Originally, the Three Waters Farm sold cheeses, jams, jellies and farm ingredients at the farmers' market, as well as other non-food items like wool and soap. Over time, however, Pagano said she added and tested her homemade espressos and beverages at the market with her parents until she found success.
At the market, she typically serves espresso, cold brew and tea — while at the new Franklin Street location, the cafe also serves smoothies, frappes, more tea, toasts and French pastries, she said.
The cafe prides itself on not only its local origins, but its signature homemade flavors.
“The dark chocolate mocha, chai tea latte, the lavender vanilla latte and the salted caramel latte are all made from scratch," Pagano said. "Those are our best sellers.”
As well as flavors from scratch, Pagano said many of the ingredients at the cafe are locally sourced from partnerships with businesses around Chapel Hill.
"All of our baked goods come from local companies and have locally sourced ingredients," said Marina Greenfeld, a barista at the cafe.
Pagano said she wants the Three Waters Cafe to continue to expand, but also keep the core values of local partnerships, quality ingredients and original products.
“We are in the process of developing a marketing strategy that aligns with the company’s objectives," said Leslie Kirk, marketing manager at the cafe. "What we have to look forward to, adding promotions and gaining new partnerships with other businesses in the community.”
Kirk said that she thought the cafe would be a great social location for students.
“We have lots of seats, and it's good that we are connected to the comedy club, which students already have a good relationship with,” Kirk said. “I think the cafe is going to be a good place for students to come.”