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The Docks House Blend


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.

Expect : Milk Chocolate, Toasted Nuts, Tangerine
Enjoy with : With or Without Milk

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Brazil Fazenda 7 Cachoeiras

Location: Três Pontas, Minas Gerais
Altitude: 900 masl
Preparation: Natural
Varietal: Catuaí, Mundo Novo, Acaiá, Rubi, Catucaí, Topázio
Owners: Marcelo Renato Brito

Flavours: Milk Chocolate | Caramel | 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 | Caramel | Tangerine

Sumatra Ara Cahayani Gayo

Location: Gayo Highland, Aceh, Sumatra
Altitude: 1400-1600 masl
Preparation: Semi-Washed
Varietal: Tim Tim
Owners: Various micro entrepreneurs

Flavours: Dark Chocolate | Spice | Orange Peel

Suited for : Espresso, French Press, Stove Top
Enjoy : With or Without Milk

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

French Press
Grind Setting: Coarse
Brew Time: Around 4 minutes
Coffee:Water 17-18g : 250ml

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

Brew Guides

Grind Size

The Docks House Blend

This blend supports many of our all-time hero producing partners here at North Star, featuring coffees from young innovator and trail blazer Marcelo Brito (owner of Fazenda 7 Cachoeiras 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).

This Coffee's Story

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 Brito (owner of Fazenda 7 Cachoeiras 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).


40% Brazil Fazenda 7 Cachoeiras

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 Três Pontas, Minas Gerais. The Brito family 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 Ara Cahayani Gayo

Sumatra is possibly one of the most challenging origins to work with when looking for quality, its unique processing method and infrastructure can result in coffees that display a real woody, earthy character. This classic wet hulled lot comes from Ara Cahayani co-op in Aceh, northern Sumatra. The co-operative was started by 25 farmers but now comprises of around that 2500 micro entrepreneurs in the Bener Mariah subregion. Expect a flavour profile that is intense and full bodied. This coffee has deep notes of dark chocolate, tamarind and plum.

Shipping Info

Delivery Times

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 3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20

Operating times are 9am-5pm Mon-Friday. Orders placed after 12pm on Friday will not be processed until 9am Monday morning.

Local Pick Ups

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

Packaging Info

Letterbox Friendly

If you order 1-2 x 250g bags of coffee, they will be sent in a letterbox friendly package so that you do not need to be in to take receipt of your coffee.

100% Home Compostable

Our 250g bags are 100% home compostable including the valve, seal and sticker! They will degrade in 6 months in a well managed home compost.

1kg Recyclable LDPE 4

Our 1kg bags are currently in LDPE plastic - some councils will recycle this for you, if you are unsure simply take it to your local supermarket with your other plastic packaging.

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 105 reviews
Absolutely the best

It’s my favourite coffee - I not only order it to have at home but also almost exclusively go to coffeeshop that serve it!

Underwhelming Coffee - The Docks

I ordered 1kg of The Docks House Blend whilst ordering a nice notneutral mug (which I love and was the only reason I bought some beans). Unfortunately, after drinking it as espresso, long black, cortado and flat white, they are the most middle-of-the-road beans I have ever tasted. Perhaps I should have expected this from a house blend as I imagine its role is to appeal to the masses and not be too "in-your-face"... that being said, I've tried changing the grind size to see if I can capture some more of the flavour profile described but have had no success.

I reckon these are the right beans for someone who is really not fussed about the taste of the coffee but wants a decent amount for a fair price.

I would have given 2 stars for the coffee but have given 3 starts total as the delivery was incredibly quick and I love the mug I bought. I would definitely consider ordering more equipment (they have a great range) and maybe coffee from their Explore range but will stay away from their house blend for the time being.

Flaviu Parv
The right blend.

Taste is subjective but for me I feel like this just works both with milk and without, I do lean towards a more classic coffee.

I grind the beens right before I make my coffee and brew with a moka pot or Aeropress, works well with both.

It’s definitely better than anything I bought in a grocery store.

James Meehan
Consistently excellent coffee

I’m lucky that North Star is my local roaster, as the coffee is superb, we’ll priced and attractively packaged (these things matter!)

Richard Best
Great coffee

Easy to order quick delivery and great coffee


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