It is a well known and undisputed fact that UD students have a strong love and, oftentimes, need for coffee. One particular embodiment of this affection can be found in freshman Jake Reyher.
Reyher can frequently be seen carrying a full French press around campus, and if you’ve taken a class with him, you know that it is not simply a prop but he does in fact drink it in full every morning.
Reyher said that he started drinking coffee when he was 14 or 15.
“I was working on a dairy farm and had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. And the only way that a normal human who is living and breathing and normal can wake up at that time is by drinking coffee,” he said. Despite this habit, he would not call himself necessarily dependent on coffee.
However, Reyher has a specific reason and process for his French press. While he does not grind the coffee himself because “the law of Madonna would not allow for a coffee grinder,” he recommends grinding the coffee coarsely. He claims that “nothing escapes the filter that way, so you have a better, smoother coffee.”
Reyher has even found a way around the expense of coffee. When asked about the financial strain that making a French press every morning inflicts, he replied, “In my hometown there is a store that sells coffee for discounted prices. My parents will send it to me or I will buy it before I come. Each bag costs around $2.”
Not only is Reyher dedicated to the art of the French press, he is also committed to the daily habit.
“I don’t ever get tired of carrying it around. Does a mother ever get tired of carrying her child? It’s like my office. It’s like my duty. It presents a way of thinking; a culture, a discipline. If you really care about something you’re going to go through the time and effort every single morning.”
Reyher is from the countryside of Pennsylvania, and attended Saint Gregory the Great Academy, where he played rugby. He heard about UD from his sister, and later through his school and explained that he chose to come here for the culture.
“You really care about what you learn here; you talk about it outside of class. Not only are you engaged in what you learn, but there is also the perfect balance between that intellectual life and being able to have fun. The music here is also great, it’s a big part of the culture.”
Reyher is also known around campus for his banjo and guitar playing as well as his singing. He developed his love of music at St. Greg’s, where students are encouraged to take up musical instruments and singing as a hobby.
When asked about his transition to college from high school, Reyher said: “St. Greg’s culture is really alive here. It’s like the second step. With rugby, school and everything else, it takes the culture of Greg’s and puts it into a collegiate setting which you can spread to other people, like a gift.”
Reyher is intending to pursue a major in either classics or English. His favorite class at UD has been Lit Trad I, or maybe Lit Trad II. “Poetry is conveying truth,” said Reyher. “That poetry [in Lit Trad] is like the OG poetry. It expresses reality, life, human beings, the human condition, and what it means to be alive.”