‘Still in shock:’ Transient Coffee Co set to officially open almost one year after reckless driver crash

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Almost one year after a reckless driver totaled a Kennewick family’s mobile coffee trailer in September, the Transient Coffee Company is up, running, and ready for business.

Owner and head roaster Jessica Grubbs said she’s “still in shock” that they came out “on the other end.”

“I really didn’t know if we would rebuild,” Grubbs said.

The crash caused immense damage both on the exterior and inside. But after receiving thousands of dollars from a GoFundMe and working with insurance companies for months to redo the fully-customized trailer, Grubbs said she’s just grateful to be able to serve the Tri-Cities community.

“I didn’t think I’d see this day,” Grubbs said. “It really overwhelms me that I have so many cheerleaders in this town.”

Now, the brand-new trailer is gleaming and filled with sparkling equipment.

“Everything is custom-made, down to the cabinets, the countertops, my lights. I wanted them to look like constellations or lightning bolts,” Grubbs said. “The outside has trees like a treeline so I wanted them to walk into the trees and then look up into the sky like they’re out in the woods at night.”

So far, the family has been a part of a few local events in preparation for their grand-opening next week.

“Our tag line is ‘home is where your coffee is.’ Our message to them is we want to be with you in every journey and every season of life and they turned around and did that for me,” Grubbs said.

If you want to grab a cup of joe or try out the Transient Coffee Co’s special cold brew slushie, the trailer will be parked at John Dam Plaza in Richland on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sundays, you can find them at the 3 Eyed Fish’s farmer’s market for the rest of the season.

You can keep up with Transient Coffee Co on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.