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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Principles of Consolidation

Principles of Consolidation

The Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. and affiliates that it controls. The affiliates are Caribou MSP Airport, a partnership in which the Company owns a 49% interest and that operates six coffeehouses, and Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc., a licensor of Caribou Coffee branded coffeehouses. The Company controls the daily operations of Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc. and accordingly consolidates their results of operations. The Company provided a loan to its partner in Caribou MSP Airport for all of the partner’s equity contribution to the venture. Consequently, the Company bears all the risk of loss but does not control all decisions that may have a significant effect on the success of the venture. Therefore, the Company consolidates the Caribou MSP Airport, as it is the primary beneficiary in this variable interest entity. All material intercompany balances and transactions between Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., Caribou MSP Airport and Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc. have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. Actual results may differ from those estimates, and such differences may be material to the consolidated financial statements.

Fiscal Year End

Fiscal Year End

The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Sunday falling nearest to December 31. Each fiscal year consists of four 13-week quarters in a 52-week year and three 13-week quarters and one 14-week fourth quarter in a 53-week year. Each fiscal quarter reported herein consists of two four-week months and one five-week month.

The Company’s sales are somewhat seasonal, with the fourth quarter accounting for the highest sales volumes. Operating results for the thirteen week period ended September 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of future results that may be expected for the year ending December 30, 2012.

Revenue Recognition

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes retail coffeehouse sales for products and services when payment is tendered at the point of sale. Sales tax collected from customers is presented net of amounts expected to be remitted to various tax jurisdictions. Accordingly, sales taxes have no effect on the Company’s reported net sales in the accompanying statements of operations.

Revenue from the sale of products to commercial, franchise or on-line customers is recognized when ownership and price risk of the products are legally transferred to the customer, which is generally upon the shipment of goods. Revenues include any applicable shipping and handling costs invoiced to the customer, and the expense of such shipping and handling costs is included in cost of sales.

The Company sells stored value cards of various denominations. Cash receipts related to stored value card sales are deferred when initially received and revenue is recognized when the card is redeemed and the related products are delivered to the customer. Such amounts are classified as a current liability on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. The Company will honor all stored value cards presented for payment; however, the Company has determined that the likelihood of redemption is remote for certain card balances due to long periods of inactivity (“breakage”). The Company estimates that cards which have had no activity for 48 months are unlikely to be used in the future. In these circumstances, to the extent management determines there is no requirement for remitting balances to government agencies under unclaimed property laws, card and certificate balances may be recognized in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. The Company uses the redemption recognition method and recognizes the estimated value of abandoned cards as a percentage of every stored value card redeemed and includes the amount in coffeehouse sales. Such amounts represent the Company’s experience regarding unused balances related to stored value cards redeemed. The Company excludes stored value card balances sold in jurisdictions which require remittance of unused balances to government agencies under unclaimed property laws. Breakage recognized was immaterial to all periods presented.

Territory development fees and initial franchise fees are recognized upon substantial performance of services for a new territory or coffeehouse, which is generally upon the opening of a new coffeehouse. Royalties based upon a percentage of reported sales are recognized on a monthly basis when earned. Cash payments received in advance for territory development fees or initial franchise fees are recorded as deferred revenue until earned.

All revenues are recognized net of any discounts, returns, allowances and sales incentives, including coupon redemptions and rebates. The Company periodically participates in trade-promotion programs such as shelf price reductions and consumer coupon programs that require the Company to estimate and accrue the expected cost of such programs. Coupons are recognized as a liability when distributed based upon expected consumer redemptions. The Company maintains liabilities based on historical experience and management’s judgment at the end of each period for the estimated expenses incurred, but unpaid for these programs.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Allowance for doubtful accounts is calculated based on historical experience, customer credit risk and application of the specific identification method. A summary of the allowance for doubtful accounts is as follows (in thousands):

 

                 
    September 30,
2012
    January 1,
2012
 

Allowance for doubtful accounts – accounts receivable

  $ 20     $ 59  

Allowance for doubtful accounts – other receivables

    10       6  
Operating Leases and Rent Expense

Operating Leases and Rent Expense

Certain of the Company’s lease agreements provide for scheduled rent increases during the lease term or for rental payments commencing at a date other than the date of initial occupancy. Rent expense is recorded on a straight-line basis over the initial lease term and renewal periods that are reasonably assured. The difference between rent expense and rent paid is recorded as deferred rent and is included in “accrued expenses” and “deferred rent liability” in the consolidated balance sheets. Contingent rents, including those based on a percentage of retail sales over stated levels, and rental payment increases based on a contingent future event are accrued over the respective contingency periods when the achievement of such targets or events are deemed to be probable by the Company.