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Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2018

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We’re excited to announce our continued involvement in Nicaragua’s Cup of Excellence program! We recently put in our auction bids amongst the 2018 winners, and we’re thrilled to soon offer these incredible coffees both by the bag and the cup.

The Specialty Coffees Association of Nicaragua is a nonprofit organization that works with groups all the way up the coffee supply chain. Specifically:

  • Producers
  • Cooperatives
  • Dry Mills
  • Machinery Distributers and Manufacturers
  • Exporters
  • Roasters
  • Coffee Shops
  • Cuppers

Every year, the organization holds two main events: The National Barista Championship and the grueling Cup of Excellence.

This year’s Cup of Excellence competition started with 213 farms in pre-selection. A group of world class cuppers had one week to select 107 farms to move on to the next level. (You’ll recognize CCR President Scott Conary in the front row!)

Up next, the farms faced the National Jury. Each farm was audited to certify their mills and processes. Scott Conary was the head judge of this cupping round, choosing 40 farms to move on to the International Jury.

Finally, the farms moved on to the International Jury – an elite group of 17 cuppers and 3 observers from all over the world lead by, you guessed it, Scott Conary!

The jury chose 5 winners of Presidential awards:

  • La Bendición – 91.80
  • Las Promesas de San Blas – 90.42
  • Jesus Mountain – 90.83
  • El Cambalache – 90.23
  • Un Regalo De Dios- 90.22


Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you again to the Specialty Coffee Association of Nicaragua for allowing us to be a part of such a wonderful event. We’re looking forward to the auction on June 19th and passing on these exceptional coffees to all of you!

Cup of Excellence El Salvador Cupping

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**Update!** Political turmoil & protests in Nicaragua means the coffees are not able to leave the country. We send out thoughts and hopes for Peace to our friends there. Meanwhile, We will be evaluating the El Salvador COE Top 10 instead!


This year CCR President Scott Conary was the Head Judge for the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence program. For 3+ weeks he guided the process that took 214 initial entries from farmers all over the Country, to narrow it down to only the best 40, of the highest quality and unique character the harvest had to offer this season.

To celebrate the efforts attained by these hard working and innovative coffee producers; and to give a glimpse into what to expect when the coffees are on the live auction on June 19th; CCR is hosting a cupping of the Top 10 coffees from the auction, including a few other select coffees Scott wants to highlight from his experience guiding the National & International panels.

You can RSVP here.

Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the specialty coffee industry. The Cup of Excellence competition has pioneered integrity and transparency in the coffee industry, ensuring the value of winning coffees. A competition with 300 entries yields an average of 9,000 analyzed cups, with each “Top 10” coffee being cupped at least 120 times.

CQI Coffee Processing Generalist Certification

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We’re excited to announce that Scott at CCR recently completed the CQI Coffee Processing Generalist Certification taught by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI)!

We’ve been working closely with CQI for various industry quality programs around the world, and take every opportunity to continue to learn and evolve our knowledge base to better help our farmer partners and the industry at large, with the goal of improving quality through the entire supply chain. You can read more about it here.

WCHL’s “This is Tourism”

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Carrboro Coffee Roaster’s President, Scott Conary, recently sat down with Ron Stutts on WCHL’s “This is Tourism”. Give it a listen here!

Dar Williams’ “What I Found in a Thousand Towns”

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Dar Williams recently published a book detailing her experience touring through small-town America, and we’re excited to see the coffee scene in our very own Carrboro, NC featured! Be sure to grab a copy to read up on her experience.

Holiday Gift Guide

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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 our Holiday Gift Guide for ideas, and to easily buy online!

Enamel Coffee Mugs

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We have some new and exciting merchandise to share! Check out our new enamel camp coffee mugs, the perfect gift for all your outdoorsy friends and family. 

Buy the enamel mug here

Green Bean Totes

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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


New Holiday Coffee Blend

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To kick off the holidays, we are rolling out our 2017 Holiday Featured Coffee!
This limited quantity, Direct Relationship coffee comes to use 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.

Available now, Buy it here

Holiday Bazaar

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Get into the holiday spirit with the Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 3rd from 12-5pm! Located at the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill, there will be handmade crafts and creations from local makers, and of course food and drink! Carrboro Coffee will be providing coffee, so make sure to come stop by!

Check out the event here