Posts Tagged ‘Makushi’

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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V60 The Little Tractor Coffee Shop

August 23, 2017

V60 filter coffee Finca Immaculada Laurina de Colombia roasted by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee brewed at The Little Tractor Coffee Shop.

Late morning in Lincoln, thunderstorm and heavy rain, then muggy and warm.

After checking out a few more Lincoln Knights, I looked in Makushi, picked up two Florentines, very rare to find, then to The Little Tractor Coffee Shop for a cappuccino.

Cappuccino was excellent.

The main reason for my visit, I had promised to bring in a guest coffee, Finca Immaculada Laurina de Colombia roasted by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.

It was a case of make do.

A V60, but no carafe.  Make do with a pouring pot.

A hand grinder.

Although there was fine drizzle, we decided, once the coffee had been ground and the filter washed through with hot water, to brew in the Secret Garden out the back of Bird’s Yard.

First wet the filter with hot water. This removes any paper residues and heats the filter and carafe.

If in doubt why cleanse the filter, try drinking the hot water.

Add the ground coffee, tapping to ensure the bed is as flat as a billiard table.

Next pour in hot water close to boiling, allow the ground coffee to bloom. This enables the CO2 to escape.

Next pour in the hot water, just off boiling, in a rotating motion.

All steps are carefully weighed, timed, the coffee a precise grind, courser than for an espresso machine.

How to enjoy is personal preference. I prefer a glass to showcase the colour of the resultant liquid.

Finca Immaculada is a garden farm located at a height of 1770–2040 metres, surrounded by a National Park. The coffee plants grow in the Andes in the shade of trees.

Laurina seeds originate from the tiny island of Réunion, east of Madagascar and south west of Mauritius, where a red bourbon variety mutated into this rare variety, the Bourbon Pointu.

The Little Tractor Coffee Shop is located in Bird’s Yard at the bottom of Steep Hill.

Walk through the shop to find the Secret Garden, a quiet little garden in which to relax with a coffee.

Cappuccino at Makushi

April 26, 2017

I popped in Makushi yesterday, their latest beans from Costa Rica not yet available, carrying out test roastings.

Today I received word, the beans from Costa Rica were now available.

Not as yet serving, still the beans from Brazil, but were available to buy as bags of beans.

I picked up two bags and had as always, an excellent cappuccino.

Located half way up Steep Hill, Makushi is a coffee shop worth visiting.

Word seems to be spreading.  Earlier in the year, I was often the only customer, this month busy, today very busy.

Makushi is a definite candidate for inclusion in the third edition of Northern Independent Coffee Guide when published.

Cappuccino at Makushi

April 25, 2017

As always, excellent cappuccino at Makushi.

I had hoped they would have had their latest beans available, but sadly not.  Test roasting to determine optimum roast profile.

Cappuccino at Makushi

April 22, 2017

As always, excellent cappuccino at Makushi.

I had hoped to try their new beans but not yet roasted.

Lincoln busier than I saw at Christmas, though I would normally avoid any town centre on a Saturday.  Busy even for a Saturday. Unfortunately, also full of gangs of drunks.

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.