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Cappuccino in Makushi

September 17, 2017

In between the very heavy showers, with water running down Steep Hill, I made it to Makushi without getting wet.

As always, an excellent cappuccino.

Two baristas have left, I was therefore wary. I was pleased to see, still high quality coffee.

Having just picked up The North and North Wales Independent Coffee Guide on sale in Madame Waffle, I was surprised to find Makushi not listed. A major omission by the contributors. Something they need to correct for the next edition.

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Cappuccino in Makushi

April 20, 2017

As always, excellent cappuccino in Makushi.

Roughly once a month, Makushi has a new consignment of coffee beans.

It seems it was only a couple of weeks ago, I was looking forward to beans from Brazil.

Already a new consignment of beans has been delivered, roasting maybe tomorrow.

Cappuccino in Makushi

April 18, 2017

Excellent cappuccino in Makushi.

As of Easter, garden out the back is now open.

Pleasing to see people using the garden, and that it is No Smoking.

Juliet recommended God in a Cup.

I usually ignore recommendations, be it music or books, but Juliet, one of the best baristas in the country, knows coffee, worth the risk, I ordered a copy.

On my way up, Coffee Bobbins, new coffee shop at the bottom of The Strait.  An excellent job done on the interior, but when a coffee shop has sticker on the door offering tea pigs, Tetley under any other name, it tells me they know nothing about quality tea. I asked of their coffee. One of the girls showed me a bag of beans. Nothing on origin, no aroma, it may have had a roast date, but if it did, I did not notice.

On my way down, a guy taking photos, a guy with artificial blade runner legs. I said problem the people in the way. He said no problem, he had a filter that removed them. I was baffled by this. He showed me the filter. Jet black. To get sufficient light, even on a bright day like today, he has to use 8 seconds time lapse, hence the heavy duty tripod. Which means do not record the people. Very clever. I suggested if a filter not as dark, the people would be a ghostly blur.

Wenslydale cheese from The Cheese Society

Earlier I had popped in Waterstone’s Cornhill.  Paperback edition of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? on display, excellent must read book by Yanis Varoufakis.

Cappuccino in Makushi

April 11, 2017

A pleasant afternoon, sunny, but cold in the wind,

I walked up Steep Hill, to Makushi.

Well strictly speaking, I did not, I walked up The Strait, went on a detour to The Collection, then carried on up Well Lane, along Danesgate, which brought me half way up Steep Hill, opposite Makushi.

I walked up Steep Hill, as far as Pimento tea rooms, and looked in Imperial Teas located in Norman House, Bookstop Cafe is located in the undercroft below.

Mainly tea, but they also do coffee.  I counted seven shelves, each with five large jars of coffee. More shelves of the same coffee behind the counter.

I did not sample any, but they looked over roasted.  No roast date given, and when I asked, given the usual story, freshly roasted, only yesterday. Unless large turnover then I doubt at their best.

I was reminded of La Cafeína in La Laguna.

On the way up, I popped in Madame Waffle, picked up latest copy of Caffeine, inquired if they had copies left of Standart, yes they did, I said I would pick up later.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been waiting for the latest batch of beans in Makushi, this time from Brazil, today they were in.

When one thinks of Brazil, one thinks of large mechanised plantations, low quality commodity coffee.

But they also grow and produce quality coffee.

Today, florentines. I resisted the temptation, had three put in a box.

The little garden out the back is now open. I am pleased to report, No Smoking.

Back down in the town, Standart issues 6 and 7 picked up from Madame Waffle. I wish I could find issue 5. Strange Standart do not list Madame Waffle as a stockist.

Looked in Ruddock’s, which is closing after 163 years in business, last day Easter Saturday.

Henry’s tea rooms will also have last day on Easter Saturday.

Cappuccino in Makushi

April 6, 2017

A pleasant sunny morning.

A walk to the top of Steep Hill, then how to get to The Lawn?

I asked at Lincoln Castle. Walk straight through and out the other gate, the helpful guide explained. But I do not have a ticket. You do not need a ticket, it is free.

This surprised me that it was free. Apparently Lincoln Castle has been free since 2014, though there is a fee to access parts of Lincoln Castle.

The Lawn has been purchased by Stokes for the princely sum of £250,000. It looks derelict and unlikely to be open any time soon.  When open it will house a coffee shop, a roastery, a tea and coffee museum, and provide coffee training.

Outside Lincoln Castle, a guy playing classical guitar.

On my way back down, cappuccino in Makushi.

I had hoped for their new beans from Brazil, but no, maybe by Friday.

Bottom of The Strait, a new coffee shop is due to open Good Friday.

Top of the High Street, just through The Stonebow, Bartek Dabrowski playing acoustic guitar. He ws quite good.

Cappuccino in Makushi

March 30, 2017

A lovely warm spring day.

A walk half way up Steep Hill for an excellent cappuccino in Makushi.

