Our Founders

Gary Smith & Beth Korvin Smith

Gary-FounderGary Smith

Gary’s first espresso in the early ’80s changed his life forever. His passion for great coffee led him to create Mukilteo Coffee Roasters in 1983, beginning with an espresso cart stationed at the Mukilteo ferry dock – one of the nation’s first. Soon afterward, Gary opened his first café, followed by a much larger coffee house with an adjacent roasting room. Gary’s unwavering enthusiasm made the rich aromas and exceptional taste of small-batch, hand-roasted coffees a successful business. Today his company imports, roasts, and exports some of the world’s finest coffee to customers around the globe.

Beth Korvin SmithBeth-&-Pearl

Beth was fortunate to be a part of the “espresso craze” from the very beginning. In 1979, Beth got a job at the Wet Whisker, a small coffee, tea, and ice cream shop that had moved from Whidbey to Seattle’s Pier 70. This shop evolved into the iconic Stewart Brothers Coffee, which eventually became Seattle’s Best. Beth sold coffee to some of the best restaurants, hotels, and espresso bars in the country. She worked alongside Jim Stewart and other pioneers of the American coffee industry, learning everything before it was written. Since 1992 her impeccable palate and expertise has helped Mukilteo Coffee Roasters grow with the espresso trainings and coffee workshops that she conducts around the world.