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Carrboro Coffee Roasters Announces NITRObrew Coffee

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This past weekend, Carrboro Coffee Roasters installed a keg and tap into Open Eye Cafe to serve both their cold-brew & the first NITRObrew coffee in Carrboro, available to the public Tuesday, September 5th.

‘NITRO brew’ or Nitrogen infused coffee is cold-brewed and stored in a pressurized keg. The coffee infused with Nitrogen as it is poured from the tap, a bit like draft beer. The Nitro coffee brew process is comparable to stouts and porters that also may use Nitrogen, which produces a creamy body and cascading effect.

Carrboro Coffee’s NITRObrew coffee is silky smooth and creamy, with a velvety finish that enhances the character of the specific coffee used. It is traditionally served with no additives to appreciate the unique texture and flavors, and in smaller volumes as it is a concentrated beverage.

“After many months of effort, we are particularly excited to introduce our NITRObrew, a truly unique nitrogen and coffee combo working together to bring you smoother, silkier coffee with a luscious creaminess,” says Carrboro Coffee Roasters owner Scott Conary. “The distinct flavor of each coffee from our Farmer Direct Relationships is pronounced, and there is a much more complex aroma and flavor gained through the micro-bubbles in each sip. The nitrogen and the live pour ensures the sweetest and smoothest nitro coffee you have ever tasted. We guarantee you have never had Nitro coffee this sweet and unique before.”

Carrboro Coffee’s NITRObrew is currently available at Open Eye Cafe Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday & Saturday 7am- Midnight and Sunday 8am-11pm at 101 S. Greensboro Street in Downtown Carrboro. The roaster plans to offer NITRObrew in additional cafes in the coming year.

New Espresso Lip Balm with Lo & Behold!

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Our new collaboration with Durham-based handmade body care company, Lo & Behold, is now on the shelves! We rolled out an all-natural espresso lip balm – created by infusing freshly ground Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee in coconut oil and other natural moisturizers. You’ll be able to find this small batch lip balm wherever Lo & Behold products are carried as well as at Open Eye Cafe.

Join us for Cupping at the Roastery

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Carrboro Coffee Roasters will be hosting a cupping of selected 2017 Honduras Cup of Excellence winners on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 11pm to 2pm at our Training Room at the Roastery!

Coffee professionals, roasters, buyers, & the interested public are all invited to join us in Carrboro and cup the coffees that were chosen by the International Jury at the recent COE competition in Honduras. By focusing on a select group of winners, we will allow time for analysis of the coffees and discussion, while highlighting the diversity of profiles in Honduras.

Space will be limited, so please send an email to to RSVP ASAP to reserve a spot. Please email, as we want to plan for the right number of participants!

If you cannot participate in the cupping this week, we will be also cupping the Costa Rica COE samples on June 23rd.

Look forward to seeing you.

ACLU Promotion at Open Eye and Driade

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While things are as busy as ever here locally at Carrboro Coffee, we’d like to take this time to direct your attention towards something more universal.

We pride ourselves on being a globally-conscious company, but rarely a very political one, opting to instead focus on people and communities. We would love to spend our days thinking only on sourcing high-quality coffees and the direct relationships we build with individuals and families in the process. Simply put, we would love to “stick to coffee”, knowing full well this still carries a world-wide impact.

But the place we find ourselves recently, as a country, has motivated us think more frequently beyond our normal activities – global as they already are.

Carrboro Coffee Roasters has been given the opportunity to stand with Sprudge and our fellow coffee professionals in a way that promotes equality & civil liberties for all, as we value in our country.  Therefore, we’re excited to announce that both Open Eye Cafe and Caffe Driade will be donating a percentage of profits to the ACLU from February 3-5. We invite you to support this group, who works so hard on the behalf of all Americans, and visit one of our cafes to assist in this nationwide fundraiser.

This is a great example of why we coined the phrase – Coffee unites the world!

Coco Bean Pop-Up at Chapel Hill Library

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Our stay at the Chapel Hill Library may be over, but you can still enjoy our coffee in the lobby! Today starts Coco Bean Coffee Shop‘s library pop-up! Coco Bean sources Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, and we’re excited for them to take a turn. Be sure to go say hi, grab a book, and enjoy our Direct Relationship coffees!

The pop-ups are in an effort to help the Chapel Hill Library assess demand for, and impact of, coffee being regularly served in their lobby. Starting today, Coco Bean gets a turn setting up a cart where you can find some of your favorite Carrboro Coffee drinks from 9am-2pm Monday through Friday and 10am-3pm on the weekends.

Be sure to stop by!

Pop-Up Cafe at the Chapel Hill Library

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We’re excited to announce that Carrboro Coffee will be participating in a Pop-Up Cafe at the Chapel Hill Library’s “Coffee at the Library” from January 11-24!

Carrboro Coffee has been asked to help the Chapel Hill Library assess demand for, and impact of, coffee being regularly served in their lobby. We’ll have a cart set up where you can find some of your favorite Carrboro Coffee drinks from 9am-2pm Monday through Friday and 10am-3pm on the weekends.

We’ll be featuring a streamlined version of our Cafe menu with a little something for everyone, including 5-6 espresso drinks, our brewed Direct Relationship coffees, as well as a few non-coffee items, like organic soda, steamers, and hot chocolate. You can take advantage of our grab-and-go bakery items as well! Check out the menu here.

We hope to see you there!

Special Screening of The Coffee Man

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For those of you who are interested in learning more about specialty coffee and the Word Barista Championship, we’ll be hosting a special screening of The Coffee Man at Open Eye Cafe on October 7th at 7:30pm. This film follows 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic from the birthplace of coffee in Ethiopia to Seattle, Washington, the cradle of the specialty coffee movement and host of the 2015 World Barista Championship. We hope you’ll join us for this glimpse into the Competition life of President Scott Conary!



Winner of the Open Eye T-Shirt Contest!

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We have a winner, folks!

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who submitted and voted in our Open Eye Cafe T-Shirt Contest. We’re lucky to live in an area full of people who are willing to share their talent with us, and we’re thrilled that so many people wanted to participate both with submissions and voting.

And now, the winners!

In third place, winning a $50 gift card and other cool coffee swag is…

In second place, winning a $100 gift card and more cool coffee swag is…

And finally, our first place winner; receiver of 1 years worth of brewed coffee plus home brewing equipment, and designer of our new Open Eye Cafe t-shirts, is Maura Hartzman with this winning design…

Congrats to all of our winners! We’ll be reaching out over the next couple of days to make sure everyone gets their prizes, and we’ll soon let all of you know when the new t-shirts will be available.