December Barista’s Choice

BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Thurmond and his Barista’s Choice drink, the “Spruce Willis,” a very classy clarified milk-punch made with the Ardi cold brew, winter blend tea lemon juice and sugar. 10% of the proceeds for the Spruce Willis will be donated to Table, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to preschool, elementary, middle and high school children living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and neighboring Orange County communities. Get to know more about Thurmond, the “Spruce Willis” and his choice of charity in his Q&A below:

Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: My barista‘s choice drink is a clarified milk punch made with the Ardi cold brew, winter blend tea lemon juice and sugar. I wanted to see if I could re-create a non alcoholic version of one of my favorite cocktails, while highlighting one of my favorite coffees. I decided to name it Spruce Willis because Die Hard is one of my favorite movies and totally counts as a Christmas movie.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I will be donating to Table here in Carrboro, I volunteered there after I graduated college as a middle school health foods ambassador. I really appreciate the work that they do and think it’s very important.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: My partner Kandis and I follow the Academy Awards very closely. We will have seen most of this years nominated movies before the award show. We look forward to it every year.
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Q: What is your New Years Resolution?
A: Get rich and pretend like I don’t know anybody.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Easily dogs! We don’t deserve dogs.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Beach. I will always be a California kid at heart. There’s nothing like the beach.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Mostly a Double shot of espresso when I’m running around during the day, but if I have time to sit down with something I’d make myself a pour-over of whatever featured coffee we currently have.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Taco USA by Gustavo Arellano and I’m loving it.
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat is good, but with anything less than 8oz I’ll just go with whole milk.
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Tulips
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Eight Herb. I always have our house stocked with it.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: All time probably Saul Melara’s Finca El Pinabetal. Currently I’m really into the Holiday Blend.

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November Barista’s Choice

🤩BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Eli and his delicious Barista’s Choice creation, the “Orange You Glad You’re Here,” an orange-chocolate-cinnamon-clove latte ☕️🍊🍫🤤 10% of the proceeds for his drink will be donated to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Read more about Eli (his Q&A is guaranteed to make you laugh), learn more about the “Orange You Glad You’re Here” and his choice of charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your Barista’s choice drink
A: An effervescent and soothing latte made with a house-made orange, cinnamon, and clove syrup blended with a soothing and rich bakers chocolate to make a soothing and rich cup of orange chocolately goodness. That’s soothing.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month and why?
A: 10% of the proceeds will be going to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. I have been fortunate enough to know several of the people who work there, and I am very appreciative of the work they do and what they do for the community. They’re a wonderful organization, and a great place for resources if you or anyone you know could use them.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
A: I have participated in Horse Bowl. Multiple years. I have never won horse bowl
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Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
A: Whatever is leftover the next day. I like making a frankenstein-esque sandwich with whatever will fit on the bread. It’s normally delicious.
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Q: Cats or dogs
A: I like telling my cat I’m a dog person
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Q: Beach or Mountains
A: I like mountainous beaches and beachy mountains
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafes right now?
A: Espresso over ice. It’s a great way to tell the quality of espresso at an unknown coffee shop, it’s refreshing, and it makes the barista sweat
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Q: What books are you reading right now?
A: I’m currently switching between Books of Blood by Clive Barker, Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, and Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
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Q: Favorite Alt Milk
A: Cow’s milk for the win. I also just found out that camel’s milk is a thing, so I might have to go with Camel’s Milk
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Q: Go-to latte art
A: An impressionistic flower/fern/feather. Good for all occasions
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Q: Favorite herbal tea
A: Coffee. Or a nice lemon mint
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Q: Favorite Carrboro coffee roasters coffee?
A: I love our coffees that are honey-processed, I think it makes for a particularly delicious and smooth cup of coffee and has reinvigorated my fondness for black coffee. I also really enjoy Ignacio “Nacho” Gutierez’s El Barrancon because it’s tasty and I can tell people, “No, it’s NACHO coffee” and then giggle. Also, the Moonset Dwarf Geisha is amazing. I mean, come on, it’s grown by moonlight, how can it not be magical.

