Posts Tagged ‘Steep Hill’

Coffee Bobbins

April 4, 2018

Coffee Bobbins an award winning coffee shop opened a year ago Easter at the bottom of The Strait.

I must be a glutton for punishment, award winning yes but the award by Good Taste Lincolnshire, compounded by the fact they serve tea pigs and coffee supplied by Lincoln Tea and Coffee.

In their defence Coffee Bobbins may say we are a cake shop, and it is true a display of scrumptious looking cakes, though limited choice and I did not try. They do though call themselves a coffee shop not a cake shop, and I was there to try their coffee.

When I see a coffee or tea shop displaying tea pigs it immediately tells me they are clueless on tea.

The coffee supplied by Lincoln Tea and Coffee again not a good sign as it is not good coffee. I have tried before at Bailgate Deli. It was not good. When I asked to look at the beans I found to be cheap over-roasted coffee with defective beans and a very unpleasant aroma.

The same Brazilian blend that Lincoln Tea and Coffee claim they supply as an exclusive blend for Bailgate Deli, a speciality coffee shop. Not then exclusive, neither is Bailgate Deli a speciality coffee shop, if it was, it would employ skilled baristas and source better quality coffee beans. Not that Bailgate Deli has ever claimed to be a speciality coffee shop, they are a deli specialising in vegan food.

Lincoln Tea and Coffee claim their beans are fresh. They do not roast, merely buy and bag and on the bags no roast date thus no way of knowing how fresh.

The decor is reasonable, though lacking in ambience.

The entrance very badly designed, and forced to push past people blocking the way.

My coffee not good, too hot, chocolate dumped on top.

I asked for a coffee without chocolate. It was not good either, again scalding hot and undrinkable. After one sip I left it.

I asked for water. I am used to Athens, water is always brought without asking or is on the counter.

Toilets are out the back in a yard. Not good if raining.

If as appears, Coffee Bobbins care about their cakes, then why not care about the coffee? I can visit a chain if I want to drink bad coffee, Costa or tax dodging Starbucks or Caffé Nero. And the price not cheap, at £2-80 expect quality coffee.

They also need to employ skilled baristas. Though the best barista would be hard pushed to make a decent cup of coffee with the beans they are using no matter how hard they tried.

There is absolutely no excuse for this. If they have not a clue on coffee, begs the question why open a coffee shop, but if not a clue, then pick up a copy of The North and North Wales Independent Coffee Guide where will find listed speciality coffee shops and coffee roasteries. A hint, try 200 degrees, or better still Hasbean or Dark Woods.

It is commendable to buy local, but never at the expense of quality. And how local is local, Hasbean and Dark Woods are regional.

Similarly if they are serious about tea cannot get more local than Imperial Tea half way up Steep Hill, which is served in Pimento Tea Rooms.

The one good point was the two girls serving, polite, pleasant, helpful, and in conversation knowledgeable about coffee.

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Lunch at White Hart Hotel

March 23, 2018

Today decided to dine in style.

Lunch at the White Hart Hotel in Bailgate.

For starters, wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil.

The starter was a meal in itself.

Followed by rib-eye pork steak. A very impressive steak knife, an implement of quality.

Ingredients sourced locally, with a list where sourced from. A pity more do not follow this excellent example.

The rib-eye pork steak  was sourced from the butcher in Bailgate. Redhill Farm Shop, from where I obtain their excellent ham and Lincolnshire sausages.

Compliments to the chef, the food was excellent. The vegetables, at least the cauliflower, could have been cooked a tad longer.

I was warned the  rib-eye pork steak would be slightly pink. Fine for steak, but not pork, I asked that it be cooked a little longer.

I noticed an adjacent table had Lincolnshire sausages, sourced from Fosters, not the butcher in Bailgate.  These were under cooked.

I would recommend if The White Hart Hotel wish to serve the best quality Lincolnshire sausages, either source from the butcher in Heighington or from Redhill Farm Shop in Bailgate.

I later popped into the butcher and asked of rib-eye pork steak as not something I had come across before.

The offer of a coffee was declined. There are far better places for a coffee in Lincoln, Makushi aka Base Camp on Steep Hill, Madame Waffle in the High Street and Coffee Aroma just off the High Street near The Stonebow.

I had a window seat. I would not have liked to be in the main body of the restaurant as too much like a chain restaurant.

I was very impressed by the steak knife. An implement of quality.

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.

Lunch at Pimento tea rooms

September 9, 2017

Pimento tea rooms is somewhere that is excellent for afternoon tea, but not somewhere I can recommend to eat.

I had intended to eat at Bailgate Deli, but too late.  Having walked up Steep Hill, I retraced my steps to Pimento tea rooms and was in time for something to eat.

The lentil soup was reasonable, a meal in itself, but apart from the name, no resemblance to Thai.

I then had a spicy bean burger and salad. It was not good, dry.

Many years ago, I used to have bean burgers in Neal’s Yard Bakery. I have never had anything comparable. These were a mixture of beans, not something made to resemble a beef burger, which was what I was served at Pimento tea rooms.

I have eaten once beforeeaten once before at Pimento tea rooms. It was a disappointment then, and it has not improved.  Pimento tea rooms is sadly not in the same league as a good vegetarian restaurant.

Service not great, though staff pleasant. My soup arrived promptly, my second course did not, I had a long wait.

Last time I was here, only one girl who was able to cope. Today half a dozen who seemed unable to cope.

Quirky rooms, each one different. Since my last visit, they have added a room at ground level, and one at the top.

There used to be occasional live music. I saw nothing to indicate live music.

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 from The Little Tractor Coffee Shop

August 21, 2017

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop aka Wheelys no more, welcome The Little Tractor Coffee Shop.

On Friday walking up Steep Hill, I noticed Bird’s Yard at the bottom of Steep Hill had a sign advertising freshly roasted coffee.

Today, curious, on my way up Steep Hill, I popped in Bird’s Yard.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop aka Wheelys no more, welcome The Little Tractor Coffee Shop.

Located in a corner in a shop selling junk, out the back a delightful little Secret Garden. Excellent locally roasted coffee beans. Today from Kenya. A skilled barista Mathew brewing the coffee.

I stopped on my way down and had a cappuccino.

A pity paper cups. Hopefully will have china, and if pour over coffee added, glassware.

That was morning, a quick cappuccino on my way back down Steep Hill, no way doing it justice as I was on my way to lunch.

Later, after lunch, I decided to pop back and have a more relaxed cappuccino sitting in the Secret Garden out the back.

This is a definite addition to the Lincoln coffee scene if you appreciate quality coffee.  The experience enhanced by the quirky surroundings.

Very much as would expect from coffee shops in North Laine in Brighton.

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.