Gainesville's Coffee Culture

By Courtney Fisher

In a city of start-ups and students it’s only appropriate that coffee is a staple of the Gainesville community. Whether you find comfort in the familiarity that corporate coffee brands like Starbucks bring to the table or enjoy the ambience of local mom and pop coffee shops Gainesville has plenty of options for you to explore. 

Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts dominate the University of Florida community as a result of their proximity and efficiency. Students can get their caffeine fix at either of the Starbuck’s located on campus or at one of the two Dunkin Donuts opportunely located on University.  

America may run on Dunkin, but local coffee shops are sure giving them a run for their money. Mom and Pop coffee shops offer a more intimate environment and often times a unique experience. Here are a few Gainesville native coffeehouses that are worth checking out:



1.Volta: Each cup of coffee brewed specially for you. This coffeehouse is edgy and inviting. If you’re in the downtown area Volta is a great location for a casual lunch meeting or a weekend work session.

Address: 48 SW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32641

Hours: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm


2.Cymplify: Their motto, “Think better. Feel better. Be better.” says it all. Cymplify has a laid back environment that makes you feel at home. If your company is looking for a space available to host a business meeting with local flair Cymplify is the place for you. They are no strangers to the Gainesville business community after hosting numerous events featuring local CEO’s and engaging speakers. Stop by and support a local business “with a simple desire to do good things with good people.” 

Address: 5402 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605

Hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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3.The Bull: Coffee Shop by day and bar by night, this chic downtown location has delicious coffee and a relaxed environment for reading over those reports. 

Address: 18 SW 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

 Hours: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am


4.Maude’s: A popular study spot for UF students, this local coffee shop comes head to head with Starbucks at its downtown location. They come for the coffee but stay for the sweet treats and board games. Make your weekend work a little more bearable by camping out on their relaxing outdoor patio.

            Address: 101 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601

            Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm


5. Bay Island Coffee: What may not look like much to some this coffee kiosk located next door to Espalanade at Butler Plaza brings in the business. Delicious flavors to add to your cup of joe along with the ability to order from the comfort of your car makes it a quick stop on your way to work.

 Address: 3270 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608

 Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm


6.GoJoe: For those of you who are too busy to grab coffee on the go Gainesville has a solution for you! The incredible creators of this smart phone application will get you your “joe” in 10 minutes or less at a reasonable price and now they have partnered with another local company…Gulejo!

Address: 1642 West University Ave, Gainesville, FL

Hours: 9:00 am -  1:00 pm (Monday-Friday)



7.Gulejo: This organic coffee company has small businesses in mind! They live the “Gulejo Way” providing customers with quality coffee and giving back 15% of every transaction to a worthy cause.  Located in Starter Space, by stopping by this Gainesville native company you’re supporting our community and a good cause!


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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