Metropolis Coffee Company

Metropolis Coffee Company

Tony and Jeff Dreyfuss

Chicago IL

Coffee

 

Our Story

 

It would be easy to say that Metropolis Coffee was born in 2003 and be done with it, but the truth is always more complicated. Here is the real Metropolis Story...

Jeff Dreyfuss (the father) was a somewhat disgruntled Indonesian Language Professor at the University of Washington-Seattle in the late 90s and early Naughts. Everyday after class, he would ride to his favorite roasteria/cafe in Seattle and have an espresso macchiato while ruminating his day. Over time, he got to know the master roaster and coffee buyer for the company, and was invited into the back rooms for coffee cupping.

Entranced by the differences between coffee varietals, and by the mechanics of roasting and processing coffee, Jeff became a coffee roasting and cupping junkie. Hooked, he couldn't go a day without learning, tasting, and discussing the infinitely complex yet completely understandable world of coffee.

Tony Dreyfuss (the son) completed a Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1998. After trying many things that you are supposed to do with a Philosophy degree (cab driver, ice cream truck driver, pizza delivery driver, submarine sandwich delivery driver) he landed on a job at Peet's Coffee in Portland, Oregon as the lowest level floor sweeper and bean counter.

Heaven! Tony was in heaven learning about coffee, and soon worked his way up to trainer, shift-leader, before eventually joining the management team.

Jeff and Tony talked about coffee a lot. In fact, that's pretty much all they could talk about. Not that they are lousy conversationalists, it's just that they had been bitten by the coffee bug, and the bite bred the obsession for the brew..

In 2001 they decided to just do it. And the rest, as they say, is history. On December 21st, 2003, Metropolis Coffee Company opened her doors to the public. Some dreams turn to dust, others to gold, but the dream of Jeff and Tony Dreyfuss turned to a Mondo mug of Metropolis Coffee.

Not the end, but not exactly the beginning either….

Philosophy

We believe the essence of coffee comes from tension; tension between the hardness of the bean and the heat of the roaster, between the pressure of water in the machine and the dense pack of the fine grind. Reward is finer when earned, and coffee is sweeter when challenged. This is the core of our coffee philosophy.

A coffee house should be a neighborhood center. It should be equally a place to relax as a place to plan a revolution. The Boston Tea Party, the storming of the Bastille, and the Russian revolution were all planned at coffee houses. A coffee house should be a showcase for artists, a forum for ideas, and a catalyst for conversation. It should be a place to meet and to reflect, to pause before, in the midst, or at the end of the day. Metropolis will truly be a coffee house when you have more to say about what goes on here than we do. The name Metropolis comes from Plato's notion of Polis, or city-state. A Polis is complete and sufficient unto itself. Community and the regard for differences among people and their ideas are central to our coffee philosophy. Each bean and tea leaf is sourced with two groups of people in mind: the people that taste them, and the farmers that grow them. Coffee, like art, has an aesthetic.

Our coffee aesthetic is rooted in the belief that great coffee comes from a line of respect beginning with the farmers and their respect for their land. We, in turn, respect the farmers by paying fair prices for their harvest, and respect our customers by taking great care in the roasting and brewing our coffees, and in blending our teas. Respect is at the core of our coffee philosophy, and taste is paramount.

4 Item(s)

  • Coffee Granville bean 12 oz

    Same great coffee, new name on the bag (formerly known as La Cordillera Blend) Organic fair trade from Metropolis Coffee. Flavor notes of Lemon, Caramel & Malt.

    Coffee Granville bean 12 oz

    $9.49
  • Coffee Granville Grnd 12 oz.

    Same great coffee, new name on the bag (formerly known as La Cordillera Blend) Organic fair trade from Metropolis Coffee. Flavor notes of Lemon, Caramel & Malt.

    Coffee Granville Grnd 12 oz.

    $9.49
  • Coffee Skyway bean 12 oz

    Same great coffee, new name on the bag (formerly known as Spice Island) Medium Dark Roast Fair Trade Certified Organic from Metropolis Coffee. Flavor notes of Vanilla, Milk Chocolate and Dried Fruit.

    Coffee Skyway bean 12 oz

    $9.49
  • Coffee Skyway Grnd 12 oz

    Same great coffee, new name on the bag (formerly known as Spice Island) Medium Dark Roast Fair Trade Certified Organic from Metropolis Coffee. Flavor notes of Vanilla, Milk Chocolate and Dried Fruit.

    Coffee Skyway Grnd 12 oz

    $9.49

4 Item(s)