L’Affaire SteamDot

Steam Dot Cold Brew

My love for Kaladi Brothers coffee has been well documented (here, here, and here).

But on Saturday, I cheated. I wandered into the shiny new SteamDot coffee shop in the Sears mall and ordered an Americano (my new drink of choice esp. with honey and a dash of cream, mmmm).

South-side friends have long raved that SteamDot is awesome, and they were recently voted best coffee place in Alaska by Zagat. As a coffee lover, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!

Here are my impressions from my visit and some other random bits of SteamDot trivia:

  • The barista was helpful and friendly, and tried to explain the complicated coffee-steaming-gravity-compression-machine on the counter (I made those terms up – I have no idea how it works, what it does, or what it’s called…but it looked like something that would be found in an apothecary shop or an alchemist’s lair).
  • Local lore has it that dogs are welcome in the south-side location. If this is true, it’s pretty cool.
  • The interior of the coffee shop was warm looking and feeling – a cozy (yet modern) fireplace, reds and oranges on the walls, granite that looked like different shades of coffee swirled together, lots of comfy chairs. Definitely a good space to hang out and sip some joe.
  • I saw a photo on Facebook of a coffee plant with berries on in growing in one of their shops. I’ve loved coffee plants ever since I was five and visited my great-aunt and uncle’s coffee farm in Hawaii. I had no idea that coffee beans came from berries (cherries?), or that the berries tasted good until that trip (and, I was five, so I wasn’t drinking coffee yet, just appreciating the lovely coffee smell from my dad’s cup) and eating coffee berries with my family is a memory I cherish.

Overall, a sweet operation. Plus, more competition for KBC means our coffee industry is healthy! No surprise, since as of 2011 we’re still keeping our #1 city for coffee shops per capita (2.8 shops per 10,000 people) ranking.

Despite the fun of my SteamDot fling, my dalliance was short-lived. Once a Kaladi’s girl, always a Kaladi’s girl. But it was fun to see what else was out there! And I’ll probably give their cold brew a try this summer.

What’s your favorite coffee spot in Anchorage?

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!

4 thoughts on “L’Affaire SteamDot”

  1. Your comment regarding Margie and Byron’s coffee farm brought back good memories for me too as we visited when Brent and Aaron were pretty young. Bruce & Fern drove Brent, Jane, and I past their old house TODAY on our way to go coffee tasting at Buddah’s Cup coffee farm up the road past their old house.

    1. You are there right now?!!! I love that while I was reminiscing from far away, you were there in person. Such great memories… enjoy, and love to the family. Aloha!

  2. We have been enjoying quite a lot of Kona coffee tasting the last few weeks. I have never been a coffee fan, yet the tastings have been informative and fun. I found the coffee cherry tea is very much to my liking and we plan to make some with the next harvest from the trees in our back yard. You must come and sample with us.

    1. I’m glad you’re having fun at the tastings – I love tastings! I’ll have to try coffee cherry tea, and would love to sample some with you some day!

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