Kensington couple opens Farmington Ave. coffee shop

Kensington couple opens Farmington Ave. coffee shop

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If you want to sip a hot coffee, meet up with friends or get some work done, Provision State Coffee might become your new favorite spot. 

Founded by husband-and-wife duo Wesley and Pam Zinn, the new shop at 848 Farmington Ave., features coffee, tea, a full range of espresso beverages, hot chocolate and matcha and chai latte. Customers can pair their drink with a freshly baked pastry or an item from the breakfast selection, including yogurt with house-made granola. 

Warm colors, plants and aesthetically-pleasing woodwork give off cozy, welcoming vibes. The 1,700 square-foot-space is wrapped with windows, allowing an abundance of natural light. The cafe also offers a semi-secluded table, which can be reserved for book clubs, meetings and other social gatherings. 

“We wanted to have a nice, peaceful place where people can relax, meet with friends and get to know new members of the community,” said Pam Zinn.

The shop’s name was inspired by state history. George Washington dubbed Connecticut the “Provision State” during the Revolutionary War, as Connecticut provided more supplies for his army than any other state.

“We want to tap into the rich history of our state and celebrate its present goodness by using as many locally-sourced products as possible,” Mrs. Zinn said.

Provision State Coffee uses fresh, small-batch roasted beans ordered from a specialty roaster in Massachusetts.

The milk for the beverages comes from a New Britain-based dairy company.

To help them create the cafe’s look, the Zinn’s hired a local designer and carpenter. The window frames were crafted out of a maple tree from West Hartford. The paintings on display, also done by a local artist, depict the Charter Oak — a symbol of freedom in Connecticut.

“I enjoy supporting Pam and her vision,” said Wesley Zinn. “We’ve lived in town for a long time and we are really looking forward to serving and connecting with our community.”

The couple moved to the Kensington section of Berlin 20 years ago. They are members of the Wellspring Church, where Wesley Zinn serves as a pastor and his wife works as a church administrator.

For the last 13 years, Mrs. Zinn has also overseen the church’s Uganda Bridge project, which helps vulnerable children in Uganda.

She plans to donate 10 percent of the cafe’s profits to an organization which advocates for women. “I want to help women and young girls to gain self-confidence and inspire them to pursue their dreams,” she said.

Provision State Coffee is open Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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