". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I may have to change my coffee (and my profile)

I admit it: I'm a coffee addict. I don't think I drink as much as some people--I generally have two cups--okay, mugs--in the morning and one in the afternoon when the sleepies hit. But I must acknowledge that I am dependent, especially on that first morning cup. Without it I can count on a headache.

For years now I have been drinking Caribou coffee. I just prefer the taste to Starbuck's. We like Caribou coffee so much that a few years ago my husband looked into opening our own franchise. (I'm kind of glad he stuck to church music.) At that time he also looked into concerns about Caribou's connections to Islamic militants. If you check into Caribou's history on Snopes or Urban Legends, you will find that yes, First Islamic Investment Bank is majority owner of the company and that at one time there was an advisory board member known for having strong anti-Israel and anti-American views. But you will also find that the person in question is no longer on the advisory board (having left in 2002) and that Caribou has hired an American law firm to review its charitable donations and affirm that none are going to organizations banned under U.S. law.

Still, I wonder if my money could be better spent. If only Starbuck's coffee tasted a little better it would be easy! Today, though, I may have another reason to make a change not only to my preferred coffeehouse but also to my profile. Starbuck's, maybe it's time we got to know each other a little better.


Elephantschild said...

Target's house brands of coffee are very good. That's what I've been getting lately. And it's $5/12oz bag.

Jane said...

Trader Joe's coffee is excellent and cheaper than Caribou or Starbucks. I like a couple of Starbuck's roasts, but not most of them.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the suggestions! We buy coffee from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods sometimes and both are cheaper than Starbuck's or Caribou. And we have a Target right around the corner. I was there just yesterday and was exploring their grocery department a bit--was surprised to see some really good everyday prices on some things I often buy. I will have to try their coffee!

Still, sometimes I just want to stop in and buy a cup. It's a way I can baby myself without spending an arm and a leg. I don't get manicures or massages or facials, etc., so it's nice sometimes to just have the cup of coffee made for me instead of making it myself. When I want the coffeehouse experience, my choices around here are Starbuck's and Caribou, and Caribou has always been the hands down winner. But now I have a reason to give Starbuck's another chance to win my heart.