A small crew is perched on stools around a scrubbed wooden table constructed of old coffee palates. A Chemex is being emptied into somebody’s cup, and the topic of conversations is turtleneck sweaters. This is about two weeks before the big opening. Chit chat and updates ensue. People gather their computers, wash their cups, and reach a conclusion about turtlenecks. The verdict: For ‘em. Here are some other findings I collected that week:
Days pass by. People pass by. This particular morning Xavier, co-owner and –founder is experiencing what I’ve come to know as a rare moment of not being pulled in a thousand different directions at once. Another set of passers-by stops by to see if we’re open for business yet, and he recognizes them and invites them inside. The group chats warmly while Xavier makes them a complimentary brew, pouring and talking coffee. “They’re our neighbors,” Xavier explains to me, introducing us to one another.
That’s Metric in a nutshell: Stunning coffee, the easy comfort of pleasant neighbors, and the excitement of passing on and developing what we know.
In the next blog post, I’ll explore and underscore the reason we are utilizing this blog-space: to highlight the magnificent people who make coffee possible, who push boundaries, who start conversations, and who work incredibly hard to contribute to the coffee industry. And to keep talking, as humans do, about a drink we love very much.
In the meantime, I’ll be one of your neighbors over at Metric’s cafe at 2021 West Fulton, and I hope to see you soon.