*FORMERLY KNOWN AS DARK ARCHES
Our most popular blend, this has been a best seller over the years having formerly been named after local Leeds landmark the Dark Arches. Following the move of our roasting facility to Leeds Dock, we have now refreshed the name to reflect the home of North Star along with the medium roast level we use for this blend.
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 a coffee that is versatile, working well for the home user in a French Press or Stove Top but also for the Barista proving consistent and easy to work with on an espresso machine. The Docks is proudly our house blend and is named after our headquarters at Leeds Dock.
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 two incredibly determined and focused farmers defying the challenges of the area and remaining committed to the principles of quality coffee production. Leonecio Guillen and Alfonso Rodriguez produce coffee with care and attention and the result is juicy, clean, balanced and bursting with plum and marzipan.
20% Sumatra Jagong
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. Jagong is a washing station in Aceh (North Sumatra) that belongs to a cooperative called Gayo Megah Berseri and 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 chocolate and liquorice.
We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.
If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.
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/is ready to collect.