Open Eye Supports the Carrboro Film Festival! 11/22-23.

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We are open Thanksgiving Day til 5pm!

Join us for the Gallop & Gorge race in the morning and then relax for a while before heading to your Dinner events.6146cf872d

We are open from 7am to 5pm on T-day and normal hours on Friday the 28th.

Don’t forget to grab some coffee to share with your family and friends!

Coffee always makes a dinner host smile!

Open Eye Cafe Celebrates 15 years supporting RSVVP Day : Eat For a Good Cause!

  • The 26th annual RSVVP Day (Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent) will be Tuesday, November 11.

Eat out or Take out, all day; breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, at Open Eye Cafe and other area  PARTICIPATING restaurants and 10% of your tab will be donated to the Inter-Faith Council to benefit their hunger-relief programs; the Community Kitchen and the Emergency Food Pantry.

This year the Open Eye Cafe was awarded the honor of being a Supporter of this fantastic event for the last 15 years!

Here is a link to the DTH article : Open Eye Cafe celebrates 15 years of supporting the IFC RSVVP Program


The complete list of other participating restaurants can be found at

Open Eye Cafe Sponsors the 2014 West End Poetry Festival

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The 2014 West End Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, will be held in October 17 and October 18 and will feature nationally known poets as well as emerging voices.  Please join us for all or part of this free festival.

  • Friday, October 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill
  • An opening reception and readings by five poets
  • Saturday, October 18, 12:00pm-8:30pm at the Century Center in Carrboro
  • An open workshop on form and its uses (even for free-verse poets), panel sessions on poetry and place, an open mic, a light dinner and reception, and a final reading featuring Cathy Smith Bowers, Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 2010 to 2012, and Celisa Steele, Carrboro’s current Poet Laureate.
  • Coffee Sponsored by Open Eye Cafe.

Poets participating in the 2014 West End Poetry Festival include Cathy Smith Bowers, James Applewhite, Laurence Avery, Pam Baggett, Charmaine Cadeau, Steve Cushman, Tyree Daye, Ann Deagon, Terri Kirby Erickson, Dave Manning, Joseph Mills, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Gary Phillips, David Roderick, Sacrificial Poets, Starr Seward, Alana Sherrill, Susan Spalt, Celisa Steele, Chris Tonelli, Kamaya Truitt-Martin, Ross White, and Sharon Nyree Williams.

If you have questions about the Festival, please check the links in the left-hand column or, please contact Gary Phillips (email, 919-944-1075), Susan Spalt (email, 919-818-0687) or Celisa Steele (email, 919-451-0075).

The 2014 Annual Carrboro Music Festival will take place Sunday, 9/28 from 1pm to 10pm

A day long, free festival featuring music at multiple  indoor and outdoor venues.

The outdoor sites present music until dark, while some of the indoor venues go well into the evening.

Open Eye Cafe will host the following performers:

1pm  – Blue Tailed Skinks

2pm - Doug Largent Trio

3pm  -The High Bushy Tails

4pm - The Fleeting Thrushes

5pm  - The Undermanned String Band

6pm  -the Phases of Matter

7pm - Straight 8’s

8 pm  – B-Side Project

9pm – Bellflower

Venue Map – Downtown Carrboro

For more info visit:   Carrboro Music Festival Website

Cafe’s Scott Conary to be Head Judge at Japanese National Barista Championship 2014-15

Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ President, Scott Conary will head to Tokyo, Japan from September 22 thru the 27th to act as the Head Judge for the Country’s National Barista & Brewers Cup Championships.  The Champions from these events will go on to represent Japan at the WBC in Seattle in April; and Gothenburg, Sweden in June, respectively.

As a member of the World Coffee Events (WCE) Instructional Design Committee, and a WCE Representative, Scott will spend the first days training & calibrating judges to prepare them for the multi-day event, which is the culmination of regional competitions around Japan that had hundreds of competitors vying for the National stage.

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Big East Region Barista & Brewers Cup Championships coming Back to Durham!

      Fri – Sat: 8am – 6pm ;  Sun: 8am – 3:30pm

Durham, NC

NOV 21ST – 23RD, 2014


“The Big Eastern,” a Regional Barista Competition presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Barista Guild of America will be held in Downtown Durham, November 21-23.

