Celebrating 10 years of creating
quality, impact-led coffee.
quality, impact-led coffee.
The power truly is in your cup.
Our new 10th Birthday Blend is not just a coffee. It's a celebration of the impact we've collectively made on the lives of farmers, the environment, and your daily coffee ritual. Join us in raising your cup to a remarkable milestone as we celebrate a decade of North Star Coffee!
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Crafted from our longest-standing producer partnerships, our 10th Birthday Blend showcases the unique stories of four exceptional coffees from our range. We invite you to journey with us beyond the cup. Meet the producers behind each brew and realise the impact your choices can have on creating a coffee industry that works for everyone. Join the celebration, embrace the flavours of true impact, and raise your cup to the future of coffee.
Mutai Kinyua, Kenya
We've had the pleasure of visiting Mutai Kinyua. He is the owner of Deman farm, a haven in Meru County where lush mango trees, bananas, and macadamias flourish. Mutai's commitment to regenerative farming and fair wealth distribution is admirable. Through agroforestry, he transformed Deman Estate from chemical-laden to biodiverse. His devoted long-serving staff value his equitable practices. This coffee’s syrupy sweetness delivers jammy notes to our birthday blend.
Cyato washing station processes coffee collected by farmers of the Abadatezuka cooperative, situated around the infamous Nyungwe forest. It is well known not only because of its rich fertile soil, but also due to the large population of bees in the area which create a distinct flavour profile during pollination. Since 2021 our customers have helped sponsor 8 hectares of land, so that 20 young Rwandans can start producing coffee. They've planted 20,000 seedlings each and your support has helped to provide organic compost and agronomy training to get them started in coffee. The first crop will be with us in 2024!
Chelazos, El Salvador
Since 2017, we have sourced Chelazos from a group of hero producers - Alfonso, Maria, Jose, and Orlando - in Chalatenango, El Salvador. Notably, Maria's farm initiated the first NS* funded project. In partnership with NS* customers, Caravela, and Maria, we established a 3-stage improvement plan for quality, efficiency, and sustainability. Ultimately fostering better income and community empowerment.
With every sip of Chelazos, you are contributing to a partnership creating truly positive change, empowering those behind the beans of our beloved brew.
Marcelo Montanari, our Brazilian coffee producer, stands out for his strong dedication to quality, sustainability, and innovation in coffee production. Working on a sizeable estate, Marcelo actively encourages biodiversity, ensures worker well-being, and upholds eco-friendly farming practices. His unwavering commitment to specialty-grade coffee is apparent through collaborative efforts, experimentation, and the sharing of expert insights. We have been working with Marcelo since 2014, his approach seamlessly integrates with our own and his coffee is a permanent feature on our offer list.’
The Birthday Collection
Thank you for 10 years of support.
North Star was founded ten years ago to prove that an approach based on impact and quality will improve the viability of the coffee supply chain.
Our journey began over conversations with small scale coffee producers in Kenya as we learned about their true experiences of Fairtrade. These conversations started our journey to understanding the deep seated issues in the coffee supply chain. It showed us that the industry does not work for all those it serves and specifically, for those it relies upon.
We have since built valued partnerships throughout the supply chain allowing us to deliver quality, impact-led, specialty coffee to hundreds of coffee shops across the U.K. and in our two flagship coffee shops in Leeds. This success has allowed us to launch projects that help secure the future of coffee and start to build a coffee industry that works for everyone.
We could not have done any of this without the support of our treasured customers. By choosing NS* coffee, you are helping us achieve our mission of safeguarding coffee’s future. A future where farmers thrive in spite of climate change, female producers are empowered and the next generation are supported to start their careers in coffee.
We’re blown away by the support you have shown us so far. Together, we are driving positive change inspiring farmers to keep coffee alive! The power truly is in your cup.
Thank you, Alex & Hols Kragiopoulos
Founders & CEOs
Read our blog on the highlights of the last ten years and our plans for the future below.