#WyoStrong: Drilling for a new Black Gold

(Riverton, Wyo.) - For Riverton natives Nate and Heather Hutchins, coffee is a passion they've always shared. Heather enjoys a mocha and Nate prefers a white chocolate mocha or Italian Cream Soda. So when Nate chose to take a lay-off from the oil field back in January, he and his wife decided to pursue their joint passion - coffee! "She was going to have a mocha every morning anyway," Nate jokingly told County 10. Nate worked for Patterson-UTI company for the past nine years and was one of their Drilling Superintendents for the past three years. In total Nate worked in the oil field for 15 years. "I chose to take a lay-off mostly for family reasons," Nate explained. He became a full-time caretaker for his grandfather in January. "The transition from working in the oil field full-time has been somewhat challenging," he said. "It definitely came sooner than expected." [image: 0 (15).jpg] He and Heather kicked around the idea of opening a coffee shop for about a month until they acted on it. "Every day we'd drive by this for-sale coffee shop building in Riverton ... and one day we decided to buy it." It's called Wyoming Espresso and they're located at 8117 Hwy 789 in Lander right next to Western Printing. They had a soft opening on July 11th and are planning on announcing an official grand opening in the near future. The Hutchins believe Lander has a real need for this type of coffee shop in town. "We're hoping it'll be a positive asset to the community," Nate said. Wyoming Espresso is currently open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., and will soon be open on weekends too. Nate is a third generation firefighter, and out of respect for those who serve in our community all emergency personnel can enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases at Wyoming Espresso. This includes Fire Department, Sheriff's Office, EMS, Police Department, and Military personnel. Currently, Wyoming Espresso offers a variety of coffee drinks and they're hoping to partner with local bakeries to have baked goods available as well. They've already partnered with Kutzer Honey in Riverton. [image: 0 (14).jpg] [image: 13631682_1164815770272248_5698778701703345539_n (1).jpg] [image: 0 (16).jpg] Check out Wyoming Espresso on facebook. #wyostrong #county10 #news #springcity #buckrail #reboot #oilcity #county17 #shortgo #dally