Caribou Secrets: 15 Of The Best Caribou Coffee Drinks For Coffee (And Tea) Lovers

Caribou Secrets: 15 Of The Best Caribou Coffee Drinks For Coffee (And Tea) Lovers

Time to make your caribou experience even more interesting

As a barista that has worked at Caribou for over a year now, I have made and tasted some of the best drinks out there. Although some of these drinks may seem obvious, many of the other drinks on this listen are just made up of many different combinations of flavorings. So relax, take a break, and enjoy some coffee.

1. Sparkling Green Tea Lemonade with a Full Flavor Shot of Raspberry

Yes, this is a lot of words to say when ordering. But, this is one of the best teas at Caribou. I enjoy this drink on hot summer days sitting on the beach. Pro tip, you can also get this drink still if you don’t like sparkling drinks.

2. Sparkling Peach Black Tea with a Full Flavor Shot of Raspberry

If you are trying to find a drink that will taste like the “Peach-O’s” candy, this is your drink. Pro tip: You can also get this drink still.

3. Cinnamon Robis Tea Latte

This is basically like Christmas in a cup. So if you are looking for a drink to try during the Christmas season, or for when you winter lovers are missing the snow, go to your nearest Caribou and order this drink. They may give you a weird look at first, but it is in the books of drinks they can make!

4. Cold Press with a Full Flavor Shot of Toasted Marshmallow Flavoring

If you are looking for a cold drink to sip on around the campfire, this is your drink. It reminds me of the heavenly taste of a smore (without the huge mess).

5. The Grant Stramer (White Caramel Iced Crafted Press)

This is my go to drink when I go to caribou. Although I do many different specifications to it, you will enjoy it. How to order:

  • Caramel Iced Crafted Press (Or Hot Crafted Press if you want it hot)
  • Add one more salt and sugar mix than normal per size (the barista will understand this lingo)
  • Substitute the number of caramel pumps like so: 1 pump (small), 2 pumps (medium), 3 pumps (large)
  • Add White Chocolate (Same number of pumps per size to the amount of caramel)

6. Mango Orange Key Lime Tropical Green Tea Smoothie

I know this sounds weird at first. Tea inside of a smoothie?!?! WHO ARE YOU. Just trust me. You will love it. How to order:

  • Order a Mango Orange Key Lime Smoothie (Large specifically)
  • Add 2 Table Spoons of Tropical Green Tea
  • At 3 CBC’s of whipping cream
  • Add whip inside the smoothie
  • Add whip to the top

7. Mango Orange Key Lime Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If the caribou workers love you enough, or if you sweet talk them enough, you will easily be able to get the barista to make you this drink. To order, just ask for half mango orange key lime mix and half strawberry banana mix. Add whip to the top for greatness

8. Not so Coffee-Less Cooler (Any Kind)

I have technically never tried this drink, but many people I worked with suggested this as their favorite drink. You can order any of the coffee-less coolers at caribou, and then just add espresso. I would definitely recommend the Oreo’s and Cream coffee-less cooler if you were going to try this drink.

9.Hot Apple Blast

A lot of people don’t know, but caribou offers their version of apple cider. A Hot Apple Blast is simply Steamed Apple Juice and Cinnamon. If you live Apple Cider, you will LOVE this drink.

10. London Fog

Looking for some tea to warm you up on the cold winter days? Here’s the drink you have been looking for! With a combination of steamed milk, Earl Grey Tea, and vanilla, it will be like you are sipping on a marshmallow!

11. Caramel Brownie Coffee-Less Cooler

Are you looking for something that doesn’t involve coffee? Here is the best option! An original Brownie Coffee-Less Cooler with a full flavor shot of Caramel. Believe me, you won’t regret trying this drink.

12. Hot Chocolate Cold Press with Caramel

Although every caribou worker will probably look at you strange, this is an AMAZING drink. Order a hot chocolate with caramel, then ask them to add cold press. You will find yourself ordering this more often then you should once you order it once.

13. Mint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint and Hot Chocolate?! How could this get any better?!?!?! Pro tip: do white chocolate if you want to mix it up a little.

14. Silly Soda

Have a kid you don’t want to introduce to coffee? Order them a silly soda. A mixture of sparkling water and flavoring, you kid will be asking for more!

15. Caramel Cappuccino

The best cappuccino you can get at caribou! Caramel, Froth, Espresso, and Steam Milk!! Pro Tip: don’t order a cappuccino if you are expecting one that tastes like it comes from a gas station….. It doesn’t.

Next time you go to caribou, don’t get your regular drink. Switch it up a bit and order something from this list. Maybe you will find your new favorite drink!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

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I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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