Notes of rich dark chocolate and nougat. Great coffee for all coffee makers. Roast: medium.
Some history about this coffee region… The importer writes: “Bugisu,” around Mt. Elgon, can refer to a geographical region, a tribe, colonial politics, coffee, and even a soccer team. The title belongs to the Bugisu tribe, native to the mountain’s northwestern districts and who, during the final years of British colonialism, became entwined with agricultural politics through the formation of Uganda’s strongest coffee cooperative union. The Bugisu Cooperative Union was officially formed in 1954 after decades of struggle with British and European authority over control of the coffee on Mt. Elgon—considered Uganda’s best by far. During the first decades following formation, the union helped to mobilize and market the coffees from northwestern Mt. Elgon and was considered a strong source of unity for the Bugisu people as well as an economic empowerment engine for the greater native region. From the mid-50s to the mid-90s, as production increased, “Bugisu” became synonymous with top quality coffee from Uganda. Since the wane of cooperative unions nationwide during the 1990s, “Bugisu” has remained a prideful mark of smallholder coffee from the western slope of Mt. Elgon. Kawacom, one of Uganda’s top exporters, invests heavily in the potential of this area and keeps the Bugisu history alive in their profiles. Kawacom has long managed a multi-pronged quality operation focused in this area, referred to as the Sipi Falls Coffee Project.
About Zero Prophet Coffee
Zero Prophet Coffee is a micro-roaster in Washington CT. Their mission is to elevate your experience of coffee to the highest level, and keep it there. They find the best coffees available and experiment until they've found the optimum roast for each bean. They 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 the coffee is certified organic, and much of it is also fair-trade, rain-forest, bird-friendly, or otherwise certified to be ethically farmed and sold to support the communities that bring you the best coffee possible. In addition to Vienna coffee-house style, they're influenced by copious espresso drinking in Italy, and by such stateside standards as Peet's.
What about the name, Zero Prophet Coffee? What does it mean? In part, it means that they don’t prioritize the profit motive, though they aren't hardly averse to it (they need to sustain their business). It means that they believe in donating to good causes. And it reflects our core belief that creativity transcends practical constraints. The constant need to re-create the good gives our life meaning; a daily errand, coffee roasting, embodies an ideal.
How They Roast
Each single varietal is roasted to order, and to the level that best suits the bean.
Their preferred house style is the dark end of medium roast, also called Vienna roast, which is equivalent to northern Italian espresso.
Their coffee descriptions include notes about which coffee-making method best suits the blend or single-origin bean.
All coffee is certified Organic, and their roastery is certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers. Much of the coffee they carry is also Fair Trade, Rain Forest Alliance certified, and Bird-Friendly.