Metropolis Coffee Company

Overall Rating: 7.800

Address: 1039 W. Granville Ave.
Cross Street(s): N. Kenmore Ave.
City, State ZIP: Chicago, IL 60660
Neighborhood: Edgewater
Phone: 773.764.0400
Hours: M-F 6:30am-8pm; Sa 7am-8pm; Su 7:30am-8pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 9
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Syrup-like
Coffee Beans: Metropolis Coffee Company
Cup Manufacturer: Vertex
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 04/03/2005
First Reviewed: 04/03/2005
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales

Besides Intelligentsia, this café is perhaps the only other notable area espresso bar/coffee roastery with high standards. The location is bustling with customers - mostly avid readers with left-leaning politics located at their many small indoor tables. Mustard yellow walls displaying black & white photos. Their coffee roasting is performed on site. Their baristas are trained well on their three-group La Marzocco. And while they are keenly aware of the value of serving espresso in a porcelain cup instead of paper, they seem to continually ask, "For here?" Even at that, you still have to choose your own saucer at the counter. And the Metropolis-logo Vertex cups, often outnumbered by their bland CAC cups from China, underscore their low attention towards aesthetics. They pre-heat the cups and produce a short shot of espresso - with a medium-dark brown crema. It is a very good espresso - with a honey-like sweetness balanced with smokiness and an herbal pungency.