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We all know The Woods Coffee as a place to relax and enjoy delicious tea, coffee or a treat, but now they have taken their company to an entirely new level. Their coffee, originally roasted in Seattle by a few different companies, is now going to be roasted right here in Whatcom County.

Twelve years ago, The Woods Coffee was born. Shortly thereafter, the company had to make a tough decision on whether to build a roasting house or bakery. Knowing that they would eventually have both, they decided on a bakery, which currently services all of their stores, providing the delicious fresh treats. Now, with fourteen local stores, a bakery that sources many local products, and a company invested in the community, it became time to integrate roasting into the business.

Just like The Woods Coffee, the people of Whatcom County are extremely passionate about their coffee. When Woods initially began their own roasting process, they didn’t inform any of their customers. They jumped in by secretly supplying their stores with the new roasts, and waiting for the reaction of the public. Feedback began rolling in immediately, all positive. One of the responses shared with The Woods Coffee includes, “I have a problem with your coffee…I like it so much, I want more!” Now that they control this aspect of their business, they can deliver not only high quality beans, but also delicious blends that are roasted fresh daily. Once coffee is roasted, it’s best served fresh, and that is exactly what The Woods Coffee wanted to do for their customers. The two customer favorites include Brown Bear, a blend of beans that is a dark roast, rich, and full bodied with hints of chocolate, vanilla and spice, and the Woods Blend, which is a smooth, balanced acidity with hints of almonds and chocolate.

Is this the last step for The Woods Coffee? Absolutely not. Now that they are roasting their own beans they are planning to introduce new coffees from around the world. The demand for their homegrown local original coffee blends only found in Whatcom County are increasing everyday. The Woods Coffee is excited to start expanding their borders to serve their ever-increasing fan base. Woods roasted coffee is now available for purchase in stores and online at www.thewoodscoffee.com where they are selling Woods Espresso, Woods Drip, Brown Bear, Swiss Water Decaf, and Viking Blend.

Viking Blend (Fair Trade) is a coffee that benefits WWU Scholarships. One dollar of every bag sold goes to a WWU Scholarship.

"Now, with fourteen local stores, a bakery that sources many local products, and a company invested in the community, it became time to integrate roasting into the business."