This has nothing to do with local food, gardening, or sustainability, but for people who like cocoa and frequent Caribou Coffee, have you noticed anything peculiar about the menu?
The kids cocoa is the same size as a regular small cocoa, and it comes with cookie bits on top. But it’s almost a dollar cheaper than the not-cookie-bits-having cocoa for adults. This seems like a failure of basic economic principles. What kind of business model charges less for more product? I suppose it’s meant to be some sort of loss leader – maybe they hope to get parents to take their kids to Caribou to build brand loyalty and get the parents to buy more expensive drinks. And maybe they figure that any adult ordering cocoa will be too embarrassed to order the kiddie version.
Apparently I don’t have enough shame. And since I don’t actually want the cookie bits or the whipped cream, I just ask for the kids cocoa without all that stuff on it. It’s almost surprising that there’s not a surcharge for opting out of the toppings, given the backwards logic. But if you don’t embarrass easily, then feel free to exploit this loophole.