Posts Tagged ‘The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop’

Flea Market in Central Market

February 18, 2017

Third Saturday of the month, flea market in Central Market in centre of Lincoln.

I inquired of the fruit and vegetable market on Thursday, was there a flea market? No they said, a craft market.

I could not see it was in anyway  different to the flea market last month.

The only difference, The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop had been relocated from a prime location to the back of the market. I assumed he was not there. And no, micro cafe not a good name, describes what it is, it is not a name.

Cappuccino, but different beans.

No publicity for the flea market cum craft market when I inquired on Thursday, today yes, Thursday no.  How is it to draw people in, if no publicity?

I caught the bus, which dropped me off at the temporary bus station south side of the station. Much larger than I expected, and vastly superior to the old bus station as out in the open. How to get into the town? I thought over the railway bridge, but then where, as a huge building site. A couple from Gloucester said no, follow us, and they led me down narrow alley, which led into the High Street.  To return the favour, I said avoid the town centre, go to the top of the High Street, then walk up The Strait and Steep Hill.

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Cappuccino from The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

February 9, 2017

Independents are thriving and Lincoln is full of them and I want to continue that trend. — Matthew Deyn, The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

It’s just one of those things I have had a passion for. There’s the social aspect of serving customers and also the speciality grade coffee. I taste coffee like people taste wine. — Matthew Deyn, The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

I thought today I would continue trying different coffee shops, always a risky venture, as never know what will be served.

I was going to try Cafe W, the new coffee shop in Waterstone’s, which I have yet to try. They kicked out Costa which was a smart move.

Then I thought, no, I will walk up to Makushi half way up Steep Hill.

I stopped for a chat at The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop, and that was as far as I got.

It was though, a good move,  I had an excellent cappuccino.

I asked that it be made differently. Instead of one shot, I had two shots.

My first sip, maybe too strong. I was wrong, it was perfect.

Prices too have now improved. £2-80 a cappuccino was too high for a stall, pushing it for a coffee shop. Now £2-60. Better.

A chat with a few of the customers. They were very impressed with their coffee.

The Little Coffee Shop source their roasted beans from Makushi, which are also on sale.

Several different brew methods.

A quick visit to the market and Sincil Street, then a look in Waterstone’s.

An illustrated Alice on display.

As I walked past Stokes on High Bridge on the dot of four o’clock, I notice literally empty, not a single person enjoying a tea or a coffee.

Coffee Aroma had their tables and chairs stacked up. By edict of Lincolnshire County Council. The problem is not Coffee Aroma with tables and chairs outside their coffee shop. The problem is traffic allowed in a pedestrianised street.

It is time to consider the launch of an indie coffee shop chain disrupter loyalty card.

A bit of a mouthful, though the concept is simple enough.

Quality indie coffee shops, for example Stokes, Coffee Aroma, Makushi, The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop, launch a joint loyalty card. To have  a free coffee, would have to show had been stamped by at least three of the participants, and would  be taken at one of the coffee shops where stamped.

New participants could join the scheme, but they would have to be approved, show they source quality beans, traceable to the finca or farm, had skilled baristas who take a pride and were knowledgeable on the coffee they served.

The card itself could be  a collectors item, featuring on one side an illustration or quote related to Lincoln.

Each new card, a local artist or designer. Sharing, collaborative commons, they would not be paid, but would be entitled to free coffee at any of the participants for the duration of the card.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop

January 20, 2017

The world’s smallest coffee shop.

Never wise to make a claim that may not be true, but certainly small.

I had a chat with the young lad running this little coffee shop earlier in the week, and promised him I would be back to try his coffee.

I have of late been trying out some of the indie coffee shops in Lincoln, but can end up having undrinkable coffee, as with The Angel Coffee House, so earlier in the week I played safe and had a coffee in Stokes on High Bridge, always a wise choice, and I was not disappointed, I had an excellent cappuccino.

Today it was the turn of The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop.

Strictly speaking a tricycle, to provide a platform upon which everything is mounted, in the tradition of ice cream vendors.

A grotty shopping centre is not where I would expect to find good coffee. Shopping centres are the haunt of chains like Costa and tax-dodging Starbucks. Were it not for the fact we had a chat earlier in the week and I knew from where he sourced his coffee, I would not have even tried.

But life is full of surprises.

A kiosk on Guildford Station, is an unlikely place for quality coffee.

The lad knows his stuff, and has a range of coffee methods, maybe too many for a little stall.

Pleasantly surprised, an excellent cappuccino. I would prefer not to have in a takeaway cup, as never does good coffee justice, but needs must.

It is always  pleasure to have a good coffee.  Not on a par with Stokes on High Bridge or Coffee Aroma, but nevertheless excellent. With improvement, a possible contender for inclusion in Northern England Independent Coffee Guide when the third edition is published.

My only criticism, a little weak, maybe use two shots not one, and £2-80 is far too expensive for a cappuccino off a stall, making it one of the most expensive coffees in Lincoln.

The beans are sourced from Makushi, and that was my other reason for wishing to try. I had a coffee from Makushi, an excellent cappuccino, but it had an unpleasant taste, that left an unpleasant aftertaste. Why I do not know. I doubt the barista or the machine which left the beans.  And yet, excellent cappuccino, curiouser and curiouser.  It could be different batch of beans.

Earlier I walked up Steep Hill as far as the Bookstop Cafe, but no time to go all the way to the top, otherwise no time for a coffee when I got back down.

I was shocked to hear that the lovely Olde Worlde bookshop was closing. Driven out by a hike in the rent.

After my coffee, a quick chat in Coffee Aroma.

On leaving, my bag broke, scattering shopping in the street.

Many thanks to the girl with the toddler in a buggie, who helped me gather it all up. And to the lady who insisted I must have her M&S bag to put in all my shopping.