Norristown Man With Autism Starts Coffee Business, Plans to Offer Employment opportunities to Others With Special Needs

Ken Knickerbocker
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Jake McFarland, a Norristown man with autism, started his coffee cart business after graduating high school and is donating part of the profits to charity organizations. Image via PBS39 News.

Jake McFarland, a Norristown man with autism, started his coffee cart business after graduating high school and is donating part of the profits to local charity organizations, writes Brittany Sweeney for the PBS39 News.

McFarland runs Coffee Closet with Barista Jake from Vinyl Closet Records in Norristown, which is owned by his parents, Jason and Angela McFarland.

“Jake is nineteen,” said his mother. “He is diagnosed with autism, OCD, extreme anxiety, and extreme ADHD.”

But this is not stopping him from running a successful business. He officially opened it on June 13 after spending months on extensive research and honing his skill by preparing coffee for his dad.

“He is doing unbelievable,” said his father, adding that more people are now stopping by for his coffee then they do for the records.

Coffee offered from the cart has no fixed price. Instead, patrons can donate any amount they wish to.

In addition to donating some of his proceeds, the young barista is now planning to offer employment opportunities to other people with special needs.

Read more about Coffee Closet with Barista Jake at the PBS39 News by clicking here.

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