They say to write what you know. What I know is that I am in love with a way of life I like to call Dutch Bros. You see, it is more than just a coffee shop (spoiler alert: I don’t even drink coffee and have no plans of starting). Dutch Bros is where you go when you need a pick me up, are having a good day, need an attitude adjustment, or have 20 minutes to spare.
You see, this all started with my strong strong dislike of coffee. My whole life people have told me that I would learn to love coffee when I went to college. Nope. When I had to get up early for work I would enjoy that cup of joe. Nope. When I had kids and learned what real sleep deprivation looked like, I would need it to survive. Nope. Y’all are wrong. You can’t learn to like grossness. What I did enjoy the occasional indulgence in… energy drinks.
That sickeningly sweet nectar that is oh so bad for you… gimme gimme. If you came here for advice on clean eating for your family or getting through that mid-day slump naturally, I am going to fail you big time. My secret to life is the occasional energy drink and I don’t even feel a tiny bit bad about that. #sorrynotsorry
Here is where Dutch Bros comes in. They make their own energy drink called a Rebel! The best part is, you can flavor it however your hearts desires. My drink changes weekly if not monthly, but some of my favorites include Marmalade (Strawberry, Orange, Grapefruit), OG Gummy Bear (Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, Grapefruit), Ray of Sunshine (Blackberry, Peach, Grapefruit), and Vampire Slayer (Strawberry, Pomegranate). The best way to order these you ask? Always a large and always iced. If you are feeling extra fancy, add some Shine (edible shimmer).
Here is the thing though, Dutch Bros isn’t just about the drinks. It is about relationships and being a place of joy in a world of yuck. Whether you are a newbie or come every week, they welcome you with open arms. They ask about your day. They ask my kids how they are. They have meaningful conversation and do it with customer service that blows my mind. They make it their job to make sure your day is better than when you pulled up. They have laughed with me, PRAYED with me, made my kids tantrum stop with whip cream on a straw, and had deep conversations about life with me… all in a drive thru.
On top of great drinks that keep me going and unmatched experience, they give back… in a BIG WAY! Like $1.3 MILLION dollars for Muscular Dystrophy, $7,300 in Twin Falls for Relay for Life, $8,650 for the families of teens killed in an accident in Eagle Point, and $5,900 to Animal Help Alliance in Las Vegas. This is just a few of the amazing things they are doing for our communities.
Why on earth am I signing the praises of a coffee shop? Did they give me a lifetime supply of Rebels or something? Cash money? While I would gladly accept all of those things, no. This is 100% sponsored. They have no idea who I am… well maybe some of my regular baristas at the Surprise location do (or more likely the annoying mom with the van full of babies). I am doing this because these are the type of companies that not only do I like to give my money to, I like to share so that others can do the same. I know you have a lot of options for coffee shops, but does yours make you want to write a love story to them in your free time?
P.S. It should be noted for all you strange coffee loving folks, they have that too. My husband and sister are big fans of several of their coffee drinks.
P.S.S. They now have lemonade and it is absolutely delicious and 100% worth the trip for these hot summer days. I hope they never take it off the menu!