Help us welcome Harrison McSwain as our May artist!
Please help us welcome our January artist, Eli Melet! Learn more about his work here.
The holiday season is here, and we’ve got tons of gift ideas for friends and family!
We’ve got something for everyone in your life.
Check out Carrboro Coffee Roaster’s Holiday Gift Guide for ideas, and to easily buy online!
Carrboro Coffee Roasters have some new and exciting merchandise to share! Check out their enamel camp coffee mugs for all your outdoorsy friends and family
Buy the enamel mug here
Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ Green Bean Totes are local, NC handmade totes crafted from the green coffee bean bags we receive from our farmers at origin. Each is one of a kind and features the artwork of our farmer partners. We’re all about re-using these cool coffee bags and making them into an awesome, lined tote. They are the perfect size for shopping, picking up groceries, and all your other carrying needs!
The perfect gift this holiday season, buy it here
To kick off the holidays, Carrboro Coffee Roasters are rolling out their 2017 Holiday Featured Coffee! This limited quantity, Direct Relationship coffee comes from the Veracruz region of Mexico.
For over 200 years the family of Francisco Caraza have grown coffee & sugar cane along the slopes of Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. At Finca La Cuesta, their experience and attention to detail at all steps of their in-house process shows in a consistent and delightful cup. This special lot, Los Cedros, is a Cup of Excellence National Award winner, & features a mouthwatering juicy citrus, with notes of brown sugar and balanced with a coca nib finish.
Last year, if you happened to be standing on Franklin street, or Main street in Carrboro during the Holiday parade, you would have seen, blocking the skyline, a rather large bike making its way from Morehead planetarium to Town Hall in Carrboro.
Designed by Tim Peck and friends, This 35+ foot bike suddenly needed a home after it made its debut in the parade.
A few of you know I have spent a large portion of my time on earth racing triathlons, running and cycling, etc.
This has translated in my business practices to trying to support others that want to do the same, for fun, learning or even serious racing.
To this end, we support local running/cycling & developmental groups such as Tricyclists, the UNC cycling & triathlon Team and Happy Tooth Cycling, Recyclery, Trailheads & Cardinal Track Club to name a few.
So, when Tim asked me if we could find a home for this enormous bike on our building, I had no real hesitations from the desire standpoint ( just safety ones!).
Our goal was to have it installed at the same time we installed our Bike Repair and pump station that we donated for all to use, next to the Cafe. The timing didn’t quite work out but I still love how it symbolizes our love of cycling and its grand size says, to me, Carrboro loves bikes!
So whether you use it as a marker for where to turn for the Libba Cotten Bike path towards UNC, as a way to locate our bike repair station, or if it just brings a smile as you crest the South Greensboro hill into town; this art installment was meant as a gift to the town, and you.
Not unlike our coffee mural we commissioned Michael Brown to paint on Roberson street, the idea is to beautify our town in a truly Carrboro way!
We are excited to announce Carrboro Coffee Roaster’s new direct relationship with farmer Nancy Hernandez. Open Eye will offer coffee from Nancy’s own farms’ – Finca El Jazmin in Honduras.
This coffee is amazingly balanced. The care that went into its growth and processing is teased out by Carrboro Coffee’s careful and expert roasting. It shows in its amazing tropical fruit sweetness and lovely floral and brown sugar qualities.
Carrboro Coffee buyer, Scott Conary, began working with Nancy long ago. Over 10 years ago, Nancy Hernandez left her country for the first time and was sponsored by Carrboro Coffee Roasters to learn her trade; beyond coffee growing. She wanted to learn all she could in the 10 days she was in USA about coffee roasting, espresso preparation and coffee brewing, and any other retail experience she could take home to Marcala in order to open her very own Cafe. Soft spoken but knowledgeable Nancy (who spoke no English) also shared her viewpoint with area residents and staff so they could put the pieces together for what really needs to happen in the farming/processing side of coffee, before it gets to us as green coffee to roast.
Now, 10 years later, Nancy has 3 coffee shops and is actively selling an amazing, high quality coffee from her farm, derived form years of hard work, to select roasters around the world. This year marked the first time she could return to visit the place of her coffee education beginnings at Carrboro Coffee Roasters! Even more amazing was she visited along with her daughter, who at 12 is already starting to be an amazing coffee professional herself!
We are thrilled to share Nancy’s coffee with our customers after hearing about her story and long friendship with our coffee suppliers, Carrboro Coffee Roasters!
Saturday, August 26th Jordyn Pepper will be performing at Open Eye from 8-11pm.
She is the perfect blend of organic, deep-mountain roots, folk (with a little splash of soft blues), rock and country. Put it all together and you have the makings of an Americana artist. Her name is Jordyn Pepper, and she has something to sing about. Recently signed to Howlin’ Dog Records Jordyn just released her first single “Back to My Roots” which is from her freshman album Mountain Rain that will be released later this year.
This Nashville based singer/songwriter is described by many as a breath of fresh air, with crystal-clear vocals and a uniqueness that only says, “That’s Jordyn Pepper.” “We here at Howlin’ Dog hear shades of Loretta Lynn, Natalie Maines, Stevie Nicks and others in the lineage of great female singers, but most of all we hear Jordyn Pepper, weaving all of these threads into a seamless expression of a young woman venturing out into the world,” Don Richmond, engineer/producer at Howlin’ Dog, said. Originally from Monte Vista, Colorado, Jordyn says growing up in a small town on a potato and barley farm with not much music influence was hard for a girl trying to find her voice.
Check out her music here
Chapel Hill Magazine has announced this year’s “Best of 2017” winners, and we are excited to announce we won “Favorite Coffee Shop” alongside our sister cafe, Caffe Driade. We couldn’t do it without the support of all our customers, thank you for everything! It is an honor to receive this recognition, and we will continue to work hard to bring you great coffee here at Open Eye Cafe.