I may have mentioned a few times (or 6) how much I love coffee. I'm a self-professed caffeine addict, and trust me, you're safer as a result. I'm the exact opposite of a morning person, and coffee is what makes me at least semi-pleasant to be around.
Unfortunately, I'm not really in a city known for it's eclectic coffee selection. I've talked some about Cool Beans, which is my favorite coffee shop in town. It's tiny, unique, and comfortable. I did quite a bit of homework and studying over double espressos at Cool Beans while in college. Now, I pop over and grab coffee on mornings when I need a pick me up, or I grab some lunch. As much as I love Cool Beans, it would be nice to have a second option when I want coffee. And don't you dare suggest that I go to Starbucks. Starbucks will do in a pinch, but I find them to be overpriced, and their coffee has a funky, burnt aftertaste. Someone once told me that this is because Starbucks over-roasts their coffee beans. I don't have any confirmation on that, all I know is that I try to avoid Starbucks coffee if I can.
Imagine how excited I was when I discovered that there was a new coffee shop opening up in 5 Points. Since the demise of Adriana's a couple of years ago, 5 Points has been devoid of good coffee shops. But no longer. Drip has opened just down the street from the old Adriana's location. I was on a mission to try it out as soon as humanly possible, which for me, meant Saturday.
I walked in around 1ish on Saturday afternoon. It was surprisingly uncrowded, a fact that I'm sure will change once classes start back in the fall. The very first thing I noticed was the decor. It's simple and homey, and yet funky and modern. Prints of assorted jazz artists line the walls, the tables are dark wood with bench seating and chairs, there is a little counter with couple of stools that looks out over Saluda Ave, and it's small. I dig it. And then, I ordered coffee. Nothing fancy, just a plain cup of coffee. And it was made right in front of me. I wasn't handed a to-go cup and shown where the assorted types of coffee in pots were, nor was I given coffee poured from a pot that had been sitting for who knows how long. I watched as the coffee was measured and stirred slowly as water was added. The smell was divine, but the taste was even better. It was so fresh, smooth, and fragrant. Just an absolutely fabulous cup of coffee.
While I was waiting for my coffee (don't go in and expect to have a cup within seconds of your order), I entertained myself by reading the menu. Right now Drip only serves breakfast, but lunch is in the works. If the food is even half as good as the coffee, it's going to be fabulous. I have fallen head over heels for Drip. I'll be back as soon as I can, and let's be honest, they'll probably get tired of seeing me soon.
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