Obsessively Crafted for You

Legend has it, our founding father-son duo, Jeff & Tony, got into an espresso drinking competition, got super amped, and found themselves in front of a booth for a roaster manufacturer. Buzzing from their sheer love of great coffee and about a baker’s dozen double shots, they purchased a 12kg roaster on the spot with no idea where they would put it.

As a philosopher and a linguist, Jeff and Tony brought their love for science fiction, fantasy, and lore to the forefront of the Metropolis brand, positioning themselves as the modern, creative coffee brand Chicago needed. They’ve since upgraded their roasting operations to a whopping 18,000 square-foot roasterie along the North Branch of the Chicago River, but don’t worry​​—they still operate the Edgewater Café that started it all.

You’ll find their coffee at hundreds of partner cafés, restaurants, grocers, hotels, offices, and just about anywhere great coffee is served. Their roots are firmly planted in Chicagoland, but their partners reach all over the United States and Canada.

Hand Roasted to Order


Purchased Above Fair Trade Price

Triple Certified for Quality & Consistency

Free Delivery $50+

Fueled by Great Coffee & Real People

Coffee Crafted For You
Coffee Crafted for You, and You, and You

We aim to create an approachable environment where everyone has a seat at the table and the bean benefits all.

Love For The Bean
Love for the

With every brew, we pour our passion and expertise into designing a cup of coffee with your pleasure and tastes in mind.

A Global Coffee Community
A Global Coffee Community

All our coffee is purchased at or above fair trade price from transparent and sustainable brokers and farmers.

Average Coffee Roaster
Not Your Average
Coffee Roaster

As coffee nerds, we have a quirky outlook sourced from the early days of science fiction, fantasy, and lore.

In the Press

2007 Roast
Magazine’s Roaster
of The Year

Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year competition recognizes the top roasters in the world. We’re thrilled to be named their 2007 Roaster of the Year, highlighting our mission and commitment to quality, sustainability, and the coffee community.

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Our flagship café is bursting at the seams with the vitality and diversity of our beloved Edgewater community.

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Factory Store

Pop into our factory store to snag a few bags of your favorite brews to take home. Please note that we do not currently offer tours.

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Become A Wholesaler

Say hello to a collaborative, personalized wholesale program that treats your business like our own​​—join the legion of Metropolites!

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