Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views

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Find Out What Makes Our Coffee Incredibly Delicious…

Our Philosophy at Pond Mountain Inn

One of the defining characteristics of an excellent bed & breakfast is the emphasis on serving the finest cup of coffee available. We serve a non-flavored Viennese Roast in the Main House during breakfast, which is the lightest of T.M. Ward’s Espresso roasts – it’s unusually smooth, delicately strong, with a nice velvety finish. And, to really make our morning coffee interesting we add French Roast, a blend of Arabica beans, which is a very dark roast with smoky overtones. This hybrid recipe brews an outstanding cup of coffee! They’re both delicious and we hope that you enjoy them too!

History – T.M. Ward Coffee

One of the oldest institutions in Newark, New Jersey is the T.M. Ward Coffee Company; originally opened by Timothy Ward in 1869.  Unlike many businesses over its 140 years of continuous existence, Ward’s has remained a locally-based, family-run company that embraces its employees.

Our Morning Brewing Process

It all begins with using exceptional filtered water – Pond Mountain Inn’s water is delivered from a 360 foot deep artesian well. By the time the coffee reaches your coffee mug, our water has been filtered twice and has passed through ultraviolet technology.

Our recipe for making great coffee begins with controlling the temperature of the water when it comes in contact with the coffee, which highlights the characteristics of our great coffee – we use both a drip coffee maker and percolator, both brew an outstanding cup of coffee!

The Coffee

We begin with great coffee. We found T.M. Ward, an exceptional quality roaster that sells freshly roasted beans. We experimented with quarter of a pound of a many different varieties of coffee and selected a non-flavored Viennese Roast as our signature coffee. We actually took the beans out of the bag, smelled them, and smelled the coffee again after we ground them. Even if you like your coffee with milk or cream, we tried a few sips without anything added and tasted it. We considered what we tasted and the aroma as we would with a fine glass of wine. We wanted to make sure that we provide the best coffee possible and I believe we were successful! Our guests will ultimately make the final determination.

We use a standardized scoop of coffee. Most experts say two tablespoons of ground coffee per 8-ounce cup, but coffees differ and tastes differ, but we found that this works for us at the inn. Occasionally, we make more coffee than we can use immediately, we always pour the remaining coffee into a thermos or carafe to keep it warm. We never let coffee sit on a burner or warming device, as this will kill the taste.

We want your morning coffee to be the best cup of coffee that you’ve ever had and we’ll keep trying to exceed your expectation; we even warm your coffee mug before pouring your first cup of coffee! See you in the morning….

Interesting Backstory

What has been most responsible for putting T.M. Ward on the map has to be its Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito “Bold Justice Blend”, a rich blend of Columbian, Java and New Guinea, with a bit of espresso. This was the longtime client’s favorite cup, and Ward’s pushed the product in support of Alito’s 2005-06 run through Senate confirmation. Bold Justice Blend became all the rage amongst the journalist and internet crowds, and to this day, the Trenton native seems to have successfully branded his own personal way of motivating Jersey’s masses.

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Raking the Roof at Pond Mountain Inn

roof-raking-pictureThere are a few good blogs discussing all the virtues of roof-raking and, of course, obligatory safety tips. Raking our roof began a few years back – I was instructed to position the ladder at the back of our home by the end of October and, with nature’s guidance, leave it there until late April. However, given the wild swings in temperature over the last few years both rain and snow fall throughout winter, which require taking in the ladder after each storm thus potentially eliminating icy buildup.

Taking safety seriously; a few of the less obvious tips are to remove icicles first, which may indicate problem areas and make certain pets are not within close proximity when these ice spears are launched. Additionally, if you’re positioning your ladder in a snow drift make sure to jump on the bottom rung a few times until you’re satisfied that a proper foundation has been established. While a gentle fall into a fluffy snow bank from fifteen feet up seems like the winter equivalent of jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves; I can assure you with certainty the consequences are not particularly forgiving.

Dropping snow or raking snow from one elevation to the next, which in our case, the snow lands on two different rooftops before reaching the ground becomes more densely packed at each interval and far more difficult to move. By the time the snow reaches the ground I doubt whether or not a snow blower would be helpful – two years ago we employed someone to shovel a thirty foot snow bank eight feet tall away from the foundation to potentially prevent spring-melt water from penetrating our basement. Certainly a precautionary event, but definitely worth the investment – $1,000!