"I've been buying great coffee beans from around LA for years and never got the desired effect during drip pour over coffee, where when you first wet the grinds it is supposed to bubble up in a really cool beautiful way. It only would sort of happen. Then when I used Nick's beans ithappened for the first time!!! The cup of coffee I've made for the last two days is especially amazing." – Sarena
Click on bold to check out Connecticut Food & Farm's Spring 2017 issue for Not Your Average Joe, a super article on Zero Prophet Coffee.
"Awesome coffee!" – Natasha and Ken Rogoff
I didn't even like coffee until I tried Zero Prophet Coffee! – Carol Steer, The Smithy
“I refuse to go back to any other coffee.” – Joel Viehland, Chef
"Your coffee rocks!" – Kathy/KMR Arts
Best Connecticut Coffee? The Micro Business of an English Teacher at The Gunnery in Washington
Read the article by Jack Coraggio in the Litchfield County Times, 2.27.13 here
Simply perfect. It’s the balance… I guess you have to roast your own to get it right. – Michael Maren
i show up and reach for the bags of coffee, bang! the iron cage drops around me and suddenly there’s a crowd betting on a cage fight between me and a black bear, and when the fight’s over, the cage is lifted, and i’m bloodied and tore up from that bear, we can sit down, watch you roast up some imported panamanian beans, but not inside your study/man cave, but now the garage to keep fumes out of house, and then we’ll sit together in the twilight enjoying a robust cup of aromatic espresso, counting our blessings, and feeling that, hey, maybe life’s not so bad after all. but then the bear breaks his chain, which nobody saw coming, and we all have to rethink our lifelong held attitudes about guns and animals, but suddenly the bear’s eyes soften, he raises his bear nose in the air, and he points a bloody claw at the espresso machine. i’ll be goddamned if that bear didn’t take a seat while nick brewed him up a cup of panamanian, and that bear, like some furry cuddly friend, sat with us watching the sun set over sabbaday lane, sipping nick’s finest, and share a moment of communion among god’s creatures as we think to ourselves, hey, maybe life’s not so bad after all, when wouldn’t you know it, the black bear’s lover comes out of the woods and he does not look happy. even though nick offers him a cup and a chair, this angry bear is under the absurd misimpression that the black bear is having an affair with one of the humans or, it’s not exactly clear, it’s not easy to communicate with this second angry, confused bear, but we try, lili tries to explain that this is an affair all right, a COFFEE affair, innocent as the day is long, but this angry bear wants nothing to do with it and now, again, there is screaming and fighting and gunplay and bloodshed and – David O. Russell
Dieser Kaffee hat einen herrlichen Duft, man fuehlt sich in den alten Orient zurueckversetzt. Dieser Kaffee kommt aus den USA. Ein Gast brachte ihn uns als Geschenk nach Deutschland. Nun wissen wir wie koestlich ein gutgeroesteter Kaffee schmeckt! Mit herzlichen Gruessen, Halja Alder, Waging am See
Joanne and I thought we knew what coffee was until we encountered Zero Prophet. With our first sip of Zero Prophet we became addicted to the incredible quality and taste of the coffee. At times we had to return to mass produced beans but once you experience Zero Prophet – you can never go back – and we never will. It is great fun choosing from the vast assortment of quality beans! – Gil Rubin
I have been a big fan of your coffee for several years now.
