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Drip in Koreatown

bad nono | Nov 29, 2011 05:07 PM

This is a newish coffee place in Koreatown, Drip.

I stumbled upon that place with a friend this weekend and feared the worst as it's located on the 2nd floor of a shopping mall (on 8th street and Serrano I think) that was rather deserted at that particular time.
The decor would be alright (hip and modern but not too aggressively so) but the lack of natural light makes it a bit depressing. It's not very big, I saw a couple of people with computers working but I didn't check if there were outlets or if they offered wifi.
The staff was super sweet and friendly.

I'm strictly an espresso drinker and being European I usually despair of the quality of espresso in this town (no, I don't like Intelligentsia, nor LA Mill, nor Groundworks renditions of it), or maybe it's just my taste buds that are used to something different. I usually stick with places offering Danesi or Illy but even that isn't a guaranty I'll like it (i.e. the espresso at the now defunct Massimo's Mudspot was terrible, and it was made with Danesi).

I winced at the $3 charged for the espresso at Drip, but after I drank it I thought it was well worth the price. Smooth and sharp, no hint of burnt rubber like I usually get elsewhere, and not too watery (I'm looking at you, coffee chain from Seattle).
I also had a sample of the dark chocolate they sell and it was very good even if it didn't look so. They sell it for I believe $4 per bar.

I'm not sure Drip can survive in its current location since you need to know it's there and that mall doesn't look super popular. I sure hope Drip will be around for a while because I would certainly come back when I'm in the area and caffeine-deprived and I can drop $3 on some espresso.

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