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Industry Darling Metric Coffee Opens First Cafe on Fulton

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The coffee provider to some of Chicago’s best restaurants now has its own shop

Courtesy of Metric Coffee Co.

Chicago’s caffeine aficionados can now get some of the best coffee in town straight from the source at a new branded cafe. Metric Coffee, a company run by the owner of Caffe Streets and an ex-Intelligentsia roaster that supplies to many of Chicago’s best restaurants and coffee shops including Lula Cafe, Arbor, and Cellar Door Provisions, opened today.

Barn-esque doors swing open to the space, which features a streetside to-go counter and a small coffee bar with a few stools, and doubles as a educational facility and event venue. Ownership’s Probat machine, made in Germany in 1961, brews Metric’s house blend ($2-2.80) and a weekly-rotating single origin coffee ($2.50-3). The cafe also serves "barista’s choice" chemex coffee which is made on-demand, espresso drinks, Hellion cold brew ($4-5), Spirit Tea, cold-pressed organic juice from Time Machine Juice Co., and few pastry items. It’ll close on weekends for the time being but expect Saturday hours in the future for tours, workshops, and barista training classes.

Metric Coffee, 2021 W. Fulton St., (312) 982-2196, open 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

Courtesy of Metric Coffee