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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:


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.


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!


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 - 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

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: Coffee Cupping on Saturday, 9/13 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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