(Editor note:  This post was originally published on October 8, 2010 and updated February 10, 2014)
Gluten Free at Caribou Coffee

Gluten Free at Caribou Coffee

As the days get cooler and a lot of us turn toward a steaming hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, it’s always good to know your options when you’re out  and about this fall and winter.  Caribou Coffee — a chain of coffee shops based in Minnesota — recently got back to me with additional information on what’s gluten free in their stores.

On a particularly chilly day, I emailed Caribou wondering what we gluten-free folks could have if we stopped by their shop. Aaron in Customer Relations says,

“Currently all of our coffee and beverages are Gluten Free, unless the drink contains Cookie Crumb topping in or on it. In regarding to our foods, the Fresh Fruit Medley, Caramel pieces, and Trail Mix are the only options which are gluten free.”  — Aaron, Customer Relations February, 10, 2014

The kid’s cocoa and Cookies and Cream Cooler are examples that have the cookie crumbs.  Otherwise you should be fine ordering a coffee with a flavored syrup, but when you get into their fancier coffee drinks, just as a precaution, you may want to double check each individual ingredient.  You can do that on the menu page.

They also have an allergen page which has a few ingredients that contain wheat (some more obvious than others), like  the crushed peppermint (seasonal), oatmeal (hot cereal) blend, Oreo cookie bits, brown sugar crumble (for the oatmeal).  The list of items that “may contain wheat” are: chocolate-covered espresso beans, cooler mix (regular and Northern Lite), and honey roasted almonds.  While most of those are actually food options, you may just want to double check to make sure your beverage doesn’t have a topping or something like the crushed peppermint, oreos or cooler mixes which could contaminate your drink.

Caribou Coffee has shops in 16 states and several countries other than the United States.

(Editor note:  This post was originally published on October 8, 2010 and updated February 10, 2014)

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7 Responses to “What’s Gluten-Free at Caribou Coffee?”

  1. I’m curious to see what they’d say about their teas. Twice now I’ve bad reactions to the green citrus (?) iced tea. But I haven’t been able to get a definitive answer from them. I switched to the regular black tea and haven’t had any issues.

  2. I just googled Caribou Coffee Gluten Free and this was the first link that came up, thanks Amy!!

  3. Thanks for this info!!! So helpful!

  4. Kids cocoa does not contain cookie bits. It is the same as a regular cocoa but at a cooler temp.

  5. I had the worst reaction I have ever had to a Mint condition cooler, I asked the people and they said that I “probably” doesn’t have wheat because in the allergy section of the label its just said milk and soy. I was very close to puking 5- 10min after starting to drink it and about 15 mins after I stopped drinking it, the nausea lessened

  6. I feel like I’m seeing conflicting assertions here – first, that all their beverages are gluten free, and second, that the cooler mixes may contain wheat. Sounds to me like maybe they really don’t get it. Am I missing something, or are they?

  7. Good point Beth. The Customer relations person emailed me his answer and then I went to double check info on the website. It appears the email response does not include the “MAY contain wheat” information from their website and only includes the “contains wheat” items.

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