Metropolis—one of Chicago's two most famous and internationally acclaimed coffee shops (the other being Intelligentsia). And for good reason.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and very skilled. Every espresso-based drink they serve is very well blended and their latte art is usually fabulous.
But the biggest attraction here is their drip coffee, which is roasted by the owner in Edgewater. They've recently done away with dark roasts, citing that the decision was made out of respect for the coffee beans. And I'm more than okay with that. These French and Italian roasts can get way out of control—roasted to the point that you're really just drinking a mug of ashes (a la Starbucks).
Roastmaster Tony Dreyfuss is world-renowned and is a contributing editor and writer for Roast Magazine, so with his care and precision going into each batch, it's no wonder that Metropolis Coffee Company is a roaster to be reckoned with.