About Us

Welcome to Drip Co Coffee, a woman owned company where we know that the experience of a coffee lover is never complete without the perfect brew. We've created a coffee store that has something for everyone. 

Founded by Michelle Barone and Stefania Riccitelli, both coming from first generation Italian backgrounds, coffee is a natural fit. Over their love of coffee they realized they shared similar dreams and aspirations and Drip Co Coffee was born.

Our beans come from around the world and are roasted in order to bring out their natural flavors. We have a wide selection of beans that range from single origin coffees to flavored ones and some blends that will take you out of this world and where you can definitely find your next favorite coffee bean by tasting each one. Our collection includes: beans, blends, flavored coffee and accessories related gear for the connoisseur or aspiring barista or just anyone who loves a cup of coffee until the last drip. Browse our wide selection today!

 

Michelle Barone-Lepore

Michelle Barone-Lepore has been recognized as a powerful influencer in the Hudson Valley of New York and beyond.  After earning a Bachelor's degree from Marist College ('06) with an emphasis in Marketing, Barone-Lepore went to work for Bonura Hospitality as the promoter for Shadows on the Hudson.  After helping make Shadows a Hudson Valley destination for nightlife and more, she left to form her own marketing firm, Think Social First.  Known by the business community for her successes, she spent several years helping her clients enhance their brand and increase revenues through social media.

Michelle managed the social media marketing for more than 45 clients in the tri-state area, including a storied golf course.  Through the golf course, the aggressive marketing maven met corporate officials of Rhinebeck Bank.  Barone-Lepore was given the opportunity to work for Rhinebeck Bank.  She sold her marketing company to an employee and went to work for the bank as Vice President of Marketing.  Having an immediate impact, Barone-Lepore was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing at the bank after eight months.  She remained at the bank for six years, leaving in 2021.  

Barone-Lepore recently left the bank to spend more time with her husband and three young children, while using her marketing skills to turn her love of coffee into Drip Co. Coffee and give customers an opportunity to experience great java.  Partnering with another successful young businesswoman, Stefania Riccitelli, the two highly-regarded female executives launched Drip Co. in the fall of 2021.

Barone-Lepore has spent years encouraging other women to become entrepreneurs and break the "glass ceiling" that many women have encountered in corporate America.  Countless businesswomen in the Hudson Valley have credited Michelle with empowering them to climb the corporate ladder to success while other women have been inspired by Barone-Lepore's example of how to succeed as a "Woman-owned Business."

At the age of 29, Barone-Lepore was presented the "Shaker Award" by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce as a rising star in the business community.  Barone-Lepore was one of the "40 Under 40" honorees in 2014.  Michelle and her family were featured in an article of HV Parent that explains how she has been able to grow a family with her husband Daniel, while her career continues to skyrocket, and keeping everything balanced.  Hudson Valley Magazine, with an expansive readership throughout New York, featured Barone-Lepore in a story and recognized her with their prestigious "Women in Business" award.  While at Rhinebeck Bank, the marketing executive was recognized for her role in marketing and was featured in a national report on social media marketing for banks by the American Bankers Association. 

 

Stefania Riccitelli 

Stefania Riccitelli is the only child of Italian-American parents. Stefania credits her parents with instilling a strong work ethic and desire to help others in her at an early age.  Her father moved to America from Abruzzi at the age of 27 to assist his mother and sister when Stefania's grandfather passed away.

At the age of 10, Stefania landed her first paying job - cleaning her Nonna's house every weekend.  She has been working ever since then, including two-year stint bussing tables at a restaurant beginning that started when she was 14-years-old.  At the age of 16, Ms. Riccitelli began working as a cashier at Shop Rite while attending school at Newburgh Free Academy (NFA).  While excelling in school, Stefania continued working and was promoted to Night Manager at the age of 18.  After graduating high school, Stefania continued working at Shop Rite while enrolling in Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh to study marketing.  The motivated young woman continued balancing work and school, graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing in 2016.  

The motivated young woman began working for Rhinebeck Bank right after receiving her Bachelor's Degree.  Driven by a desire to succeed, she continued studying at Mount St. Mary College while working for the bank.  Riccitelli's ambition was noticed by the bank's top executives and within six months of her start date, she was promoted to the position of Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer.  In her new title, Stefania once again balanced work and college successfully and was promoted to the bank's marketing department as their Digital Marketing Coordinator.  While working and attending school, Stefania joined the First Friday PK committee and helped turn an idea of a monthly community gathering into a celebrated event in Poughkeepsie.  The First Friday PK turned into a monthly event that routinely drew more than 4,000 people to the events that highlighted local businesses and organizations.  In 2018, she received her Master's Degree in Business Administration in Strategic/Organizational Planning from Mount St. Mary College while still at Rhinebeck Bank.  In 2019, Stefania was named Event Coordinator for the First Friday PK operation while still helping Rhinebeck Bank grow as a result of successful marketing campaigns that she was involved in.

In 2020, at the age of 26, Stefania left Rhinebeck Bank to become the Marketing Manager of LCS Facility Group and all of the LCS subsidiaries.  The hiring of Stefania resulted in substantial growth of the LCS companies.  The young executive was tasked with re-invigorating the overall appearance of the organization, including a new logo that encompasses the overall LCS brand and the company's commitment to the community.  Her suggestions were well received by the Lepore family, owners of the LCS Group.  The re-branding campaign was well received in the business community and Stefania was credited for creating the dynamic look by the Lepore family. The new design was unveiled at their 20th Anniversary celebration in September of 2021.  Riccitelli was praised for organizing the celebration that was attended by several state and local elected officials, joined by several influential business leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley.

Considered by many business leaders in the area to be a "rising star", Riccitelli's ambition has continued to impress many, and she has been recognized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce that awarded her a "Mover and Shaker Award" in 2021.  The coveted recognition is part of the Chamber's annual "40 under 40" program that recognizes the up-and-coming influencers in the business community.  While increasing the LCS market share, Riccitelli also started a social media marketing and events business that has a client list of many well-respected organizations in the region.  

Considered to be an inspiration by other young women, Miss Riccitelli serves as the Co-Chair of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, an organization that provides effective training of successful networking techniques and the importance of supporting the community while helping the young professionals achieve success through personal and professional growth.

Partnering with Michelle Barone-Lepore, another highly-successful and recognized business influencer, the two have launched Drip Co. Coffee Company, an online purveyor of quality coffees from around the world.  The two coffee-lovers believe that Drip Co. will give other coffee drinkers an opportunity to get high-quality java without leaving the comfort of their home.

Stefania's desire to help other women and the community is also visible by her involvement in the Family Services "Walk-A-Mile" committee that raises awareness to stop domestic violence and sexual assault.