Free Wi-Fi Coming to Caribou

Sweet! Our very own home-grown anti-Starbucks is rolling out the free wi-fi access. Which is a leg up on Starbucks, and maybe a blow to the independent coffee shop (I wonder what kind of impact there was when Dunn Bros rolled out their free wi-fi). I’ll support my favorite local coffee shops, but sometimes Caribou is just more convenient.

The service, offered through Wandering WiFi, is expected to be up and running by next month. Wireless Internet access will run at no charge for up to an hour of use. After an hour, Wi-Fi users will be required to make a store purchase of at least $1.50 per additional hour.

Seems reasonable to me. If I want to hang out that long, I’ll probably be ready for another beverage anyway.

P.S. “Lip Stuff”. Heh!

6 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    Anti-starbucks? Caribou coffee has a lot less stores, but no one can touch the number of stores Starbucks has. Caribou has nearly 400 stores in 15 states making it the second largest coffee chain in the US according to some counts.

    Starbucks and Caribou are quite similiar. Both stores look the same from location to location. Neither uses fresh beans roasted on site, instead they have a factory that roasts and ships them to the stores. Caribou coffee does taste better.

    Maybe I’m biased because I’ve only had lousy service from Caribou since moving to MPLS. Baristas have quipped comments like what do you expect when you take your coffee black after I complained about a terribly burnt tasting coffee. They did give me a new one though, but that comment always stuck.

    However I will always take a Caribou over a Starbuck coffee. But I will always try the little guy over either of those no matter what.

    If you are trying to support the local kid you should go to a local coffee and tea shop where the money staying in town instead of going over seas. Dunn Bros stores are locally owned franchises.

    I am not affiliated with any of these stores. My vote goes for Coffee and Tea by Lee


  2. Erica (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    I guess by “anti-Starbucks” I was thinking that because it’s locally HQed that folks here prefer it to SBUX. Other than that, you’re right, it’s not really.


  3. Dave Dash (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 6:12 am

    About time, they must have realized people don’t want to pay for their stupid wireless … not in this town…


  4. Tipper (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    The only problem with Dunn Bros. is that the coffee is completely awful.

    How in the world is Caribou going to enforce the $1.50-purchase-after-an-hour rule?


  5. Dave Dash (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

    Tipper,

    Caribou isn’t used to having customers that actually stay ;) So they think it’s easy…


  6. mw (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    I hate Caribou. After they ran a private coffee shop out of a strip mall because they didn’t want the competition I decided to boycott.

    read this: http://wcco.com/business/local_story_337125702.html



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