The complex flavors from coffee and chocolate don’t come from fancy labels, big names, flashy baristas, latte art and shiney chocolate boxes. They come from very talented farmers who put all the flavor into the beans (really seeds) we all enjoy. Everything we do here at Zero Tolerance, from roasting the beans to tempering the chocolate, is to bring the flavors the farmers grew into their crops to you.
Before we can use these amazing ingredients, we have to move them from the farmer to our location. Without great importers who are willing to work with micro-roasters, these delicious foods would never make it through the legal “protections” from multiple governments and agencies.
In a sad world without those to help us navigate this treacherous world, small roasters and home roasters would be stuck with the old, dry and stale beans we could source in the 1990s. We currently purchase our green coffee and cacao beans from two select importers and ensure the talented farmers are well compensated.
We roast our coffee and cacao on a 3 kilogram Mill City roaster. Thanks to their unique design, which allows us to control drum speed, airflow and temperature in a unique way, we are able to refine our roasts to extract what we find are the best flavors in our green coffee and cacao.