Visit our espresso bar in downtown Carrboro for finely crafted espresso drinks, drip coffee, tea, and a selection of house-made baked goods. You'll also find coffee beans, home brewing supplies, Gray Squirrel merchandise, and a bunch of folks who would love to talk coffee with you.
Why no tipping?
Gray Squirrel Coffee Co. has a no-tipping policy at our coffee shop. For a long time, tipping has encouraged inequities based on race, sex, class, and even the timing of a work shift. It can also create an uncomfortable sense of obligation for customers. We believe that our employees are deserving of a fair wage, no matter what. So instead of accepting tips, we choose to price our menu in a way that allows us to support our staff by paying a fair, livable wage. You can trust that our baristas will do their best to make you a great drink, and they are always glad to hear your thanks and appreciation.
Pay it forward
For the safety of our staff and the security of the café, we do not accept cash. However, customers may choose to make an advance purchase to help out anyone who needs a little lift. Just tell your barista that you'd like to pay it forward and buy a coffee for someone in need.