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A Metropolis Roaster’s-Eye View on Brazil

Metropolis Head Roaster, Ben Crowell, just returned from an origin trip to Brazil. Here are some of his reflections on his journey. Last month, I was fortunate enough to spend some time traveling through Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producing nation.  We at Metropolis utilize coffees from Brazil as the base of our Redline espresso [...]

A Caffeinated Proposal

Metropolis would like to introduce you to Lindsey and Luigi, two Café regulars who have a special story we’d like to share. Lindsey and Luigi met while studying at Loyola University’s nursing program. For them, studying at Metropolis (just a few blocks south of Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus) was a little more comfortable than in the [...]

Book Signing with Viki Noe on Thursday (5/16)

Viki Noe has been coming to Metropolis since we opened our doors. Her daughter, a former student at Sacred Heart Academy, was the first of our “featured artists” at the Café. Needless to say, Viki is a friendly, familiar face to us – one of our “regulars,” who we look forward to seeing. We’re happy [...]

Nitecap Coffee Bar Brings Metropolis to Pilsen

I recently had the pleasure of stopping into Nitecap Coffee Bar, a new spot in Pilsen serving Metropolis coffee just steps off of the 18th St. Pink Line. Aaron Marsh, the owner, was able to take some time out from the kitchen to give me the low-down on this new community spot. Nitecap doesn’t just [...]

Origin Trip 2013 (Part 2 of 2) Trip Report

  Sean’s trip last month to Guatemala and El Salvador led him to several farms. Here’s a short profile on each location and some videos of their processes!   Santa Ana de la Huerta Country: Guatemala City: El Progreso Region: Sierra de Las Minas Altitude: 1,370 to 1,820 metres above sea level Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, [...]

Origin Trip 2013 (Part 1 of 2): Sean Talks Roya

Roya I really didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived in Guatemala a couple weeks back. Much of the attention of the producers is primarily focused on the growing epidemic of ‘coffee leaf rust’ or simply ‘Roya’. Roya is a fungus that develops at the bottom of the coffee tree leaves and transforms [...]

“Gallery Life” Exhibition at Cafe … NOW!

  Gallery Life Photography by Tom Callahan and Rene Marban Metropolis Cafe, March 10 – April 15, 2013   Gallery Life Exhibition Video   Come see this exciting photography exhibition at the Cafe, now through April 15th.  Want to see more? Photoblog To contact the artists: ReneMarban@yahoo and/or tcalphotography@gmail.com  

Coffee and Roller Derby Haiku Contest

Thanks to all our Facebook friends who participated in our little impromptu haiku contest in honor of T.S. Helliot, Metropolis’ own Windy City Roller! We loved all the submissions we received, so narrowing it down to a top three was a tough job. Here’s what our resident poets came up with: Colin – Roller derby [...]

Cafe Music Schedule March 2013 – May 2013

  Hey Metropolites! Here is our music schedule for the next few months. Easy rule of thumb: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, there will be a performance! We hope you’ll come a join us support these local musicians! March 2013: Mark B. Owen March 13, 6pm – 7pm     Sandy Andina March 27, 6pm – [...]

Colombia Geisha and Other Coffee Marvels

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sean from the Metropolis Roasterie to ask him a few questions about the new Colombia Geisha. Geisha, in general, has received a lot of press lately, so we wanted to get some more information on what all the buzz is about. Check out what Sean has [...]

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