I look forward to being able to buy it locally here in NYC. – Arnie Himelstein
I like the Zero Prophet girl. She is my favorita! But what is this leetle dawg, Snewy? That is not coffee good manners, if you ask my opinion and I give it. I support and you count on me, by George, or my name isn’t one-eyed Apizzabird. – Clay Andres
Let me know when you are selling stock. – Barry
Bat Guano is a melody upon which the fugue of the day is built. – Edwin Matthews
the taste……so smooth and real… – Christine
I know we don’t have class, but can I have some of your coffee tomorrow?? It made me jittery all day, but I had so much energy that I played really well in field hockey and we have a big game tomorrow… – Callie Miller
…can i order more coffee? and gladly pay as it’s the finest coffee in the land…and when the bags get empty i get a little sad –- David O. Russell
Zero Prophet Coffee LLC
Zero Prophet Coffee is a micro-roaster in Washington CT, providing coffee to friends since ’07 and selling in the marketplace since 2014. Our mission is to elevate your experience of coffee to the highest level, and keep it there. Our part in that is the roast. We find the best coffees available and experiment until we've found the optimum roast for each bean. We believe in variety and regularly experiment with new beans, by choice and out of necessity because of harvest cycles. Roasting to order in small batches ensures that we provide an exceptional, fresh product that reflects our passion for coffee. All our coffee is shade-grown and fair-trade, organic, rain-forest, bird-friendly, or otherwise certified to be ethically farmed and sold to support the communities that bring you the best coffee possible. We're proud that our coffee was served at CT Table and Main Street Grill, two fantastic local restaurants that closed in 2017. We hope to get more coffee out to you at other restaurants soon.
We are grateful to Night Shift Brewing for creating Bean Porter with ZPC beans; to Plum Brook Chocolate for creating classic coffee-infused and coffee-dusted chocolates w/Zero Prophet Coffee; and to Bees Knees Ice Pops for making terrific seasonal coffee pops.
Besides Vienna coffee-house style (think Demel), we're influenced by copious espresso drinking in Italy, and by such stateside standards as Peet's. We did a summer job gig at Porto Rico Coffee on Bleecker Street back in the 80s and otherwise dropped so much $ over the years on micro and macro-roasters alike that the time finally came for some measure of self-control. This is it!
Notes on roasting
Each single varietal is roasted to order, and to the level that best suits the bean and the coffee-making method.
Vienna roast, typically just into second crack and equivalent to northern italian espresso, is our preferred house style. From lightest to darkest, these are the roast levels you will see in our list of coffees: light-medium-dark/Vienna-French.
If a coffee is well-suited for espresso, that will be noted in the list as well.
Here are some descriptions of the blends currently on offer:
R o m f o r d is a mélange, a blend of three differently roasted beans (Bali, Nicaragua, and Brasil) to create a complex, rich, powerful cup. It was named after our neighborhood. It's ideal for the moka, french press, and espresso machine. It was inspired by what some used to call Copenhagen, and by one of the finer summits of coffee, Wiener Mélange.
Hidden Valley (formerly called Steep Rock) is a tribute to an invaluable resource, the land preserve that the roastery is located right next to. We donate 10% of all proceeds from selling this blend to the private land trust that ensures the continuing good health of the 2700 acres of the preservation. This blend of beans from Uganda, Congo, and Nicaragua is a rich layer cake with notes of smooth dark chocolate and pecan. It delivers, whatever the coffee making method.
Torrefazione Washington is a blend dedicated to experimentation with the finest coffees we have in house. Currently a full-bodied, rich butterscotch mocha: earthy, walnut-like quality from the Sumatran, rich caramel tones from Java, and smooth dark chocolate from Nicaragua. A stout match for any coffee making method.
Other seasonal blends come & go depending on supply & inspiration
All the coffee roasted by Zero Prophet is Organic, Fair Trade, Rain Forest Alliance certified, Bird-Friendly, or Direct Trade/Farm Gate (these coffees come from farms that are too small to be certified but which have been visited and fully vetted by the importer). ZPC gets its green beans from Royal Coffee New York and The Coffee Shrub. There is a lot of information on the coffees ZPC roasts at those websites, and we welcome emailed inquiries about any of our beans. Note that our decaf is Mountain Water-Processed, a chemical-free method that results in a low-acid, delicious coffee.
Thanks to Jake Snyder @redskiesphotography, Brian Lillie, Jason Wallengren, Naomi Sobelson, Clay Andres, Michael Benson, and Adam Riess for photos on this website.