How to Help Farmers, Our Employees, and Our Business

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, Caffe Driade has temporarily suspended service after having run at reduced hours with carry-out and curbside delivery only for a while. Our staff have been furloughed and have had significant decreases in hours and pay in the operational timeframe.

We have set up a Virtual Tip Jar to help supplement the tipped income lost by our dedicated and hard-working team.  All of the money raised will be divided up among our staff and go directly to them to help support in this time of financial uncertainty.

This time of social distancing has reminded us more than ever how special our community is, and we are looking forward to the day when we can open up the doors for everyone’s enjoyment once again. Basically, we miss you!

Thank you so much for any support you can offer.

There are a few more meaningful ways you can help us, our employees, and our farmer partners around the world:

  • Our sister flagship cafe, Open Eye Cafe is open Monday – Friday from 7am – 7pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8am – 7pm, offering carry-out (keeping appropriate social distance and touch-free checkout), and curbside delivery by calling 919-968-9410. See current offerings in menu online – openeyecafe.com

  • Visit Carrboro Coffee Roasters’ online shop & order coffee, brewing equipment, gift cards, and more. They ship anywhere in the U.S., and you can get it right to your door without ever leaving your home. Don’t need coffee yet? Send some to friends and family who do. You can also subscribe to monthly coffee deliveries or give a subscription as a gift.  SHOPCARRBOROCOFFEE.COM

  • Online gift cards will support Caffe Driade now, and the employees who work so hard every day, 364 days a year to brighten your day with amazing beverages.

  • If , like us, you are worried about the economic survival of all the local restaurants and retail shops that make our community a better place, please keep spreading the word on our efforts & all the ways people can continue to support local business without leaving home, or in a safe way.

  • Maybe you, or someone you know, can take a moment to post our efforts, write an article, or interview us to help spread the word.

Caffe Driade Temporarily Suspends Operations

We will be temporarily pausing service at Driade at the end of the day today Wed, 3/25.

If you’d like to continue to support the caffe during this time, please visit our sister cafe, Open Eye Cafe, or shop Carrboro Coffee Roasters online store here: https://shopcarrborocoffee.com/, for gift cards, bags of coffee, Driade t-shirts, and more delivered via mail right to your door.

Thank you so much to everyone for your ongoing support.

We look forward to opening back up and seeing you all again soon!

Covid-19 and how we are staying safe

We know that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected many of you already in daily life, and these are uncertain times for everyone in our specialty coffee community and beyond.

I’m writing to let you know that our commitment to do everything possible to provide you with the best coffees, and to support our partners at origin, especially those harvesting, processing and shipping coffees right now.

We are continually monitoring and adhering to all official recommendations, and taking additional steps, to ensure our team is healthy and able to continue their work and safely provide coffee service to our customers.
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Public health is extremely important to us, and it is our duty to help ensure the public safety of our customers and staff. In that regard, below is what we at the Caffe are doing to keep everyone safe, as well as some helpful information to help keep you and your loved ones safer.
<div dir=”auto”>- We are encouraging all employees to work from home whenever possible and our employees have our full support at this time.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We require that all employees who exhibit signs of respiratory illness, fever, or cough to stay at home.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We are supplying all of our employees with disinfectant &amp; hand sanitizer to be used constantly throughout the day.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We have implemented the use of color-coded gloves for handling different aspects of the business and provide a barrier.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We are also mandating thorough hand washing, and encouraging/reminding all employees to avoid touching their faces.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We will not be holding any in-person company meetings, gatherings, or training exercises until the situation has subsided.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We are diligent in sanitizing every touchable surface in our operations.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We are not conducting any public cuppings, nor group staff cuppings. This includes the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Public Workshops that are currently suspended.
<div dir=”auto”>- We have switched to serving in paper products as take-away only and will be restructuring our hours.</div>
<div dir=”auto”>- We are strategizing for next stages of potentially adding curb-side pickup.</div>
Remember to wash hands frequently, avoid touching the face, and practice good general hygiene, including creating the Spatial Distancing to diminish potential contamination.
Remember, the best way to deal with this situation is to follow real, verifiable science and the CDC. There is a lot of misinformation out there right now. Stay diligent, healthy, support local businesses, and stay caffeinated.
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Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
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Please cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
<h2>Clean Phones, Etc.</h2>
Use alcohol wipes (60% or higher) to wipe down common use items, often handled directly with your hands.
<h2>Follow Social/Spatial Distancing</h2>
Keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals to mitigate potential transmission

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Feburary/March Barista’s Choice

We’ve made it to our second month of 2020 and that means our first Barista’s Choice of the year is here! Meet Meagan and her drink, the “coco-NUTS for you,” a toasted coconut cappuccino 🥥☕️10% of Meagan’s drink sales are being donated to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, a Carrboro non-profit that works to confront the causes and respond to the effects of poverty in our community. Meagan’s coco-NUTS for you will be on this month and all of March – make sure to order one and support a great local cause! Read more about Meagan, her drink and choice of charity below 👇🏾

Q: Tell us about your barista’s choice drink.
A: My drink is a toasted coconut cappuccino that I’m calling the “I’m coco-NUTS for you”. It is a combination of espresso, steamed milk and my house made coconut syrup. The syrup is non-dairy, using coconut milk and sugar. It is warm, decadent and smooth.
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Q: What charity are you choosing to donate proceeds of your drink to this month & why?
A: I’ve chosen the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. They are located right here in Carrboro. The center of their mission is to confront poverty and build community. I think of them as a one stop shop for resources providing food, affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, advocacy. I have seen their aid help many people.

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Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
A: My baby sister was accidentally born in the living room of my childhood home when I was 9 years old! My dad and I delivered her although, admittedly, my mom did most of the work.
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Q: In honor of single’s awareness day this month, what is the worst date you’ve ever been on?
A: Oh boy. He took me to a brewery that allowed dogs. We were having a nice time. He walked away to order drinks. Meanwhile, a puppy ran up to me, so I started chatting with its owner. He came back and nearly dropped our drinks when he saw that the dog owner I was talking to was his very recent ex-girlfriend!
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Q: What is the first concert you ever went to?
A: Classic pre-teen in the 90s – NSYNC.
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Q: What’s your favorite drink to order in cafés right now?
A: Breve macchiato.
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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now?
“White Teeth” by Zadie Smith.
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Q: Cats or Dogs?
A: I live with 2 fabulous cats right now but I would love to own a dog.
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Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: I was born and raised in Florida – forever beaches.
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Q: Favorite alt. Milk?
A: I have rediscovered my love for soymilk these days.
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Q: Go-to Latte art?
A: Not my strong suit. I can achieve a heart looking shape about 50% of the time. Stay tuned as I practice!
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Q: Favorite herbal tea?
A: Get smart.
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Q: Favorite Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee?
A: Jose Arnold Paz’s La Perla

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.

Thanksgiving Hours – We are OPEN!

We are OPEN on Thanksgiving from 7am-5pm!

Come get your coffee fix before your full day with friends & family.

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!