A new coffee grinder. What struck me was whereas most are vertical, this grinder horizontal, as I have seen in Istanbul and in Cyprus, old coffee grinding machines.

Makushi is one of the few places to stock Standart. Strictly speaking not stock, but there to browse.  I had a quick browse of Standart issue 5.

On my way back down Steep Hill, I popped in Madame Waffle top of the High Street. Do not be put off by the exterior which gives the impression of a junk food chain, it is an excellent indie coffee shop.

I picked up a copy of Standart issue 7. Luckily I did. Last copy. Only copy left, display copy.

For anyone who has not seen Standart, it is worth finding or subscribing to.

Cappuccino in Makushi

March 21, 2017

Last week, a lovely sunny warm spring day. Today, first day of spring, bitter cold wind blowing.

Today a different barista, moonlighting from Coffee Aroma.

Makes the point, little independent coffee shops cooperate.

Makushi is one of the coffee shops that has Standart, an excellent  quarterly journal devoted to coffee culture.

I would have liked to have been able to borrow a copy to read, bring back, but no can do.

Back down in the town, I popped in Coffee Aroma and picked up a copy of Northern Independent Coffee Guide.  Served by the same barista who had served me in Makushi.

Cappuccino in Makushi

March 15, 2017

A lovely warm sunny spring day.

A walk up Steep Hill, then on the way back down, coffee at Makushi.

Different to last week, different barista, different beans.

Makushi change their beans roughly every month.

Interesting conversation with fellow coffee drinkers and the barista.

Makushi roast their own single origin beans and unlike undrinkable coffee from Costa, the beans are not over-roasted and burnt.

Barista recommended I try The Plant Room in Brighton. Not a coffee shop I am familiar with.

Other places to try coffee in Lincoln:

  • Stokes on High Bridge
  • Coffee Aroma
  • The Little Bicle Coffee Shop

One to avoid, Angel Coffee House.

Henry’s tea room, marginal.

Had I had time, I would have popped in The Cheese Society and picked up some cheese.

Plenty of people wandering around, High Street was packed.

Cappuccino in Makushi

March 7, 2017

A pleasant sunny morning to walk up Steep Hill.

High Street follows Ermine Street, an old Roman road, as does The Strait, as does Steep Hill.

Makushi is well located, half way up Steep Hill, but I prefer to drop in on my way back down.

Excellent cappuccino.

Today a different barista, noticeably different coffee.

On my way back down, Cornish yarg from The Cheese Society.

A new coffee shop opening at the bottom of The Strait, it what until recently a deli,and before that a second outlet for The Cheese Society.

Neither did well, lack of footfall. Wrong location for a coffee shop, beginning of the climb, not halfway up.

Advertising for baristas. Hmm, if opening a coffee shop, that should have already been sorted. If know nothing about coffee, forget it, there are sufficient number of outlets serving bad coffee.

Cappuccino in Makushi

February 13, 2017

A pleasant sunny day, though very cold in the shade with a  bitter cold wind blowing.

I decided, walk up Steep Hill to the top, then if I had time, a cappuccino in Makushi on the way back down.

Steep Hill surprisingly very busy, as was the High Street. It was like Christmas and New Year. I assume because school half term.

Makushi though was surprisingly not busy.  I sat by the window. It often works, people do not go in a  place that looks empty. And yes it did work, a steady stream of customers.

My cappuccino was excellent, but and a curious but.

In many ways a perfect cappuccino, only had like this in Coffee Lab and a couple of other places, but, and it has been three times now, an excellent cappuccino, but always a strange taste within the cappuccino.

Why I do not not know.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop down in the town has exactly the same coffee beans, roasted the same way, and yet never has this strange taste. And last week, following my suggestion, the cappuccino was better, though Makushi even better but for the strange taste.

At the back of Makushi, in a back room, there is an undercroft. It has always been occupied when I have visited previously. I guess if you know it is there, a good place to sit, and not everyday can have a coffee in an undercroft.

But, luckily for me, today not occupied.

A long table down the middle, coffee books and coffee mags on a shelf at the back, and as I walked in a bookcase of books.

Whether can take the books or for show I do not know, as I did not ask, but they looked as though there for people to read.

Maybe they ought set up as a BookCrossing zone.

Walking back down very cold.

A car decided ok to drive through the lower half of top end of High Street cos I am a Hermes driver delivering. No, it is not ok, and your are a mug working for Hermes.

But, in the High Street there is a problem. A pedestrianised street and yet after four o’clock lorries allowed to drive through.

After four o’clock the High Street was packed and yet vans and lorries are allowed to drive through.

Coffee Aroma has been ordered to remove its tables and chairs by four o’clock.

Who is causing the problem and a danger to the public, Coffee Aroma or Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council, with bad town centre planning and allowing cars, vans and lorries through the city centre?

Last week, I was almost run down at four o’clock by a white van as I walked by Coffee Aroma with their tables and chairs neatly stacked up.