East Midlands

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

19 July 2009

A downright marvelous coffee shop.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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?!).

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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.

Coffee Aroma, Lincoln Coffee Aroma, Lincoln

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

Website: coffeearoma.co.uk/
Twitter: @Coffee_Aroma

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  • Chris Weaver 25 September 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I work as the manager at The Angel, super shame you couldn’t make it to ours 🙂
    Next time you’re in Lincoln, call in and introduce yourselves!
    Chris, The Angel Coffee House

  • Simon 16 June 2010 at 8:43 pm

    My son had been raving about Coffee Aroma for a while. He’s at Lincoln Uni and likes this place as much for the great beer range as well as the superb coffee.
    After one of those trips that parents make, lugging quantities of stuff up and back, my son took me in and I have to say it is as good as it looks above.
    On the next visit I’ll seek out The Angel. For a guy who worked in the City of London for 22 years, I saw Seattle Coffee arrive and the whole coffee shop thing develop. In Canary Wharf, when we moved there, I kept fueled on huge coffees. Anyway… my experience was in another league this time.
    Definately worth trying!!! The good news is that having found this website I’ll be seeking out good independent coffee shops in future.

  • John 15 September 2010 at 6:28 pm

    A colleague introduced me to Coffee Aroma in Lincoln a recent business trip. I have to say that it was the best coffee I’ve had in a long time. The place was so relaxing I could have sat in there all day! You must try it if you ever visit Lincoln.

  • Richard 19 January 2011 at 4:28 pm

    When I first saw my local coffee shop was second in England I was thrilled as I thought it really deserves it, this was back in October 2009.
    However recent changes to the shop have definitely knocked my confidence.
    For a start all the flavouring syrups have disappeared this was one of my favourite things about having coffee out. As at home I can make equally good if not better coffee. I can see that this is because syrups have been determined as poisoning coffee taste. But does milk not do that anyway?
    But what has really got me is the sayings at the back of the shop.
    I completely agree with not serving fairtrade as it really isn’t fairtrade.
    But “the day we serve skimmed, decaf, or soya is the day hell freezes over” Is really taking it to the extreme, I feel it is very appalling to be honest. One of my best friends is lactose intolerant so is it fair that she can not enjoy nice coffee?
    I can understand the argument that it makes the coffee taste completely different, but what I say is if she has been brought up with drinking nothing byt soya milk then surely she will be able to taste the difference between good and bad coffee.
    After taking all this into consideration I still admire Coffee Aroma for its atmosphere created in store.
    But I am scared that I will loose that nice coffee and charm for something so pretentious, if I do not have tattoos, piercings or wear my skinny jeans and t-shirts right I will get stared at and joked about.

  • Sara 29 July 2011 at 2:45 pm

    why does this coffee bar not offer Fairtrade espresso?

  • Cosy Coffee Shops 29 July 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Sara,
    Coffee Aroma gets its beans from HasBean, a terrific roastery that – I’m certain – pays its suppliers very well indeed. It’s worth remembering that Fairtrade is a brand. A company that is not under the Fairtrade banner is not necessarily trading unfairly. In fact, there may be very good reasons why they are not part of the Fairtrade brand, and I know that many top roasteries (if not all) pay their suppliers better than the Fairtrade base price. Next time you visit Coffee Aroma I hope you can rest easy that the suppliers have been suitably and fairly rewarded.

    • Andrew Bruton 7 October 2011 at 7:17 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with the owners of Coffee Aroma, I grow coffee with my wife’s family in Peru near Machu Picchu. Local cooperatives occasionally strike deals with big coffee companies and yet the prices paid for the coffee are no better than independent buyers not under the fairtrade banner. I’m here in the UK precisely because we want to do “Direct Trade” stright from our farm to the retailer and consumer. This is a hard thing to set up but we’re confident it is a better deal for the hard work we put in in the fields. Coffee shops like coffee aroma are actually exactly the sort of people my family needs to start changing the idea that fairtrade is somehow a choice that helps farmers. Well done guys, I was born in Nocton not far from you and if I ever come up that way I’ll pop in for a cup.

  • martha 7 August 2012 at 5:55 pm

    it looks ever so nice

  • Leigh Jackson 14 March 2014 at 11:07 pm

    looks amazing!!! I am down there next month so will give it a try. It might give http://www.hypecoffee.com a run for it’s money.