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The Story of Z-Best.

Zakir Tracy Twaddle has been a lover of good coffee since the early 1970s. Raised in Missouri, he lived in the Bay area in California for several years. It was there that he developed a refined appreciation for gourmet coffees.


Zakir began experimenting with several methods of roasting small quantities of coffee beans for his own use in the 1980s. Friends so appreciated the quality of his home-roasted coffee that they urged him to start his own company.

After settling in rural Boone County, near Columbia, Missouri, to raise a family, he started seriously researching the industry. While investigating patents for small coffee roasters intended for consumer use, he developed invaluable contacts in the roasting business.

Several local restaurant owners agreed to purchase his coffee, providing the impetus to launch his own roasting business in 1996.

Z-Best Coffee Company L.L.C. is registered in the state of Missouri, licensed for both wholesale and retail sales. The Boone County Health Department regularly inspects his facility.

We ship coffee all over the country through a mail order business, and deliver locally to businesses. Our focus is customer service and quality production. We keep overhead low in order to provide the best coffee at the best price.

Zakir applies the time-honored tradition of barrel roasting, as he feels this roasting technique brings out the optimal aromatic qualities of premium arabica varieties.

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Zakir owns and operates three coffee roasters, roasting in small quantities to ensure the highest quality product. He follows scientifically sound roasting principles, keeping roasting time between 12 to 15 minutes per batch, considered the optimum time to achieve the best flavor.

We keep no roasted coffee in stock. Custom roasting daily to your order guarantees freshness. We urge customers to order no more than they can use in a month, since, as we all know, fresh coffee tastes better.

We select the highest quality beans from the three major growing regions - Indonesia, Africa, and Central/South America. Occasionally we can special order other varieties. Our goal and mission is to provide the highest quality coffees at the lowest possible prices, as we feel that all people deserve not only good coffee, but Z-Best.