Riverfront Espresso FTO

Dark Roast

Fair Trade Organic dark roast espresso hangs as heavy on the palate as smoke on the water.

Flavor

Brash and bold with lingering notes of smoke, dark cocoa, molasses and toasted almonds.

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Product Story

Our roasterie backs up against the banks of the mighty (if not always squeaky clean) Chicago River. We have a couple of folding chairs, and sometimes we like to sit at sunrise, pondering the nature of paradox and/or infinity. One day, while sipping a dark and very experimental espresso, we were inspired to call it Riverfront. Really, Metropolis? couldn't you come up with a more inspired name? Well, if you had been there you would have called it Riverfront too.

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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
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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.

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

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Reviewed by Stanley H.
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Rated 5 out of 5

5 Stars for Riverfront Espresso FTO

My wife and I have been big fans of Metropolis since the first day Tony and Jeff introduced it to Chicago. We liked and were buying Redline Espresso because it was the most available type of Metropolis Coffee we could get in the foodstores where we shopped. However, last Christmas we gave each other a fully automatic espresso maker so we started a Metropolis by mail subscription (2 lbs. every 2 weeks). It works out just right for our needs. Just as we begin to run out of beans, we get another 2 lbs. delivered to our door.

This month, we chose Riverfront Espresso FTO which we very much like. It is more full-bodied that Redline whose beans are lighter in color and dry as opposed to the more oily and darker bean of Riverfront. We also like that it comes from Fair Trade Organization certified sources. I think we'll be sticking with Riverfront for as long as it is available.

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Reviewed by DIMITAR I.
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35 - 44
Rated 1 out of 5

Not the dark roast I was expecting.

It said dark roast on the description, I was not prepared for what I saw in the bag.

Beans are very dark and oily, smell is not very welcoming.

As you can see in the picture, Left: Riverfront, Right: Redline espresso.

This is too dark for my taste. I tried, with and without milk, and was not able to get a good cup of espresso coffee. Too bitter and burnt ashy taste.

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Reviewed by Kevin S.
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Rated 5 out of 5

Riverfront

Delicious love it

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Reviewed by Jessica F.
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35 - 44
Rated 4 out of 5

Pretty good

The beans were a bit greasy, which I find hard to grind well for a good espresso. The taste is good and makes a nice coffee. Probably won’t order again for espresso.

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Reviewed by Paul B.
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55 - 64
Rated 5 out of 5

Personal Favorite

Delicious, especially while enjoying an early sunrise

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