Community outreach drives Urban Timber Coffee

Business: Startup company specializes in hand-crafted coffee, regional microbrews, Northwest wines

of the HeraldNovember 27, 2013 

Tiffany Mosher, left, and Stephanie Erskine are co-owners in Urban Timber Coffee, which opened its third location this month. The Sumner space is located at 166th Avenue East of state Route 410.

ANDREW FICKES/HERALD PHOTO

At the center of Urban Timber Coffee are two working mothers who have a passion for families.

In addition to serving hand-crafted coffee and a selection of regional microbrews and wines, co-owners Tiffany Mosher and Stephanie Erskine make it their mission to be invested in the community.

“It’s imperative that we’re family friendly,” Erskine said.

Mosher and Erskine met each other through their husbands, both of whom are firefighters for East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Mosher, who graduated from Sumner High School in 2004, had a goal to open the first Urban Timber Coffee in Sumner. That dream came true when it opened Nov. 15 at 166th Avenue East off state Route 410.

“What’s nice about being in Sumner is that we have so many family and friends here,” Mosher said. “It’s exciting to share that excitement with family and friends.”

Mosher has a 3-month-old son. Erskine’s two daughters attend Sumner schools.

“We sponsor a lot of the Sumner School District athletics,” Erskine said. “We sponsor Bonney Lake High School cheerleaders; Sumner Parks and Recreation sports teams; a billboard at Sunset Stadium; and, during the holiday time and throughout the year, we donate to the Sumner and Bonney Lake food banks.”

The new location in Sumner, which is the company’s third site, is a 2,200-square-foot space with intimate lighting and dozens of tables. There also is a long hardwood bar, where patrons can enjoy a dozen microbrews on tap or a flight of wines from Washington, Oregon or California.

“We hope that it is a warm, welcoming, gathering place for family and friends,” Erskine said. “With coffee, it’s about the taste and texture, and it’s the same with beer and wine sampling.”

Erskine said they hope patrons will visit in the morning for coffee and breakfast, and then return in the afternoon for a business meeting lunch or family outing. Those same people could return to top off the evening with a beer, she said.

And for those who love beer and coffee together, Erskine and Mosher are collaborating with the Northwest Brewing Company in Pacific on a coffee-infused stout.

Urban Timber Coffee launched with its flagship store on June 1, 2010 — a double drive-thru location on South Hill a block east of the Sunrise Village Shopping Center. In December 2011, the second store opened near the Boeing campus in the Kent valley.

Urban Timber Coffee uses a special dark roast sourced from Dillanos, based in Sumner, for its signature drinks. Paninis, cold sandwiches and small appetizer plates are delivered daily from Northwest vendors like Alki Bakery in Kent and Mike’s East Coast Sandwiches in Tacoma.

Erskine said Urban Timber Coffee also prepares some sandwiches from scratch.

“Our Washington apple grilled cheese sandwich is good for breakfast or lunch,” Erskine said. “It has bacon and apples and is really yummy.”

Urban Timber Coffee in Sumner will feature live singer-songwriter music at 6 p.m. each Wednesday. Wine tasting will held the first Wednesday of each month. Beer tastings will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

Melissa Idler, the event coordinator, said preparations are being made for the company’s annual toy and warm coat drive to benefit the Sumner and Bonney Lake areas. Donations will be accepted at all store locations from Dec. 15-21.

If you go

Urban Timber Coffee in Sumner is located at 6621 166th Ave. E. For hours of operation, call 253-719-8961. All civil service employees, including police officers and firefighters, receive a 50 cent discount on drinks. For more information, or to learn about upcoming events, search for Urban Timber Coffee on Facebook.

Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at andrew.fickes@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.

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