Campus Pulse: Dutch Brothers or Starbucks?

The competition for coffee has been narrowed down to two coffee vendors, Dutch Brothers Coffee and Starbucks Coffee.  Students walking around campus can bee seen with either a Dutch Brothers cup or a Starbucks cup, but everyone has a favorite.

Several students were asked if they liked Dutch Brothers or Starbucks coffee better and why.

Dutch Brothers:

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Mariah Motheral, Business

“I would say it’s newer and has more variety.”

Peter Smirnov, Paramedic

“Because they have more variety”

Kristy Gleason, Social Science

“It depends.  Well I go to Starbucks when I want oatmeal.  I think Dutch Brothers is a better company if you want like specialized drinks.”  

Katie Viens, Deaf Interpreter

“Honestly the service there is better.  They are friendly and relatable.  The coffee tastes better, Starbucks is just too sweet.”

 

Austen Takahashi is a second year student attending American River College. He is majoring in Pre-Med. This interview was conducted on Feb. 16, 2016. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Austen Takahashi, Pre Med

“I like Dutch Brothers because it’s fast service and much cheaper.”

 

Starbucks:

Asia AL-Maliki is a second year student attending American River College. She is majoring in Computer Science. This interview was conducted on Feb. 16, 2016. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Asia AL-Maliki, Computer Science

“When I first tried it I liked it and it is closer to the Library.”

Carmen Santos, ASL Interpreter

“Actually, I’ve only had Dutch Bros once.  I always get Starbucks.”

Angela Garske is a second year student attending American River College. She is majoring in Communications. This interview was conducted on Feb. 16, 2016. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Angela Garske, Communications

“Well I work for Starbucks, so I’m a little biased.”

Lexi Oglesby, English

“I would probably say Starbucks, only because I like their tea.”  

Gregory Baul, Kinesiology

“”Starbucks has more variety and you don’t have to wait in a long line.”

 

 

Tia Gabriel is a second year student attending American River College. She is majoring in Nursing. This interview was conducted on Feb. 16, 2016. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Tia Gabriel, Nursing

“I like Starbucks because it tastes better than other stuff.”

Starbucks Coffee is located at ARC on campus in the student center.  They offer a variety of drinks like frappuccinos, teas, coffees, and smoothies.  Starbucks also sells different breakfast items or pastries.

 If you have the gold card, acquired after registering for their membership program and purchasing 24 drinks, then you can get discounts on your purchases. Starbucks is also on campus, and therefore easier to access.

The closest Dutch Brothers Coffee is about a five minute drive away off of Auburn Blvd, where you drive up to the window.  You will be greeted with friendly faces and music playing.  

If the line is long someone will come up to your window to take your order. In some cases you can even see Dutch Brothers stickers on the backs of students cars.  Dutch Bros also offers energy drinks called Rebels which Starbucks doesn’t have, tempting students off campus.

The biggest difference between the two coffee shops in terms of variety is that Starbucks has a wider choices of foods compared to Dutch Bros. There are some similarities as well though. They both have long lines that you have to wait in, and the pricing is similar depending on what you get.  

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Bailey Carpenter
Bailey Carpenter is a first-semester student on the Current, where she serves as a staff member. She is majoring in Communications and Journalism and plans to transfer after graduation.

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