Workshops

CARRBORO WORKSHOPS

Open Eye Cafe – 101 S. Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC 27510

All Classes $15 • For Info and RSVP – info@carrborocoffee.com

ESPRESSO 101 • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 11AM

Want to taste better results from your home espresso machine? Or maybe you’re interested in what we do behind the bar. No matter what your interest or experience is, this class will teach & reinforce the techniques of properly brewing, serving, & enjoying espresso. From grind to dose to distribution to tamp to brew, we’ll cover what you need to know to pull delicious shots.

MILK STEAMING & LATTE ART • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 11AM

Your local barista may make pouring a beautiful rosetta seem magically effortless, but what does it really take? Join us to learn the science & art behind steaming & pouring sweet, glossy, micro- foamed milk. We’ll demonstrate the difference between various milks & temperatures, study a bit of milk chemistry, then try our hand at steaming, pouring & latte art.

COFFEE CUPPING • SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 11AM

Join us to explore the way we smell, taste, and describe our favorite beverage. Coffee cupping is an industry-wide tasting practice that gives us a way to distinguish & select the world’s best coffees for you.

HOME/CRAFT BREWING • SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 11AM

Brew your own craft beer! Bring your favorite home brewer or use a provided brew method. We’ll embrace the aromas, taste, ritual, & craft of home coffee brewing to help you get more enjoyment from your coffee. With Press Pots, Pour Overs, & more, you’ll learn how to control brewing variables that will dial in your coffee.

ESPRESSO 101 • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 11AM

Want to taste better results from your home espresso machine? Or maybe you’re interested in what we do behind the bar. No matter what your interest or experience is, this class will teach & reinforce the techniques of properly brewing, serving, & enjoying espresso. From grind to dose to distribution to tamp to brew, we’ll cover what you need to know to pull delicious shots.

MILK STEAMING & LATTE ART • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 11AM

Your local barista may make pouring a beautiful rosetta seem magically effortless, but what does it really take? Join us to learn the science & art behind steaming & pouring sweet, glossy, micro- foamed milk. We’ll demonstrate the difference between various milks & temperatures, study a bit of milk chemistry, then try our hand at steaming, pouring & latte art.

FRUIT TASTING WITH COFFEE • SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 11AM

How do trained professionals and  super-tasters gain the sensory skills necessary to identify coffee descriptors? By tasting coffee as often as possible and paying attention to the details they are experiencing. BUT also by experiencing all the various flavors found in foods around the world.  This workshop will be focused on conscious tasting of various fruits and other foods to help develop a vocabulary for describing different aromas, flavors and textures found in coffee. 

COFFEE TASTING AROUND THE WORLD • SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 11AM

Where does the coffee come from and who cultivates it? Travel the globe with us as we explore coffees from the Americas to Africa to the Pacific Rim. We’ll taste and discuss how climate, culture, and the marketplace affect what ends up in your mug. Take home a sample from each major region and refine your taste preference with fresh knowledge of each exciting origin.

ESPRESSO 101 • SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 11AM

Want to taste better results from your home espresso machine? Or maybe you’re interested in what we do behind the bar. No matter what your interest or experience is, this class will teach & reinforce the techniques of properly brewing, serving, & enjoying espresso. From grind to dose to distribution to tamp to brew, we’ll cover what you need to know to pull delicious shots.

HOME/CRAFT BREWING • SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 11AM

Brew your own craft beer! Bring your favorite home brewer or use a provided brew method. We’ll embrace the aromas, taste, ritual, & craft of home coffee brewing to help you get more enjoyment from your coffee. With Press Pots, Pour Overs, & more, you’ll learn how to control brewing variables that will dial in your coffee.

MILK STEAMING & LATTE ART • SATURDAY, MAY 2, 11AM

Your local barista may make pouring a beautiful rosetta seem magically effortless, but what does it really take? Join us to learn the science & art behind steaming & pouring sweet, glossy, micro- foamed milk. We’ll demonstrate the difference between various milks & temperatures, study a bit of milk chemistry, then try our hand at steaming, pouring & latte art.

COFFEE CUPPING • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 11AM

Join us to explore the way we smell, taste, and describe our favorite beverage. Coffee cupping is an industry-wide tasting practice that gives us a way to distinguish & select the world’s best coffees for you.

HOW ROAST DETERMINES FLAVOR • SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 11 AM

Learn how important the roast level can be in your home-brewed coffee. Different roast levels affect the flavor of coffee and can develop certain characteristics of the bean in different ways. You’ll learn the meaning of notable chemical reactions that roasting initiates and the effects of those reactions on elements like caffeine content and flavor.

Interested in attending a workshop? Watch this video from the Eye on North Carolina blog for some of what to expect!