Though I loathe the taste of coffee, I still find myself meeting friends at coffee shops.
Most of my friends guzzle down coffee and lattes like some people drink water. Meanwhile I still order kid-like drinks like hot chocolate or smoothies.
What can I say, my “coffee” taste bud never developed.
I may like mushrooms, calamari, onions, tomatoes, truffle oil, scallops, and other so called grown-up foods, but I never grew to like coffee.
In Minnesota, a lot of people consider it a coffee sin not to sip at Caribou. Though Minnesotan’s often fret when traveling outside of our state due to the lack of ‘Bou’s.
Typically when I meet people for “coffee,” we pick a nearby Caribou with its comfortable couches and chairs, cabin-like fireplaces and “up north” pictures hanging from wood paneled walls. The Minnesota feel is fleece-blanket welcoming on cold winter days, and lake front cool on summer mornings. All of which appeals to us laid-back midwesterners. When we want to feel like a rushed city-person we sometimes hop over to the nearest Starbucks, in all its sleekness and design, for Italian-size inspired drip drinks.
And the inevitable debate arises.
A loaded question that brings up many side points and arguments – what do you prefer – Starbucks or Caribou?
And I must say that even I, a non-coffee drinking adult have a preference.
And it is not as Minnesotan as some would think…
I ask. You answer.
- Starbucks or Caribou?
- Coffee drinks or smoothies (fake coffee drinks)?
- What drink do you always get at Caribou? What drink do you always get at Starbucks?
- How many coffees per day does it take to get you going??