From left, Joseph Gosar of Impact Washington, Kevin McGlocklin of Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, and Frank Boykin from the MIC of the South Sound. All photos by David Putnam.

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters strives to maintain a balance. As the company says, it’s “a balance of body, sweetness, and acidity in your cup. It’s a balance of heat, gas, airflow, and time in the roaster. It’s living wages in the café and sustainable green coffee payments on the farm. It’s about coffee, people, and coffee people.”

According to Bluebeard’s website, the company considers its roasting style the “Perfect Medium”: “Deep enough to develop sweetness and depth, light enough to leave the subtleties — berry, citrus, spice, floral characteristics, etc. — intact.”

Said founder Kevin McGlocklin: “It’s just coffee, right? And if that’s the case, we should try not to take ourselves way too seriously. But also, if it’s just coffee, you might as well do it really well.”