I had been a steady customer of Starbuck's Coffee until I walked into the Caribou Coffee store in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on Leona Drive by the Eden Prairie Center mall.
I still go to Starbucks, but I seem to be going to Caribou more often. I think that it might be possible that Starbucks has some real competition.
Even if I'm just going through a honeymoon phase, I'd say that Caribou is at least as good as Starbucks.
The people at the store on Leona Drive are always courteous, attentive, and very good at what they do.
The coffee and the people make going to Caribou something I look forward to, like a nice break from the grind (pun intended).