Orange County Visitors Bureau Picks Open Eye Cafe as One of the Top 50 Reasons to Visit!


We are so excited to be included as #36 in a list of AMAZING people, places & things we love so much about our Community!

Find the PDF of the list here!

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Open Eye Cafe wins top Platinum award as Best Coffee Shop from Chapel Hill Magazine!

Its quite an honor to be singled out as the top in your field!  We aim to keep earning that spot and are motivated to keep doing great things in the world of coffee, our community and beyond!

Click here to see all the Winners & Runners Up!


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 - April Mae and the June Bugs

3pm  -The High Bushy Tails

4pm - Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

5pm  - The Undermanned String Band

6pm  -the Phases of Matter

7pm - Straight 8’s

8 pm  – B-Side Project

9pm – Doug Largent Trio

Venue Map – Downtown Carrboro

For more info visit:   Carrboro Music Festival Website

Calling all coffee lovers! Come to Carrboro Coffee Roasters Latte Art Throwdown at their Golden Belt Coffee Shop in Durham!

Calling all coffee lovers!

Come watch or participate in the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Latte Art Throwdown at their Golden Belt Coffee Shop in Durham!

Thursday, 7/24 at 7pm.

Celebrity judges, beautiful and delicious coffee!

Also, the Parlour Durham Ice Cream truck will make a stop!

Free and open to the public.


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New Schedules! Coffee Workshops at Carrboro Coffee Roasters! Next up: Home/Craft Coffee Brewing on Saturday, 8/30 at 11am.

Join Carrboro Coffee Roasters for a new series of Coffee Workshops, being held on Saturdays at the Roasting Facility, that will explore many aspects of what we love about coffee and learn new skills to help make your coffee taste the best it can be! See the flyers below for details.

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Direct Relationship Coffee Ice Cream available From Carrboro Coffee Roasters & Tarheel Creamery!!

The La Providencia Direct relationship coffee from Guatemala has been used to make an amazing, one-of-a-kind ice cream experience!  Carrboro Coffee Roasters teamed up with local ice cream guru’s Tarheel Creamery to bring out the specific flavors of this particular coffee in a creamy, delicious treat!CCR_laprovidencia_icecream-3

Currently only available at Open Eye Cafe & Caffe Driade, this Half Pint serving is everything you need for summer enjoyment. No need to wait until dessert – make it a mid-afternoon treat!

This is made to order once a week, so it’s while supplies last until the next week.

The two companies plan on working with other coffee ice cream experiments to continue to highlight what is specifically great about each coffee used.



Featuring the First Bottled Beer from Carrboro Coffee Roasters Partnering with Steel String Brewery

Now you can support your favorite Carrboro small batch roaster and your favorite Carrboro small batch brewery in one delicious drink!

We are excited to offer a Beer from a collaboration between Carrboro Coffee Roasters &  Steel String Brewery – the  Night Train Coffee IPA.

This limited edition beer is made with Ethiopian Yergz and Centennial Hops.

Look for it by the 22 oz bottle at Open Eye Cafe!

The two neighboring companies are working on a series of these hop/coffee paired beers, as well as a coffee stout, a coffee saison and more !

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Tri-Cyclist Bicycle Racing Club Sponsored by Open Eye Cafe Since the Start!

logo tri-Cyclists (2)Since its inception, Open Eye Cafe has proudly sponsored the great development work and promotion of healthy cycling lifestyle that the Tri-Cyclists Bicycle Racing Club have accomplished.

For more info about the Club and its rides go to their website: http://tricyclists.com/

Get out and ride!!!

Sample our coffee brewed on the BUNN Trifecta One-Cup Brewer on Wednesday, 1/15 from 1-6pm!

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Regional Barista Competition in Downtown Durham, Jan. 17- 19, 2014 – Open Eye Cafe & Carrboro Coffee Roasters supplies Competitors, Volunteers, Judges and a Pop-Up Cafe


“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, January 17 – 19. Free and open to the public, the three day event will be held at The Cotton Room in Golden Belt 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.

Open Eye Café baristas & Carrboro Coffee Roastery employees will take part in “The Big Eastern” in a variety of capacities. Two Open Eye Café baristas, Josh Kimbrough and Miles Murray, will be competing in the “Brewer’s Cup” and will also be making coffee for spectators on Saturday the 18th, 2-3:30pm. 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 Chair of the SCAA Competitions Committee. He also serves on the World Coffee Events Instructional Design Committee, 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 6 years. BaristaSponsor_SE (2)

Conary stated. “Carrboro Coffee Roasters is proud to support the event as a Silver Sponsor and sponsoring the BGA Cafe as well as baristas like Miles & Josh, 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”.

Carrboro Coffee Roasters will have a pop-up Café in the Lobby of Golden Belt 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 work with various equipment. The atmosphere will be one of relaxed engagement where the barista community can interact and learn from one another while enjoying the Livestream of the Competition held upstairs in the Cotton Room.

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: http://uscoffeechampionships.org

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