By Danielle Brooks |Staff Writer|
The eatery is known for their European style coffees and teas, but also specialize in pastries and ice cream sandwiches.
Dripp is an up-and-coming franchise, with currently only one location in Chino Hills, but the company is expanding and will open their next location in Fullerton.
Not only had I heard fellow Coyotes talk about how delicious Dripp was, but my coworkers also expressed their love for their coffee.
The nearest restaurant is at The Shoppes in Chino Hills and since I happened to be in the area recently, I wanted to give their drinks a try. Dripp’s ambiance is like no other coffee shop, giving the impression you have left California and entered a European cafe. I walked in and immediately smelled the coffee roasting.
“Dripp proves it’s ambience and style totally has some class with it’s cozy warm feel to it,” stated a user on Yelp.
I should probably mention that I’m not much of a coffee drinker, and when I do drink coffee it’s usually a frappuccino from Starbucks.
My drink of choice was the Affogato, which was a shot of hot espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My friend chose the Ravens Dark Roast, which was one of their signature coffees, consisting of Baker’s chocolate, sweet tobacco (coconut shavings dusted in cocoa powder), and salted caramel. As far as pastries go, I was torn on what to get because everything looked so mouth watering.
I asked an employee what her favorite pastry was and she recommended the Black and White Cakewich, which she explained tasted like a Hostess Ding Dong.
For two drinks and a pastry we spent approximately $15. Although there is a lot of seating between the two lounge areas and the bar, it was extremely crowded inside, so we enjoyed our treats on the peaceful patio located on the corner of the shop.
Since I never had an espresso, and I am not much of a coffee person, I was afraid that I would find my drink too strong–but boy, was I surprised.
The Affogato was perfect. The vanilla ice cream complemented the espresso and made my drink extra creamy. Our coffees tasted just like I would imagine European coffees to taste like. The sweet cakewich and the bittersweet Affogato were an amazing combination. The pastry tasted like a Ding Dong, but was a million times better because the filling was so creamy.
As I sat there savoring my meal, I couldn’t help but notice that three other customers ordered the Affogato, so I was under the assumption that it’s one of Dripp’s more popular drinks. Leaving Dripp, I was already planning what treat I would try for my next visit.
If you’re craving coffee and want an authentic, alternate to Starbucks, I recommend stopping by Dripp because, as stated on their site, “life is too short to start drinking the wrong cup of coffee.