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Saturday Stroll featuring Four Barrel Coffee

The last time I was in San Francisco I stopped at Four Barrel Coffee, as this coffee shop was on my list for some time. Four Barrel Coffee, located off of Valencia Street, is not just a coffee shop, but also a roaster. There is something special when you are drinking nitro cold brew while watching beans get roasted simultaneously. Ultimately, this was some of the best coffee that I’ve had, and I don’t make that statement lightly. 

Four Barrel Coffee

The Ambiance

Inside Four Barrel, you get a cabin type of feeling, as much of the counter base and ceilings are wood, which contain skylights that bring in natural light. The coffee bar is one large square which creates a 360 degree perspective that allows you to feel the coffee production process regardless of where you sit. If you sit in the front of the coffee bar, you get the viewpoint of the coffee drinks being made, while if you sit in the back of the coffee bar like I did, you see the coffee production in addition to the bean roasting process.  Having a roastery inside the actual coffee shop is an ingenious idea and adds to the ambiance of this shop. Many casual coffee drinkers do not take into account the entire process from start to finish when they have their coffee drinks. Four Barrel affords the common customer the full coffee experience from beginning to end.

Another keen part of the shop’s aesthetic is a record player located at the corner of the coffee bar. Behind it was a large collection of records in square shelves. I liked this the most out of any of the other features because it not only created an authentic feeling inside the coffee shop, but it gave personality to the coffee bar. 

The Drinks

Whenever I do a Saturday Stroll, I try to stay somewhat balanced in regard to how I view the drinks. Obviously, if I visit multiple coffee shops, it is impossible to have every drink be the best I’ve ever had. At Four Barrel, that all goes out the window as their Nitro cold brew was literally one of the best. It not only had an amazing flavor, but was also chilled at a perfect temperature. If you go to Four Barrel Coffee, I would definitely recommend the Nitro. 

Nitro Cold Brew

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One aspect that I particularly loved about Four Barrel Coffee is that the Valencia Street location had a true San Francisco feel. Located in the Mission District, Four Barrel packs a lot of power into one location. When doing my research on the coffee shop, I found almost no social media for them. This was impressive as when I was there, very few seats were to be found in a sizeable location. The coffee is always the main attraction for a coffee shop, and at Four Barrel, they embrace that. 

Check out Four Barrel Coffee from home by visiting their online shop!

Thank you for reading!

-Todd

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