up their drip in = advance and dispense it from Fetco brewers or air-pots. On = Oct 31, 2007, at 4:03 PM, TERRY TITSWORTH wrote:
I = tried one in Ft. Smith. Ark. Pretty sure it is the same fran. I didn't = like their coffee or service. I originally asked for a Costa Rica drip = brew and they stated that they did not have any. Told them give me what = ya got...Need Caffeine...some lame something or other. Browsed the shop = while I waited and noted a COSTA RICA whole bean coffee bag on the = shelf. Odd, 'they' don't have any. The swill was bitter...couldn't = finish...next time through asked for an espresso. Same problem, Bitter. = My son called Sunday and stated that they were now closed. = Oh, Well.   TerryT PS...new coffee = shop opened in my home town, Okmulgee, Ok. They get beans from a Tulsa = Roaster, JAVA DAVE'S. Tried them last Friday and to my surprise, their = espresso was not bitter, not much creme, but at least not bitter. Next = step was trying JAVA DAVE'S franc. in Sapulpa, OK on Saturday. This time = I noted an actual sweetness to the espresso. So maybe things are looking = up "in the Oklahoma Hills where I was born."   = On 10/30/07, Frank Awbrey <frankeegee1> = wrote:
Hi, I have a quick question about a local (franchised) = coffee shop that has just opened in the last week or so. It is called = the "Coffee Beanery". I stopped by on Saturday evening to get a quick = cup (to try an espresso)(had been a long drive and was still 30 minutes = from home), but they were closed. I googled them and I think it says = that they do their roasts in Michigan. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone = has tried their espresso and how you think it might compare to something = like *$. Are their roasts fairly fresh or are they like *$. This is the = only type of espresso I have tried, *$ and a couple of small shops. I'm = still looking for what I think might be a very good espresso (don't = think I've ever had a good one) with only 5 or 6 different places tried. =    Thx. "Still the = one" Frank
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2) From: Les
Caribou comes from Minnesota.  When I was there it was OK.
Les
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3) From:
Jim,
Do you know where her store is located in/near Atlanta?  There's a Caribou located near my office.

4) From: Eddie Dove
Hey Jim,
I've had their coffee before and like Les said, it was OK.
They are also putting a Caribou in at the Gulfport/Biloxi Airport.
Eddie
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Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Oct 31, 2007 8:00 PM, Jim Gundlach  wrote:
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5) From: Jim Gundlach
Nope,
     My wife talked to her and only got the name.  They actually live  
in Duluth so my guess is that it would be up north.  When I find out,  
I will let you know.
      pecan jim
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6) From: Mike Chester
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7) From: Scott Miller
There are several Caribou locations in the ATL area and they are expanding
in the southeast pretty quickly. I went to one in Marietta back in June.
Iced coffee was decent, staff was pleasant. I did overhear guests at the
next table say they were glad the new manager was in the store as the
previous manager was not so nice.
Maybe they are trying to make an impact in the area?
cheers,
Scott
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8) From: Bailey Blanchette
Jim
I have not visited a caribou coffe shop, but one of the major airlines
serves caribou on board...
I have had some that wasn't bad, and some that wasn't good.  Never been to
one of their stores, though.
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9) From: Barbara Greenspon
Really late to sticking a few words in here.  But here they are for  
what they are worth.
Caribou began here in Minneapolis, in fact 4 blocks from my home.  For  
the first few years, they got better and better.  Then the young  
couple entrepenures sold their stores to a company who later sold it  
again, and that was that.
I haven't had any in years, but when I did, it was drinkable.  Much  
more drinkable than their competition ($bks), but not really good.   
Some of the people who work for them are wonderful, and some don't  
care.  Nothing unusual there!  They advertise and have for years that  
nothing is more than 21 days old.  Better than a lot of the  
competition.    In the beginning, they really worked to train folks (I  
mean customers) to ask and learn more about their coffee, roast  
levels, etc.  It was a cool place.
This doesn't relate directly to your question, but we do have a much  
smaller chain here called Dunn Brothers which is a whole different  
thing.  It certainly done in a much better fashion.  While it is now a  
"small" chain, most are individually owned and run by the folks who  
own them.
Back to Caribou.  It could be worse, and its where a lot of terrific  
baristas realized there was more to coffee than just letting water run  
through it and pouring it.  Some have gone on to really cool places  
honing their skills as they went.
So.......
But home roast it is for me!
Barbara
On Oct 31, 2007, at 8:00 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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