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Ex-Intellgentsia Roaster, Caffe Streets Owner Opening Metric Coffee Cafe On Oct. 10

They provide coffee to some of Chicago’s best restaurants

A barista makes a pour-over drink behind the counter at a cafe.
Metric Coffee Co. is opening a cafe on Oct. 10 on Fulton Market.
Metric Coffee Co.
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Metric Coffee Co., the coffee company from the owner of Wicker Park’s Caffe Streets and a former Intelligentsia roaster, will soon open a branded cafe. The cafe is slated for an Oct. 10 opening at 2021 W. Fulton St., inside Metric’s roasting space, according to a news release. The team’s been fighting off delays as they intended to open back in June.

The company has become a darling of the restaurant world, providing the coffee for restaurants including Arbor and Lula. The company’s secret is their cast-iron roaster, made in 1961 in Germany. The Probat is a rare piece of equipment, and the tale Caffe Street’s owner Darko Arandjelovic and Metric partner Xavier Alexander shared regarding how they procured the machinery is an inspirational one. They founded the company three years ago.

The cafe will focus on grab and go business, but there will be a few stools at the bar. Metric’s cafe will also serve a selection of rotating pastries and pair their drinks with small bites. The cafe sits in the incubator at the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago. They’ll serve cold-pressed organic juice from their incubator neighbor, Time Machine Juice Co.

Metric Coffee Co.