Makushi Coffe Roasters, Lincoln
24 September 2016
Lincolns city centre feels like it is constantly changing. Every week or so a different shop or restaurant closes and something new quickly pops up in its place, after a while you start to lose track but something about Makushi coffee roasters really caught my eye recently. Located a little way up steep hill, the coffee shop is a hipster dream - all exposed brick and woodwork, edison light bulbs and specialty coffees roasted on site. I've made quite a few visits now (I'm on my second loyalty stamp card already) and I think I can now say that I've completely fallen in love with the place.
It's a small venue, with a few tables in the entrance and then two cosy back rooms (one of which I've heard affectionately referred to as 'the cave') but it seems like there are big plans to open up the site further and eventually include outside seating too. The atmosphere is really relaxed and the staff are amazingly helpful and friendly. Every time I've been in the place has been packed, which isn't bad for a shop that only opened a few weeks ago.
Normally I wouldn't be too excited about any coffee place that didn't have a chai latte on the menu, which sadly makushi doesn't, but they do have a beautiful loose leaf chai which is probably better (definitely better for you as it isn't just a sugar syrup). It's a really nicely balanced chai, the spices aren't too overpowering but there's still a subtle warmth to the flavour, it's currently one of my favourites.
The coffees are also wonderfully made too. I've been getting really into coffee lately thanks to the tasting workshop we went on at Festival No. 6 and I am in love with Makushi's coffees at the moment. I think because they roast their own beans the blend does change every now and again but their current one is beautiful. You can buy their coffee to take home as well and if like me you don't have a grinder they'll do it for you in store. I've mainly been using it to make cold brew at home and it's been pretty successful so far.
On my second visit to the shop I took Dave along with me to try out the lunch menu. They have a variety of sandwiches, soups and cakes which are all made fresh in store. I chose a roasted pepper and mozarella ciabatta and it was really nice, although a little messy from all the excess flour on the ciabatta. The real winner though was Dave's lunch, a pastramai, brie and apricot chutney sandwich on a pretzel roll. The pretzel roll was amazing, it was completely enormous, wonderfully soft and salty and it tasted amazing with the homemade chutney. He described it as 'one of the best sandwiches I've had in a long time' and I couldn't disagree.
Of course we couldn't leave without trying the cakes as well. All their desserts are vegan which is amazing, and they change daily. Most of the ones I've tried so far have been really good, especially the cappuccino cake which was really rich and moist but a few have been a little bit too dense for my liking, I think probably because I'm not used to vegan desserts. It's really nice to see new places offering vegan and veggie options though as Lincoln is pretty limited in that department.
I had expected to only make one trip to Makushi before going back to my regular haunts but it's very quickly become my new favourite place in the city. I've been really impressed by it every time I've been, especially since they're only just finding their feet. The only downside is walking half way up the hill to get there, but if you can face the hike then I'd definitely recommend a visit.