Skip to main content
Students and Alumni

321 Coffee Visits Poole Students for Much-Needed Study Breaks

Poole College of Management students will have the opportunity to stop for a coffee break in Nelson Hall as 321 Coffee will be in the PCJ lobby on the second floor on Nov. 29, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. They will be providing options for hot coffee and cold brew to the Poole community. 

Founded by Poole alumna Lindsey Wrege, 321 Coffee is a coffee shop and roaster built on inclusion. Based in Raleigh, they currently employ over 40 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

“They are the ones roasting the coffee, taking the orders and making the lattes,” said Wrege. “We are demonstrating the value of an inclusive business model.”

Q&A with Lindsay Wrege

Lindsay, being a Poole alumna and entrepreneur, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for finals?

Set yourself up for success! Focus on one subject at a time so you don’t force your brain to jump around. Also, go on a walk, take a nap, call your family, and take care of yourself. 

How can a coffee break be a good reprieve during intense study sessions for final exams?

You need a mental break and a social break. Coffee shops are a perfect medium for that!  

As 321 Coffee promotes an inclusive environment, how important is that to share with the next generation of working professionals at Poole College?

The future is inclusive. Poole College and NC State are shaping the next generation of leaders, so it’s important that students understand the importance of inclusion and diversity in the workplace so that they can bring that value forward throughout their careers.