JAVA Coffee Roasters

January 15, 2021

Interesting insight into JAVA Coffee Roasters located in Poland although I disagree coffee a human right when we have atrocious abuses of human rights around the world though I would agree we all deserve better coffee.

In England we are lucky, every town has two or three specialty coffee shops where they care about and serve excellent coffee.

When you find one, ask and they will advise of others. We can all help, when find an excellent coffee shop, spread the word, especially important when everyone is struggling to stay afloat serving takeaway coffee during lockdown.

I try my best with The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop.

We also have many excellent coffee roasteries which as with coffee shops always a pleasure to visit. The dark side too many roasteries churning out disgusting coffee beans.

A coffee roastery three essentials, beans, equipment and skill.

I would disagree Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. Maybe ten twenty years ago, but now there is far better coffee around. I like though the wooden barrels the coffee is shipped in.

JAVA Coffee Roasters not a coffee roastery I have encountered.

We all deserve good coffee. There is too much bad coffee around.

Independent coffee shops are located down the side streets word of mouth.

Lockdown has helped independent coffee shops, people are moving away from the corporate chains serving bad coffee.

Lockdown has also helped coffee roasteries as people are not going into the office every day instead working from home, or on furlough and told to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus, people are brewing coffee at home.

In England the big three corporate coffee chains, Starbucks and Costa have closed coffee shops in city centres, Caffe Nero has gone into administration.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day eight

January 13, 2021

Lockdown, third lockdown, started Tuesday of last week.

Tuesday third lockdown day eight, the first time I have been into Lincoln since lockdown began, my first outing since tier 4 New Year’s Eve.

I see at least double the number of cars parked at Ferry Lane Washingborough than I would usually see. People driving to go for walk alongside the River Witham not acceptable, if not a breach of lockdown, it should be.

Little traffic, few people about, very much like the beginning of the first lockdown early last year.

Although bus station deserted, many buses parked up, causing problems for buses trying to enter.

Easy to see why coronavirus spreading so rapidly even though few people about.

At the butcher, a limit of three people. With new highly infectious mutation, limit should be reduced to two people. I wait outside. A woman with mask dropped below her mouth. I raise with butcher. Not for us to enforce. I disagree. Ask to wear mask or leave shop. Speaking straight into your face with no mask.

Baker, limit of three people. I suggest they reduce to two. We are compliant with government regulations. Are these people brain-dead?

Only two stalls open in Central Market, zero waste and fruit and vegetables. I am tempted to buy a box of dates, a bargain at one pound, I look again four pounds, I decide not.

I look in Wilkinsons few people in the shop. But why is it open?

Coffee at Coffee Aroma. No queue. A steady trickle of customers, maybe one every ten minutes.

The only coffee shop I will visit, where they take coronavirus biosecurity seriously, nowhere else does, and their coffee is good. A model of coronavirus biosecurity, other coffee shops should follow their excellent example.

  • form orderly socially distanced queue outside
  • only one customer
  • contactless payment
  • takeaway cups
  • no reusable cups

To go out for a coffee is a breach of lockdown, is a breach of the rules. To take a coffee whilst out for legitimate reasons food shopping or exercise is not.

For me food shopping and exercise.

I am told M&S Food Hall not the coronavirus death trap it has been of late. I chance it. Not crowded and staff tell me it has not been crowded all week. Never spent so much in M&S.

So-called plant-based junk heavily promoted. No, lentil shepherd’s pie is not shepherd’s pie, nor does shepherd’s pie have a long list of ingredients. Shepherd’s pie is a simple dish of lamb, root vegetables  and potatoes. Come end of January, hype of Veganuary over, thee same products will be heavily discounted and sold off

A better fake milk?

January 11, 2021

Eating avocados on toast and drinking almond milk won’t save the world. — Glen Burrows

Plant-based food. The latest Big Business con, peddling ultra-processed crap at massive profit, putting family farms out of business.

Do not take my word for it, take a long hard look at the long list of ingredients.

Occasionally I try. I tried fake-meat cocktail sausages from M&S, only because reduced. They were disgusting, one bite was enough to turn stomach over. Thrown out for the wildlife. Even after days of hard frost, food scarce, remained untouched.

Food scientists devise novel ways of peddling cheap ingredients laced with additives.

We are into second week of Vegauary. Always hyped how many signed up, rarely mentioned the numbers that drop out. And it is neither healthy nor good for the planet.

Vegetarian even vegan, can be healthy, delicious, it does not have to be over-processed meat imitations, unhealthy alternatives.

For many years I used to eat in Food For Thought in Covent Garden, excellent food, sadly no more, forced out of business by greedy landlords.

Fake milks cause environmental damage. Soy distraction of rainforests, nuts grown in California drain the water table, then consider the pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers, water run off, flash floods.

