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200 Degrees to open eighth coffee shop


Speciality coffee roaster and wholesaler, 200 Degrees, will open its eighth UK coffee shop in March.


The 90-seater cafe, at 34 Sincil Street, Lincoln, will deliver handcrafted fresh food and artisan coffee to the city, serving freshly roasted coffee from the 200 Degrees Roast House, in Nottingham.


It will create 12 new jobs in phase two of the Cornhill Quarter development in the heart of the city.


As well as its signature coffee, a range of salads, soups, sandwiches, cakes and pastries will be prepared daily on the premises, with vegan and gluten-free options available.


The brand’s own roasted beans will be sold in store and online and, for coffee enthusiasts, the new shop will also have a barista school offering expert coffee training for a range of experience levels - from budding beginners, all the way through to trained baristas.


The Lincoln venue is the fifth 200 Degrees coffee shop to offer the bespoke barista training, which will feature new courses and events.


Tom Vincent, co-founder and director at Chamber member 200 Degrees, said: “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.


“We also hope to host a series of pop up events to align ourselves with other Lincoln-based brands and offer the community something extra. Our barista school will offer an engaging space to learn the craft of bean to cup and we invite the local student population to come down and take part in this.”


200 Degrees, which was set up by Tom and his business partner Rob Darby in 2012, has distinctive coffee shops in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester and Cardiff. The company has further national expansion plans with a shop in Manchester due to open in 2019.


Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) Chief Executive, Sarah Loftus said: “We welcome 200 Degrees’ decision to bring its name to Lincoln. The company’s plans to take space in the fast-changing Cornhill Quarter, alongside a growing number of businesses attracted to this important part of the city, which is undergoing an amazing £70m transformation, is great news.


“It will boost footfall within the Cornhill Quarter and complement other recent arrivals already causing a buzz in this area.”