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.
Our coffee is for sale at The Smithy, The Washington Food Market, Hidden Valley Eatery, and Valley Spirit, and we invite you to email us directly, at email@example.com, to arrange shipping if you can't make it to those stores.
We are grateful to Night Shift Brewing for creating Bean Porter with ZPC beans; Plum Brook Chocolate for creating classic coffee-infused and coffee-dusted chocolates w/Zero Prophet Coffee; and Bees Knees Ice Pops for making terrific seasonal coffee pops.
Besides Vienna coffee-house style, 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. It's also featured at Hidden Valley Eatery, in Washington CT.
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.
White Horse is a blend created for the excellent tavern of the same name in New Preston. This entirely Central & South American blend features notes of walnut and chocolate, with floral tones of orange and vanilla.
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.