Friday, June 16, 2017

Metric Coffee

Subject: Metric Coffee
Location visited: Chicago, IL
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Growing up in the American school system, I always wondered why I had to learn two systems of measurement. It took up precious daylight and to this day I struggle to convert calories to joules (btw it's 1 kilocalorie = 4184 joules).

But unlike the headaches of converting measurements, there's a coffee roaster in Chicago that gives new life to the word "metric." Started in 2013, Metric Coffee began roasting coffee on a vintage German Probat and has been growing in excellence ever since. Having sampled their coffees many times in other places, I was thrilled to finally visit their West Fulton Street cafe and roastery. The exterior is a beautified warehouse front, with nice wood doors and a large electric sign. Inside, the cafe itself is cozy, with a nice aesthetic surrounded by windows looking out onto the roasting operations. 

As for my coffee, I ordered an Ethiopian for espresso and a Rwandan for my pourover. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of watermelon candy, strawberry, dark chocolate, oats and cherry soda, proving bright and toothsome. The pourover sang of a sweet and slightly savory infusion, full of roasted tomato, blueberry, corn, wheat cereal, caramel and a touch of rosemary in a light/medium body. 

All together, my stop at Metric proved excellent, full of great coffee and wonderful, skilled baristas. For a cafe + large-scale roastery combo, their location definitely sets a standard. If you live in town or are passing by, travel a few meters out of your way to try out this weighty coffee roaster. 

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!

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