NEAR WEST SIDE — Indie coffee roaster Metric Coffee Company will open its first namesake cafe on the Near West Side next month.
The new coffee bar, at 2021 W. Fulton St., is slated to open Oct. 10 in the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago's Fulton-Carroll Center, company co-founder Xavier Alexander announced Wednesday.
The new cafe offers small batch, seasonal craft coffee freshly roasted on a 1961 German Probat cast iron drum roaster located just feet away, including Metric's signature cold brews Hellion and Nitro. The cafe will also serve cold-pressed organic juice from neighbor Time Machine Juice Co., rotating pastries and small bites.
The vintage roaster, discovered in a barn in Germany and imported to Chicago, produces consistent, well balanced roasts that showcases flavor profiles of different beans from origins across the globe, Alexander said.
"Our goal is to bring what we do, what we are passionate about and make our day's work from, the work of farmers and artisans and everyone in the process, into everyone's field of vision here at the coffee bar," Alexander said.
The new coffee bar will also serve as a training lab for Metric's wholesale accounts and an event venue. The cafe will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays.
Alexander, a former Intelligentsia roaster, and Caffe Streets owner Darko Arandjelovic teamed up to open Metric Coffee in the Fulton-Carroll Center in 2013.
The center is home to more than 110 small businesses.
Metric Coffee Company will open its first namesake cafe at 2021 W. Fulton St. on the Near West Side Oct. 10. [Metric Coffee Co.]
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