A downright marvelous coffee shop.
On a wet Sunday we detoured to lovely Lincoln and popped in to Coffee Aroma.
Downstairs is the bar and a few seats. Upstairs is comprised of a couple of rooms, lovingly decked out with comfy chairs, retro wallpaper and cushions. There’s a great big old wooden table – perfect for communal coffee sippage (how did they get the thing up the stairs?!).
It’s a gorgeous, picturesque place, not to mention comfy and charming. I can’t think of a coffee shop with a nicer interior. Just perfect for relaxing with a good mug of coffee.
That would do me nicely, thanks very much, but I was delighted also to discover coffee of the highest order.
The beans come from Has Bean, a very well regarded roastery. My latte was perfectly presented and was bubbling with freshness. And it tasted beautiful. My girlfriend’s tea was excellent (she tells me).
As the rain worsened we stayed for a bit longer and I tried a “Jamaican Blue Mountain” coffee. By reputation at least, this is the best coffee in the world (perhaps apart from that one that is pooed from a cat…). I’m not a huge fan of filter coffee but it was delightful. I couldn’t say if it’s the best in the world, but if it’s good enough for presidents of the USA it’s good enough for me.
As the owner (Richard Teasdale) prepared it, he described his method, originating with a 20th Century German chemist. It helps reduce the bitterness often found in filter coffees, he explained.
Richard – as you can tell – is a coffee geek, in the nicest possible way. He has had some success at barista championships and has rubbed shoulders with the best in the world. He’s a friendly guy, driven to create the perfect coffee experience.
Nice touches include a glass of water with coffee (a simple idea – I wish more places did the same), free wi-fi and a few bits of interesting artwork. There’s a covered outdoor seating area, delicious cakes and an alcohol licence.
Recently (July 2009), Coffee Aroma started offering evening meals, with the assistance of a nearby restaurant.
As suggested by the huge photo board, the cow with an “I love Coffee Aroma” badge and the nearly 1000 fans of the “Coffee Aroma Appreciation Society“, this is a much-loved place with a bit of a cult following.
It’s one of those terribly rare places that combines a wonderful, cosy atmosphere with superb coffee. It’s everything that I love about indie coffee shops.
The Angel Coffee House:
I had hoped to visit “The Angel Coffee House” on Free School Lane, but didn’t quite have enough time.
24 Guildhall Street