Anchored Ship Coffee Bar – 5306 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA
- Espresso: ⨷ ⨷ ⨷ ⨷ ⨷ ~
- Cycle accommodations: None directly outside ~
- Cafe setting: Cozy ships theme ~
- Interior seating: Good variety of choices, intimate setting ~
- Exterior seating: Two cafe tables, good street view ~
- Pastry selection: Excellent variety and quality ~
Ahoy mates! Scrub the barnacles off your shoes and come aboard. Anchored in Old Town Ballard, directly on the south end of the Sunday Farmer’s Market, Anchored Ship Coffee Bar has an ideal location for taking in the activity of the street. This spot has been a coffee bar for over 20 years with Anchored Ship being the third generation enterprise. We think the ships theme is fitting for the Old Town Ballard setting.
The storefront is discrete. If you find yourself in front of the Ballard Inn, you are half a block too far south. Outside are a two small cafe tables and a complimentary doggie water bowl for Rover to quench his thirst. The anchor logo on the glass is framed by the bright red painted wood stiles and rails of the door.
Warm coffee aromas greeted us as we entered. Inside is cozy but did not feel cramped. Naturally finished fir warms the starboard side, and painted wood seals the port side of the deck. The galley is well contained and has a full variety of quality pastries and food items to select from. Theo’s chocolate and chocolate covered espresso beens are there to tempt you as well. The TruBru pour over station on the counter was simple with a modern aesthetic. Multiple seating options are available including window bars, cafe tables, and a long narrow mess-deck table to host a larger group. A narrow flight of stairs takes you up to the quarterdeck for a quiet stowaway spot to read a book, have a get acquainted coffee, and possibly “set a course for adventure and your mind on a new romance”. We were starting a new book, “The Immortal Class”, a bicycling romance of sorts.
The barista was friendly, engaging, and pleasantly took our order. Herkimer Coffee is served at Anchored Ship. Upon taking the espresso order, she immediately poured out a glass of soda water for us, much to our satisfaction. She took concentrated care in the packing and preparation of the grinds, and then expertly pulled the espresso. It was presented with a saucer, spoon, and a smile to cap off the presentation. The aroma was rich, and the crema was consistent and full. The flavor of the coffee had a good progression from a first bite of acidity to a lingering sweetness.
Anchored Ship Coffee Bar, we give you a rating of four out of five wheels for our espresso experience. We highly recommend you as a destination cycling cafe. The espresso experience was spot on. Our only comment is that the crema lacked top quality stamina, and the level of viscosity could be slightly greater to develop a velvety and delightful espresso. We visited twice and had consistent service and quality from two different baristas, so compliments to your team and the training you invested in them!
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*Paradoxical footnote: All the cafes we spend time to write about we recommend as destinations. We provide the honest feedback and rating of the espresso experience because we are interested to help cultivate the best success for future visits. Even though we may give the espresso experience a one wheel rating we can still love and recommend a visit to the cafe because of the overall character of place, amongst other qualities.
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