The promise of free coffee at Milton-Freewater’s new highly anticipated java stand had lines brimming over onto the highway.
Excitement over today’s opening of the new Dutch Bros. Coffee had customers lined up in their vehicles bright and early this morning. Vehicles spilled from the drive-thru lane, out of the parking lot and onto Highway 11.
Owners Dave and Emily Beamer have expanded from the Walla Walla location on Ninth Avenue down to Milton-Freewater, 164 S. Columbia St., in the parking lot of Henry’s Ace Hardware.
Medium drinks for the opening today are free, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
On Friday, the Milton-Freewater Dutch Bros. will join the other 212 coffee locations in seven states to donate $1 from every drink sold to youth programs chosen by local operators.
For the Milton-Freewater location, the contributions will benefit The Bread Basket. Proceeds from sales at the Walla Walla stand will benefit Friends of Children of Walla Walla. Last year’s annual “Buck for Kids Day” raised $139,000 for community youth organizations.
“We love kids. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious, and we want to help them enjoy their lives without worry,” said Dutch Bros. Coffee co-founder Travis Boersma, in a prepared statement.