October Barista’s Choice

🤩OCTOBER BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Rachel and her delicious Barista’s Choice drink, the “Sage it Ain’t So,” a maple-sage cappuccino 🍁☕️🤤 10% of the proceeds for her drink will be donated to the American Chestnut Foundation . Read more about Rachel, the “Sage it Ain’t So” and her choice of charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: Sage It Ain’t So: A maple sage cappuccino garnished with sea salt
This cappuccino is a warm welcome to fall flavors and cooler weather. The sweetness of the maple pairs well with the herbaceous sage and a light saltiness really tells your tongue its okay to be basic. Just a real delight.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: The American Chestnut Foundation. They are working hard to return this important native species back into the forests in North Carolina and Eastern US. Why? Because what is fall without leaves and trees? I love trees.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: I am currently working towards a masters degree in occupational therapy at UNC.
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Q: What is your all-time best Halloween costume?
A: A couple years ago I was Scully from the X-files. Proud of that one 👽, the truth is out there.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: I love my cat but I love all the furry friends.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Chai lattes and hot cider. Love all those fall flavors!
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat or coconut
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: A nice fern
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Eight herb 4 lyfe
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Ethiopia Ardi and Saul Melara El Pinebetal

September Barista’s Choice

🤩SEPTEMBER BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Cydni and come try her delicious Barista’s Choice drink, the “Summer Sunset Cappuccino” is a heavenly cappuccino, featuring Cydni’s homemade sweet potato & beber spiced syrup – a beautiful farewell to summer and welcome to the fall in just a few weeks! 🍂🍁🍂 10% of the proceeds for this drink will be donated to BORDER ANGELS. Read more about Cydni, the Summer Sunset Cappuccino and her choice of charity below:

Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: The Summer Sunset Cap is an ode to the warm summer nights spent with friends and families. I use sweet potatoes, which reminds me out my mom. Beber spice that Yadi, a regular at driade gave me. It’s all about the love from family and friends that make us who we are.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I’m choosing BORDER ANGELS. It’s refreshing to see people use their faith as inspiration to care for people.
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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: Jessica Fletcher is my favorite fictional Character
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Definitely Cats
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Espresso Pops (sodas)
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: The @wasting Coffee Guide to Not Wasting Coffee – Umeko Motoyoshi
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A:Oat Milk!
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: I love to pour tulips.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Rooibus with cinnamon and honey
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: The Ardi

August Barista’s Choice

🤩AUGUST BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Anna and her barista’s choice drink of the month – the Matcha Lemonade 🍵🍋Made with our fresh squeezed lemonade, this drink is so refreshing, energizing, and a great, light way to enjoy the earthy flavor of Matcha without milk! 10% of the proceeds for this drink will be donated to the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. Learn more about me, her drink & choice for charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: I LOVE Matcha and I wanted to create something refreshing and delicious for the last bit of summer! Before the caffe added matcha lattes to our menu, I used to bring my own in to make during my shifts 😂and one day I tried mixing it with our fresh squeezed lemonade and I’ve been wanting everyone to try it ever since!
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge – a local animal sanctuary that rescues farm animals from awful conditions to give them the life that they deserve. I love animals and I believe they deserve to live a happy life too! In addition to rescuing animals, the farm also hosts educational classes, vegan cooking classes & workshops on living cruelty-free lifestyles.
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Q: Fun fact about yourself?
A: I’m very interested in the Human Design system, Tarot and Astrology ✨
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: I love both, but my dog, Mojo takes the cake
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains 100%
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: obviously a matcha latte with almond milk 😝OR if we’re talking coffee, I’m on a cold brew/iced americano kick right now
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: Currently re-reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle & The Artist’s Journey by Steven Pressfield
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Macadamia
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: A heart! ❤️

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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Rooibos
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Edith Meza Finca Tasta Peru – I love the unique fruitiness!

