The Carrboro Bicycle Coalition has recognized the Open Eye Cafe as Bicycle Friendly!
We provide employees and guests a secure place to park their bikes and promote bicycling in a variety of creative ways…Because of this, we are designated a Bicycle Friendly Business !!!
Read about us on www.bikecarrboro.com website!
We are also the winner of a bike rack hand-crafted by Leo Gaev Metalworks! Look for this amazing creation to be installed soon!
The committee selected Open Eye because we really utilize bike parking for our employees and customers; are in a part of town with high bike traffic volumes; and are in a part of town that will fill a gap in the broader network of Chapel Hill-Carrboro bike parking.
NEW Schedule! Coffee Workshops at Carrboro Coffee Roasters! Fun with Coffee….next up: Milk Steaming/Latte Art on Saturday, 6/1 at 11am.
Join us for a new series of Coffee Workshops, now being held on Saturdays, 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.
Saturday, 5/4 – 11am : Espresso 101
Saturday, 6/1 – 11am : Milk Steaming/Latte Art
Click the link below for the video:
Latte Art Workshop in Carrboro Coffee Roasters Training Room
Check the Roastery website for more workshops – www.carrborocoffee.com
Many have drunk Fair-trade coffee, Rainforest Alliance coffee, organic coffee and even estate-direct coffee. Now there’s another way to get the highest quality coffee, the Cup of Excellence (COE).
The US-based, decade plus-old program is an international system of grading and selling the best beans from participating coffee-growing countries each year.
Once selected by a National & International panel, the beans are sold online to the highest bidders.
Scott Conary not only sells COE coffee from his Roasting operation – Carrboro Coffee Roasters, and at his café’s – Open Eye Café & Caffe Driade; he is one of a handful of American Judges honored to be asked to judge these coffees in various Countries around the world. He has sat on the 25 to 30-member international panels in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and in August will head to Rwanda, to assess the coffee for those country’s auctions.
About 40 lots of top-scoring coffees are often on the table for the International panel to review; picked by a national panel from hundreds of lots submitted by farmers from all over the prospective country.
There is keen competition among the growers to have their beans selected because auction bids come from as far away as Japan and Australia. In 2010, 21 first-class Colombian coffees reached record prices at the COE auction with an average of $US12 a pound. “The farmers receive 85 per cent of the purchase price and got twice as much as they did last year,” Mr. Conary said, “And I’m getting a quality coffee and paying a more than fair price, with the idea of continuing this ‘quality & price connection’ beyond the competition.”
Fair-trade guarantees farmers a minimum of $1.25 per pound plus premiums, according to figures released by the organization in March 2010.
“Fair-trade and Organic certification is a lot like having a minimum wage for farmers,” Mr. Conary said, “There’s very little incentive for them to produce greater quality coffee, as long as they meet the certification criteria, which makes it a good safety net, but not a good way to galvanize a farmer to grow better quality – COE quality coffee. Besides the fact that the emphasis on other certifications largely ignores cup quality, which is necessary for the system to be truly sustainable and provide for higher prices.”
Over the past several years, Mr. Conary has won, lots from Honduras, Rwanda, Colombia, Brasil and Costa Rica COE. These rare & one-of-a-kind coffees have been displayed & sold using the COE trademark in his espresso bars and at the many quality focused clients of his Roastery.
“I think COE is a great model. It matches quality with price and allows roasters a chance to meet and become more intimate with the farmers that grow their coffee, with the hope of forging long term relationships based on common goals and the best tasting specialty coffee!”