Wondering in Wilkeson: Reward Great Coffee
When I was doing some research on coffee shops to visit in the greater Pierce County area, I stumbled on this place called Nomad PNW. Odd name for a coffee shop was my first thought. The reviews were glowing, and the shop looked promising. I had some business in Buckley in the morning, so I drove out to Wilkeson and stopped in to check out Nomad PNW. Day 13 was my lucky day indeed.
Once again, my preconceived notion about small towns not having good coffee was ruined. Left shattered on the floor and I could not be happier. If you think you cannot find good coffee anywhere but Seattle or similar big cities, you are wrong. Stop kidding yourself get out and explore, try that little coffee shop and chat with the owners or employees, you will find passionate educated coffee fanatics everywhere.
Nomad PNW has been in business since 2017. The owners Jeff and Felisha Ford accidentally found themselves in Wilkeson one day while house hunting. They ended up buying a home and eventually the retail space that houses Nomad PNW. They are committed to their small town and serving outstanding Third Wave coffee. When I was chatting with Jeff about all manners of coffee related topics, he shared a visible passion for the craft of coffee and the preparation of coffee that was so infectious that I enjoyed three beverages while I was there.
High Tech meets Artisan Care
Serving Anchorhead Coffees Nomad PNW focuses on delivering a perfectly prepared cup of coffee each time. My first cup was a pour over of the Guatemala Tres Cruces. Simply delicious. My awareness of what I enjoy in a cup of coffee is expanding. The Guatemala was tasty with an amazing aroma that drew me into the cup, and I savored every drop.
I must confess that I did not take good notes and the 2nd cup was from their brewed coffee system and I do not remember the name. Sigh, good reviews are so hard to find. This cup was also served and presented at what I consider a perfect drinking temperature. Delicious, well rounded. I could see myself stopping in daily for my coffee. In fact, while I was visiting regulars were coming in for their coffees and were patiently waiting while each of their drinks were hand crafted and served. The atmosphere was amazing.
Raw Edge Timber meets Exposed Brick
The shop has a minimalist feel to it. Exposed brick wall, rough-edged hand-crafted Douglas Fir tables that were made by the owner. The menus are on three pieces of Kraft paper hanging behind the coffee bar. I really love the whole experience at Nomad PNW. They sell Anchorhead Coffee beans and some branded swag if you are looking to have good coffee at home and look good while preparing it.
Since this is an article in the 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days Project the focus is on the coffee. That said the food they serve is made in house and looked amazing when I see photos of it online. I admitted my ignorance and asked what an empanada were. Jeff was quick to kindly tell me “a fancy hot pocket” They did not have any that day due to some exceptionally warm weather that ruined the dough. I will be back, and I will share my food experience and more coffee experiences with you.
Where to find
You can visit Nomad PNW they are located at 529 Church St. Wilkeson, WA 98396. Currently they are closed on Wednesday’s so that they can wonder around Washington. Follow them on Instagram. Visit their website Nomad PNW, or find them on Facebook. All their social media accounts are beautifully curated. When you stop in tell them you heard about them from Explore Washington State.
This wraps up day thirteen of one hundred. Where will I be having coffee tomorrow? Check back and see. Share your Nomad PNW experiences below. Send me the names and addresses of any interesting coffee shops that you think I should go to.
Why 100 Cups of Coffee in 100 Days? Read my original article here.