Josh and Abbey Schmitt, the husband-wife duo who run the shop, Banyan Coffee Co., have been looking for a brick and mortar location for a few years. They started roasting coffee beans in their garage in Oregon in 2013, sending coffee to family and friends. When they moved to Bradenton a year or two later, they sold bags of coffee at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. Eventually, they added a mobile coffee truck and local deliveries.
Now, they’ve successfully launched one of their longtime goals: a brick and mortar spot. The location, at 1110 10th St. W. in Palmetto, officially opened Sept. 24. While meeting a big goal, the opening, and the work the couple is doing behind the scenes, is also an entrepreneurial tale of patience, persistence and the power of partnerships. “We were nomads for three to four years until we found this place,” Josh says.
“I don’t believe in soft openings,” he adds, noting day one was their busiest, filling 200 or more cups of coffee. “I just believe in opening.”