Finding vegan options at restaurants and coffeehouses isn’t always easy. Unfortunately, some establishments don’t have any products made sans animal-based products, despite the growing number of vegans in the United States.
The Dutch Bros drive-through coffee chain, established in 1992, isn’t one of the U.S. food and drink vendors to exclude vegans. The Oregon-born business offers vegan-friendly flavors, milk alternatives, and beverages. We’ll introduce you to some of them below.
Roasty Roundup: Dutch Bros. Vegan Drinks to Try
Just because you’re looking for something vegan doesn’t mean you’re limited to plain coffee. Dutch Bros has an impressive lineup of delicious drinks that are vegan-friendly, and we’re sharing 11 of them.
Oat Milk Kicker
We’re starting our list strong with a DB classic, The Kicker! Ordered with no substitutions, the combination of espressos, half-and-half, and Irish cream syrup isn’t vegan. However, if you ask the “broista” to ditch the half-and-half and use creamy oat milk instead, you’ll end up with something vegan-friendly.
Nutty Irishman Cold Brew
Next on our list of Dutch Bros vegan options is the Nutty Irishman Cold Brew. It’s an excellent choice for people who prefer their caffeinated pick-me-ups to have hazelnut flavors.
The next time you visit the coffee chain, ask for a cold brew with non-dairy milk, hazelnut syrup, and Irish cream syrup added to it. No Soft Top topping, though. DB doesn’t make that with non-dairy or plant-based milk, so it isn’t vegan.
Cold Brew/Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
A cup of regular or nitro cold brew from Dutch Bros Coffee falls into the vegan category because no dairy or animal ingredients are involved when you sip it black. If you’re someone who doesn’t love drinking black coffee, you can add flavored syrup and a splash of non-dairy creaminess like coconut milk, oat milk, or almond milk.
Made by blending water with a few espresso shots, the classic Americano is always vegan when enjoyed sans add-ins.
If you want yours to have a creamier texture or additional flavor, you can ask the “broista” to make yours with your non-dairy milk of choice or one of Dutch Bros Coffee’s many coffee syrup options.
Enjoy the vegan version of any DB smoothie by simply requesting that your drink be made without a whipped cream topping. Four smoothies live on the franchise’s permanent drink menu: Peach, Strawberry, Green Apple, and Mango.
911 with Almond Milk
The 911 is a Dutch Bros classic and the drink of choice for the busiest customers who need to keep their energy levels high at all times.
The standard recipe calls for six shots of espresso — Yep, you read that right: SIX shots. It’s the most caffeinated of all Dutch Bros drinks. — plus Irish cream syrup and half-and-half. However, you can enjoy a vegan-friendly version by substituting almond milk for the half-and-half.
Dutch Bros workers make the Double Torture by combining a generous helping of espresso with chocolate milk, vanilla syrup, and a whipped cream topping.
However, you can make this classic menu item vegan by switching your choice of milk — go for almond or oat milk — and asking for no whipped topping. Give your vegan version of the beverage its chocolatey flavor by adding chocolate sauce to the mix. There you have it: a Double Torture made of vegan ingredients.
Iced Soy Annihilator
The Iced Soy Annihilator is a perfect vegan-friendly option for anyone hoping to pick up a sweet treat on their morning (or afternoon) coffee run. Made of rich espresso, chocolate macadamia nut syrup, and soy milk, this version of the Annihilator is a popular choice among DB’s vegan customers.
Cinnamon Swirl Oat Milk Latte
The Cinnamon Swirl Oat Milk Latte is another sweet vegan beverage you can find at Dutch Bros. It’s a simple drink made by combining espresso with oat milk, cinnamon, and vanilla, and it’s a solid choice for anyone steering clear of animal products.
Non-coffee drinkers can’t miss out on Dutch Bros Coffee’s Peach Tea. This vegan beverage is made with your choice of green or black tea and peach syrup.
If you want tea but aren’t feeling particularly peachy, you’re in luck. Every Dutch Bros tea except the Astronaut, Trixie, and Dutch Mojito are vegan friendly. The coffee franchise has plenty of tea options containing vegan-friendly syrups, so you’ll have no trouble finding something to sip on.
The Dutch Bros Dirty Chai is a popular drink among the franchise’s vegan customers. It’s probably so well-loved because of what a good flavor combination rich espresso and spicy chai tea creates. Just select a vegan milk option like oat milk when you order.
What’s Not Vegan at Dutch Bros?
Non-vegan items at Dutch Bros include:
- Dairy milks
- Dutch Chocolate blend
- Half-and-half/Soft Top (whipped half-and-half)
- Whipped cream
- Any Dutch Frost
- Caramel sauce
- White chocolate sauce and sugar-free white chocolate sauce
- Almond Roca syrup
- English toffee syrup
- Pumpkin sauce
- All food items
This isn’t an exhaustive list of non-vegan DB items, as the franchise uses ingredients that contain natural flavors that may or not be derived from animals. According to VegansBaby, Dutch Bros Rebel, hazelnut, and brown sugar cinnamon syrups have cane sugar, and those may or may not be vegan.
To stay on the safe side, consult your DB “broista” as you order; they should be able to help ensure every ingredient in your cup is vegan-friendly.
Is Dutch Bros Vegan-Friendly?
While plenty of Dutch Bros Coffee’s menu items have non-vegan ingredients, several do not. Plus, you can always make substitutions and customize your drink until it meets vegan standards.
So yes, DB is a vegan-friendly establishment, as each location has plenty of dairy-free and non-animal-derived ingredients in stock.