Posts Tagged ‘Steep Hill’

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 at Makushi

February 20, 2017

I walked up Steep Hill, then on the way back down, cappuccino at Makushi.

Today different beans, today from Honduras.

Cappuccino in Makushi Coffee Shop

January 24, 2017

I tried Makushi a couple of weeks ago.

Passing The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop, he suggested visit Makushi.

Good idea, I just had time to walk half way up Steep Hill and back.

Wonderful ambience inside.

From the outside, it does not look anything special, nor do you have the impression of how old.

Whitewashed walls, stonework projecting through, excellent use of off cuts of wood.

The wood off cuts also used for wonderful solid wooden tables.

Further in, another room, then beyond that an undercroft.

Upstairs leads to a terrace, though at the moment not open.

Dog friendly.

Excellent cappuccino, but …

When I had a cappuccino a couple of weeks ago, the cappuccino had an unpleasant taste, that left an unpleasant aftertaste.

Today, no unpleasant taste, but did have a strange taste.

Makushi roast beans and supply The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop.

Cappuccino from The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop lacks the strange taste, though their preparation of the coffee slightly different, also use a different machine, and one shot not two.

Something that needs further investigation.

Prices are a little on the high side, £2-80 for a cappuccino, £5 for a bowl of soup.

Makushi is located half way up Steep Hill. Below where once was the excellent Readers Rest, sadly no more. The two would have complimented each other.

The strange name? Apparently Makushi is the name of a tribe in the Amazon, who the owner, who I met and complimented for the work on the building,  had spent time with learning survival skills, and with had his first experience of coffee.

Cappuccino in Makushi Coffee House

January 5, 2017

Half way up Steep Hill can be found Makushi Coffee House. A new coffee shop, it was not there a year ago.

Inside very agreeable environment. A knowledgeable barista.

From the outside, it does not look much. Not so inside.

Whitewashed walls, stonework poking through, wood. At the rear a room with a solid wooden table and seats, further in a stone vaulted room, more upstairs, and upstairs a coffee roaster. Also upstairs a door leading to a terrace, but not open. It will be pleasant to enjoy a coffee in the summer, but please do not allow smoking.

Cappuccino was excellent, but, it had a somewhat unpleasant  taste, which then lingered as an aftertaste.

I doubt lack of skill of the barista or machine. Barista had worked before at Coffee Aroma and talking to him he knew what he was talking about.

I suspect the roasting. Makushi roast their own beans, and roasting requires more skill that brewing coffee.

More inquiries are needed.

On the counter bags of their own roast beans. And had roast date, roasted the day before, 4 January 2017.  I would though disagree with their enjoy by 4 March 2017. I would have put 4 February 2017. One week to let the oils adjust following roasting, then three weeks beans at their optimum. But full marks for roast date and recently roasted beans.  Contrast with Stokes, who somewhat surprising, do not put roast date, but do put best by which is meaningless.

Apart from roast date, also told you something about the beans, their origin.

Every bean has a story to tell. I am surprised rarely seen told. Not only on the bags, but also a chalkboard telling the story of the coffee served.

Chatting to a charming young lady, she said she played the flute. I probably made her late.

I suggested, why not have recitals in the coffee shop? Better still, get hold of some decent recording equipment, someone who knows how to record and master, release on bandcamp. At least release if good. But always record. Can always throw away if not good, but cannot record what has been and gone.

I suggested she checked out Agnes Obel and Berlin Live session of The Curse with looping.

The strange name? Apparently Makushi is the name of a tribe in the Amazon, who the owner, who I did not meet, had spent time with learning survival skills, and with had his first experience of coffee.

Makushi is in a former tea shop, which has been derelict for years, or if not, it always had that appearance as I never found it open.

Makushi Coffee House is next to and below what was Readers Rest, now a tacky beauty parlour. What a pity Readers Rest no more, it was an excellent second hand bookshop and the two would have complimented each other.

Many are opening coffee shops, jumping on the bandwagon. Few have  a clue about coffee.

Lincoln is unusual, for its size it has a lot of indie coffee shops, and few chains serving their disgusting undrinkable coffee. This is mainly due to Stokes, a fourth generation family business.

Now we are a seeing, with Coffee Aroma and Makusihi a new generation of indie coffee shops, where great care is taken over the coffee.

I can see Makushi Coffee House being added to Northern England Independent Coffee Guide when the third edition is published, or an oversight if not. It was a major oversight Stokes never made it into the first edition.

On my way up, I would have looked in the cheese shop in The Strait, only not there, now a deli, and he said he would not be there long, as bad for trade.

Sincil Street would be ideal, create as it was, indie shops, but the local council and Coop seem determined to trash the area with a shopping centre and sky high rents, the area once busy, now blighted with boarded-up shops. .

I was always surprised the cheese shop opened, when they have a shop and restaurant around the corner.

I was going to collect something from the deli on my way back down, but already closed.

Popped into the cheese shop and picked up Cornish yarg.

Then I remembered, a book to collect from Waterstone’s in the High Street.

