August Barista’s Choice

????BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | This month, we’re highlighting Rajeev, who you’ve most likely met because he’s Carrboro-famous! His barista’s choice creation is the “Orange Blossom Special,” a classy and delicious drink that looks and feels like you’re having an old-fashioned, sub espresso for booze! ????????
10% of proceeds for Rajeev’s drink this month are being donated to Refugee Community Partnership in Carrboro, an organization that builds ecosystems of resources, opportunities, and relationships with and for refugees while forging protective interdependence and solidarity among neighbors. Learn a little more about Rajeev, his drink and choice of charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: I’ve been a fan of our coffee from Saul Melara’s farm and I was looking forward to it showing up at Open Eye as an espresso option. I wanted to make something that had that espresso at the center, and was also fun and summery. The espresso is chilled with ice and then strained over a cube of frozen honey and orange blossom. I like orange blossom in anything, with its sweet smell and its slightly bitter taste. Also, I don’t drink as much alcohol as I used to, and I feel like when I’m holding this drink in my hand it feels like I’m having a coffee version of the sort of alcoholic cocktail I would have made for myself. This whole thing was a fun process; it was collaboratively made with Michelle and Thurmond, and I love obsessing too much over flavor.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I’ve pickedin Carrboro because I think they’re providing the sort of support network for people in our community which my family would have appreciated a couple decades ago, and eventually found. Maddie’s great–I trust them.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I have a kombucha company which I’m proud of but which might have collapsed under its own gravity and I’m hoping I can perform some CPR on it without breaking too many of its ribs.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Meh. They’re all fine. Puppies and kittens are both inherently cute because they’re small and new at this, but I’m not really partial to either dogs or cats. Humans are legit though.
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: stageplays
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: half and half
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Tulips are the actual best.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Yerba mate
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Saul Melara or Ethiopia Ardi
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July Barista’s Choice

????JULY BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | This month we are highlighting our awesome barista, Caesar! Pictured is his Barista’s Choice creation, the “Basil Con Pana” and a drawing of him, compliments of his sweet daughter ????
The Basil Con Pana is a doppio topped lovingly with basil-infused whipped cream and garnished with fresh basil ????????YUM!
10% of proceeds for Caesar’s drink this month are being donated to CWS Durham, an organization that works to build bridges between refugees and immigrants and the greater community, and equip them for long-term success. Learn a little more about Caesar below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: Been on a pesto kick at home, so I thought ” hmmmm why not?”
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: CWS in Durham for their work helping refugees/ immigrants resettle here in the Triangle.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I have never seen Star Wars
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Equally ambivalent
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Both
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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: Goat Milk
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Q: Go-to Latte art? 
A: Tulip
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: A strong cup of Rooibos
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Ethiopia Yergz

June Barista’s Choice

????JUNE BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | ????????Meet Nicole ???????? Their Barista’s Choice creation is the “Cold Blue,” and will be featured all of June, so come in and order one, you won’t be disappointed! Extra fun fact – Nicole is our talented chalk board artist! Make sure to check it out while you’re ordering and let Nicole know how awesome they are!
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Here’s a quick Q&A with our featured barista of the month:
Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: My barista’s choice is a cold brew drink lightly sweetened with a blueberry ginger simple syrup and condensed milk (vegan version available with condensed coconut milk!)
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink!
A: I played the cello for about eleven years!
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Cats all the way.
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway and exploring all the views.
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: Books over an adaptation but movie if its an original screenplay!
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat; it’s got a nice texture and earthy flavor.
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: A heart!
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Lemon mint.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: We only had it for a brief time at Open Eye, but I really enjoyed El Aserradero from Nicaragua.

May Barista’s Choice

????MAY BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | ????????Meet Sarah ???????? And enjoy her Barista’s Choice creation, the “Scarborough Fair.” It is being featured all of May, so come in and give it a try, and thank Sarah for dreaming up something so delicious!
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: The Scarborough Fair is an iced honey, rosemary, sea salt espresso-based beverage topped with cream (or oat milk). Complex, yet perfectly balanced, this drink is perfect for the beginning of spring.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Happy dogs who like to swim, hike, and cuddle
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Swimming at the waterfalls in the mountains
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: Books!
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat milk because of it’s creamy texture
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: ???? Currently perfecting my swan, thanks to the help of our barista trainer Thurmond
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Rooibos. It’s a South African herbal tea that is smooth and gentle with a natural sweetness and slightly nutty flavor. Our Avena Dream herbal blend is a close runner-up.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: I love Edith Meza’s Finca Tasta from Peru. We serve it frequently in the cafe. Its clean, fruit forward, silky body and sweet spice makes it an incredible coffee that makes your senses come alive.

April Barista’s Choice

????APRIL BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | ????????Meet Josh ???????? And meet his Barista’s choice creation, the “Mochiato” ☕️???? It is being featured all of April, so come try it and thank him for creating such a delectable treat!
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Here’s a little Q&A with Josh:
Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: Chocolate + Macchiato+ ???? = Mochiato
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: ????
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Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Tea
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Beach
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Q: Book or Movie?
A: ????
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Hemp Milk
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Marble
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Get Smart
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Piedmont Espresso

Mountain Blue at Open Eye

Come out and enjoy a contemporary and folk style of music from North Carolina’s very own Mountain Blue trio, born in the heart of Appalachia. They will be performing from 6:30-9:30pm on January 11th, and you can learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Carrboro Cheer!

It’s that time of year again, and we’re excited to be one of the many businesses participating in this year’s Carrboro Cheer! Check out the Facebook event for more information.

2018 Holiday Featured Coffee

We are kicking off the holidays with the 2018 Holiday Featured Coffee!

This year’s Holiday blend features two Direct Relationship coffees that when carefully combined, remind us of seasonal flavors and the warmth of baked, spiced fruit desserts. It is perfect for waking up with on cool mornings or paired with seasonal desserts!

Available now, try it here!

Join us for live music from Hope Griffin on Friday, November 23rd!

Come by and listen to live music from Hope Griffin on Friday, November 23rd at 8pm! Hope Griffin is a Folk/Americana singer and songwriter from Anchorage, Alaska. Since moving to North Carolina, she has been named the “Best Acoustic/Folk Band” and “Best Singer/Songwriter” in western North Carolina. This year, she has been on the road promoting her latest album release with her longtime bandmate, Jamie Leigh Bennet.

You can check out her website and preview some of her music here.

Italian Artist Valerio Piccolo at Open Eye Cafe

Come out to enjoy free music from Valerio Piccolo, an Italian singer, songwriter, writer, and movie/book translator on Saturday, November 17th at 8pm.

We can’t wait to see you there!