How One Penn State Group Used Free Coffee to Generate Conversations about Addiction Recovery

In today’s fast-paced world, many people want their cup of coffee as quickly as possible.

However, John Freyer, an artist and Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor, is challenging people’s impatience and encouraging dialogues about recovery — with a bike, some coffee beans and hot water.

Freyer and members from Penn State’s Collegiate Recovery Community stood outside of the Palmer Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m. on March 29, providing students with free coffee and generating conversations about recovery.

It takes three to five minutes to ground the beans and filter the hot water. During this time, Freyer hopes to begin conversations about recovery from substance addictions.

“I hope the coffee bike brings about awareness and stigma reduction,” he said, “and shows that addiction doesn’t discriminate.”

He partnered with Penn State’s Collegiate Recovery Community to spread awareness about recovery. The coffee blend, titled “Recovery Roast,” was custom-made with State College’s Rothrock Coffee shop.

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