By Ryan Wynne
The Herman family in Lynden opened its first coffee shop in February 2002. Since then, The Woods Coffee has expanded and will open its 10th shop Jan. 17.
The business is also expanding in another way: On Jan. 5, a shiny new van delivered the first batch of baked goods made in The Woods’s new bakery.
The 1,500-square-foot bakery is located in The Woods corporate offices and warehousing building at 191 18th St. in Lynden, a space the business is in the process of purchasing, said owner Wes Herman. And it’s outfitted with all of the “latest and greatest” high-tech equipment, he said.
“From day one we knew (baking) would be something we would do. We just didn’t know when,” Herman said. “We knew that we would do it, but it just took us nine years to get to that place.”
Herman said his family is full of gifted bakers and they have always felt a sense of urgency to produce their own baked goods. The Hermans wanted to have ultimate control over quality and ingredients, he said.
Everything produced in the bakery is delivered fresh daily seven days per week and only served at The Woods Coffee locations. Baked goods are made from scratch, not mixes, Herman said, and none of the products contain trans fats.
“Everything is made with ingredients you can pronounce,” he said.
Products include bars, scones, coffee cake, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and signature items such as the Cinnamon Mountain cinnamon roll and maple-bacon scones.
The bakery will also produce seasonal items such as pumpkin and berry baked goods.
“It will be really seasonally driven to offer unique specials throughout the year,” Herman said.
After The Woods’s 10th location opens on Bay Street in mid January, the bakery will also produce its own lunch and dinner sandwiches, salads and desserts. The Woods added six new full-time employees to produce and deliver baked goods to its stores.
Before its bakery opened, The Woods bought baked goods from four suppliers. It will continue to buy gluten-free brownies and cookies from Bonte Natural Foods in Ferndale.
For more information, visit www.thewoodscoffee.com.