Visit us at the NC State Farmers' Market (1209 Farmers' Market Dr.) on weekends 8 - 2

Welcome to 321 Coffee

together we are blending communities

About Us


Who Are We?

321 Coffee is a nonprofit coffee shop that operates at the North Carolina State Farmers' Market in the Raleigh area, along with events in the community, and is staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Significance of "321"

"321" is representative of Down Syndrome -- the third copy of the 21st chromosome. We hope to highlight the uniqueness of those with Down Syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Mission



Provide fulfilling engagements to persons of intellectual and developmental disabilities

Promote a community identity through a unique customer service environment

Recognize uniqueness of all and their contributions to society 



Combining the strengths of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the
NC State Community

to create something stronger
than what one could do alone



Blending communities inspires customers to integrate with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while promoting societal unity.



Matthew Schwab


"I am lucky to have a disability - I have Down Syndrome.

My favorite part [of 321 Coffee] is that the organization allow the community of people with disabilities like me to have something to do that is like what typical people do. 

We are lucky to work with 321 Coffee."


Emma Wissink


"Sometimes I feel like I'm a person trapped inside a person with a disability. And I want a change to show the world about us. 

Sometimes I feel like there are two communities; 'us' and 'them', and I'd like there to be one."

Our Story


Learn more about how we started and the goals we have for 321 Coffee

Find out more

Our Team


Match a face to a name and learn about each of our 4 founders' position and what they do for 321 Coffee

Meet the Team

What's Brewing?


We're getting involved in our community, here's how

Hear what we're doing

Get Involved


Are you passionate about blending communities? Then find out how you can get involved

Start blending

Real People, Real Photos


Behind the scenes shots of everyone involved in the development of 321 Coffee

See what's happening

Help Us Help Others


321 Coffee appreciates donations to support our organization and to continue blending communities

Make a Difference