Alex Kragiopoulos (known by all as ‘Krag’) – Roaster
As founder and head roaster for North Star, Krag is the solid force behind our approach, consistency and quality. He carefully profiles all of our coffees to ensure that the roasting process they go through will showcase the very best that bean has to offer. Having started his coffee experience at origin (whilst assisting with data collection in Nyeri, Kenya), Krag has a really well rounded view of the bean to cup process and he applies this knowledge to life in the Roastery on a daily basis. When Krag isn’t roasting, he can probably be found on the tennis court enjoying a bar of his favourite chocolate.
For wholesale enquiries, contact Krag here – firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Bowman – Coffee Specialist
Hols is our coffee specialist – responsible for sourcing, profiling and carrying out quality control tests for all of our coffees. She is one of only twelve female licensed Q Graders in the UK and previously worked as a green buyer for one of the UK’s leading specialty importers, Falcon Coffees. During her time at Falcon, she travelled extensively at origin and helped to set up many projects in some of the communities we work with as part of her role there as ethical coordinator.
Her experience is unique and extremely valuable, helping us to get our hands on some of the best coffees in the world. She has also penned our own ethical procurement policy and will be working to set up some North Star assisted community projects in the future. Hols absolutely loves to bake and regularly treats us all to her delicious home-made banana bread!
To contact Hols about the courses offered through our Academy or for wholesale enquiries, get in touch here – email@example.com
Ollie Sears – Roastery Assistant and Wholesale Trainer
Ollie is a Professional SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) qualified Barista and is responsible for carrying out our customer training and quality control – he also plays an active role in the Roastery and contributes hugely to our blend/brew recipe development. Having previously been Head Barista at one of Harrogate’s leading specialty coffee bars, Hoxton North, Ollie has great insight into life at the end of the supply chain. During his time there, he managed to convert many drinkers to the world of specialty coffee and has a fantastic understanding of how best to manage work flow and maximise coffee sales.
Towards the end of last year, Ollie also had the chance to run the cupping lab at Falcon Specialty Green Coffee Importers where he learnt to cup and roast, and was responsible for grading samples and assisting with buying. Ollie literally laughs at anything, has a head for languages and enjoys showing off his slow cooking skills.
For machine/training enquiries, get in touch with Ollie here – firstname.lastname@example.org