Off Campus Study Spots: Metropolis Coffee Company
The Metropolis Coffee Company is a gem – and I don’t just say that because its walls are the color of emeralds. A short walk from the Thorndale station on the Red Line, Metropolis pairs a cheery vibe with amazing coffee, social consciousness, and incredibly friendly baristas.
This is a place that takes coffee and its means of production seriously. There’s a whole page on their website about their coffee philosophy. “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,” the founders write. “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.”
I can’t speak well enough of their Mexican Cocoa. It’s a warm and sugary chocolate drink splashed with cinnamon and a kick of honey. This cocoa is like sunshine in a cup – warm, sweet, and rich. I visited Metropolis with a friend before catching a Jackalope show in the neighborhood, so we got an amazing view of the lake while walking with our cups of sunshine. But the coffee shop is just as well-suited for getting work done. With multiple rooms for various noise levels, there’s a spot for everyone.