Gerry Leary founded The Unseen Bean in Boulder in early 2003 with the intention of making the freshest, best-tasting coffee available anywhere. Leary, who is blind from birth, trained in San Francisco at the West Coast Specialty Coffee Company. After working as a blind mechanic for 40 years, Gerry decided to trade in his toolbox for a coffee roaster.
Beginning with only a quarter-pound roaster in a shed in his yard, Gerry logged every roast until he perfected the craft of roasting coffee in the dark. Who says you have to see the color of the beans? Gerry’s potential roasting capabilities were initially doubted. However, he has learned how to observe the sound and smell cues behind roasting excellent coffee with utmost precision. Gerry is now the world’s only known blind coffee roaster.