November 25, 2011 7.30 am This story is over 151 months old

Coffee shop expands trade with new line

Strong coffee: Stokes will sell their coffee blends in county retail shops, for the first time in 100 years.

A Lincoln coffee shop will expand its product line by introducing it to retail outlets.

This will be the first time Stokes Coffee has sold its products in shops in the 100 years it has been running, as well as the shop on High Bridge.

Nick Peel, who is the great grandson of R. W. Stokes, said: “I want to bring Stokes into people’s homes;

“That’s why we’re launching this new retail blend so customers can buy it in shops around the county, rather then just through the High Bridge cafe in Lincoln.

“Lincolnshire is well known for its excellent produce. We have some amazing farm shops all over the county.

“By talking to our suppliers and customers we saw a gap in the market.

“It has been a tough year for many businesses, but we’ve risen to the challenge and reacted to changing consumer shopping habits.

“More people than ever before are choosing to buy from their local farm shops and delicatessens.

“I want the next generation of Stokes to be on the shelf alongside the county’s award winning food and drink.”

The new coffees come in an espresso blend called Full of Beans (from £3.45) or a pre-gorund blend called Perk Up (from £3.60), which is used for filter machines.

Both coffees are created and packaged in the roastery just off Mint Lane in Lincoln.

“The coffee beans were sourced from our producers in Africa and South America for their particular flavours and wonderful warm aromas,” Peel said.

The two blends can be bought in Doddington Hall, Elite Meats, The Cheese Society, Biggers of Bailgate, Comestibles Delicatessens and the cafe at Lincoln Cathedral.