The Spy marked Just £12-99, implying a reduction. It is not reduced. Order from Amazon at £6-50 (but pay postage unless over £10). Order from Waterstone’s on-line. pay £6-50 and collect in-store. I picked up two copies. In the Cornhill, there is a chalk board, order on line, have a coffee (no thanks Caffe Nero), then collect your order.

Cost of e-books is zero. The Spy, download from Kobo £9-49, Google £9-49, Amazon £9-49. When price of an e-book exceeds that of a hardback, for The Spy nearly 50% more, something is seriously wrong. Readers are being ripped off big time.  To download an e-book should be no more than a pound.

New Year’s Eve in Lincoln

December 31, 2014
Moonraker tea boat

Moonraker tea boat

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

A cold frosty morning, Lincoln cold and damp.

Cappuccino and cookie in Stokes on High Bridge, the place for coffee.

Central Library not open. No indication why not open, no holiday times posted.

Same The Collection, not open, no indication why not open, no holiday times posted.

No excuse for either Central Library or The Collection to be closed, and very bad no notice explaining why. It was exactly the same last week on Christmas Eve.

Danes Gate

Danes Gate

Cutting along a narrow lane running alongside the Usher Art Gallery, leads into Steep Hill half way up by Readers Rest. Or what was Readers Rest, now nothing, all trace of Readers Rest gone.

Danes Gate, derived from Scandinavian gaten for street.

Tourist Information not open. I dare say it was not open last week on Christmas Eve either. Crass stupidity, lots of tourists, but Tourists Information not open. I dare say, when no tourists, it will be open.

Lindum Books

Lindum Books

A new bookshop in Bailgate, Lindum Books, been there eight months. Will it survive, considering the attrition rate of indy books shops?

To survive have to be like P&G Wells, back streets of Winchester. Always a window display of tempting books (not celebrity rubbish of chains), staff know their books.

If only the same rubbish as the chains, no knowledge, may as well buy at a discount in the chains, supermarket or Amazon.

Revolution? Not worth reading, Russell Brand dismissed as naive and does not know what he is talking about.

Adultery? Paulo Coelho not a writer worth reading.


Snowy morning The Strait and Steep Hill

January 15, 2013
The Strait and Lincoln Cathedral

The Strait and Lincoln Cathedral

Last week it was a misty morning climbing The Strait and Steep Hill. This morning snow and I did wonder would I make it up, or back down. Luckily the snow had partially cleared and so it was possible.

On the way back down I called in Readers Rest to say goodbye, as after 30 years closing.

Misty morning The Strait and Steep Hill

January 10, 2013
Steep Hill in the mist

Steep Hill in the mist

Steep Hill in the mist

Steep Hill in the mist

Steep Hill in the mist

Steep Hill in the mist

Very foggy this morning.

Walking up the Strait and Steep Hill, very misty, very atmospheric, the stuff of a Victorian melodrama, which explains why many such dramas have been filmed here.

The towers of Lincoln Cathedral were shrouded in mist, as was the entrance and walls of Lincoln Castle.

Westgate, which follows the walls of the castle, freezing cold fog.

Walking back down, the sun came out for a brief period, but not for long, back came the mist.

Morning in Lincoln

December 27, 2012
Stokes tea rooms on  High Bridge

Stokes tea rooms on High Bridge

Newport Arch - Roman gateway to Lindum Colonia

Newport Arch – Roman gateway to Lindum Colonia

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Just gone nine o’ clock the High Street very busy, but misleading. The level crossing had just opened and a wave of people poured across the tracks. By 10am very busy, by midday packed, barely able to move.

The two Waterstone’s only one copy of NeverSeconds each. At least now on display on the shelves.

Martha Payne was on TV over Christmas with an update of Martha, Meals and Malawi. She has so far appeared in every review of 2012, and still NeverSeconds not on prominent display in Waterstone’s. When I inquired last week, they had not a clue what I was asking for. Something very, very rotten with Waterstone’s.

River Witham has dropped 2-3 feet from it high of last Friday. Still flowing very fast, but not like last week, nor the ripples in the surface.

Stokes tea shop on High Bridge, purveyors of quality tea and coffee, pre-dates chains like Costa and Starbucks by more than half a century. The building a rare example of surviving medieval building on a bridge, the bridge has Norman arches.

Tea and bacon sandwich in Café 44. Lovely indie coffee bar with art by Phil Martin lining the walls.

Popped into The Collection. Two temporary art exhibitions. Neither worth wasting any time on. The Collection house an indie coffee shop run by Stokes.

Up The Strait, up Steep Hill. Lots of people around and yet many of the little shops shut, as was the Tourist Information Office. This is absolutely crazy. Yes, I can see they may deserve a holiday, but you do not shut when there are peak visitors on the streets.

Disgusted to find a Greggs in Bailgate. Literally the Roman Bail. Independent shops, plenty of eating places, not somewhere where junk food chains are welcome.

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese from Comestibles, a type of Cheddar but vastly superior to Cheddar. A good selection of cheeses. Far better selection than the Cheese Society.

At the end of Bailgate, Newport Arch. A Roman gate.

Walking back down Steep Hill and The Strait, very very busy. Far more people than Friday of last week, when their few people around, though the town centre was very busy.

Lunch at County Restaurant. This used to be a good place to eat, but sadly has gone downhill.