Fort Meade - USNA - Andrews AFB: Have You Tried a Caramel Cooler from Caribou Coffee?

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!

Crofton Area Restaurants and Carryouts

Margaret Woda

Margaret Woda - Real Estate The Woda Way


As a licensed Associate Broker in the D.C. - Baltimore - Annapolis area, I specialize in Anne Arundel and nearby Prince George's Counties, Maryland, including Fort Meade, Joint Base Andrews, and the U.S. Naval Academy. If you enjoyed reading this post and want to learn more about my "Common Sense Approach to Selling (or Buying) Your Home," please visit my website at Margaret or contact me today.


Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (410) 451-6245|

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) over 6 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) over 6 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 over 6 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) over 6 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 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 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.) over 6 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) over 6 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.) over 6 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 over 6 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments