CT's best coffee roasters, coffeehouses of 2022, according to Connecticut Magazine

Bags of whole bean coffee sold at Perkatory Coffee Roasters in Branford on December 13, 2021.

Bags of whole bean coffee sold at Perkatory Coffee Roasters in Branford on December 13, 2021.

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This year’s BEST OF CONNECTICUT picks are positively popping with Nutmeg State goodness, all picked by you and our distinguished panel of Connecticut experts. From food and drink, to activities and entertainment, to shopping and services, it’s a celebration of the great things our state has to offer.

Below are our Editors' Picks for the best in coffee, followed by the winners and runners-up from our Readers' Choice survey.

For more award-winning Connecticut food and dining, see our 2022 Best Restaurants award winners, and our picks for the 25 Best New Restaurants in 2022.

Editors' Pick: Coffee Roaster

Nicholas Benson of Zero Prophet Coffee in Washington.

Nicholas Benson of Zero Prophet Coffee in Washington.

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Zero Prophet Coffee

273 Sabbaday Lane, Washington

Nicholas Benson is a writer, translator of Italian poetry and literature, and English teacher at the private Frederick Gunn School in Washington. If that resume isn’t robust enough, he’s also the protagonist behind Zero Prophet Coffee, the micro-roaster of high-quality organic beans that make the single-origin coffees and blends preferred by the creative cognoscenti in the Litchfield Hills and beyond, including Martha’s Vineyard and Vermont.

His palate, developed and refined as a child and young man in Turkey and Russia (his father was a diplomat) favors a Vienna roast style, not as dark as dark roast but rich, stimulating and also soothing, like northern Italian espresso. If dark roast is your jam, though, look for Tuff Stuff, the boldest roast. Benson compares great coffee to a good cake with different layers and elements like chocolate, caramel and walnuts that add complexity and nuance. 

Zero Prophet coffees are served and sold in prime spots in the Washington/Kent/New Milford area but also available for purchase on the website. As for the name, it signals that profits don’t come first (Benson is the only prophet roasting beans and even hand-writes some of the labels), that donating to good causes is a priority, and that coffee roasting embodies an existential ideal linked to creativity and the “constant need to re-create the good [that] gives our life meaning.” — Douglas P. Clement

zeroprophetcoffee.com • 860-207-6382

Readers' Choice: Coffee Roaster

Drumroll Coffee Roasters

217 Main St., Wethersfield

drumrollcoffeeroasters.com

Readers' Choice: Runner-Up (Coffee Roaster)

Kaitlyn Heisler, 23, roasts Kona beans from Hawaii in the small-batch roaster at Redding Roasters Coffee Co., which her father, Bob O'Keefe, started eight years ago, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Kaitlyn Heisler, 23, roasts Kona beans from Hawaii in the small-batch roaster at Redding Roasters Coffee Co., which her father, Bob O'Keefe, started eight years ago, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
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Redding Roasters

81 Greenwood Ave #1, Bethel

reddingroasters.com

Readers' Choice: Coffeehouse

Grounded Coffee Co.

869 Main St., Willimantic

groundedcoffeecompany.org

Reader's Choice: Runner-Up (Coffee Roaster and Coffeehouse)

Perkatory Coffee Roasters owners Johanna Perazella and her husband, Joey, photographed at their newly opened location in Branford on December 13, 2021.

Perkatory Coffee Roasters owners Johanna Perazella and her husband, Joey, photographed at their newly opened location in Branford on December 13, 2021.

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Perkatory

Middletown, Southington, Branford, West Hartford

perkatoryroasters.com

Readers' Choice: Runner-Up (Coffeehouse)

A post on the Molten Java Facebook page says that someone removed the Greenwood Avenue coffee shop's pride flag on Saturday night, burned it, and placed it at their front door. Monday, April 5, 2021, in Bethel, Conn.

Molten Java. Monday, April 5, 2021, in Bethel, Conn.

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Molten Java

213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel

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