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The Docks House Blend

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Recommended for:

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Stove Top

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About

Co-founder and COO Krag says…

“The OG of our offer list and a great gateway into the world of Specialty coffee. The Docks is well suited to those who love a more ‘traditional’ style of blend and is packed full of rich chocolate and nutty notes. The real star of this show though is the body! A super buttery mouthfeel makes for a moreish smooth espresso. Drink black if you enjoy bittersweet chocolate and a twist of orange peel on the finish. Milk lovers can expect a smooth and creamy beverage where milk chocolate and hazelnut notes are at the forefront. It’s a real crowd pleaser of a cup and one suitable for all coffee lovers.”

Key Stats

Flavours: Milk Chocolate | Toasted Nuts | Tangerine

Details

Introducing the coffee that started it all. Our faithful house blend may have undergone a name change and minor facelift in the last eight years but the components and delicious taste profile have essentially remained the same. Back in 2013 Leeds was somewhat of a stronghold for darker roasted commercial coffee and we were faced with the big ol’ task of introducing many traditional espresso drinkers to the World of Specialty Coffee… and so ‘The Docks’ was born! A blend which we felt successfully bridged the gap between old and new, embracing many of the characteristics of the traditional whilst embodying key principles of contemporary specialty production. Highlighting the work of amazing producers from across the tropics by profiling and roasting their beans to a medium level before blending them to create a characterful cup.

This blend supports many of our all-time hero producing partners here at North Star, featuring coffees from young innovator and trail blazer Marcelo Montanari (owner of Fazenda Rainha Da Paz in Brazil) and Maria Zoila Pineda, the focus of our very first Infrastructure Project at origin (and member of the legendary Chelazos cooperative in La Palma, El Salvador).

Components:

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 Marcelo) 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 from B Corp partners Caravela Coffee. 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 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.

 

KEY STATS

Brazil Fazenda Rainha Da Paz

Location: Patrocinio, The Cerrado, Minas Gerais

Altitude: 950-1150 masl

Preparation: Natural

Varietal: Rubi

Owners: The Montanari Family

Flavours: Milk Chocolate | Date | Hazelnut

 

El Salvador Chelazos

Location: Chalatenango, Northern El Salvador

Altitude: 1,400-1,600 masl

Preparation: Washed

Varietal: Bourbon, Pacas

Owners: Alberto Ochoa, María Zoila Piñeda, Orlando Aguilar, Jose Alfonso Rodriguez

Flavours: Plum | Tangerine | Caramel | Milk Chocolate

 

Sumatra Bener Meriah

Location: Tingkem, Bener Meriah, Sumatra

Altitude: 1200-1450 masl

Preparation: Semi-Washed

Varietal: Tim Tim

Owners: Various micro entrepreneurs

Flavours: Dark Chocolate | Spice | Orange Peel

Brew Guides

Espresso

Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 23-28 seconds (assuming dose below)Dose:Brewed Weight 16-18g : 35-38g
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: Around 4 minutesCoffee:Water 17-18g : 250ml
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Stove Top

Grind Setting: Fine (coarser than espresso, but finer than Aeropress)Brew Time: Dependent on size & heat sourceCoffee:Water 22g : 250ml (but dependent upon size of coffee-maker)
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Delivery Details

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival. 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. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered. 

 

 

Customer Reviews

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Oceanne Esparcieux

The Docks House Blend

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Customer
So many variables but I like it

I like this coffee and I would buy again, especially from North Stat as I find there knowledge and experience to be very great.
There are too many variables for me to be able to comment and taste is very subjective
But I will say that I would buy again

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Richard Hanney
great

as good as always

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Rachel Wood

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Mr D Hollows

The Docks House Blend

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