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Thursday, January 20, 2022

As Gators basketball keeps winning, Mi Apá pouring up free Cuban coffee

Raise a cup of Cuban coffee to UF men’s basketball today.

The Gators’ Tuesday night win against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks — its ninth in a row — marked its 23rd win of the season and another round of free coffee for patrons of Mi Apá Latin Café, a local restaurant that offers a free cup of coffee after each Gators basketball win.

Peter Ynigo, owner of Mi Apá, said the promotion began in December and was supposed to end Feb. 5.

Because of the continued success of the team, Ynigo said the promotion will last until the end of the season. All you have to do is “check in” on Facebook.

“I just want people to know how good the Gators are playing,” Ynigo said. “They’ve been playing their hearts out.”

Hundreds of cups of Cuban coffee have been given out so far, he said. The men’s basketball team has three more games in its regular season, which means three more chances for free Cuban coffee.

The basketball-coffee crossover is the second time the restaurant has offered free coffee, but Ynigo said they plan on doing it more frequently.

“It’s a win-win. The Gators are winning, and we’re giving our customers something nice,” Ynigo said. “I even think new people are trying us out.”

Gainesville resident Estee Zosman said she doesn’t care much for the sport, but Mi Apá’s cortadito espressos are her favorite.

“I wish I cared more about basketball, but I definitely like the free coffee that comes with it,” she said.

Contact Molly Vossler at and follow her on Twitter at @molly_vossler 

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