Leeds coffee institution set to open first retail shop

BLEND: Holly Bowman smells the coffee at the roastery. PIC: Sara Teresa
BLEND: Holly Bowman smells the coffee at the roastery. PIC: Sara Teresa
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A Leeds coffee institution is opening its first ever retail shop next month after four years of supplying their beans to more than a hundred independent coffee houses and restaurants.

North Star is launching the new venture at Leeds Dock, with an on-site roastery, coffee shop and general store.

The shop will also showcase unique food and drink producers from across the world, alongside an on-site bakery partnership with Liversedge based Noisette Bakehouse, which will be developing a number of unique bakes and creations especially for the North Star shop.

Next door to the roastery, will be a purpose built Coffee Academy, which will be just one of three in the UK that is certified to deliver accredited SCA (Speciality Coffee Association) courses to industry professionals from across the globe.

Or if you simply fancy a brew and a bite to eat, the Coffee Shop will have lunch, a rotating weekend brunch menu, and a selection of alcohol from local brewers and distillers.

Holly Bowman founded North Star in 2013 with her partner Alex Kragiopoulos.

She told City Buzz: “The shop is not something that was always in our plan. We are established as wholesale and didn’t want to come across to our customers as perceived competition.

“But, since we moved to Leeds Dock we have had this space sat vacant and thought longingly how great it would be to have as an advert for what we do and was an opportunity too good to turn down.

“The idea is to communicate with people who have never interacted with North Star before or who are drinking our coffee without realising what our role is in the supply chain.”

The North Star shop opens week commencing July 10.

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