A Steamer is NOT What You Think!


When I first asked people what they thought a Steamer was I have to admit I got some funny answers. Just to be perfectly clear, it has nothing to do with dogs or old men.

Turning a cup of coffee or hot chocolate into a fancy beverage is sometimes accomplished by adding a layer of frothy milk to it. The tool that creates the milk layer is a steamer or frother.

Coffee steamers froth milk through direct pressurized steam injection. When the steam enters the milk, it creates froth or foam. A quick rotation of the tool increases the frothing action and makes more air bubbles. The temperature of the beverage remains constant because the milky topping is hot. A steamer is a hot commodity now in the Toronto and Ottawa coffee bars.

I was introduced to a Steamer at The Palms in Almonte last week and wondered if anyone in Carleton Place carried it. Instead of contacting Tim Horton’s or Starbucks I decided to hit our very own local merchants. BUT, I was reminded by Laura Babineau that Starbucks does do them, and although I consider them a big guy, it still employs many people from Carleton Place. They come in many different flavours but the vanilla one is the best. Thanks Laura for the reminder!

I asked Tiffany at the Ginger Cafe inside our historic train station, and she said they do not have it listed on the menu but she has done it for a few people. So do not be afraid to ask them for a Steamer. Remember they have a Vegetarian buffet, coffee & juice bar offering healthy, homemade food with vegan and gluten free options.

Small coffee –$1.75 plus tax
Large-$2.50 plus tax

When I walked into Read’s Book Shop & Coffee Bar Sarah Evans knew exactly what I was talking about. Don’t forget they also have fresh daily homemade soup and goodies. Just last week they had Potato leek soup today with the option of having a dollop of cream on top! Don’t worry our Vegan/Dairy free friends, they are still keeping it pure for ya!

Small Coffee $2.86 plus tax

Medium-$3.33 plus tax

Large-$3.67 plus tax

Sandra Hurdis Finigan said : Some time you should try a London Fog. Steamed milk, vanilla and Earl Grey tea at Read’s. Wonderful!

So try a steamer this week!

Reads Book Shop & Coffee Bar’s

135 Bridge St.
Carleton Place, Ontario
8:30am – 5:30am


Ginger Cafe

Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 492-1345
Monday-Wednesday–9:00am – 8:00pm

Thursday-Friday-Saturday–10am – 4pm


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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