Had A Four Barrel Coffee And Croissant

"Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love."
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord’s recipe for coffee

We are in the middle of a huge local coffee roasting boom here in San Francisco.  Coffee roasting is nothing new here (
Folgers got its start here on Powell Street in 1850, followed by Hills Bros. a few decades later), but the current trend is towards neighborhood cafes that roast on the premises, like Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Sightglass Coffee Bar, and Four Barrel Coffee.

Four Barrel is a coffee shop in the Mission District (375 Valencia Street @ 15th Street).  Their coffee is also on the
7x7 Big Eat List.

It was started by Jeremy Tooker from the popular Mission spot Ritual Roasters and other partners (including Stumptown’s Duane Sorenson).  In short, they have a passion for coffee and coffee roasting, and that’s pretty much all they care about.  There are no WiFi networks or plugs for laptops here.

They have a huge space to work with, but they keep it pretty minimalistic.  I could tell there was a lot of Portland influence here (Jeremy Tooker is from Portland).


Like I mentioned earlier, they roast at the same location as the cafe, and they have quite a bit of space in the back for roasting.  I thought that was pretty cool.

I enjoyed the coffee very much, and the croissant was crispy and flaky.  It definitely enhanced my morning.  I really do love a good cup of coffee.
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