Asheville prides itself on not having a Starbucks in the main downtown area - the scene has some great independents and Counterculture even has a training site in downtown Asheville. I make my own at home but when I want a good coffee The Dripolator definitely gets my vote. Simply put they are the real deal: their espresso drinks rock - perfectly pulled shots, whole milk, latte-art pours, italian ACF cups, everything is done right. They also have solid, strong regular brewed coffee with recently added pour-overs where they use a cone shaped filter and individualize the coffee choice and experience. If you are visiting Asheville and know names like Vivace in Seattle and Blue Bottle in SF and NY - The Dripolator will not disappoint.
Alright hounds - what's your choice for the best place to have coffee in Asheville?