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Dripp Coffee Trickling In Chino Hills

ChinoWayne | Nov 24, 201112:25 AM

The Mrs. and I were at the Chino Hills farmers market freezing our rear ends off after acquiring a supply of baklava, almond rocca like candy, Anjou pears, Asian pears and persimmons last night so we decided to swing by the new coffee shop, Dripp.

The place is brand new and has an under utilized but still enthusiastic staff. The ambience has a decent vibe with music playing (don't ask me the genre, I suppose some kind of innocuous sounding trendy stuff that appeals to "20-30 somethings", but which sounds like elevator music to me [i.e. I tune it out], a wall full of colorful antique looking coffee mills, a high ceiling and exposed ductwork. Not a very large footprint, so I imagine it can get quite "close" inside, and there is a small area upstairs, over the service counter and coffee bar. Tables and chairs on the sidewalk outside, if you want to freeze you rear end off there (no heaters) and watch the cars in the parking lot.

The Mrs. had a hot cocoa and I had a mocha coffee. Maybe the two of us are just too old and curmudgeonly, or have lost our palettes, or are just so crude in our level of beverage sophistication, but we were not impressed with our drinks. The hot cocoa did not taste very chocolaty (and maybe real hot cocoa is not supposed to be like a chocolate bar), nor sweet, at all. I remarked that was probably because it was not loaded with sugar and may have used some high end cocoa, which is probably lost on the two of us.

My coffee was very mild and when I sniffed it I could not detect any apparent aroma. It was lavishly decorated on top with two tones of foam, what looked like ribbons of chocolate syrup and chopped chocolate bits, but extremely subtle in taste and aroma. Too subtle for my personal taste. Neither beverage we thought was sufficiently hot, they were barely tepid to us, which defeated much of the point of our getting the beverages last night.

Dripp also offers baked goods and ice cream, we tried a plain chocolate chip cookie and a "peanut brittle" like cookie. Both were way too soft for us and the peanut brittle cookie did not taste like peanut brittle, it was more like chocolate chip cookie dough with bits of peanut like candy chips in it. (They would have been better of had they offered a real peanut butter cookie.) My standard metric for evaluating chocolate chip cookies is how any given example compares to a Pepperidge Farm Sausalito, and the smallish, soft disc from behind the counter at Dripp were far, far below this standard.

Management is apparently trying to deliver a product that is a few steps above the average chain coffee shop but not at an ultra coffee connoisseur price point. One of their sources for the beans is Intelligentia and they are employing some kind of high end Japanese brewing system. But for my $4.75 I can get a cup of HOT coffee, that is twice as voluminous, and which tastes great me to me at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

I do wish Dripp well, and I am happy to see an independent artisan coffee purveyor trying to make a foothold in our neck of the woods.

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