Food

Wyatt’s Coffee Relocates from Midtown to Downtown

The locally owned cold brew and pour-over coffee shop Wyatt’s Coffee relocated to downtown Gainesville and reopened its doors Friday, Feb. 23.

Wyatt’s previously only served black coffee brews, but has expanded the menu to include espresso beverages like lattes, cappuccinos and cortados. In addition, they now offer a variety of new roasts, teas and pastries.

The renovations at the new location took three months to complete, and staff from Wyatt’s Coffee actually worked on building the walls and cabinets, as well as working on the painting, plumbing and electrical work.

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Danielle Ballou, general manager of Wyatt’s, said the decision to move downtown was due to increased construction around Midtown.

“There was no place for people to park, and the sidewalk was torn up in front of the shop” on Northwest First Avenue, she said.

Wyatt’s previous location had no seating, which made it difficult for customers to study or socialize. Now, the café can comfortably seat 34 people.

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Because the shop increased drastically in size, Ballou knew she needed a bigger team to accommodate the space. As a result, Wyatt’s now has 13 baristas– more than double the previous number of employees.

At their grand opening, Wyatt’s gave customers their first drink for free if they followed Wyatt’s Instagram or liked them on Facebook. If patrons wrote a review on Yelp, Facebook or Google Reviews they got their second drink free too.

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Wyatt’s sources their coffee from six different roasters: four are located in Florida and the other two are in Brooklyn and Baltimore. The beans are purchased directly from farmers in Central and South America, and Africa, and are often certified organic/fair-trade.

Their chocolates are shipped from cities like Los Angeles and New York, while their pastries are supplied by local companies like The Bakery Mill and The Hyppo.

Ballou said their customers are excited for the relocation with a much better chance to thrive Downtown.

Wyatt’s is located at 202 SE Second Ave. Their new hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Kristen is a second-year journalism student at the University of Florida. While she has a passion for news writing, Kristen also enjoys all things entertainment - music, art, food and drink, nightlife and technology. She's previously worked for publications such as GainesvilleScene, Sun-Sentinel and the Boca Raton Observer.