Best Coffee: Dutch Bros.

 STAR // Brennan Chin

STAR // Brennan Chin

From Dinosaur Eggs to Cocomos, you’d be a Rebel if you didn’t try Dutch Bros. The 25-year-old, privately held drive-through coffee stop specializes in unique caffeine concoctions, including a secret menu full of trendy drinks. Originating in Grants Pass, Oregon, with 271 locations scattered along the west coast, Santa Rosa residents should feel fortunate to live so close to this infamous business. 

The friendly staff greets each patron with a smile and a drink so good it can make your day. Redbull-infused beverages with added flavors provide an endless variety of fruity choices, and the caffeine kick isn’t too bad either. The Double Rainbro (strawberry, peach, and coconut), Gummy Bear (white chocolate, kiwis, and lime), Sour Patch (green apple and pomegranate), and Shark Attack (blue raz, lime, coconut, and pomegranate) are just a few delicious options. 

An assortment of brewed refreshments include the cult-classic Bob Marley (dark chocolate, coconut, and banana), Pocahontas, (caramel, white chocolate, and dark chocolate), Ninja (creme de menthe and white chocolate mocha), S’mores Breve (dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate macadamia, and brown sugar/cinnamon syrup), and Snickers (dark chocolate, caramel, and hazelnut), which taste even better than they sound. 

The coffee stand also serves Frosts, similar to milkshakes, but way better. Cotton Candy, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Creamsicle, Pumpkin Pie, and Cinnabon Frosts taste dangerously similar to their doppelganger treats and provide a sweet alternative to the caffeinated selections.

Whether you live two miles away or 20, Dutch Bros is worth the trip. If you’re not quite sold on the drinks, come on the first day of the month and pick up a colorful sticker unique to the month. Make sure you check out the Santa Rosa Dutch Bros on Mendocino Avenue for a great drink and even better customer service.

Location: 1451 Southwest Blvd, Rohnert Park. Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday- Friday; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday - Sunday.