Free and open to the public, the three day event will be held at Durham Convention Center and will feature top baristas from the entire East Coast. Competitors battle it out for the regional titles in a competition format that tests the barista’s technical skill as well as knowledge and passion for coffee, in a viewer-friendly way. Spectators who attend the free event will get to sample amazing drinks prepared by skilled baristas similar to the ones prepared by the competitors on stage.

Open Eye Café Baristas & Carrboro Coffee Roasters employees will take part in “The Big Eastern” in a variety of capacities. Open Eye Café barista Josh Kimbrough will be competing in the “Brewer’s Cup” and will also be making coffee for spectators During the event. Open Eye Café and Carrboro Coffee Roasters has been involved in the Barista Competitions since 2003 and has had many employees garner top finishes regionally and nationally.

Scott Conary, President of Carrboro Coffee Roasters will be a Head Judge at The Big Eastern this year. Conary is known as a consummate competition judge, serving as Head Judge and Current Past Chair of the SCAA Competitions Committee. He also serves on the World Coffee Events Instructional Design Committee & as a WCE Representative, where he certifies judges and acts as Head Judge at competitions around the world. Conary has been the only Head Judge from the USA at the World Barista Competition for the past 9 years.

Conary stated. “Carrboro Coffee Roasters is proud to support the event as a Silver Sponsor and sponsoring the BGA Cafe, as well as all the baristas, like our own competitors, who have shown an amazing dedication to the craft of coffee preparation and the coffee industry. Their dedication to the origin of coffee and the relationships we cultivate with the coffee farmers, is amazing and will allow them to shine at this event”.

Among a list of other area spots to check out, Carrboro Coffee Roasters will serve from their pop-up Café in the Lobby of Golden Belt Complex on Main street for any and all interested in tasting how great coffee can be. The Café will also serve as a ‘hands-on’ environment for barista’s to practice & work with various equipment and prepare for the competition. Many events are planned around the main competition to further increase awareness of coffee, and its inter-relationship with the culinary industry.

For more information visit:


2014-15 Edition of Open Eye Socks Now Available!

The new, one-of-a-kind Open Eye Cafe logo socks are now available !openEye
These state of the art socks from Defeet, a company out of Hildebrand, NC; are technologically advanced, but you don’t need to know that to appreciate them!
Comfy and cool, they make for great gifts for the upcoming Holidays!
Get them while they last.


Roastery’s Scott Conary Returns to Peru to Serve as Head Judge for Their National Barista Championship!

The search for the Peru’s official Coffee Champions will happen during the  Fourth Peru National Barista Championship on October 17 thru the 19th, 2014, In Lima, Peru.

4th Peru Barista Championships – 2014


Last year Scott Conary spent 2 days before the Competition working with & certifying judges  from the Country & around the world so they were prepared to correctly assess the Champions.  He will return this year to do the same and see who will go on to represent Peru in the World Barista Championship (WBC), to be held in Seattle,WA this year – April 9-12.

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Now on its 14th year, the World Barista Championship is considered the most prestigious coffee-making competition in the world and has even been called the “Olympics of Coffee.”

Competing in three elimination rounds, contestants have to create 12 coffee beverages,
consisting of four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature drinks, within a 15 minute time frame.

For more info on the  World Coffee Events and WBC go to :   &

DRUM CIRCLE on the BACK PATIO 9/13 – Open to the Public!

Join us SATURDAY EVENING 6 TO 8 PM on the Back Patio

   We hope this will be the first in a series of drum circles facilitated by international performing artist Pline Mounzeo of Congo.  A little bit of learning rhythms from the Congo River Basin rain forest.  A lot of playing them.  Some spirituality mixed in as you wish.

Rare in the U.S. but a favorite all over Africa –

“they are all musical geniuses” (quote from a Kenyan who works in Global Health at Duke).

Could be Carrboro’s own unique sound!

We’ll be playing mostly congas and ngomas (big drum of the rain forest region) but if you want, bring a djembe. Pline played for 5 years with a Senegalese group, so he’s OK with djembes!



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