Metro Featured Artist: Kellen Smith

Music is back at Metro this month! We are excited to welcome Wyoming’s own Kellen Smith to our downtown location on March 25th at 7:00PM.

Kellen Smith is a singer/songwriter from Gillette Wyoming. He is a University of Wyoming graduate, and a fifth-generation cattle rancher. He began playing guitar and writing while in college at Laramie, WY. Smith’s devotion to crafting songs wrapped in western stories and imagery offers a unique perception for the listener to enjoy.

Kellen makes his home on the Daly Ranch. The Daly Ranch was established in 1894, by John T. Daly, and has been run for the last 125 years as a working cattle ranch. John T. Daly is the great, great, grandfather Kellen Smith. In that 125 years, the Daly Ranch has grown to its current size. Currently, Kellen Smith lives on the ranch with his wife and three children, they are the sixth generation of family members to live on the ranch.

Metro Coffee Company Opens Its Doors to ʻThe Roasteryʼ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Metro Coffee Company has announced the official opening of ʻThe Roastery;ʼ a pop-in/pop-out, drive-thru location near Downtown Casper. In addition to offering a full selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as a variety of bagels and cream cheese, The Roastery will also sell coffee beans that the owners of Metro have roasted themselves.

Metro Coffee Company, opened in 2002, has been a fixture of downtown Casper for two decades. For years, it was more than just a place to get a cup of coffee. Metro Coffee Co. played host to a variety of art shows, intimate concerts, and more. It established itself as a fixture of Downtown Casper and, now, it will continue to establish itself as a fixture of Casper as a whole.

In 2017, Sean Peverley took up ownership of the coffee shop and immediately began brainstorming how to take Metro to the next level. In December of 2020, Metro opened its east side location and now, with The Roastery, Peverley hopes to give customers the opportunity to bring a little bit of Metro back home with them.

“About a year and half ago, we put up the east side [shop] and, in that same timeframe, I was talking to a different company about roasting beans for us,” Peverley stated. “They would roast the beans and we would send them our packaging and thatʼs how we could sell beans to our customers. But aer a while, it just became complicated.”

As the old saying goes, “If you want something done well, do it yourself,” and that is exactly what Peverley and his team decided to do.

“When we opened the east side, we had set aside an amount for a roastery, if need be, so I just decided we would start roasting our own beans,” Peverley shared.

And so, join Metro Coffee Company on March 7th from 6:00am-2:00pm for the grand opening of The Roastery. On hand will be all of Metroʼs famous drinks, bagels with cream cheese, tons of Metro swag and, yes, locally roasted coffee beans.

“I know there are a lot of coffee lovers in Casper,” Peverley said. “Because we have a lot of great coffee shops. And The Roastery will make good coffee. The level of beans that weʼre purchasing is a good grade of beans. My son and I both went and learned how to roast from a master roaster who is a major contributor to the Specialty Coffee Association. Weʼve had a lot of input on how to make great coffee, and weʼre excited to share it with Casper.”

The Roastery, located at 411 W Yellowstone Highway, will be open 7 days a week from 6am-2pm. For more information, visit Metro Coffee Companyʼs website, or their Facebook page.

Metro Featured Artist: Quinlan Valdez

Music is back at Metro this month! We are excited to welcome the talented Quinlan Valdez to our downtown location January 28th at 7:00PM.

Born and raised in Wyoming, Quinlan’s musical life began in 2010 when he first saw Jalan Crossland perform a show for Casper’s ArtCore program, which led to an expanding love for live music.

After learning the banjo and teaching himself the guitar, Quinlan began writing his own songs and making his way as a professional musician. Listeners commonly relate his style to the likes of artists such as Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens while still realizing his own character.

Since 2018, Valdez has released three albums and one EP, has been played all across Wyoming, and continues to expand through neighboring states. He’s even been able to share a stage with Jalan and has been invited to Artcore.

For Quinlan, music is simply a way of life more than it is a job or career. Hopefully bringing a more profound performance to an audience.

Roasted and Brewed

Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals. A standard coffee cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then slurping the coffee from a spoon so it is aerated and spread across the tongue. The coffee taster attempts to measure aspects of the coffee’s taste, specifically the body (the texture or mouthfeel, such as oiliness), sweetnessacidityflavor, and aftertaste. Since coffee beans embody telltale flavors from the region where they were grown, cuppers may attempt to identify the coffee’s origin.

We are thrilled to announce that we have brewed some samples of our beans and just did our first cupping here at Metro. We are taking our time to make sure that we bring Casper the very best coffee and a truly unique experience. From going to Chicago to learn more about coffee and how to roast beans, to doing our own taste testing and research, we are happy with our progress and look forward to having the Metro Roastery up and running.

Until then we will make sure we are getting it right.

Metro Coffee Company

Metro Featured Artist: Bria Hammock

This season at Metro we are displaying ‘The Menagerie’, a collection curated by the talented Bria Hammock. Bria is a contemporary wilderness painter, muralist, and graphic designer. She incorporates a unique mixture of traditional art form (bold color, big-brush approach) with details of digital design (sharp edges, linear elements) in her work. This captivating combination presents a familiar subject in a bold, unfamiliar color.

It’s creative. It’s spontaneous. It’s entrancing.

Bria has exhibited all across the western Front Range but calls her west edge studio in Cheyenne, WY home. A Mom of two, she says sharing the maker spirit with her kids is the highlight of her weeks. Bria is a founding member of the WY/ART Coalition, advocating for more opportunities to exhibit for western artists. She also launched Wyoming’s first-ever drive-by gallery (quarantine-friendly, of course) in downtown Cheyenne in the spring of 2020.

We are thrilled to share her gift with our community! She’s here for a limited time and you don’t want to miss it, so stop in and witness her incredible talent for yourself.

You can support Bria and see more of her creations at briahammock.com.

Welcome to The Grind

“Back to the grind”: a phrase commonly used to describe Monday mornings, work hours, or any other somewhat-unenjoyable-but-necessary things (that often require coffee).

But why should “the grind” be associated solely with the things that we’re obligated to do?
We say no way, and we’re here to change that.

Welcome to The Grind, the very first blog dedicated to all the best things in life that are fueled by Metro coffee. Here you’ll find the latest Metro news, upcoming events, featured artists, musical talent, and more.

So grab a cup of something caffeinated, open your phone browser or laptop, and come “back to The Grind” whenever you’re looking for a little extra taste of Metro.