July Barista’s Choice

🤩JULY BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Georgina and her delicious Barista’s Choice drink, the “Cold Cappuccino”. Beautifully creamy, balanced & chilled, this drink is a MUST TRY. It’s also non-dairy and 10% of the proceeds for this drink will be donated to the Animal Protection Society of Durham! Learn more about Georgina, her drink & choice for charity below:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: The Cold Cappuccino is a take on the Greek Freddo Cappuccino. The Cold Capp is smaller than its’ European counterpart: 8 ounces altogether with two shots of espresso, ice, and cold oat milk foam that rests on top. It can be lightly sweetened with vanilla or lavender 😊
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I am donating to the Animal Protection Society of Durham, where I found my tiny dog! The shelter takes in many stray and surrendered cats, dogs, and small pets in the area.
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Q: Fun fact about yourself?
A: I spelled cappuccino wrong three times trying to make a sign for this drink.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Well. I love my particular tiny dog…..
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: I do love the ocean.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Obviously the Cold Cappuccino.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: I am finally reading “A People’s History of the United States.” It is long overdue.
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Oat!
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: I’m a rosetta gal.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Right now I’m on a “Get Smart” kick. It is super refreshing and minty…good for a hot day.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Currently the Finca Golindrina from Bolivia.

June Barista’s Choice

🤩JUNE BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Dax And meet her Barista’s Choice creation, the “Sunset Kiss” Sangria 😱🌅
It’s perfect for any occasion, especially while enjoying the outdoors on one of our patios 🙌🏼 Available all of June!
Here’s a little bit more about Dax:
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Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: I wanted to do a fun summer drink. I realized that not many places sell Sangria. We are known for our coffee. Why not promote our wine. A discussion happened with the boss and it went from there.
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Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?
A: Fun fact: I used to be fem. Hair, nails, makeup. For real dudes. I got pictures to prove it. Somewhere. 🙂
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Tough. I love both. Maybe one day I could have both. Not now. But considering my roommate’s cat wanted to play Curious George in my room at 4 am, Dog.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Another tough one. Mountains. I love the trees. Love nature. Calm. Quiet. Reflection. Beaches are the best during the offseason.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Iced Americano all the way.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: I’m always on the go, so little time to read. But I love Haruki Murakami books.
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Don’t drink alt milks. But hemp. Curious about macadamia nut milk.
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: I was killing the heart one for a moment. Now it sorta looks like Salvador Dali interpretation.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Hmmm. I really like our Raspberry Herbal tea at Open Eye.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: The COE Nicaragua roast.
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May Barista’s Choice

🤩MAY BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | 👋🏼Meet Erinn 👋🏼 And meet her Barista’s Choice creation, the “Hello Summer” Hibiscus Lemonade Spritzer 🤤🌺It is available all month long, and it’s the perfect refreshing drink on a warm, sunny day!
Here’s a little bit more about Erinn:
Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: For my baristas choice I wanted something light and zesty to enjoy in the warmer weather.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: Dogs
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Mountains.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: I’ve really enjoyed being creative with the tea lattes, especially rooibos with some vanilla and oat milk.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
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A: Currently I’m reading the omnivore’s dilemma and butter: a rich history.
Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
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A: Oat milk is my favorite.
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: I’m pretty great at making onions.
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Triple berry is my favorite herbal tea.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: My favorite coffee is the Geisha pour over.

April Barista’s Choice

🤩APRIL BARISTA HIGHLIGHT | Meet Will 👋🏼 And meet his Barista’s choice creation, the “Espresso Sour.” 🤩 It is being featured all of April, so come try it and let us know what you think! We think it’s delicious 🤤

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Here’s a little Q&A with Will:
Q: Tell us about your baristas choice drink.
A: My Barista’s Choice drink is the Espresso Sour! Inspired by the classic cocktail genre, it features espresso paired with lemon juice and rosemary-infused simple syrup over ice with a splash of Q Soda. I thought up the Espresso Sour because I think our espresso pairs really nicely with citrus, and so I wanted to showcase this in a fun refreshing drink that’s perfect for the new spring season.

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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: I like both but I’m probs more of a cat person.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: Beach is better.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Espresso or a cortado if I’m feeling decadent
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
A: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (shouts-out Driade bookclub) & Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: Soy. It’s not as hip as oat but I think it complements the espresso without overpowering it
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Working on my tulips right now
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: 8. Rooibos all day
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Probs the Ethiopia Yergz. I love the way the citrusy profile transforms as it cools and the tart lemon notes become almost like meyer lemon
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Our monthly Barista Choice drinks allow our baristas to create a drink of their choice using coffee or tea & imaginative ingredients of their choice.