Have you heard the news? The Dutch have arrived in Sonoma! On May 16, after two months of construction, Dutch Bros. Coffee FINALLY opened their windows — a drive-thru and walk-up — with a day of free coffee for EVERYONE, as is part of the Dutch Bros experience [first ever visitors get a free drink]. And I have been there every day since opening, for many reasons which I’m about to share!
My Dutch Love
I have to say, though, that I did have a lot of reserve when it came to Dutch Bros moving in. My biggest concern was that they wouldn’t be a community team player. The Sonoma Valley thrives on businesses that give to it’s community and I wasn’t sure the Dutch Bros franchise would provide that. (This, for me, is a deal breaker when I choose to support a local business.) However, the day after opening, Dutch Bros Sonoma donated their first day of profits, a total of $2,780.00, to Sonoma Valley Boys and Girls Club. They have since continued to make their presence known in the Valley –most recently showing up at the SVHS Grad Night and Prestwood Elementary Promotion Ceremony.
For me, Dutch Bros is about the experience. The way the “broistas” can take a grumpy-gils 3 year old to a happy, ready-for-the-day kiddo with a quick conversation is beyond me (okay, maybe there is a lollipop involved). Add to that the high fives, the laughs, the fun-loving attitudes, supreme customer service, and great drinks — see, it’s an experience — how could you not want to start your day here?
And yes, while Dutch Bros is a franchise, it is currently operated by an amazing local couple, Joey and MacKenzie (if you ever forget their names, don’t worry, the Freeze machines are named after them). I have yet to be at Dutch Bros and not see one of them in there, hands on, working with the team and keeping the energy high — especially during the peak hours. I’m not sure why I think this is totally awesome, but I do.
lastly, if you follow their Instagram and Facebook you will see that Dutch Bros Sonoma is always announcing specials – $2 drinks, triple stamp tuesday (yes, they have stamp cards, just ask), happy hour, and even free drink cards. Or, hanging on their window is the “Drink of the Month” (this month is the Mint Mocha Freeze and it’s flipping amazing). My secret, shhhhh, do an “add shot floating” to the freezes — it cuts the sweetness, adds more caffeine, and sometimes you’ll hear Joey shout “We have a floater,” which, in itself, is reason enough.
Want to win free cool stuff…yes you do!!
Dutch Bros gave us a totally cool 24oz tumbler that besides just being awesome, will also save you a 25 cents every time you use it! But wait..there’s more! They have also told us to give away a $10 gift card so you can drink some great coffee for FREE!!
Here is how you win: We are going to keep this really simple. Just “Like” our Facebook page and leave a comment on this Dutch Bros Facebook post telling us what your favorite summer time coffee drinks are. THE LAST COMMENT ON THIS FACEBOOK POST WILL WIN!! HERE’S THE CATCH, WE ARE NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHEN THE CONTEST ENDS…BUT IT IS REALLY, REALLY SOON..MAYBE LIKE NOW..GO!