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Dec 30, 2013 08:03 PM

Coffee shops with an Alpha Dominche Steampunk?

Kopi Kopi has one.

Any others?

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  1. Although it's not in Manhattan, Roogla in (Cobble Hill) Brooklyn has one.

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    1. re: espelette

      Whole Foods in Gowanus (Brooklyn) has one.

    2. La Colombe Torrefaction has one.

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      1. re: loratliff

        My apologies, I should just call and ask, but do you know off-hand if it is at all locations? -thanks.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          No, I think it's just at the Noho location.

      2. This is unrelated to *who* has one, but I'm curious as to what you think of it? My boyfriend (who's worked with Sightglass, Stumptown, and a few other big names) is staunchly against them—in his opinion, it dumbs down coffee-making to about the same level of Starbucks, where everything is fully automated. As he said about it, "outside of my scale, I don't like technology in my coffee."

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        1. re: loratliff

          You're probably asking the wrong person (and probably on the wrong board).

          I like and enjoy a good cup of coffee, but am not a snob about it. I asked about the Steampunk as I'm entertaining someone who is an unabashed snob about such things.

          All of that said, I think there is something to be said for consistency, which the Steampunk has in spades.

          I get the love affair with the pour-over method and all of its old world charms, but part of me pauses at the thought of having a good cup of coffee left to whether my barista got up on the right (or wrong) side of the bed that morning.

          For what it's worth, when I'm home I still use a moka pot to make my cup of joe, and I just hope I got up on the right side of bed that morning.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Automated has it's merits, and certainly beats a poorly made cup using great beans but sloppy technique.... and we live in a city with Roasting Plant locations, that brews something the Jetson's would have admired...but I'd think a big time coffee snob would appreciate personalized craftmanship. familiarity with the bean, how to get good results, and all that. I also think there's a human element to making coffee that's important, because even if the machine can time or heat things perfectly, there are subtle changes in the bean itself over time. No barista is that scientific to manipulate this, but I think a certain amount of instinct and feel goes into it. It's very rare to come across people with that skillset though. It's more than just measuring, or being patient with a pour.

            1. re: sugartoof

              My colleague specifically wants coffee from a Steampunk.

              Me? I'm pretty laissez-faire. If I'm out and about, I'll settle for Dunkin Donuts, even though my go-to spot probably being Zibetto.

        2. Kaffe 1668 on Greenwich has one. Damn fine cup.