Wyatt’s Coffee Brings Black Coffee Brewing to Midtown
There are plenty of reasons why coffee is a good thing: it’ll wake you up, help you start your day, then keep you up for that paper due the next morning. But sometimes, all that sugar and sweetener can take away from the bold, colorful flavors of the coffee bean itself.
Midtown’s newest addition, Wyatt’s Coffee, specializes in brewing black coffee. While classic espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes aren’t offered on their menu, a plethora of roasts from across the globe are, making Wyatt’s unlike any other coffee shop in Gainesville.
Stephen DiMare, owner of The Hyppo, has always dreamed of building and owning a unique kind of coffee shop for years. So instead of building another Hyppo location on Midtown, he decided to make his dream a reality; thus, Wyatt’s was born.
“Midtown is unique because it is so close to campus. We wanted to create a space that would be a draw for both the student population and the local natives, balancing the needs and desires of both. We hope that Wyatt’s will fit those needs and continue to move forward to meet more of our customer’s desires,” said general manager Brent Smith.
The name “Wyatt’s” is attributed to Sheriff Wyatt Earp, who was a wild west law man in the 1800s. While living in Arizona, his presence brought peace and stability to notoriously unsafe areas.
“With Wyatt’s Coffee sitting on the boarded lands of campus and Midtown, it can feel like a ‘frontier’ land. Wyatt’s is here as a gathering place and a stabilizer in the wild frontier of Midtown, Gainesville,” said Smith.
Wyatt’s sources their coffee from six different roasters: four are located in Florida and the other two are in Brooklyn, New York and Baltimore, Maryland. The beans are purchased directly from farmers in Central and South America and Africa. In addition, most of the coffee is organic and fair trade-certified.
Wyatt’s also offers chocolates, pastries and treats to pair with their different coffees. The chocolates are straight from cities like Los Angeles and New York, while pastries are supplied by local companies such as BakerBaker. Occasionally, even Hyppo popsicles are offered in their promotional items.
Smith recommends his personal favorite, pairing the Sumatra Nitro Cold Brew with the Morning bun.
Following their grand opening, Wyatt’s provided free coffee to customers in their first ten days of business, which was something that attracted more customers and positive feedback.
“Because we are so different, we wanted to offer our coffee free to educate potential regular customers of our coffee options, brewing options and ordering processes. It can be overwhelming at any new place, but one offering so many options of just plain black coffee with three brewing methods can really stump and confuse even coffee lovers,” said Smith.
Even though Wyatt’s didn’t expect to be so busy so quickly, they’re ready to serve Gainesville and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Smith even hopes that “when students graduate and come back to visit, [Wyatt’s] is on their list of places they have to come back to and bring their friends with them.”
Wyatt’s Coffee is located at 16 NW 18th Street #120, Gainesville, Florida.