Fake milk makes disgusting coffee. Of all the fake milks, oat-based marginally better, Minor Figures cheap and nasty. When seen in a coffee shop is because they are not willing to spend the money on a superior alternative. Oatly marginally better, the best of a bad lot, but now owned by Vulture Capitalists and thus not an ethical choice. None of these fake milks will make a decent cappuccino. The best that can be done blend the milk in with the coffee to make a muddy brown singularly unappealing coffee.

If do not wish for milk, real milk, for whatever reason in your coffee, ethical, lactose intolerant, then drink V60 pour over in a speciality coffee shop.

Support regenerative agriculture, agroforestry. Grass fed cows, the grass is a carbon sink, improves soil structure, good for wildlife, reduces runoff and flash flooding. Contrast with rows of monoculture crops, poor soil structure, runoff and flash floods, bad for wildlife, no carbon capture. The artificial fertilizers, which run off into our rivers, are manufactured from fossil fuels.

Replacing factory-farmed meat with processed vegan food, is not solving a problem, it’s shifting it somewhere else.

If like me, enjoy a cappuccino, then maybe, and it is a Big if, I have yet to try, then maybe Rebel Kitchen Mylk for Baristas.

Rebel Kitchen claim a better fake milk for baristas. Is it? Is it good for the environment?

Rebel Kitchen do at least appear to be making an effort to be environmentally sustainable. It was also interesting to hear an explanation and rationale for each of their ingredients. How many food scientists would have the honesty and integrity to offer an explanation for each of their ingredients?

Nothing beats raw unpasteurised milk off a farmers market added to muesli in the morning.

Dump WhatsApp

January 10, 2021

Time to ditch WhatsApp if you were foolish enough to use.

Yet another reason NOT to use WhatsApp. Data will be shared with Facebook.

WhatsApp and Instagram are owned by Facebook, the businesses model steal and abuse personal data, harvesting of data to manipulate people.

Trump did not happen by accident or in a vacuum. Trump was enabled by Facebook.

There is no excuse for using WhatsApp or Instagram when alternatives exist, Signal, Telegram, Skype, Twitter.

Telegram has the advantage of being open source.

Before you migrate, tell all your contacts where you have migrated to.

With Instagram, a link in your biography direct to twitter.

WhatsApp gives a take it or leave it.

Uninstall now, once you have warned all your contacts and told them where to find you.

Never direct into facebook, always direct out.

Facebook must be broken up, stripped of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Facebook and all Big Tech must be taxed at 5% of revenue where that revenue is generated.

The algorithms used by Big Tech must be open and transparent, subject to open peer review.

Mob storms Capitol Building

January 7, 2021

We just had a violent mob assault the US capitol … No question the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame. — Liz Cheney

Yesterday afternoon, a formality to certify Presidential Election results, astonishing scenes as a mob stormed the Capitol Building. A mob incited by President Trump.  

This was not a coup. But why was it allowed to happen?

It was known a mob was descending, egged on by Trump.

Why was the building not guarded?

Contrast with the unknown para-militaries on the streets for Black Lives Matter protest.

Or treatment of disabled protesters.

Or treatment of anti-Trump protesters four years ago during the Trump Inauguration. 

We have two weeks of Trump in power.

When Trump leaves office there must be an investigation of Trump, his family, his cronies, those who funded, and Facebook that enabled.

Those who stormed the building genuinely believed the election had been stolen even though no evidence to support their delusions. Why therefore do they labour under these delusions? Delusions spread and regurgitated on Facebook.

Republicans who tried to block certification of election result should be expelled. They are unfit to hold public office. They have failed their sacred oath to uphold the Constitution.

What we saw, was not a coup, not domestic terrorism. But what it shows is how fragile democracy. Never to be taken for granted.

Earlier, Trump standing behind a glass bullet proof screen urged his supporters to march on the US Capitol.

Trump incited a mob.

Twitter has suspended Trump for twelve house with the threat of permanent suspension.

The twitter account of Trump should be suspend until he leaves office.

The only modern parallel to what has happened was when the Spanish Parliament was stormed by fascists.

More recent past, storming of German Parliament by fascists, the Kapp Putsch in 1920.  It was defeated by a general strike.

To call the last four years Trumpism is wrong. It implies a philosophy. There was no philosophy other than Brand Trump, insatiable greed of Trump and his cronies. 

Now the Russian dirty money will dry up, what will Trump do as he will be of no further use.?

Let Trump set up a TV channel, and organise a boycott of every businesses that advertise on the channel. 

We must now act against the enablers, especially facebook. 

If we fail to act, where it ends is Auschwitz. 

Caffe Nero lack of social distancing

January 4, 2021

Tuesday of last week, two days before tier 4 on New Year’s Eve, lack of social distancing in Caffe Nero, top end of Lincoln High Street.

Half a dozen people lined up at the counter. Half a dozen people putting themselves and staff at risk. This is an example of why covid-19 is out of control and why a highly infectious strain B117 is spreading like wildfire.

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease, it spreads person-to-person, it spreads through people touching contaminated surfaces.

