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Have You Tried a Caramel Cooler from Caribou Coffee?

Caramel syrup, cooler mix, ice, whipped cream and caramel drizzle...  it all adds up to a Caramel Cooler at Caribou Coffee.  We declined dessert earlier tonight at Four Seasons Grille after a wonderful dinner, but then walked next door for a cup of coffee.  My husband instead succumbed to the temptation presented by a giant poster picturing summer coolers, and now I do believe he's hooked!


Caribou Coffee in Gambrills

A Caramel Cooler

Caribou Coffee in Gambrills










Caribou Coffee is located at The Village of Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, about 3 minutes North of Crofton and perhaps 10 minutes east of Fort Meade.  Until tonight, it was one of the few stores there which I had never visited. 

I always assumed it was similar to Starbucks, but never gave it much thought since I'm not much of a coffee-drinker.  Actually, this location of Caribou Coffee is larger than any Starbucks I've visited nearby, with a huge lounge area beyond the counter area as well as casual seating as you walk into the store.  I'm guessing they must have wi-fi, since I saw several people with computers open as well as others reading or chatting.


Outside they have a beautiful patio area with umbrella tables, separated from the patio at Four Seasons Grille by a curving brick wall.  On a beautiful evening like we had tonight, there were lots of people out there - including a few from Titan Cigar, located next to Caribou Coffee.

When I got home, I checked out Caribou Coffee's website and found more info than I could ever want to know about that Caramel Cooler my husband enjoyed tonight:  Calories (420), fat grams, cholesterol, calcium, sodium, calcium, and caffeine, to name just some of them. 

Then I started exploring the website a little farther and found they have 8 "classic" beverages, 6 cold ones and 6 coolers, 5 flavors of smoothies, and a "snowdrift."  They also have 8 flavors of espresso, 5 lite lattes, 7 "wild" beverages and at least 7 teas.  Each has its own page with the same type of info that I found for the Caramel Cooler.  Oh, by the way, did I mention they do have coffee... and feature a different one each day?

Now I'm kicking myself that I never visited Caribou Coffee before tonight because it would be a very comfortable place to sit down with clients and recap the days showings.  It really doesn't matter that I'm not a big coffee fan because chances are my clients will be.  Even non-coffee drinkers will find a Caramel Cooler refreshing!

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Comment balloon 9 commentsMargaret Woda • August 12 2009 10:10PM


Hi Margaret, Being a coffee person ( meaning of course I like it, LOL ) I love these coffee houses as they provide all the unique flavors and combinations but also so much more. It is a new culture that has sprung up in our country and it is a good one. These places are clean, wi-fi active and generally quite safe and what is really cool is that are not replacing something else. It is a new entity and something wonderful for our communities.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 8 years ago

The coffee shops are a great place to meet with clients while we are out and about. Sounds like this is at good stop.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 8 years ago

Hi Margaret... I actually have had a Caramel Cooler from Caribou Coffee... all I can say is "YUM!".  I wish fewer of these localism posts had to deal with food... this isn't doing any good for my diet!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 8 years ago

There is a Caribou Coffee nearby - I usually stick to a tea though as I'm not really a coffee drinker :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Sounds like a really neat place. I should utilize our coffee shop in town more for sitting with clients. Don't know why I don't! As long as there is decaf for any coffee after 10 am, I am fine with that! Great post and it seems like a wonderful place to hang out!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

William - Your comments are always so throughtful and relevant.  We all could learn something about that from you!

Terry and Bonnie - Yes, this is about 5 minutes from my office, and it is a pleasant environment.  'Don't know why I never checked it out before except that I'm not a coffee-drinker myself.

Steve - How's your new office?  Nothing like new surroundings to get the adrenalin flowing.

Rita and Brian - I'm not much of a tea-drinker, either, but I do think I might become a Caribou Coffee groupee anyway

Andrea - Isn't it funny how someplace like this can be right under our noses and yet we miss it?

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Margaret - thanks for the tip on what to order - I really hate to admit this but I feel so stupid at these coffee places because I don't know what to order!!!  Our daughter is a big fan of the Starbucks and had me put IN MY BB the exact words to use so that I look like a regular!  :)

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 8 years ago


Oh my that looks seriously delicious!  I think there are a few Caribous here in DC.  And I am so close to doing something diet busting right now!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

It looks very refreshing. Since its not local to me, I'll have to go somewhere now and have something similar.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 8 years ago

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