Dueling Restaurants: Dutch Bros
Dutch Bros first began business in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1992. The original owners, Dane and Traivs, chose to venture away from the dairy company and enter the world of espresso. Since then, Dutch Bros has expanded to 11 states in the U.S. and counting! Their most recent location in Las Vegas is on Centennial Parkway and Aliante Parkway, and this is the location I decided to visit.
When I first arrived at this location both drive-thru lanes were completely filled. Although both lines were busy it didn’t take long for my order to be taken. Their employees were outside, going car to car, and taking customers orders on a tablet. When it was my turn to order, they kindly greeted me. Not only did they strive to have a conversation with me, but they were also telling me about their day. After our conversation we discussed their menu options. With their menu varying from energy drinks and smoothies to hot chocolate and coffee, it made it difficult to decide.
Finally, I came to the conclusion of getting a medium iced white chocolate chai latte with oat milk. Upon taking my order I also tipped $2 for their kindness and gratitude shown. After, we waited in the car for approximately five minutes, and we finally got to the window. The employee at the window was also very kind while handing my drinks to me. I was then on my way to taste test the drink.
After taking a few sips, I knew I definitely chose the right drink! It was not too much of an overpowering flavor of chai or the white chocolate, a perfect balance of the two. The oat milk was also a fine touch of flavor to help compliment the chai flavor.
Overall, I would recommend Dutch Bros as my number one choice for energy drinks and coffee. The customer service was great and I was very satisfied with the drink.
Dutch Bros gets 9/10 coffee!
Dueling Restaurants: Starbucks
Starbucks first began business in Seattle in 1971. The founders Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Seigl all had a love and passion for coffee and tea and chose to pursue it through Starbucks. With 32,646 stores worldwide, Starbucks continues to grow and expand their company internationally. Although they have many locations, a store in North Las Vegas was used for this review.
The line was fairly long at this location but it was nothing in comparison to the line at Dutch Bros and it did not take long to get to the spot where customers ordered. The Starbucks menu has a wide variety of options ranging from bakery sweets, coffee, tea, etc. To keep the playing field fair, the same drink was ordered that was ordered for the Dutch Bros. review: a grande iced chai latte with oat milk, but with this drink, a pumpkin cold foam was added just to be festive for the fall season. While ordering, the staff was very friendly. They asked how the day had gone, and similar to Dutch Bros, they striked a conversation. Upon ordering, customers pull forward to the window to continue with payment.
After receiving the drink, it was very apparent that Starbucks’ medium sized drink didn’t even compare in size to the Dutch Bros. medium. It was much smaller, and the ratio of ice to the actual beverage was not equal. Despite the size of the cup, the drink itself was very enjoyable. The flavor of the chai was able to compliment the pumpkin cold foam perfectly. It was a match for the fall weather.
Overall, Starbucks, is enjoyable. The customer service and drink were both great, but for what customers are paying, they are not getting their money’s worth for the size of their medium (grande) cup size.
Starbucks gets 7/10 coffees!