Dutch Brothers 4_16_14

A Dutch Bros. Coffee, on West Texas Street in Fairfield, is set to open soon. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Local Business

Dutch Bros. joins Fairfield coffee corridor

By From page B7 | April 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Texas Street through West Texas Street to Interstate 80 is already one of Fairfield’s caffeine corridors and it’s about to get even more caffeinated.

Coffee fans along these 2 miles already have the choice of Starbucks, Glimpses Coffee House and Chocolatte. They can stop at Rosanna’s Bakery or Jelly Donut if they want something sweet with their caffeine. They can stop at McDonald’s or Jack in the Box if they want a fast food breakfast with their brew.

If they don’t mind branching off from West Texas Street a bit, they can go to He Brews It! Cafe on Enterprise Drive.

Now comes Dutch Bros. Coffee at 1420 W. Texas St. It has a new building with a sloping, blue roof and windmill logo and is a drive-thru only. It is to have its grand opening by the end of the month.

Kayleigh and Walker Slover are the owners of the local Dutch Bros. franchise, the first in Solano County.

The Slovers grew up in Grants Pass, Ore., where Dutch Bros. has its headquarters. Kayleigh Slover worked as a barista there for Dutch Bros. Walker Slover was a frequent customer.

“That’s how we met,” Kayleigh Slover said. “Talking to him through the drive-thru window.”

Those 30-second conversations led to dating. That led to getting married.

How the Slovers got from Grants Pass to Fairfield all ties in with Dutch Bros.

Kayleigh Slover’s brother’s friend got a Dutch Bros. franchise in Woodland and her brother went to work there. Her brother ended up with franchises in Crescent City and Brookings, Ore., but also thought Fairfield would be a good location.

Only Dutch Bros. employees can get franchises, Kayleigh Slover said. She decided to join her brother as a franchise owner and do so in Solano County.

“We love it here,” Kayleigh Slover said. “We’ve been down here for about a year now.”

They live in Vacaville near the border with Fairfield, Kayleigh Slover said. They have a 15-month-old son.

Dairy farmers Dane and Travis Boersma founded Dutch Bros. in Grants Pass, Ore. in 1992. It has grown to have 200 locations in seven states. Dutch Bros. calls itself the largest privately held drive-thru coffee business in the nation.

One strategy used was free drink days and give-aways, a company release said.

That tradition will continue in Fairfield on the local Dutch Bros. opening day. The shop plans to have free medium-sized drinks available, Kayleigh Slover said.

“It is anticipated that there may be some congestion at times,” the Slovers wrote in a press release. “However, our crews will be doing their best to get the crowds moved through quickly.”

Kayleigh Slover said Dutch Bros. is known for The Kicker. This drink includes expresso and Irish cream.

Dutch Bros. has a range of other coffee offerings, along with fruit smoothies, teas and its Blue Rebel energy drink.

The Fairfield shop will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

As soon as it opens, the Texas Street caffeine corridor will offer one more option.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • CD BrooksApril 20, 2014 - 5:45 am

    We tried this coffee while in Oregon, very good! Looking forward to the opening.

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  • loveApril 20, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Yup, we had a dutch bro's on every main street in Klamath Falls. Can't wait for this one to open!

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  • MattApril 20, 2014 - 7:29 am

    I hope we can count on the DR to release the opening date. I like free coffee .

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 20, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Hopefully, residents will embrace having a locally owned and operated coffee business. Starbucks put all our others out of business. We have a choice. Have our money go to Seattle or stay here in the community where it gets spent again and again. It always amuses me when people complain about Walmart and then line up for crappy coffee at Starbucks.

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  • CBApril 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Nope, no Dutch Bros. in Vacaville. There's one in Davis and Woodland; as a former Oregonian who loves DB, I pop in to those locations when I can. I am looking forward to this new locally owned business as well. Dutch Bros. coffees beat Starbucks any day. Just FYI, according to the Fairfield Dutch Bros. page, the free coffee day is Friday, April 25.

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  • Jane DoeApril 20, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    'Kayleigh and Walker Slover are the owners of the local Dutch Bros. franchise, the first in Solano County.' There's a Dutch Bros. shop in Vacaville that's been there for at least a few months. Mr. Eberling should do his research a little more thoroughly, perhaps.

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