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How to Order at Dutch Bros: 7 Simple Steps

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Every coffee shop is different. If you are a regular at Starbucks, you already know the lingo and how to step inside and make your order quickly. The same can be said for Dunkin’ or a small-town coffee shop you frequent. Dutch Bros is an up-and-coming drive-thru coffee shop that is available to visit in 11 states with more stores planned. With Dutch Bros being one of the new kids on the block in the coffee world, learning how to order a drink at their shops is something you should try to learn before stopping by.

Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you order smoothly and quickly when you try Dutch Bros for the first time.

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Before You Go to Dutch Bros

One way to get a bit prepared for your first trip to Dutch Bros is to pull up the online menu. Dutch Bros focuses on flavor combinations when it comes to their drinks. Some of these combos are made with an espresso while others aren’t. This means you’ll need to order your drinks by including all parts of the combo instead of searching the menu for a specifically named drink combination.

Also, be prepared when it comes to extras. Dutch Bros has lots of flavored syrups and toppings you can add to your drinks. Many of these can also be sugar-free. Having an idea of what the company offers before you go will help you order more efficiently and help the “brotistas” get your order perfect.

The 7 Steps to Order at Dutch Bros

1. Greet Your “Brotista”

No, it is not a requirement that you greet the person serving you at an establishment, but it does show common courtesy and friendliness. You could even offer a smile. We understand how difficult that can be for someone needing their first kick of caffeine for the day but trust us, it is doable.

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2. Choose Your Drink Size

When making your order, start with the proper size. Yes, Dutch Bros uses the sizes you are familiar with such as small, medium, and large. What differs here is the ounces you receive per type of drink ordered. This is how they do things:

Hot Drinks

  • Small: 12 ounces
  • Medium: 16 ounces
  • Large: 20 ounces

Iced Drinks

  • Small: 16 ounces
  • Medium: 24 ounces
  • Large: 32 ounces

Blended Drinks

  • Small: 16 ounces
  • Medium: 24 ounces
  • Large: 32 ounces

Children’s Size: 10 ounces

3. Choose Your Drink Type

This is where things start to get fun. Once you’ve told the size you want, it’s time to choose either hot, iced, or blended. We all know what hot means. It is when you order a coffee – which at Dutch Bros results in being served an Americano since they do not offer drip – or espresso the way it is made. You’ll also find other hot drinks on their menu including teas and hot chocolate. Iced drinks are made using cold liquid. They are then poured over ice to offer a truly refreshing treat. Finally, blended is when the original drink is blended with ice. Smoothies and Frappuccinos are examples of blended drinks.

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4. Choose Your Drink Combo

This is where the flavor combinations come into play. Yes, you can simply order a regular coffee, an espresso, or a latte but with the combinations offered at Dutch Bros, this is where you can truly experiment. Trying out different flavor combinations is a great way to find a new favorite drink to enjoy. You can switch things up each time you stop by. You’ll also find that Dutch Bros offers drinks other than coffee. The Rebel energy drink and their lemonades are big hits. These too can be combined with your favorite flavors to come up with interesting drinks. Make sure you specify whether you want regular or decaf for coffee drinks and regular or sugar-free flavors.

5. Add the Extras

Next, you order those tasty extras. Do you want a bit of caramel sauce on top? What about a bit of whipped cream or sprinkles? Yes, Dutch Bros offers all the tasty syrups, sauces, and toppings you could want, so make use of them.

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6. Grab Food If You Want

Dutch Bros does more than drinks. When you stop by you can also take a look at their food menu. Tasty goodies like muffin tops can truly make your visit great. Once your drink is ordered, next up is the food.

7. Say Thank You

Once you’ve been given your order and paid the bill, it’s time to thank those who’ve made you a delicious drink, and food if you added it. They work hard to ensure each order at Dutch Bros lives up to expectations, so a thank you and a tip go a long way in showing appreciation.

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In Conclusion

As you can see, it isn’t difficult to order at Dutch Bros. The main thing to remember when giving this popular coffee shop a try is that your favorite drink may not be listed on their menu. Instead, you may need to combine flavors to create it. Either way, playing with the menu and options is a fun way of falling in love with a new tasty creation.

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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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