CoffeeBeer >> Double Shot Buzz >> 200°
A week ago, to celebrate Sheffield’s annual Tramlines music festival without forking out the extravagant cost of a ticket, I took my usual walk into town and down Division Street to check out whatever fringe bands happened to be playing in pubs and bars as well as the usual street performers. As I was nearing Barker's Pool I passed by a new coffee roasters I hadn’t heard of, 200° Coffee. As I was much more interested in a pint than a coffee at the time, I decided to return a few days later to sample the latter.
The place is fairly large and the decor is a mixture of browns, both wood and leather. I ordered a double macchiato and, as I desired a bit more lightness, I took a seat at the window counter next to the ubiquitous sight of a young man working away on his laptop. My double macchiato was served quickly, in a fairly large red and white cup and saucer, which of course inspired me to take the following photo.
The coffee was very smooth which usually disappoints me, but it had a particular luscious flavour, possibly because it's roasted here. As I sat enjoying my red-framed coffee I watched people passing by on Division Street. The cafe is located between a Sainsbury’s Local and the former Castle Market butcher’s and fishmonger’s shop called Simmonite. Just across the road is Geek-Man (not surprisingly another mobile phone repair shop) and the very tempting Let’s Sushi, and there is also quite a pleasing diagonal view of the grade II listed Palazzo-styled Sheffield Water Works building, which is now a Wetherspoons pub.
The name 200° comes from the temperature at which they roast their beans -- although in the current heat wave some intolerant souls might think it's referring to the outside temperature. Besides the Sheffield shop, the roasters have other outlets in Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester, and Cardiff. You can buy their ethically sourced beans in the cafe or online. Along with Brazilian Love Affair Espresso Blend, which they use for their coffee drinks, they also offer La Nina de Guatemala, Tanzania PB Supreme, Costa Rica La Cabana, Brain Tumour Charity Blend, and Mellowship Slinky Decaf, all for £8 for 250 grams. They also offer free coffee delivery to homes and offices.
On the side counter of the cafe is an extensive selection of pastries including the most colossal scones I have ever seen. There is also a lunch menu featuring sandwiches, but frustratingly again there is nothing there I’d be interested in. The choices are either meat, which I don’t eat, or vegan, which I’ll happily eat if it sounds good; but apparently you can’t get a sandwich with cheese unless you order a chicken sandwich. More and more places are starting to offer cheese-resistant menus, forcing people to decide whether they’re either carnivores or lactose-intolerant. This anti-cheese vegan hipster trend -- and currently it is a trend rather than a considered dietary choice -- is going too far. I'm sorry, but I will keep railing on about the elimination of cheese and/or egg options from some of the latest cafe and pub menu offerings.
If this continues I'll suppose I'll just have to move to the Continent...
Speaking of cheese reminds me of a recent email conversation with my Bay Area friend:I was delighted to run into a book I'd read about recently while shelving books at work: Does It Fart? by Dani Rabaiotti and Nick Caruso. Paging through it I found a full page dedicated to each of about 100 creatures, each with the subtitle "Does it fart? Yes" or "Does it fart? No". There is one unique creature mentioned, as follows: