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We have put a lot of work into creating our house blend over the last few years, tinkering with components and percentages until we think it is just right. Our aim has been to create a blend that embraces many of the characteristics of a traditional espresso blend but that embodies principles of specialty coffee working with amazing producers from across the tropics, profiling and roasting their beans to a medium level before carefully blending them to create a characterful cup.
The result is our take on a more traditional style blend with plenty of chocolate and nut notes that are in the cup not because of the roast level (which is still medium) but because they are the inherent characteristics of the coffees we have blended. It is a real crowd pleaser and a great one to have in your cupboard, with milk it is super smooth and creamy with notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut and a hint of butter. Black, it is smooth and naturally sweet with minimal bitterness and a twist of orange peel on the finish.
This blend supports many of our all time hero producing partners here at North Star – you can read more here about Marcello Montanari (owner of Rainha da Paz in Brazil) and Maria Zoila Pineda (one fo the El Salvador Chelazos producers).
40% Brazil Fazenda Rainha Da Paz
A classic Brazilian coffee with low to medium acidity and intense notes of milk chocolate and roasted nuts. Full bodied and creamy in mouthfeel, this is a staple coffee from an amazing and relatively young farm in Patrocinio, Minas Gerais. The Montanari brothers (Roger and Marcello) are paving their way in the area fast gaining a reputation for innovation and social and environmental responsibility.
40% El Salvador Chelazos
We are so proud of this coffee having sourced it during a trip to El Salvador in February 2017. Determined to work with small scale producers where possible, we chose the region of Chalatenango to source our coffee from and came across a group of incredibly determined and focused farmers defying the challenges of the area and remaining committed to the principles of quality coffee production. The result is juicy, clean, balanced and bursting with plum and marzipan.
20% Sumatra Bener Meriah
Sumatra is possibly one of the most challenging origins to work with when looking for quality, it’s unique processing method and infrastructure can result in coffees that display a real woody, earthy character. Bener Meriah is a washing station in Aceh (North Sumatra) that belongs to the Bener Meriah Farmers Group, compromising of 400 farmers. We have worked with these smallholders for nearly four years now thanks to the clean coffee they produce – intense and full bodied this coffee has deep notes of dark chocolate, tamarind and plum.
Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. Thanks in advance for your understanding, it is much appreciated in these challenging times!
Excellent, quick delivery and a beautiful box and cards which gave details about the blend!
The Docks House Blend
I brought the coffee for my partner for Chistmas as he is no longer working in his Leeds central office & missed the coffee! Its fab that I was able to choose if my coffee was sent ground or not! We now use the coffee in our re-usable coffee pods so we can still easily drink it everyday! Packaging was lovely too! Will be stocking up!
Enjoying the Christmas blend enormously.
Excellent coffee. it is also great to support a local roaster.
Looking forward to being able to get back to the coffee shop.
We are recent customers of North Star Roast but are certainly confirmed future customers. Excellent taste quality and highly professional service.