We are so proud to welcome our new roasting partner, Bluebeard Coffee, to the Bean Box family. Bluebeard owner, Kevin McGlocklin, fell in love with roasting when he got his start hand-roasting at one of Seattle’s first roasteries, Lighthouse. We asked Kevin to share how he got into Seattle’s competitive roasting industry and what makes his coffee stand out. Here’s Kevin’s unique coffee story:
1. WHAT MADE you want to GET IN TO ROASTING?
Roasting coffee was always the great unknown, prior to getting my hands on Ed Leebrick’s 23-kilo Gothot at Lighthouse Roasters. Its mystery vexed me and I bided my time, cleaning the roaster umpteen times until I finally got an opportunity. It felt a bit like getting the keys to the 747 for the first time. For those of us who don’t grow it, roasting and sourcing green coffee always struck me as coffee’s essential and most rewarding pursuits.
2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE your ROASTING STYLE? WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR STYLE?
In short, Bluebeard‘s style is a full medium roast. We key on the combination of sugar development — chocolate, caramel, brown sugar — without roasting through and losing the subtleties and acidity of neat coffees. The classic German drum roasters seem to work wonderfully for this. Trust in our palates and fine tuning of method and roaster are the guiding forces in finding, maintaining (and evolving) Bluebeard‘s roast profile.
3. WHAT MAKES your coffees UNIQUE?
Bluebeard‘s coffees attain a great balance of body, sweetness, acidity. They also cool well, which is nice. I’m not sure how it translates, but in Spanish I have heard it said that ‘el cafe Bluebeard Coffee Roasters es blowyourmind.’ ♦
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