Open Eye Cafe Adds Online Ordering to their Curb-Side Pickup & Take-Away Program

We are now taking online orders to make it easier for you to grab your drinks, or whole bean coffee, easily & safely, without having to checkout inside, and  keeping spatial distance.

Check out our current offerings below to review the menu, OR  just click on this LINK to scroll through the menu and place your order, prepay, and then get all the goodness with an easy pickup, or we can walk it out to the front and you never have to leave your car!

Remember you can also get your coffee, gift cards and brewing equipment delivered right to your door too, and practice the ultimate in social distancing through this website – http://www.shopcarrborocoffee.com

How to Help Farmers, Our Employees, and Our Business

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, Open Eye Cafe has seen reduced hours with carry-out and curbside delivery only. Our sister cafe, Caffe Driade has temporarily suspended service, & one third of our staff have been furloughed and 100% of our staff have had significant decreases in hours and pay.

We have set up a Virtual Tip Jar to help supplement the tipped income lost by our dedicated and hard-working team.  All of the money raised will be divided up among our staff and go directly to them, to help support in this time of financial uncertainty.

This time of social distancing has reminded us more than ever how special our community is, and we are looking forward to the day when we can open up the doors for everyone’s enjoyment once again.

Basically, we miss you!

Thank you so much for any support you can offer.

There are a few more meaningful ways you can help us, our employees, and our farmer partners around the world:

  • We are open Monday – Friday from 7am – 7pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 7pm offering carry-out (keeping appropriate social distance and touch-free checkout), and curbside delivery by calling 919-968-9410. See current offerings in menu below:

  • Visit Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ online shop & order coffee, brewing equipment, gift cards, and more. They ship anywhere in the U.S. and you can get it right to your door without ever leaving your home. Don’t need coffee yet? Send some to friends and family who do. You can also subscribe to monthly coffee deliveries or give a subscription as a gift.  SHOPCARRBOROCOFFEE.COM

  • Online gift cards will support Open Eye Cafe & Caffe Driade, and the employees who work so hard every day, 364 days a year to brighten your day with amazing beverages.

  • If, like us, you are worried about the economic survival of all the local restaurants and retail shops that make our community a better place, please keep spreading the word on our efforts & all the ways people can continue to support without leaving home.

  • Maybe you, or someone you know, can take a moment to post our efforts, write an article, or interview us to help spread the word.

Covid-19 and how we are staying safe

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected many of you already in daily life, and these are uncertain times for everyone in our specialty coffee community and beyond.

I’m writing to let you know that our commitment to do everything possible to provide you with the best coffees, and to support our partners at origin, especially those harvesting, processing and shipping coffees right now.

We are continually monitoring and adhering to all official recommendations, and taking additional steps, to ensure our team is healthy and able to continue their work and safely provide coffee service to our customers.

Public health is extremely important to us, and it is our duty to help ensure the public safety of our customers and staff.  In that regard, below is what we at the Cafe are doing to keep everyone safe, as well as some helpful information to help keep you and your loved ones safer.

– We are encouraging all employees to work from home whenever possible and our employees have our full support at this time.
– We require that all employees who exhibit signs of respiratory illness, fever, or cough to stay at home.
– We are supplying all of our employees with disinfectant & hand sanitizer to be used constantly throughout the day.
– We have implemented the use of color-coded gloves for handling different aspects of the business and provide a barrier.
– We are also mandating thorough hand washing, and encouraging/reminding all employees to avoid touching their faces.
– We will not be holding any in-person company meetings, gatherings, or training exercises until the situation has subsided.
– We are diligent in sanitizing every touchable surface in our operations.

– We are not conducting any public cuppings, nor group staff cuppings. This includes the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Public Workshops that are currently suspended.

– We have switched to serving in paper products as take-away only and will be restructuring our hours.
– We are strategizing for next stages of potentially adding curb-side pickup.

Remember to wash hands frequently, avoid touching the face, and practice good general hygiene, including creating the Spatial Distancing to diminish potential contamination.
Remember, the best way to deal with this situation is to follow real, verifiable science and the CDC. There is a lot of misinformation out there right now. Stay diligent, healthy, support local businesses, and stay caffeinated.

Wash Your Hands Often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Follow Good Respiratory Hygiene

Please cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Clean Phones, Etc.

Use alcohol wipes (60% or higher) to wipe down common use items, often handled directly with your hands.

Follow Social/Spatial Distancing

Keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals to mitigate potential transmission

February/March Barista’s Choice

It’s that time again! Our first Barista Highlight and Barista’s Choice drink of 2020 is Pierce a.k.a. Panther, and his White Chocolate Mocha ????????10% of the proceeds for his drink will be donated to MAPS: The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies – a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and cannabis. Panther’s White Chocolate Mocha will be on this month and all of March – make sure to order one and support a great organization! Read more about Panther, his drink and choice of charity below ????????

Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: The White Chocolate Mocha; Ghirardelli white chocolate chips melted under our signature Piedmont espresso, steamed milk, topped with a Ghirardelli milk chocolate whipped cream and dusted with cocoa. This sweet and indulgent drink is perfect for your morning pick-me-up or an after dinner dessert.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: MAPS: The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. This non-profit organization works to develop medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful and monitored uses of psychedelics. I’ve had friends and family afflicted by varying mental and physical illnesses that could potentially be treated by medicinal psychedelic means and I believe it is a greatly underutilized and misunderstood field of research.

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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I’ve seen the chupacabra in Carrboro during its migration season
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Q: In honor of single’s awareness day this month, what is the worst date you’ve ever been on?
A: In seventh grade I went to see Twilight with my first girlfriend and her dad. She saw some friends in the theatre next to ours and went to talk to them, which lasted the entire movie. I ended up watching Twilight with a dad I didn’t know, then my mom picked me up and I went home.
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Q: What is the first concert you ever went to?
A: My parents took my to see the Allman brothers when I was like 1 year old. The first concert I ever chose to go to personally was Fall Out Boy in maybe likeee… 2005?
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Double ristretto Piedmont Espresso.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2008
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: I like big cats and little dogs
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Beach
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Soy
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Rosetta
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Eight Herb
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Edith Meza’s Finca Tasta

Holiday Hours

12/24 | Christmas Eve | 7am-6pm

12/25 | Christmas Day | CLOSED

12/26 | 9am-11pm

12/31 | New Years Eve | 7am-6pm

1/1 | New Years Day | 9am-11pm

December Barista’s Choice

 

????BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | Meet our fearless leader, Michelle and her barista’s choice creation, the “Holiday P-Ardi,” an Ardi cold brew, cranberry, ginger-beer coffee mocktail ????☕️???? 10% of proceeds for the “Holiday P-Ardi” being donated to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
Michelle manages our awesome staff and we are so incredibly grateful for her positive attitude and dedication to making the cafe an amazing place to work! Learn a little more about Michelle and her delicious drink below ????????
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Q Tell us about your barista’s choice drink!
A: I wanted to create something fun and celebratory for the Holidays – something that would feel festive and seasonal, but not a flavored latte style drink. I used to manage bars, so I have a lot of experience creating cocktail menus, and wanted to use that skill along with my love of iced sparkling drinks to create a “Coffee Mocktail”. For this drink, I drew inspiration from one of my favorite classic cocktails, the “Dark & Stormy”. The drink is typically made with Dark Rum, lime, and ginger beer, but my creation replaces the dark rum with our cold brewed Ethiopia Ardi coffee concentrate. I then added a shot of house-made cranberry syrup to add a winter flavor to the drink. The fruity flavor profile of the Ardi blends nicely with the lime and cranberry and the molasses quality of the coffee is reminiscent of a dark rum. You feel like you’re drinking a cocktail at a Holiday Party (thus the name!), but it’s non-alcoholic and caffeinated. The drink is built like a cocktail using a cocktail shaker, poured over ice, and then topped with the ginger beer and garnished with crystalized ginger and sugared cranberries. It’s served with a straw so that you can mix the drink around as you enjoy it (rest assured, it’s a compostable straw).
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Q What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month and why?
A: I’m choosing to donate proceeds from my drink to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC). The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy. As a past Board Member, serving as the Development Committee Chair, this organization is near and dear to me. As the manager of the cafes, I value the resources they offer to help educate our staff through workshops aimed at creating and upholding a safe space for all.
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Q Tell us a a fun fact about yourself
A: I was one of the first employees when Open Eye first opened in 1999 in the location where Neal’s Deli is now located!
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Q What is your New Years Resolution?
A: I don’t have any specific resolutions, but I do like to think of the New Year as a good time to reflect and take the time to work on continuing to be a better person to myself and those around me.
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Q Cats or Dogs
A: I don’t have favorites – I love them both!
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Q Beach or Mountains
A: A mountainous beach
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Q What’s your favorite drink to order in cafes right now?
A: Either a cup of black drip coffee, a mocha cappuccino with our new house-made whipped cream on top, or an oat milk matcha latte
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Q What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Most recently read: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
And I’m currently re-visiting some of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks like “Heart of the Home” by local author Ann Jackson, and the cookbook from Athens, GA vegetarian eatery, “The Grit”. I read about food and beverage a lot 😉
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Q Favorite alt Milk?
A: Oat Milk hands down.
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Q Go-to Latte art
A: When I have the rare pleasure of getting on bar and steaming milk, I like to go for the rosetta.
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Q Favorite herbal tea?
A: I absolutely love the curiously earthy Rooibos tea….Especially made as a latte with steamed oat milk and a little bit of honey
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Q Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: I’m a huge fan of Ethiopia Ardi in general. The Holiday blend is my favorite right now – It’s a harmonious blend of two coffees we’ve previously highlighted on pour over at the cafes – the La Rosa Yellow Catuai, and the Moonset Dwarf Gesha. It’s floral and honey sweet, with a smooth black tea finish. I really love its versatility which allows it to be equally enjoyed using different brewing methods – not only is it spectacular as a pour over at the cafes, but also just as lovely when brewed at home using my french press.

