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By: Holly Kragiopoulos 22 December 2016
That’s it! We have just about packed up the last orders and roast number 3619 has just been loaded into our 15kg Giesen which marks the last roast of the year…phew! 2016 has been an immense year for many reasons…and no we won’t get into the insanity of Brexit and Trump, we will save that for our drunken discussions on New Year’s Eve 😉
For North Star, 2016 has been a year of new beginnings, most notably because of the move of our headquarters to Leeds Dock and establishment of our Coffee Academy. We have also had the pleasure of taking on two new members of staff; Ollie (whom most of you will know for his insane brewing knowledge, happy demeanor and fantastic hair!) and Kristian, our latest recruit who is doing a fantastic job of prepping your orders and delivering around Harrogate and Leeds in a cheerful, Danish manner! This has been a sort of milestone year for Krag and I, and we continue to be overwhelmed by the support we receive from our wholesale customers, online customers and friends and family. We truly do love each and every one of you for buying our coffee, understanding our commitment to quality, ethics and independent produce and for making that decision to spend a little more on your daily brew – we hope you think it is worth it!
So what does 2017 hold for us? Well, we will be kicking off January with an origin trip to El Salvador and Guatemala to visit some of our producing partners and hopefully establish some new relationships. The Academy will be getting into full swing with public cupping events, home brew and barista classes and of course a monthly offering of SCAE courses for those wishing to pursue their Barista or Sensory qualifications. We will also be introducing the SCAE Brewing Skills modules a bit later on in the year and we look forward to welcoming anyone wanting to brush up on their brewing knowledge through our doors.
Also in the pipeline is a new range celebrating the very best of specialty grade coffee, we can’t wait to tell you more about this in the coming months and will be working on this over Christmas and into the New Year.
In the meantime, our online shop is currently ‘closed for business’ with our next dispatch day planned for the 5th January 2017. All coffee will be back in stock by Monday 2nd January 2017. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support so far, it really does mean the world.
From all of us here at North Star, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
Hols, Krag, Ollie and Kristian x