Not only Caffe Nero.

I think it was the previous week, a family butcher a notice on the door, people not able to count, I counted seven inside, the notice said three.

A local baker, limit of three people posted on the door, people take no notice, often there will be three people stood in the doorway, blocking the way as leave the shop.

Guildford, first Saturday after the second lockdown, first Saturday of December, the town was packed, too many people on the street lack of social distancing. Looking in coffee shops, no social distancing as customers queued for a takeaway coffee.

It is not difficult to form an orderly social distanced queue outside.

Coffee Aroma in Lincoln sets a standard that others need to follow:

  • one customer
  • form an orderly queue outside not blocking the door
  • contactless payment
  • takeaway coffee cups
  • no reusable cups

We prevent spread of covid-19 by avoiding other people, keeping our distance, avoiding overcrowded enclosed spaces.

From midnight, England goes into lockdown. Will remain in lockdown until at least mid-February. England should have gone into knockdown Christmas Day.

Happy New Year 2021

January 1, 2021

New Year 2021, firework display London was muted, spread over a wider area, fewer fireworks, a laser light show and what I assmed to be drones incredible display.

The past twenty years, massive firework display concentrated in the centre near London Eye, barges anchored in the Thames with fireworks, massive crowds.

This year no crowds, the fireworks fewer and spread over a wider area, reduces air pollution which exacerbates the risk of covid-19.

Racists go into overdrive the mention of Black Lives Matter.

Shocking the images from Wu Han where covid-19 originated. People packed in the streets, coronavirus has not gone away. Similar shocking scenes in New Zealand.

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease, it spreads through person-to person-contact. The only way to stay safe and stop its spread is to avoid other people, avoid crowded enclosed spaces, wear a mask.

Data presented Monday was sobering, the new more infectious strain of covid-19 the number of new cases rising rapidly. The last two days of 2020, the number of daily deaths in UK close to 1,000 deaths per day. On New Years Eve, the number of new cases exceeded 55,000. In the last two weeks, the number of new cases has doubled.

UK should have gone into tier 4 at least a week earlier. UK should now be in lockdown.

Two vaccines have received Emergency Approval, Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca, to be rolled out in a mass vaccination programme. But we should be cautious and not relax our guard. Vaccinations are usually carried out in advance of a disease not during a global pandemic. The vaccine does not become effective for several weeks, in other words may sill catch covid-19 and fall ill. Little is known about transmission, you may be vaccinated but still pass covid-19 to others.

New Year’s Eve, coffee in a coffee shop, I learnt the barista who served me last week, now off sick with coronavirus.

I end with a short reflection from Paulo Coelho on what has been a very difficult year for everyone.

The Sound of Silence

December 31, 2020

To end the year.

This could have been any city during lockdown.

It could have been Athens during lockdown when not a soul around.

Lincoln coronavirus tier 4 day one

December 31, 2020

Last two nights minus 4, hard frost, this morning very hard frost, barely above zero if at all all day, misty.

Lincoln fairly deserted, as it should be.

Nearly all shops closed.

Sincil Street deserted, only butcher, coffee shop, baker open.

I looked in 200 Degrees. Why reusable cups on sale? If on sale customers will expect to be able to bring in reusable cups. I queried this, no one should be using reusable cups. If someone brings a reusable cup, they fill a takeaway cup, up to the customer to then fill their own reusable cup. Somewhat self-defeating. 200 Degrees should ban use of reusable cups, withdraw from sale.

Follow example of Coffee Aroma:

  • only one customer
  • contactless payment
  • takeaway cups
  • no reusable cups

Reusable coffee cups introduce an unnecessary disease vector putting staff and clientele at risk. Banned by reputable coffee shops where they take covid-19 seriously and do their best to protect everyone.

Only one stall open in Central Market, zero waste store

Wilkinsons open. Why? Even worse, promoting New Year Sale.

Stokes on High Bridge closed for renovation, has been for last couple of weeks if not longer, but I have seen no sign of renovation taking place.

I regret I did not pop up to Franklin to say goodbye. Their last day, 70 years in businesses.

I know when I walked through The Stonebow I had a reason to walk up the High Street but could not remeber what.

The top end of the High Street dominated by binge drinking bars.

Waterstones closed yesterday at a7-30. Were staff forced to stay late, as would have had very short notice. If reliant on public transport would not have got home as few buses run after seven.

Looking through The Stonebow down the High Street an almost Dickensian scene.

Coffee from Coffee Aroma. I spilled in the street outside. Cold fingers.

M&S Food Hall horrendous coronavirus death trap. Staff are understandably worried, some are frightened. No one should be subject to these unsafe working conditions. Union must act to reduce numbers.

Only tow of us on he bus.

— to be cointinued ====

Cold Moon

December 31, 2020

Last night, Eve of New Year’s Eve, Cold Moon, last full moon of the year, 13th full moon of the year.


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