The Dripolator – Asheville

The Dripolator

As of July 31st  2019, The Dripolator Coffeehouse in Asheville, North Carolina has been serving coffee for a respectable twenty years. Founded in 1999 by Amy Carol, The Dripolator is a cafe and coffee shop that focuses on serving high quality and high flavor beverages and treats that are worth the modest amount of green cash, as well as green in origin. For the top Ethiopian coffee types, head over to this guide.

Located Just Outside of Ashville for 20 Years

The first thing to know about The Dripolator is that it is actually located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, though it is often associated with Asheville in the same way that any surrounding suburb of a large city is paired with that city.

It had once upon a time expanded with a second location in Asheville, but that has since been rebranded as a different business altogether, High Five Coffee, due to the staggering differences between the two. 

It’s an Award Winning Coffeshop

The locals of Black Mountain are certain to know and lay claim to The Dripolator, however, as it is a popular staple of the town, often winning awards, such as the recent reader-voted labeling by the newspaper, Mountain Xpress, as the number one place for coffee and sweets and the third best place that represents the spirit of the town.

The Dripolator does not have a website, though they are active on social media sites. They are simultaneously old-fashioned in ways and new or modern in others. The interior of the shop is lightly graced with a throwback feel, with colors of bright red and robin-egg blue both inside and out, on the walls and the window and door trimming, as well as on the old coffee pots and mugs placed around as decor.

They are Modern, Old-Fashioned and Focused on Going Green

The wood floor and ceiling make for a warm atmosphere, and the artwork is nice, but quirky enough to keep the store feeling humble.  The ways of operation and mindset are what make The Dripolator modern, with their focus on going-green.

They roast their beans themselves, in five pound increments with their Diedrich IR-5 roaster, and source their beans from locations all over the world. It is important to The Dripolator that the farmers use sustainable harvesting methods.

Once in store, the green efforts take shape through the offer of twenty-five cents off for every re-usable cup used, and the recyclable coffee sleeves that, while they offer them, they also suggest not even using.

They Offer Featured Drinks & Assorted Pastries

The beverages that fill these cups consist of espresso, americanos, drip coffee, macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, breves, carmelattos, mochas, cafe au laits, chai, tea, and hand-brewed coffee that is available in all of the roasts on-hand.

Occasionally, there are featured fun drinks, such as “The Heisenberg,” which is a reference to the show “Breaking Bad” and is an iced-coffee that comes in an ice-blue mason jar.  Bottled juices and assorted pastries are also for sale, in forms of scones, cookies, coffee cake, and gourmet “normal” cakes.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are a local to the Black Mountain/Asheville area or not, The Dripolator Coffeehouse will welcome you in for hours at a time, especially if you’re using one of their reusable mugs.


221 W State St, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711