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North Star Christmas Blend

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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Stove Top

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About

It’s that time of year again folks! We are delighted to present the 2020 version of our much loved Christmas Blend. We know this year has been a little different to most and that the festive season will perhaps not be so festive for many – but we hope this little bag of joy will bring some Christmas spirit to your household this year!

As always, the inspiration for this seasonal blend is…well you guessed it…Christmas! We look to the traditional flavours of chocolate, orange, dried fruit and spice to pull together components that will inherently get across these characteristics, all with undertones of sherry because, you know, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of booze!

We know that this year will be tough for a lot of people, that’s why £1 from every bag of Christmas Blend sold will be split between the following organisations with the overall amount raised to be matched by us here at North Star:

Leeds North and West Food Bank

Non Binary Leeds

Click on the links above to learn more about how the funds raised will assist these very worthwhile causes.

The overall profile is rich and bold with an exceptionally smooth character, being versatile and well balanced it will work well both black and with milk. We recommend this coffee for use with a French Press, Stove Top, Espresso machine or Aeropress to really maximise it’s character.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting our business this year it has meant the world to us. Sending you and your loved ones all the very best for the holiday season and the year ahead. NS x

Key Stats

Location: Brazil/El Salvador/Costa RicaAltitude: 1150-1600 maslPreparation: Natural/WashedVarietal: Caturra/CatuaiFlavours: Milk Chocolate | Brown Sugar | Orange | Sherry

Details

For this year’s version, we really want to showcase some of our hero producers we know and love to ensure we can protect the business we have built with them despite the impact the pandemic has had on our volumes this year. For that reason, we have chosen our Brazil Fazenda Rainha da Paz as the perfect base to this year’s blend bringing milk chocolate and roasted nut flavours to anchor and balance the resulting cup. This coffee is a mainstay of our offering and for good reason! Marcelo Montanari (the owner) is a pioneering coffee farmer committed to operating in a carbon neutral manner – quite a feat for a 300 hectare coffee farm.

Next we added a touch of our beloved El Salvador Chelazos which comes to us from 4 producers in Chalatenango in the north of the country. We buy the full specialty production from these producers who supply North Star exclusively with their very best beans, they are so important to us that we have invested in their infrastructure to try and improve their efficiency and environmental responsibility and we are excited to tell you more about this project next year. When it comes to this blend, this component has been crucial in adding depth by bringing a bit of complexity in the form of its marmalade-like character and coating mouthfeel with hints of dried cranberry.

Finally, we have turned to San Francisco (not the US based city, a farm in Costa Rica!) and the fantastic natural processed lot we managed to get hold of to bring that touch of Christmas spirit we all need! It has an inherently bold character with notes of sweet sherry and brown sugar – it took us a lot of playing around with the percentages of these coffees and we ended up going with the below option to create a well balanced and smooth drinking coffee with just the right amount of rich character for the ultimate decadent treat to enjoy amongst the festivities.

30% Brazil Fazenda Rainha da Paz

30% El Salvador Chelazos

40% Costa Rica San Francisco Natural

Best suited through metal filter methods such as Espresso, French Press, Stove Top and AeroPress (when used with a metal disc filter). Can be enjoyed both with and without milk.

*Please note this year we have a mix of both red and green 250g retail bags, if you order more than one bag you will likely receive a mix – subject to availability.

 

Brew Guides

French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 4 minutesCoffee:Water 60g : 1L
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Espresso

Grind Setting: FineBrew Time: 28-30 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 18g : 36-38g
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Delivery Details

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!

 

 

Customer Reviews

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North Star Christmas Blend

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Very tasty

Mild tasting coffee with notes of chocolate. Lovely to have over Christmas. Would buy again

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North Star Christmas Blend

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North Star Christmas Blend

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Christmas gift

Ho Ho Ho so good. Got the Christmas blend as a stocking filler and it’s really nice, thanks 👍🏼