Thanksgiving Hours – we are OPEN!

We are OPEN on Thanksgiving from 7am-5pm!

Come in and get a delicious beverage to jump-start your busy (or laid back) day.

November Barista’s Choice

????BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | Meet Brady and his barista’s choice creation, the “Pumpkin A-chocolypse,” a pumpkin-chocolate latte ???????? 10% of proceeds for Brady’s drink are being donated to CLAWS, a Chapel Hill nonprofit group that focuses on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Learn a little more about Brady and his delicious drink below!
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: My barista choice drink is called Pumpkin A-chocolypse Latte. I love to bake, and my favorite type of cookie is Chocolate chip pumpkin. The drink is cozy, creamy, warming and not-very-sweet, perfect a season in which the days grow shorter. It’s made with our delicious homemade pumpkin syrup, a splash of our equally delicious homemade chai, two shots of Piedmont Espresso, oat milk, a drop of vanilla extract to bring all those incredible flavors out, and lastly, topped with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: The organization I’m choosing for my drink is CLAWS, a Chapel Hill nonprofit group that focuses on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. I’ve been a lifelong lover of nature and in our modern world, it’s so easy to forget how important it is for humans to be caretakers of all the beautiful life we cohabitate this amazing planet with.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: Hmm, well I’m a Durham native and have spent most of my life around here. I’m a drummer (I love rhythm, it’s in everything), and currently I’m writing an epic novel that has been bouncing around my head for almost twenty years (it’s about 130K words, so far).
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Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
A: Stuffing has always been my favorite, my mom makes an amazing vegetarian stuffing for me every Thanksgiving. I also have a soft spot for cranberry sauce, fresh or canned (I know, I know!)
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Oh, gosh… Cats, mostly because I identify with their quiet independence, but there is nothing quite like the energy and openly loving, happy-go-lucky nature of dogs
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee 90% of the time. Okay, okay, 95%!
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: I’ve spent tons of time at both, it mostly depends on what experience I’m craving. The beach is for energy, sunshine and people, mountains are for solitude, nature and peacefulness. If I had to pick one, though, I’d have to go with mountains.
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: kinda depends on my mood. I’ve always been an avid reader, but there’s nothing like a good movie. There’s practically no type of story I don’t enjoy, from history to science fiction to mindless entertainment.
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: With espresso, definitely oat milk. To drink by itself, soy milk
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: some variation of a Rosetta, but I see latte art as something that should vary slightly from drink to drink, as every drink is unique, just like all other forms of art
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: my go to has always been something fruity or minty, though lately it’s been tea with licorice root, as it’s very soothing
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Oh, it’s always tough to choose just one! I love fruitier coffees, so right now it’s a tossup between Edith Meza, our new Finca Balam and Nancy Hernandez Catuai

October Barista’s Choice

????BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | Meet Sophie and her “Bad Apple Cappuccino,” an apple-pie Cappuccino so good that it will make you want to go apple picking and carve a pumpkin ????????
10% of proceeds for Sophie’s drink this month are being donated to The Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill . Learn a little more about Sophie, her drink and choice of charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: The Bad Apple Cappuccino is an apple-pie inspired drink. It’s a sweet treat with a bit of caffeine to help pick you up on October nights. I am hopeful that we will be graced with appropriately chilly fall weather soon.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: The Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill provides resources and support to people experiencing crises involving domestic violence and abuse. This organization works hard to support and empower people in our community. October also happens to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I stress-bake. My go-to is chocolate chip cookies.
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Q: What is your all-time best Halloween costume?
A: One year my brother and I went as Thing One and Thing Two from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Always dogs.
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Q: coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee – although I’m trying to taste more teas.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: Book
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat milk
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: I usually go for leaves but one of these days I’ll pour a heart that doesn’t look like an onion.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Classic Chamomile with honey, you just can’t go wrong with such a comforting combination.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: La Perla by Jose Arnold Paz.

September Barista’s Choice

????BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | Meet Hannah and her beautiful barista’s choice creation – a homemade Saffron Rose Tea that is SO delicious it will warm your heart ????10% of proceeds for Hannah’s drink this month are being donated to NAMI NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Learn a little more about Hannah, her drink and choice of charity below:

Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: My drink is Persian inspired with saffron and damask rose petals grown in Iran, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom pods. The spices and petals are served to you brewing in hot water and homemade sweet saffron concentrate. It’s a warm and comforting hot cup with so much flavor.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: NAMI NC (National Alliance on Mental Illness) because they’re an awesome organization that strives to make policy change in the mental health system and serve as an invaluable resource for family members of folks with mental illness.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I went on a month long backpacking trip this past summer.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Dogs
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee now, but I grew up drinking tea and it’s still a constant in my beverage choices haha
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: Book
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat!
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Whatever my hand decides for itself that day
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Hibiscus Zest
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Ethiopia Yergz