Welcome to Queen Creek, Dutch Bros.


Madison Lamb, Editor-in-Chief

The long awaited Queen Creek Dutch Bros. is here! 

No longer will teenagers in San Tan Valley have to make the 28 mile round trip trek to Gilbert to grab their favorite coffee, rebel energy drink or tea. The new location on the corner of Ellsworth Road and Queen Creek Road opens tomorrow morning. 

The store opening just hours away has employees daydreaming about how the first day of customers will go.

“A lot of fun, a lot of drinks, and hopefully a lot of people,” barista Kaleb Leon said.

There is a lot of faith and trust being put into the location and Mobster Jenna “JJ” Jorgensen has put a lot of her trust in it.

“They are so ready, they have put in the work, and they are ready to handle this,” Jorgensen said.

Dutch Bros. employees work both on the drive through line and inside making the drinks. The team consists of the general managers, mobsters, baristas, store manager, and cashier. All of these positions are apart of what Dutch Bros. call their “Mafia.”

Customers come to expect a certain level of energy from the employees and that energy is often what gets people interested in working there. 

There is no doubt that the people at Dutch Bros have a vibe that most coffee places don’t.

“The energy going into a Dutch Bros. being a customer and realizing how friendly and awesome everybody as really excited me,” Leon said.

The staff has personal experiences with the brand that made them want to be a part of the team before being hired.

“I found myself wanting to go whenever I had a bad day, or whenever I wanted to celebrate something, anytime I needed someone to be there with me emotionally,” Jorgensen said. “So I started going there to make myself feel better or to celebrate with someone else or to get my drink. That’s when I knew this company was special, it’s not about the coffee, it’s about the love, it’s about the interaction, and it’s about something more that you can’t really pinpoint before you work here.” 

While the staff is excited for the store to open, they is a certain level of anxiety that goes along with becoming a certified barista at a new location.

“Remembering the drinks, but when you get the hang of it, you get the hang of it,” Leon said.

Dutch Bros. biggest hope is that all of their locations will have the energetic cheeriness that all of their locations are well known for. Dutch Bros. is not Dutch Bros. without this energy.

“I expect them to just love on the community around them and become friends with these people and just make an impact on these people as well,” Jorgensen said.

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