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Tony Dreyfuss

Founder of Metropolis Coffee Company
I was born in 1974 in Ann Arbor Michigan, then moved to Indonesia at the age of 2. My parents are linguists who specialized in SE Asian languages. In 1980 we left Indonesia and moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I (mis)spent the rest of my youth. I graduated high school in 1992, and then went to UW-Madison where I studied Philosophy and French. I graduated (barely) in 1998. During college I paid for tuition and rent by driving taxi. It was while driving taxi that I discovered my great love for coffee and coffee houses. During one of my shifts, a single cup of coffee at a bohemian cafe cemented my fate as a coffee baron. I had to make coffee my life.