Holiday Blend Coffee from Carrboro Coffee Roasters Available Now!!

Enjoy this delicious Blend that has notes of berries & chocolate!!2016-holiday-blend

A blend of Direct Relationship coffee from Guatemala & Ethiopia for you to enjoy & share this Season.

A great gift for family, friends, co-workers and hosts!



Steel String Brewery & Carrboro Coffee Roasters Teamed up for Another Tasty Stout!

For the first time ever Steel String Brewery has bottled in 12oz bottles – to make the moment even more amazing they brewed the most recent batch of 14721585_1000405256738002_5913159069135608271_nNo Quarter Stout with Carrboro Coffee Roasters La Providencia coffee from farmer Juan Francisco Pira in Guatemala AND for the first time, a bit of the Ethiopia ARDI for for increased flroal and fruitiness!

Catch it while you can!



Winner of the T-Shirt Challenge is Available for Sale!

The winner of the Open Eye Tshirt contest  is  Maura Hartzman !!14572220_10154455761701598_7404205527825274982_n

Here she proudly holds her new shirt that she is excited to share with you all!

” I was inspired by the beautiful (Michael Brown) mural on the side of the Cafe”, she said, “and I wanted to draw something that connected to that coffee field feel”.

We sure are glad the mural moved you to create!
The T shirt will be Available in all sizes at the Cafe!



New Schedule! Coffee Workshops at Carrboro Coffee Roasters! Next up: How Roast Determines Flavor on Saturday, 11/19 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.



Open Eye Cafe Sponsors the 2016 West End Poetry Festival


The 2016 West End Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, will be held  October 14 and October 15 and will feature nationally known poets as well as emerging voices.  Please join us for all or part of this free festival.

The festival will bring together poets of different styles, ages, races and ethnicities, and stages of development to share poems and their love of poetry.

Carrboro’s Premier Poetry Event

  • Saturday, October 15, 12:00pm-8:30pm at the Century Center in Carrboro
  • A Workshop with Michael McFee | noon to 1:15 pm
  • A Reading by and Discussion with Allison Adelle Hedge Coke | 1:30 to 2:45 pm

  • Healing and Poetry | 3 to 4:15 pm

  • Open Mic | 4:30 to 5:45 pm

    Sign up between 12:00 and 4:30 for a chance to read a single poem, no longer than three minutes.

  • Reception | 6 to 6:59 pm

    Eat, drink, and visit with poets and poetry lovers.

  • Finale Readings | 7 to 8:30 pm

    Gary Phillips, the Carrboro poet laureate (newly appointed to a two-year term starting July 1, 2016), will read briefly before accomplished poet Michael McFee closes the festival with a reading, leaving time for questions from the audience and signing books.

  • Coffee Sponsored by Open Eye Cafe.


IndyWeek Writes about Carrboro Coffee Roasters Direct Farmer Relationship Program

Check out this great Article by Indy Week about Carrboro P1030790

Coffee Roasters unique Farmer Direct Relationship program and how it connects communities around the world!

Proud to be a part in this important chain!



Chapel Hill Magazine Interviews Scott Conary on Their New Podcast!


Thanks For Voting for Open Eye Cafe as Best Coffee Shop in IndyWeeks “Best Of” Poll!

Waiting on the results to see if you all made it happen and voted for  Open Eye Cafe for Best Coffee Shop in Orange County! best-of-star-2016-300px

We’re honored to be listed with some of the area’s best spaces, and we encourage you to vote for in Orange County and also Josh Kimbrough & Spencer Lee as ‘Best Barista’ !!!

Indy Week Best Of Poll



New Big Spoon Espresso ‪Nut Butter‬ Made w/Carrboro Coffee Roaster’s ‪‎Red Sunset Espresso‬ Collaboration!

Durham’s Big Spoon Roasters and Carrboro Coffee Roasters today announced a collaboration in the form of Big Spoon’s newest handcrafted nut butter made with the coffee roaster’s Red Sunset Espresso.Nut Butter 2016

The new nut butter recipe combines freshly roasted and milled heirloom Mission-variety almonds and NC Runner peanuts with finely ground Red Sunset Espresso, raw NC wildflower honey, and a pinch of hand-harvested sea salt. The resulting nut butter has a distinctly rich, molasses-like sweetness along with the espresso’s signature notes of dark cherry and baking spice.

“We’re extremely proud of this collaboration with Carrboro Coffee Roasters, which has the simple goal of getting the most delicious flavor out of this unique blend of fresh-roasted nuts and coffee,” said Big Spoon founder Mark Overbay. “Having worked in the specialty coffee industry for years, it’s especially rewarding to work with Scott Conary and his team, who are sourcing & roasting beautiful coffees.”

“The Red Sunset Espresso blend is a delightful combination of two uniquely delicious coffees. When put together, the molasses and floral citrus of the YergZ from Ethiopia turns into a sweet Red Cherry from the attributes of the Sumatra Royal Badger, which also lends a spice element, so perfect for nut butter!” said Carrboro Coffee Roasters President Scott Conary.  “Our ongoing efforts as a Roastery for the last 14 years has been about building Relationships with farmers and connecting communities around the world; so we are very excited to combine those elements here by sharing the coffee, and their communities, with communities around the country, thru this unique collaboration with a like-minded business of quality like Big Spoon!

The new nut butter blend will be available to Big Spoon’s other wholesale customers around the country.

Espresso Nut Butter




WRAL interviews Carrboro Cafe Owner, who is Head Judge at World Barista Championships

A blast from the recent past!

A few years ago, Scott Mason from WRAL, Tarheel Traveler Stopped in and talked with Scott Conary before he was to fly off to London to be the Head Judge for the World Barista Championships!

View WRAL video here

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