Starbucks and Costa are two of the big companies that come to mind when thinking of your daily coffee fix, but they will face competition in Lincoln when a new shop opens this Spring.
Lincoln already has five Costa stores and four Starbucks, so it will be a refreshing change when the 200 Degrees coffee chain opens its 8th cafe at 34 Sincil Street in the Lincoln Cornhill Quarter in March 2019.
The name of the business comes from the temperature it roasts its coffee at, 200 Celsius, which is lower than normal in order to provide a smoother taste.
It will be located in phase two of the major Cornhill Quarter development – part of Lincolnshire Co-ops £70 million regeneration of the area.
The coffee shop will be open 7:30am-8pm Monday to Friday, 8am-7pm Saturdays and 9:30am-6pm on Sundays. It will bring 12 new jobs to the city.
Barista school & food
Another unique difference is that the cafe will host its fifth barista school alongside Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff.
It will be on its mezzanine floor, offering expert coffee training for a range of experience, which will feature new courses and events.
The 90-seater cafe will also sell handcrafted fresh food, freshly roasted coffee from its Roast House in Nottingham, as well as prepackaged coffee and home brewing equipment.
In terms of food it will serve imaginative salads, soups, sandwiches, tempting cakes and pastries. They will be prepared daily on the premises with plenty of vegan and gluten free options available to eat in or takeaway.
People will be able to purchase the brand’s own roasted beans in store and online.
Supporting local businesses
The company, which was set up by Tom Vincent and his business partner Rob Darby in 2012, said it also plans to support independent retail businesses in Lincoln with a series of pop-up events in store.
It already has coffee shops in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, Cardiff, with further national expansion plans for a shop in Manchester set to open this year.
Tom said: “We saw an opening for our specialist coffee shop to join this diverse city and we very much look forward to opening in Lincoln in March. Lincoln is steeped in history and has much beautiful architecture and we’re so pleased to have found a fantastic old building in the heart of the recently transformed Cornhill Quarter.
“We want to support Lincoln’s burgeoning coffee population and become an integral part of the vibrant community by offering a comfortable and stylish venue that makes people feel at home with great coffee and food.
“With our roast house less than an hour away, we can supply fresh coffee to our new store regularly and the 200 Degrees brand will complement the diverse range of local and independent shops on Lincoln’s streetscape.”
Popular cocktail bar chain The Botanist, which is coming to the Cornhill in early 2020, will be over ground and first floors located in the third phase of the development, which sits opposite to the completed Corn Exchange building.
Between this building and the Corn Exchange will be Exchange Square, providing a new public space for the city, as well as outdoor seating for the Botanist.
Work is also set to begin to build a boutique cinema and rooftop restaurant with cathedral views in the Cornhill Quarter of Lincoln. It will be the first Everyman Cinema in the city.