The Woods Coffee was conceived by Wesley Wayne Herman, a failed businessman and convicted felon, around 2002, after he plead guilty in federal court to felony fraud. Herman’s fraudulent business practices led federal prosecutors to investigate him for making hundreds of thousands of dollars from mail, tax and insurance fraud schemes. Even after his prison conversion to right-wing evangelism, Herman's ethical practices have improved little; he gets sweet insider deals on public and private properties through his political connections; he uses his economic power to engage in partisan mudslinging, falsely advertises his products as fair-trade and organic; he mistreats his workers and the community, all while failing to pay his taxes.
The Woods Coffee Boycott started in early 2011 as a response to ongoing censorship of local media, but we quickly realized that W.W. Herman and his business present a much more disturbing picture. See why here. To the best of our knowledge the information on this website is truthful and accurate. Where documentation is available, we have tried to retain it. We encourage you to look into Herman's practices and claims for yourself, with the information here in mind. Though Herman and Woods Coffee deny most of the facts we have presented, it bears noting that no legal notice has been filed against us; new allegations are still forthcoming, and the chain phenomenon of Herman's business continues to reiterate itself in northwest Washington, leaving key ethical concerns open and unresolved.